Archive for August, 2013

Automatically fixing Casper Mac MDM enrollment

August 31, 2013 12 comments

While I was working on a new laptop this afternoon, I noticed that the Profiles icon was missing from System Preferences.

Profiles in System Preferences

This system was managed by our Casper server and we’re using both certificate-based communication and an APN certificate, so it should have been there. Moreover, when I ran profiles -P, I saw that no profiles were installed.

Running jamf mdm -verbose fixed the issue by installing the MDM certificate, but I wanted to ensure that any other machines with the same issue were found and then automatically fixed by Casper. After a little research, I have a process that does this. See below the jump for details.

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Categories: Casper, JSS, Mac administration

XProtect updated – now blocking Java browser plug-in versions prior to June 2013 Java updates

August 29, 2013 4 comments

Apple put out two advisories on August 29th about Java:

Java updates available for OS X on August 28, 2013

OS X: Java Web plug-in blocked 28 August 2013

The latter advisory is especially noteworthy to Mac admins, as that means that Apple’s XProtect was updated to block older versions of Java. That said, XProtect was not updated after the latest round of updates in June 2013, so those versions were not previously set in /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/XProtect.meta.plist as the minimum allowed versions. See below the jump for more details.

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FileVault 2 session at MacSysAdmin 2013

August 23, 2013 Leave a comment

I’ll be speaking about FileVault 2 at MacSysAdmin 2013, which is being held from September 17 – 20th, 2013 in Göteborg, Sweden. For those interested, my talk will be on Wednesday, September 18th.

For a description of what I’ll be talking about, please see the Wednesday program page.

Downloading Apple’s installer package

August 22, 2013 27 comments

As part of building a custom OS X installer ISO for my ESXi server, I wanted the ability to include as part of my installation process. One problem with that is that is only available via the Mac App Store and doesn’t have a separate installer available for download.

However, if you have already purchased, it is possible to get a copy of the installer from the Mac App Store. See below the jump for details.

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Accessing the Equation Tools in Word 2011

August 21, 2013 1 comment

We’ve gotten in a couple of calls from our users asking how to work with equations in Word 2011. So that other folks know, here’s how you do it:

1. Make sure that your document is saved in Word’s .docx format, as the equation editor will only be available to documents in that file format.

If you have a .doc document open in Word and need to work with the equation editor, please save your document in .docx format. Once saved in .docx format, the equation editor will become available.

2. Select the place in your Word document where you want a new equation to be inserted.

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3. Under the Insert menu, select Equation.

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3. The Equation Tools will open in the toolbar and you’ll be prompted in the document to type the equation.

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Another way to access the Equation Tools is the following method:

1. Make sure that your document is saved in Word’s .docx format.

2. Click on the Document Elements tab in the toolbar.

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3. In the Document Elements tab, click on the pi symbol (π) to access the Equation Tools.

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Setting New Window and New Tab behavior in Safari

August 16, 2013 2 comments

While testing a new machine setup today, I noticed that Safari wasn’t opening to the default homepage like it should. Instead, it was opening Safari’s Top Sites.

Top Sites

There wasn’t an obvious way to set the Safari new window setting from the command line, but with the assistance of Greg Neagle, I’ve mapped out the applicable keys and their settings. See below the jump for the details.

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VMware custom OS X installer script adds support for VMware ESXi

August 10, 2013 1 comment

I’ve updated the script that I had previously posted about here. It now includes the ability to create an .iso file, which can be used with VMware ESXi servers running on Apple hardware. See below the jump for the details.

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Creating customized OS X installer disk images for VMware Fusion

August 2, 2013 Leave a comment

My preferred way to create VMs in VMware Fusion is by leveraging NetBoot and DeployStudio, but not all environments have access to NetBoot or DeployStudio. For those environments, there’s now a scripted way to create customized OS X 10.7.x or 10.8.x installer disk images for use with VMware Fusion. This allows the creation of OS X VMs in VMware Fusion that can configure themselves in an automated fashion without needing access to either NetBoot or server resources. See below the jump for the details.

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