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Sunday April 20

06:00
The 25 Nerdiest Kid Movies

Movies, movie trailers and TV shows helped to validate that many of us were on the right track (or wrong track) in school. For those that were kinda’ smart (or like me, liked being with the smart ones even if they weren’t smart) there was a whole stream of movies, starting with the advent of computers and moving forward until the cliché was beaten right into the poor dead horse with a party hat. So if you’re raising a kid and you want to start them off right or just validate them that they have started off right, here are some movies to help you along that path. From grade school to high school. Must glorify without making too much fun. Must not be animated (that would be a whole other list). The nerd (or kid who all nerds openly want to be) must be the protagonist.

  • War Games is about Ferris Bueller (or a younger, nerdy whiz kid of a Ferris Bueller) who connects into a top secret military mainframe and ends up with complete control over the United... | Read more »

Saturday April 19

06:00
DeviceScout

DeviceScout is a tool that leverages JAMF’s Casper Suite to show administrators vital statistics and show alerts on client systems. These alerts display some of the critical aspects of systems, from encryption to disk capacity to backups, there are a number of pretty cool aspects of DeviceScout.

Using the device view, you can view serial numbers, device types, check-in status, boot volumes, memory, etc. It’s a lot of insight into what you have on your systems. I’m a huge fan of such visibility. You will need to be running Casper to leverage DeviceScout, but it provides a very simple interface for management and even techs to see what’s going on in your enterprise in as quick a manner as possible. Inventory, security status, backup status and a support menu at your fingertips.
With very simple pricing, check out what they have to offer at ... | Read more »

Friday April 18

06:00
Grep, Search, Loops and Basename for Powershell Ho...

Simple request: Search for all files in a directory and the child directories for a specific pattern and then return the filename without the path to the file. There are a few commandlets we end up needing to use:

  • Get-ChildItem: Creates a recursive array of filenames and pipes that output into the For loop.
  • ForEach-Object: Starts a for loop, looping through the output of the command that has been piped into the loop (much easier than an IFS array IMHO).
  • If: This starts the if pattern that ends after the select-string in the below command, but only dumps the $_.PSPath if the pattern is true.
  • Select-String: Searches for the content in the file.
  • Split-Path: This is the Powershell equivalent of basename and dirname. You can use this commandlet to extract parts of the path to a file. In this case, we’ll use the -Leaf option which effectively runs the basename, or just the file name in the path to a file.

Get-ChildItem -... | Read more »

Thursday April 17

06:00
Scale Printing in Preview for OS X

Basically, if I’m printing something in OS X from Preview I want it to scale to fit the page. Luckily, I’m not the only one. To enable this option, use defaults to write a boolean key called PVImagePrintingScaleMode as TRUE and viola:
defaults write com.apple.Preview PVImagePrintingScaleMode -boolean TRUE
To then disable this option, swap PVImagePrintingScaleMode to false:
defaults write com.apple.Preview PVImagePrintingScaleMode -boolean FALSE

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06:00
Using Time Machine on unsupported volumes

I wanted to use Time Machine on my exFAT hard drive, but turns out that these volumes aren't supported from Time Machine! There is a very simple way to use Time Machines on unsupported hard drives, as long as you follow these instructions carefully you shouldn't have any issues at all.

First, connect the unsupported volume (in this case, an exFAT external hard drive.) When it mounts, open the Terminal and type these commands, substituting 'My External HDD Name' for the name of the unsupported volume.

cd /Volumes
cd 'My External HDD Name'

Next, type this code, substituting for your needs:

hdiutil create -size 320g -type SPARSEBUNDLE -fs "HFS+J" MacBook-Backup.sparsebundle
open MacBook-Backup.sparsebundle

Here, a 320GB sparse bundle named 'MacBook-Backup' is being made and mounted. You can change these values as you see fit. From herein, I'll refer to the sparse bundle name as 'MacBook-Backup'.
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03:26
OS X: Using me.com or mac.com IDs with AIM in iCha...

To ensure a secure and reliable experience, customers using a mac.com or me.com ID to login to the AIM service via iChat must upgrade their Mac to OS X version 10.7.2 or later by May 17, 2014 to continue using the AIM service. 

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Wednesday April 16

06:00
Configure Syslog Options on a Meraki

Meraki has a syslog option. To configure a Meraki to push logs to a syslog server, open your Meraki Dashboard and click on a device. From there, click on “Alerts & administration”.

At the “Alerts & administration” page scroll down to the Logging section. Click on the “Add a syslog server” link and type the IP address of your syslog servers name or IP. Put the port number into the Port field. Choose what types of events to export. This could be Event Log, Flows or URLs, where:

  • Event Log: The messages from the dashboard under Monitor > Event log.
  • Flows: Inbound and outbound traffic flows generate syslog messages that include the source and destination and port numbers.
  • URL: HTTP GET requests generate syslog entries.

Note that you can direct each... | Read more »

Tuesday April 15

17:41
Scrum Master 101
14:22
OS X Server: How To Configure RADIUS Server Trust...

This article explains how to set trust properly when using configuration profiles.

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12:33
iMovie (2013): Tips For iMovie ’11 Users

iMovie (2013) introduced an all-new, streamlined design. If you used a previous version of iMovie, you’ll find that some features work differently or have moved to a different part of the app. Learn about these changes with the topics below.

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06:00
Shell BUILTINs Available In Powershell

The following are Shell builtins from BSD/Mac that are available in Powershell (note the obvious lack of a builtin command):

  • alias
  • break
  • cd
  • chdir
  • command
  • continue
  • do
  • echo
  • end
  • exit
  • fc
  • for
  • foreach
  • history
  • if
  • kill
  • popd
  • pushd
  • pwd
  • return
  • set
  • switch
  • trap
  • type
  • where
  • while
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06:00
10.8: AppleScript to close iCal Alerts

I'd just installed OS X 10.8, and booted to find the right side of my screen covered in Birthday and Calendar notifications! Since installing I've clicked 'Close' on way too many iCal notification alerts.

Here's a script to close them all for you in one fell swoop. Since I still want iCal to popup a Notification alert for event alarms I've set, I don't want to simply disable all the iCal notifications (or set them to temporary banner alerts).

However, it still occurs that sometimes a small pile of alerts have accrued while I was away from the computer, and I really hate hitting 'Close' a bunch of times.

So, followng is a script to simply close all the piled-up Notification Alerts. The script was put together using these two webpages for inspiration: http://macosxautomation.com/mavericks/notifications/01A.html (most of the nice code comes from here) and ...

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Monday April 14

08:36
OS X: FaceTime calls no longer connect when using...

When using FaceTime with OS X Snow Leopard, you may not be able to send or receive calls.

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06:00
MacSysAdmin 2014!

Well, it’s that time of the year when one of my favorite conferences opens up registration! Come one, come all to MacSysAdmin for good times, good people and lots of fun Macinnerdiness! I hope to see you there! The official page is up at http://www.macsysadmin.se.

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Sunday April 13

06:00
Use Syslog on Windows

There are a number of tools available for using Syslog in a Windows environment. I’ll look at Snare as it’s pretty flexible and easy to configure. First download the snare installation executable from http://sourceforge.net/projects/snare. Once downloaded run the installer and simply follow all of the default options, unless you’d like to password protect the admin page, at which point choose that. Note that the admin page is by default only available to localhost.
Once installed, run the “Restore Remote Access to Snare for Windows” script.

Then open http://127.0.0.1:6161 and click on Network Configuration in the red sidebar. There, we can define the name that will be used in syslog (or leave blank to use the hostname), the port of your syslog server (we used 514 here) and the... | Read more »

Saturday April 12

06:00
Heartbleed in Comics

Friday April 11

12:51
About Safari 7.0.3

The Safari 7.0.3 update is recommended for all OS X Mavericks users and contains improvements to compatibility, stability, and security.

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08:27
AirPrint Basics

AirPrint enables instant printing from iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac without the need to install drivers or download software. Simply select an AirPrint printer and print. It's that simple.

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06:00
Stashbox: Turning a Mac Mini Into A Logstash and K...

You have a lot of boxes. You would like to be able to parse through the logs of all those boxes at the same time, searching for a given timestamp across a set of machines for a specific string (like a filename or a port number). elasticsearch, logstash and kibana are one way to answer that kind of need. This will involve downloading three separate packages (which for this article, we’ll do in /usr/local) and creating a config file.
First, install the latest Java JDK. This is available at jdk8-downloads-2133151.html.
The following is going to download the latest version of logstash and untar the package into /usr/local/logstash (I like nesting that logstash-1.4.0 inside logstash so when the next version comes out I can have it there too, I have plenty of space so keeping a couple versions back helps in the event I need some old binary and can’t get to it ’cause they revved... | Read more »

Thursday April 10

13:00
Redirect Logs To A Syslog Server In OS X

I could have sworn that I’ve written this up before, but I just tried to link it into the article for tomorrow and it’s not on my site, so here goes. To redirect logs in OS X to a syslog server, open /etc/syslog.conf and add the following line (assuming an IP of 10.10.10.92 – replace that with the IP of your syslog box):
*.*                                       @10.10.10.92
To customize the port number (e.g. 9200) use @10.10.10.92:9200 instead. This should be instant but you can always use launchctl to unload and reload syslog if for some reason it isn’t. If you’re scripting this you can then programmatically send some information to the server. For example, if you enter the following, you should see an entry for testtesttest in your syslog server for the host you just configured:
logger testtesttest

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06:00
Hey Active Directory, Can I Trade Some PowerShell...

According to how you’ve been creating accounts, you might be the best friend of the office manager, who calls looking to see if you can generate a quick phone list. Or you might be useless. Either way, you should know how to obtain the data and therefore possibly how to be helpful to others. Or again, you might be a lost cause. Sorry, had to be said before I take over the entire Tri-State area. Anyway, let’s assume that you want to just grab the office phone number and that you’ve entered that into Active Directory. So let’s pull that and print it to the screen:
Get-AdUser -Filter * -Properties OfficePhone | FT OfficePhone,UserPrincipalName
Now that you can dump a list to the screen, let’s pipe the output to CSV instead, so we can open it in Excel:
Get-AdUser -Filter * -Properties OfficePhone | FT OfficePhone,UserPrincipalName | grep Export-CSV c:\phonelist.csv

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06:00
Create very unique signatures in Preview

You can make signatures in Preview that are pen and ink style drawings.

I don't know if this has been posted yet, or if it is generally known, but I stumbled upon a neat feature of signatures in Preview.app. When you create a signature, if you you don't hold up a piece of paper with a signature on it, and simply smile for a mug shot, Preview will create a signature that is a neat pen and ink style image of yourself, or whatever is in front of the camera. I've created several, that for the right client, can be used as a humorous alternative to an actual signature. I also used a screen capture of the signature on a document and made the image into a Facebook Profile picture.

[crarko adds: Well I didn't know about it. Most folks use Photo Booth to do things like this, I'd guess, but I always appreciate a creative use of a program.]

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Wednesday April 9

06:00
Create a Forest Trusts In Active Directory

Trusts in Active Directory allow objects from one Domain or Forest to access objects in another Domain or Forest and allows administrators. To setup a trust:

  • Login with a user in the Domain Admins group if you are setting up a Domain trust or Enterprise Admins if you are setting up a Forest trust (if you cannot use an account in one of these groups, you can use an account in the Incoming Forest Trust Builders group)
  • Open Administrative Tools
  • Open Active Directory Domains and Trusts
  • Right-click the name of the domain
  • Click Properties
  • Click on the Trust tab
  • Click New Trust
  • Click Next
  • Click on the Trust Name page
  • Type the DNS or NetBIOS name of the forest you are connecting to
  • Click Next.
  • Click on the Trust Type page
  • Click Forest trust
  • Click Next
  • Click on the Direction of Trust page
  • To create a two-way (transitive) forest trust, click Two-... | Read more »

Tuesday April 8

11:53
Volume Purchase Program: Requesting free iLife and...

If your business or educational institution is part of the Apple Volume Purchase Program, you can make iLife for iOS (iPhoto and iMovie) and iWork for iOS (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) available to your users for free. This is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that are iOS 7 compatible.

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06:00
Change Active Directory Forest Mode With A Script

Changing the Forest Mode in Active Directory can be scripted. I find this useful when regression testing such tasks in a sandbox (e.g. restore image, automate login, change mode, run tests, etc). The script is very simple. First, you’ll import he ActiveDirectory modules:
Import-Module -Name ActiveDirectory
Then you’ll check for the mode prior to running:
Get-ADForest | Format-Table ForestMode
Then you’ll change the forest and domain modes (one per line):
Set-ADForestMode –Identity “krypted.com” –ForestMode Windows2008Forest
Set-ADDomainMode –Identity “krypted.com” –DomainMode Windows2008Domain
Then you’ll report the result:
Get-ADForest | Format-Table Name , ForestMode
The end result could be as simple as three lines if just testing:
Import-Module -Name ActiveDirectory
Set-ADForestMode –Identity “krypted.com” –ForestMode Windows2008Forest
Set-ADDomainMode –Identity “krypted.com” –DomainMode Windows2008Domain... | Read more »

 
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