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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 […]

 

Ten blogs every Mac admin should know about

by January 16, 2010 » Add more comments.

Need to load up your RSS reader with loads of Mac goodness? Mac Admin Corner just not quite enough for you? There are plenty of Mac experts out there sharing their knowledge with the world. Here’s a list of sites that I follow.

 

Can Open Directory be used enterprise wide?

by January 15, 2010 » Add the second comment.

A few years ago, before I started at my employer, a project was started for an enterprise-wide Open Directory setup. Each business unit within the university has a decent number of Macs that were mostly unmanaged. The project passed governance and a budget was set aside to fund the implementation. This was back in the […]

 

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 […]

 

Leopard Active Directory Integration Headaches

by January 27, 2009 » Add more comments.

Ever since Leopard came out, we have been having a heck of a time trying to get Leopard to bind and/or authenticate to Active Directory reliably. We use Active Directory sites and our Leopard macs were trying to authenticate to Domain Controllers in the wrong site. I’m reminded of something Joel Rennich said in a […]

 

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 […]

 

New Pages ’09 now supports Endnote

by January 6, 2009 » Add the first comment.

Today at MacWorld, Apple announced iWork ’09 and MacResearch just reported that the new Pages now supports Endnote and MathType citations. I know I have quite a few faculty that will be very glad to hear this. Especially the ones that absolutely refuse to use Microsoft Office.

 
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