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Encrypting non-boot volumes in Mountain Lion

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Mountain Lion has made encrypting non-boot volumes without erasing them a much easier process than it was in Lion. In Lion, you needed to go to the command line. In Mountain Lion, encryption is a right-click away. See below the jump for the details.

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Installing Mac OS X 10.8.x on an erased hard drive using DeployStudio and createOSXinstallPkg

July 25, 2012 5 comments

As a follow-up to Greg Neagle’s unveiling of createOSXinstallPkg, a installer package-based tool for deploying Mac OS X 10.7.x and 10.8.x, I wanted to do a sequel to my earlier post on installing OS X using DeployStudio. Using packages created by createOSXinstallPkg, you can use DeployStudio to do an automatic clean install of Mac OS X 10.7.x or 10.8.x and correctly create the Recovery HD partition. See below the jump for the procedure.

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Using fdesetup with Mountain Lion’s FileVault 2

July 25, 2012 46 comments

With the release of Mountain Lion, Apple has introduced fdesetup, a new command-line tool for enabling, administering and disabling Apple’s FileVault 2 encryption. This tool gives Mac administrators a number of command-line abilities, including the following:

  • Enable or disable FileVault 2 encryption on a particular Mac
  • Use an individual recovery key, an institutional recovery key, or both kinds of recovery key.
  • Enable one or multiple user accounts at the time of encryption
  • Get a list of FileVault 2-enabled users on a particular machine
  • Add additional users after FileVault has been enabled
  • Remove users from the list of FileVault enabled accounts
  • Report on the status of FileVault 2 encryption or decryption

See below the jump for examples of what you can do with it.

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