Monthly Archives: January 2008

Mac OS X Mac Security

Full Disk Encryption and Cost

If you require Full Disk Encryption for all laptops in your organization then don’t forget to calculate the costs of doing so.  There is the chance that you might not need to provided you can control what company assets can leave the environment, but the cost of implementing a solution to do so might outweigh the cost of purchasing FDE software for the Mac populace…


Georgia Bulldogs vs. Hawaii

Let’s see – Colt Brennan vs. the Bulldogs.  Am I the only one excited?  I mean, we have a tendency of walking into a game like this and overlooking the team (West Virginia, Boston College) but I think we’re going to walk into this game prepared!

Mac OS X Mac OS X Server Mac Security

Mac OS X: Hey, where's my admin user?

Hiding an admin user is a fairly straight forward task in Mac OS X.  To do so, open Terminal and run the following command:

defaults write /Library/Preferences/ Hide500Users -bool YES

Now, what if you sit down at a machine and you don’t see an expected admin user?  Well, use that same command with a NO at the end to (hopefully) bring it back:

defaults write /Library/Preferences/ Hide500Users -bool NO

Mac OS X Mac Security

Mac OS X: Changing Passwords from the Command Line

passwd can change passwords.  dscl can also change a password for an account (in this case the cedge account) using the passwd extension: 

dscl . -passwd /Users/cedge

Mac OS X Mac Security

Mac OS X: Editing Local Directory Store in Raw

Raw mode.  That’s how you edit the local directory store when the system isn’t running.  Have fun.

Windows Server

Windows Server 2003: Repadmin

To determine where a given change has replicated, use the following command:

repadmin /showmeta “CN=username,OU=staff,DC=318,DC=com” <Name of DC>

<Name of DC> is the host name of the domain controller you want to check for the replicated parameters.


Interview Tips – January 2008

Confidence is confidence inspiring.  Be confident in an interview but not cocky.

Mac OS X Server

Mac OS X Server: slapd arguments

How do I know what arguments were used when launching slapd?

the /var/run/slapd.args file

Business sites

Google: The New SourceForge

Consulting On the Road personal

On the Road: San Francisco Treat

Rookie mistake = renting a car in China Town…