In previous articles, we have discussed making changes to the /etc/authorization file using text editors. Apple has a tool in Mac OS X that is specifically designed for that purpose.Continue reading →
In Mac OS X, the default paper size is a setting that determines the size of paper that applications will try to print to unless the user chooses otherwise. For most systems and applications this defaults to US Letter. In order to provide a positive user experience, especially for end users outside of the United States, it may be desirable to set a different default paper size.Continue reading →
On any given day, I’m likely to have some form of conversation that includes a discussion of why no one should have administrative privileges, or why everyone should have them and IT shouldn’t care. To paraphrase Mr. Kenobi, both arguments are correct, from a certain point of view.
The core of the issue comes down to determining what is most important to an organization.Continue reading →
In the previous article we discussed using grep and awk to harvest information. The final example in that article may have left us wanting. In this article, we’ll discuss some additional options that the cut command can give us.Continue reading →
As sysadmins, we often need to write scripts that will interact with hard disks or other volumes on a client computer. These scripts usually need some information about the volume(s) being worked with, such as a device identifer, UUID, etc..Continue reading →
I like zero touch. Unfortunately, firmware updates usually require physically touching a computer. Thankfully, firmware updates are relatively infrequent compared to other Apple Software Updates. Using an Extension Attribute in the Casper Suite, I have been able to achieve the following goals…Continue reading →
Questions about this article have come up in conversations with other Mac sysadmins. As the reprint rights have since reverted back to me, I’m glad to share the content.Continue reading →
The Dummy Package is a technique for extending the capabilities of the Casper Suite. Read about the process in my article, “Extending the Casper Suite with Dummy Packages”, in the September issue of MacTech Magazine.Continue reading →
The United States National Security Agency has published a pamphlet titled Hardening Tips for the Default Installation of Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard”.
In this series of articles, I’ll examine each of the tips in the NSA document, how to automate their implementation, and discuss any caveats for each.Continue reading →
Here’s another script for zero-touch deployment. If you want to enable Remote Management for Apple Remote Desktop access, this script will get you there.
This script uses the kickstart command which is buried within the ARDAgent applicationContinue reading →