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Resources from the PSU MacAdmins Conference

by May 12, 2011 » Add more comments.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend the PSU MacAdmins conference (I wasn’t either), you can still get a lot out of it. They have posted session slides and other resources here. Rumor has it video will be posted in a couple weeks too. Many thanks to the folks at Penn State for sharing. I […]

 

View Open Directory ComputerGroup Membership with Applescript

by November 27, 2010 » Add more comments.

The following Applescript will show a selectable, scrollable list of machine accounts in OD, then show which ComputerGroup(s) that computer belongs to. This is a quick way to confirm membership without having to open WorkGroup Manager, and especially handy to allow your techs to verify without being a directory admin in OD.

 

Migrate Local User to Domain Account

by January 14, 2010 » Add more comments.

If you are migrating your machines to authenticate via Active Directory, you may need to convert your local user accounts and their home folders to an AD user account and retain the home folder. I had a script posted here but that version was Tiger only because it used NI* commands.

 

Add user to admin group with Applescript

by January 12, 2010 » Add the second comment.

Need a way for your team to easily make a network or local user an admin? Copy and paste the code below into Script Editor (Applescript Editor in 10.6) and save it as an application. This can be used before deploying a machine to the user, or after they’ve logged in. (* Add user to […]

 

Allow Non-Admin users to Manage Printers

by January 24, 2009 » Add more comments.

Apple added a "feature" to Leopard which restricts non administrator users from managing printers on their Macs. While this is desired behavior on a public machine such as a classroom, it is a problem for single user machines such as faculty, staff and 1:1 deployments.

 

OS X as a workstation for UNIX admins

by November 25, 2007 » Add the first comment.

Here is an interesting article from a Unix SysAdmin explaining why he prefers to use a Mac for his day to day admining.

 

How to add an AD user as a local admin

by July 3, 2007 » Add more comments.

We all know the obvious way to allow a given group(s) to be an admin of a Mac bound to Active Directory (see image below). Although the “Allow administration by group” setting in Directory Access allows users in that group to installsoftware and perform certain other admin functions, there is a bug (or feature?) in […]