Slides from the Documentation session at MacTech Conference 2014

November 6, 2014 Leave a comment

For those who wanted a copy of my documentation talk at at MacTech Conference 2014, here are links to the slides in PDF and Keynote ’09 format.


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“Bringing the Casper Suite to Life with Virtual Test Environments” session video from JNUC 2014 now available

November 4, 2014 Leave a comment

JAMF Software has posted the session video for my virtualization session from JAMF Nation User Conference 2014.

For those interested, the JNUC session videos are available on JAMF Software’s site. For convenience, I’ve linked my session here.

Update: The session videos are also now available on YouTube, so I’ve linked the YouTube video as well.

Downloading for Mavericks and Mountain Lion

November 1, 2014 3 comments

I’ve noticed that the installers for Mavericks and Mountain Lion have now vanished from my list of Purchases in the App Store, and searching for “OS X Server” will only give you the option of 4.0 for Yosemite. However, 2.2.5 for Mountain Lion and 3.2.2 for Mavericks are still available. You just need the right Mac App Store URL.

As of November 1, 2014, here are the Mac App Store URLs for 2.2.5 for OS X 10.8.5 and 3.2.2 for 10.9.5:

To help safeguard against a day where they may not be available at all, I recommend downloading a copy of the installer packages from the MAS.

Documentation session at MacTech Conference 2014

November 1, 2014 Leave a comment

I’ll be speaking at MacTech Conference 2014, which is taking place from November 5th – 7th in Los Angeles. I’ll be talking about documentation and the various lessons I’ve learned over the years that I’ve been writing it.

You can see the entire list of speakers at If you’ve been on the fence about attending, it’s not too late! Come attend a great conference; seats are still available.

Migrating OS X VMs from VMware Fusion 7 Pro to ESXi 5.5

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

A new feature that appeared in VMware Fusion 7 Pro was its new ESXi management. This included the ability to upload VMs from Fusion directly to an ESXi server. However, when I tried to upload OS X VMs something seemed to go wrong. The upload would work, but the OS X VM would then hang on boot.

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Non-OS X VMs were uploading fine, so the problem was specific to OS X VMs. Since I could still build OS X VMs using the Windows vSphere client, I didn’t invest a lot of time into solving this issue. Fortunately, Calum Hunter was more motivated in this regard and found a solution.

There are a few things to know about if you want to upload an OS X VM to an ESXi server running 5.5, so I’ve put together a procedure for those who want to leverage Fusion 7 Pro to upload OS X VMs. See below the jump for the details.

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/etc/hostconfig removed from Yosemite

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Apple has been warning folks for the past few OS releases that the /etc/hostconfig file was going away and it looks like they decided that Mavericks was the hostconfig file’s last hurrah.

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As of OS X Yosemite, /etc/hostconfig is no longer installed as part of the OS.

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Thanks to Dan O’Donnell for the heads-up:

Categories: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server

Resetting an account’s ability to log into a FileVault 2-encrypted Mac by using an Apple ID

October 26, 2014 4 comments

Apple’s release of Yosemite has brought with it the ability to use an Apple ID to unlock and reset a forgotten account password to log into a FileVault 2-encrypted Mac. You can use this ability in a couple of ways:

1. By setting up your iCloud account as your account on the Mac in question.

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2. By associating your local or mobile network account on the Mac with an Apple ID, and selecting the option when enabling FileVault 2 to use your Apple ID to unlock the disk and reset your password.

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Note: This method uses Apple’s services to store the needed FileVault 2 recovery key. If your Mac’s FileVault 2 recovery key is not being stored by Apple, you will not be able to use an Apple ID to reset your account’s ability to log into a FileVault 2-encrypted Mac.

For more details, see below the jump.

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