Archive for October, 2013

create_vmware_osx_install_dmg script updated with Mavericks support

October 23, 2013 7 comments

I’ve updated the script that I had previously posted about here. The script now includes support for Mavericks, so the script can now be run on 10.7 – 10.9 to create custom OS X 10.7.x, 10.8.x and 10.9.x installers for VMware Fusion and VMware ESXi. See below the jump for the details.

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Connections to Juniper Network Connect VPN failing in Safari 6.1 and Safari 7

October 23, 2013 52 comments

Along with Mavericks‘ release today, Apple released Safari 7 (included with Mavericks) and Safari 6.1 for Mountain Lion. Both versions of the Safari browser are having issues connecting to my work’s VPN. When connecting to the VPN, it will try to install the Network Connect client software then fail with the following error:

An error occurred while extracting one of the Network Connect components


Mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.5 do not have Safari 6.1 available as an update of this time, so connecting to the VPN using Safari on those OSs should be unaffected.

I’ve verified that connecting to the VPN with Firefox 24 works for both 10.8.x and 10.9.x.


For now, it appears that using Firefox to connect to Juniper VPNs is going to be the workaround for this issue until we can get a fix from either Juniper or Apple. Google Chrome is a 32-bit browser, which prevents it from being able to work with Oracle’s 64-bit Java 7.

Based on what I’m seeing, it looks like Safari 6.1 and Safari 7 introduced a new sandbox for browser plug-ins, replacing the previous Java whitelist. At this time, it does not appear that Juniper’s software is able to work with this sandbox.

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Managing Mavericks’ FileVault 2 with fdesetup

October 22, 2013 22 comments

With the release of OS X Mavericks, Apple has added additional features to fdesetup, a valuable command-line tool for enabling, administering and disabling Apple’s FileVault 2 encryption. This tool gives Mac administrators the following command-line abilities:

  • Enable or disable FileVault 2 encryption on a particular Mac
  • Use a personal 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
  • Add, change or remove individual and institutional recovery keys
  • Report which recovery keys are in use
  • Perform a one-time reboot that bypasses the FileVault pre-boot login
  • Report on the status of FileVault 2 encryption or decryption

I’ll be taking you through all of the capabilities mentioned above, with a focus on showing exactly how they work. See below the jump for the details.

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Virtualization session at MacTech Conference 2013

October 19, 2013 Leave a comment

I’ll be speaking at MacTech Conference 2013, which is taking place from November 6th – 8th in Los Angeles. I’ll be talking about how I’ve been using VMware’s virtualization solutions in my environment and the lessons I’ve learned.

You can see the entire list of speakers at If you’ve been thinking about attending, seats are still available. Register now!

Downloading Microsoft’s Remote Desktop installer package from the App Store

October 19, 2013 19 comments

Microsoft recently released a new version of its Remote Desktop application, which is used to connect from a Mac to a Windows-based computer and work with programs and files on that PC. Like previous versions of the Remote Desktop application, it’s a free application but the new Remote Desktop application is only available via the Mac App Store and doesn’t currently have a separate installer available for download.

However, if you have already added Remote Desktop to your list of App Store applications, it is possible to get a copy of the Remote Desktop installer from the Mac App Store using a process I’ve previously documented. See below the jump for details.

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Slides from the FileVault 2 Session at JAMF Nation User Conference 2013

October 17, 2013 1 comment

For those who wanted a copy of my FileVault 2 talk at JAMF Nation User Conference 2013, here are links to the slides in PDF and Keynote format.


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Adding Unread mailbox to in iOS 7

October 12, 2013 Leave a comment

One thing that I want to access quickly is new emails that I haven’t read. Usually this means having to go into individual mailboxes or finding unread emails in a unified mailbox.

One of the new features in iOS 7‘s that made me happy was that there was supposed to be a way to get an Unread mailbox, where all of the unread emails from my various inboxes was supposed to appear. Once read, they would then disappear from the Unread mailbox. This is exactly the behavior I wanted, but it took me some research to see how to set up this mailbox. For the details, see below the jump.

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