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Setting up Reposado and Margarita on Linux – Part 1

by May 25, 2012 » Add more comments.

About Reposado and GUI Options What is Reposado you ask? Reposado is an open-source replacement for the Apple Software Update Service (SUS) by Greg Neagle of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Reposado addresses many of the limitations of Apple’s SUS such as giving the ability to create branches so you can release updates only to a group of machines. It […]

 

3 Ways to Netboot Across Subnets

by January 24, 2011 » Add more comments.

There is a proper way a network should be configured in order to allow your machines to netboot from a server located on a different subnet. Instructions for doing so can be found on AFP548.com. If however, you are not able to make the needed changes to your network hardware, you will need to set […]

 

Absolute Manage – Adding Dell Warranty to Inventory

by January 23, 2011 » Add the first comment.

Update: As of Absolute Manage 6.0, this is no longer needed. AM 6 now includes this functionality. Having warranty information on the machines you manage is important to have as part of your PC life-cycle management. It makes it easier to plan future PC replacements, assess risk and possibly know when to purchase another extension […]

 

Google releases MCX manifest for Chrome

by December 16, 2010 » Add more comments.

Yesterday Google stepped up their effort to get Chrome accepted by enterprises by releasing details about managing Chrome with group policy and Open Directory.

 

Script to Configure the Mac OS X firewall

by April 7, 2010 » Add more comments.

Here is a script that can be deployed via ARD, Absolute Manage (LANrev), LANDesk or virtually any other method to enable and configure the firewall for 10.4, 10.5 or 10.6. You will need to decide how exactly you want your clients firewalls configured. Pay special attention to the stealth setting. If this is enabled, you […]

 

Absolute Manage (LANrev) webinar archive available

by March 31, 2010 » Add the second comment.

Edweek.org did a webinar featuring Absolute Manage yesterday and the archive is available online. You can either watch the webinar (bit less than 1 hour) or just download the slides. It featured a case study from a school district with a few thousand managed machines and has a heavy focus on asset management and software […]

 

Add directory services data to LANDesk inventory

by March 27, 2010 » Add the first comment.

I posted over at the LANDesk community site on how I add AD and OD data to inventory, most of which LANDesk does not collect on it’s own. Much of this I did because we were moving from one OD domain to another and needed a way to see which machines remained on the old […]

 

Disabling Automatic Updates for Office 2008, Apple Software Updates and Adobe CS4

by January 26, 2009 » Add the first comment.

Over at the Make Mac Work blog, Ellis has a very informative article about how to disable automatic update notifications for Apple Software Update, Microsoft Office 2008 and Adobe CS4.

 

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.

 

Securing SSH on Mac OS X by limiting who can log in

by January 23, 2009 » Add the second comment.

This post will describe two different methods for securing SSH that work on both Tiger and Leopard (client or server). These tips can be done as needed on machines that will have ssh enabled, or as part of your deployment image(s). Personally, I make these changes to our images because if a machine is bound […]

 
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