Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

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…

January 30th, 2008

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac Security

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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!

January 29th, 2008

Posted In: Football

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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

January 28th, 2008

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security

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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

January 27th, 2008

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac Security

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

January 26th, 2008

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac Security

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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.

January 25th, 2008

Posted In: Windows Server

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

January 24th, 2008

Posted In: Interviewing

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

the /var/run/slapd.args file

January 23rd, 2008

Posted In: Mac OS X Server

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January 22nd, 2008

Posted In: Business, sites

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Rookie mistake = renting a car in China Town…

January 21st, 2008

Posted In: Consulting, On the Road, personal

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