email: rtrouton at gmail dot com
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  1. Scott F
    April 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Just wanted to say, you have some really cool stuff up on here! Much kudos to you – wish I had the time to do research and testing in my line of work!

  2. Mykal Robinson
    June 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Hello i wanted to know if i could have the applescript for Binding an active directory for OSX lion 10.7 I have a script but it doesn’t finish executing because its out of date.

  3. Brian
    July 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Great blog, very very informative …Would really love a copy of your email script for osx server … due to apple pulling the plug on dot.mac ! would love to get a copy as it sounds exactly what i need to help me with my new server (10.6)
    the file was here >
    any help would be great

  4. Gary Simon
    August 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Hey Rich,

    You got some really good info here. You are helping save me some time by figuring this stuff out before I need to take the time to figure it out myself. Good job!

  5. Abraham
    October 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Hello Rich,

    I wanted to see if I could get a hold of you outside this blog to pick your brain on a few things. I’ve listed my email so if you have time, please contact me.

    Thank you,

    • Abraham
      October 16, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      never mind…I see the email address.

  6. October 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Rich,
    Just wanted to say that your site has been very helpful in our recent Filevault2 rollout. Thanks again. d

    Do you perchance have a good way to monitor filevault status on a number of machines in a central manner? We have a couple hundred active directory laptops that are enrolled in profile manager on a mountain lion server but there appears to be no way to enforce FileVault or monitor its status there. I was thinking of cron-ing up an fdsetup command and capturing the results via REST endpoint. Thoughts?


  7. Maheish
    February 4, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Hi, I have Java 7 Update 51 and recently updated to OS X 10.9.1 and Safari 7.0.1, After i updated Safari, when i connect to vpn, internet is blocked. When i sign out in Network Connect, internet works. I have used your blog configure Network connect to be connected using Java 7 Update 51. Please help me on this. I am not able to downgrade my version of safari too.

  8. Michael
    March 18, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    We have some people in our org that have encrypted their Macs with FV2 using an individual key. Is there a way we can add our key as well?

  9. C.V. Wong
    July 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I have been follow your blog quite awhile, your blog has help me a lot in deploying Mac environment in my work place. Currently I’m in education industries, in Malaysia.

  10. March 2, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Great articles, do you have anything on when a Mac gets the progress bar at login and is slow to boot on restart or startup? All I have found is it maybe issues with permissions and using disk utility to try and resolve. I find that is not doing such a great job of resolving.

  11. Clairemd
    May 26, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Will installing a new copy of mac os x give me a clean state of my mac? I lost filevault 2 recovery key and admin password. I have back up of my files and Im ok with them being erased.

  12. FriedDylan
    October 4, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Hello, going back to a previous writing one Packaging your App Store apps in to a .pkg by using ln to link it while it’s downloading. I found that in Sierra I can no longer enable the Debug menu. Is it hidden or gone?

  13. Brian Martin
    December 15, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Rich, a small challenge I’m trying to solve…

    I am hoping to use a NetInstall image of Install macOS High to function as my “source to get my OS from”. That’s easy. I also plan on using DEPfor my Mac fleet. Equally easy and predictable. I’ve setup a DEP prestage in Jamf Pro 10 that suppresses most Setup Assistant screens. I’ve built a package (using Greg Neagle’s python script) that installs an automatically logged in user and I can successfully have Jamf Pro kick that on using an enrollmentcomplete triggered policy. What I cannot seem to do is successfully suppress the language and keyboard selection portions of the Setup Assistant while keeping the DEP portions.

    I have tried traditional ideas such as ‘touch /private/var/db/.AppleSetupDone’ but that causes the Mac to just bypass the Setup Assistant altogether and not complete the DEP enrollment process.

    If I can figure out this challenge I will have nearly built an automated workflow in Jamf Pro to use DEP and reprovision lab computers.

    I either need to suppress those Setup Assistant screens OR find some other way outside the Setup Assistant to invoke a DEP enrollment. Both seem difficult and I find myself wondering how you’d approach such a pickle.

    Kind regards,
    Brian Martin (aka blackholemac on JamfNation)

  14. June 10, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you for all of your wonderful postings. I appreciate your efforts and your sharing. This is invaluable information!

  15. Gary Simon
    February 8, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Hi Rich. Even after having retired from IT a year and a half ago, I still find myself looking at some of the information in Der Flounder. Glad to see it is still up and running.

    Gary Simon (formerly Sandia National Laboratories Mac IT)

  16. Christina Molina
    November 12, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    1. I love your site
    2. you rock!

    Is there any chance you could do an article commenting on SIP in Mojave and Catalina and User templats / Composer built pkgs?

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