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This procedure shows you how to prevent Time Machine from using all available free space on a local volume by backing up to a sparse disk image bundle stored on a shared folder on a local volume.
Time machine uses a feature of the HFS+ filesystem that was introduced in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) called 'directory hard links.' Like file hard links, a directory that is hard linked to another directory is not actually a distinct directory, but is instead a pointer to the original directory. Time Machine uses these directory hard links to reduce duplication and save space by making references to entire directory trees whose contained files have not been modified.
To properly copy or duplicate a Time Machine backup, these directory hard links must be preserved. Unfortunately, directory hard links are proprietary to Apple. Apple discourages their casual use by third party developers because, if used incorrectly, they could create recursive directory structures that would ren... | Read more »
Here’s one that will make educators and education network administrators realllllly happy. There’s a hidden gem in the AppleTV 6.1 update that was released today.In addition to bonjour negotiation for AirPlay, iOS 7.1 devices will also look for AirPlay sources over bluetooth when doing it’s scan! This means you do NOT need bonjour to AirPlay.Requirements:1) Apple TV with version 6.1 (released 3/10/14) 2) iOS device with version 7.1 (released 3/10/14) 3) IP connectivity between the two devicesI tried a Mac with 10.9.2 and it didn’t see the AppleTV as an AirPlay source over bluetooth. That may be coming in a future update.Make sure your AppleTV is updated to 6.1. You can see that this AppleTV is on an ethernet connection with a 10.10.X.X subnet IP Address. Also make sure bluetooth is ON on your AppleTV. As you can see on my iOS device, it’s on a Wifi network with a 10.6.X.X subnet address. This VLAN does not... | Read more »
Home Sharing in iTunes lets you share your iTunes media libraries between up to five computers in your household. You can also use Home Sharing to play your iTunes content on your iOS devices and Apple TV (2nd generation) if they are connected to your home Wi-Fi network.| Read more »
Original release date: March 10, 2014
Microsoft is ending support for the Windows XP operating system and Office 2003 product line on April 8, 2014.  After this date, these products will no longer receive:
All software products have a lifecycle. End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance.  As of February 2014, nearly 30 percent of Internet-connected PCs still run Windows XP. Microsoft will send “End of Support” notifications to users of Windows XP who have elected to receive updates via... | Read more »
On February 26, 2014 Apple announced its new Device Enrollment Program (DEP). You can read about the features of the DEP here.In a nutshell, for US customers who have purchased devices directly from Apple, you can:1) Force enrollment with your MDM when device is set up (every time) 2) Wirelessly supervise a device 3) Disallow removal of MDM profile on supervised devicesSimilar to activation lock, when a DEP enrolled device hits the Internet, it will only activate through your MDM server.For instructions on how to set up DEP, see: hereTLDR; you need:1) A new AppleID with two-step verification 2) Your Apple Customer Number 3) Authority in your company to agree to License AgreementsSetting up your MDM in DEPClick Add MDM Server... | Read more »
Here is a way to disable sleeping when pressing the power button on 10.9.2. In Terminal, type in the following command and then press Enter.
defaults write com.apple.loginwindow PowerButtonSleepsSystem -bool no
This causes the 'Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?' dialog to come up much quicker too.
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. I had to log out and log back in; I'm not sure if that's necessary.]| Read more »
Archion SATA to fibre channel arrays are very similar to most other SATA to fibre arrays except Archion units are optimized for Avid Unity use. They are typically sixteen drive units which come preconfigured as three 5 drive RAID-5 sets with one spare. Each RAID-5 set is divided up into four logical drives which are approximately the size of the physical drives (obviously) so that the Unity thinks it is dealing with real individual drives.
Certain organizations (Keycode, most notably) disable SMART checking and auto-replacement of failing drives. When working on an Archion, this is the first thing to check and to reenable. Avid Unity systems can drop all clients and the File Manager can stop operating if a persistently failing drive which causes pauses during access of failing blocks continues to be used.
Like most other SATA to fibre channel arrays, Archion units also support sending alerts via SMTP. This should also be configured so that any warnings or failures can... | Read more »
Error 1006.0005 can appear on a Qlogic fibre channel switch when using ACL zones. If you don’t need ACL zones, then the easiest thing to do here is to swap the offending zone back to a soft zone. To do so, open the Qlogic Switch and use the Edit menu to select “Edit Zoning …”
From the zone editor, right-click on the zone to change and click on Set Zone Type.
From the Set Zone Type pop-up, click on the option for Soft.
Save the zoning and provided that you can actually use soft zones you are done. Now, what if you can’t use soft zoning? In that case, I find that this error... | Read more »
Updating a Lifesize Head Unit requires Internet Explorer on Windows with Flash installed. To run the update, first login to www.lifesize.com to download updates. From here, click on Support and then Software Downloads. Then click on the serial number of your unit and choose the file to download from the column on the right.
Once downloaded, login to the Head Unit using the IP address and password (by default the password for a Lifesize is 1234. Once downloaded, click on the Maintenance Tab on the right and select System Upgrade. Browse to your update (which is a .cmg file) and then click on the Upgrade button. Now wait until the unit restarts and test a connection.
Straight from our good friends at PSU:
Register Now for the 2014 MacAdmins Conference!
We’re proud to announce that early-bird registration for the 2014 MacAdmins Conference is now open!
This year’s conference will be bigger and better than ever, with over 50 sessions on Mac and iOS administration topics, 5 brand new pre-conference workshops, and 3 amazing evening events.
Early-bird registration price is the same as last year:
* $400 conference only (July 9-11) <http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/registration/>
* $550 conference plus pre-conf workshop (July 8-11) <http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/registration/>
Early-bird pricing ends April 30, and we expect to sell out quickly, so register now:
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The Secure Notes feature in Keychain Access now allows syncing of notes across multiple Macs using iCloud Keychain.
To add a note to be synchronized across all of your configured Macs, select the iCloud keychain from the list and select File » New Secure Note item.... Make a title for the note, input some content, and save it. This note will now appear across all Macs. This feature is still exclusive to Mac OS; there is no iOS support yet.
Another way to add a note to the iCloud keychain is to drag an existing Secure Note from another keychain onto the iCloud keychain icon in the keychain list. Option+drag to copy, or just move it with drag and drop without a modifier key.
[crarko adds: I didn't have a chance to test this yet. I hope Apple does add this to iOS as well. It would be nice to have things go the other way.]| Read more »
In OS X 10.9 Mavericks a smart folder (or a saved search) dragged to the Dock behaves like a folder (smart folders by default are saved under ~/Library/Saved Searches). Right click gives sorting, display and viewing options similar to ordinary folders dragged to the Dock. A drawer icon is shown if Display as Folder option is selected. In grid view Quick Look works, too.
I did not check if it works under 10.8 or 10.7. I have to mention that there was already a hint about how to add 'recent things' stack to the Dock.
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described.]| Read more »
It’s always helpful to get help from a community of your peers, and our recent survey was an attempt to start having us all check in every once in a while as a group with data about how we maintain and provide management for our customers. Inspired by questions about what ‘server’ to host many of these cross-platform services on, the focus was to capture 1. what products people are using, and 2. what hosts were used to provide those services. Demographic information was optional, but helpful to give some background about the requirements different organizations have when choosing platforms and products(only a handful of folks DIDN’T self-identify with one of the options).The Mac Admin community was pretty well reflected by the poll results, even though it was capped at only 100 responses this time. Please don’t take all of this too seriously, as our sample size is obviously very... | Read more »
iMedica is an Eletcronic Health Record (”EHR”) Electronic Data Interchange (”EDI”) used for Partner Relationship Management (”PRM”). It is used in the health industry to manage front and back office activities that occur in regular medical business. It utilizes SQL Databases, Active Directory authentication, and streamlined OCR input.
Note: The following assumes that the server is already setup as a DC, and ALL workstations have already been joined to the domain.
Non-Cache Clients are clients that will constantly be in communication with the iMedica server when iMedica is running on the client. To use non-cached clients, first verify users can log onto the machine using Active Directory account. Cache Clients require MSDE or MS SQL Server Personal with Enterprise Manager.
Once all requirements have been completed, an iMedica tech will need access to the server. Create ANOTHER account, with admin privledges. Call iMedica, or follow schedule, and they will... | Read more »
When you connect a new Apple USB Ethernet Adapter or Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter to your Mac, a prompt appears asking if you'd like to use this device for a new network configuration. Follow the steps below to quickly set up an Internet connection through one of these adapters if you've not used that adapter with your Mac before.
I'm not sure if this is documented already. When you create a secure note from Keychain, it will accept an image or movie just as easily as it will accept text. I was able to put an image in one note and a movie in another. You can also play the movie while it's secured inside the note.
Create a secure note from the menu bar, then copy and paste the image into the note. That's it, the image is saved inside a secure note. You're done.
To put a movie inside a secure note, go to the file location on the Finder to locate the movie. Drag the movie to the body of the secure note.
[crarko adds: I'm not sure if it's documented either. This is a fairly old submission in the queue, so things may have changed recently.]| Read more »