I usually don’t like to discuss books (except in person with friends/colleagues) very much until I have an ISBN number. Well, here it is! My next book is going to address what I consider the most important challenge to Apple Server nerds like myself: can a server really be installed off the app store with no technical skills? I also tackle the meaning of life (somewhere on page 42) in this book, but that’s not nearly as interesting a topic… I am about 80 percent done with it and it should be out within the next 5 to 6 weeks. One of the things that really impresses me about O’Reilly is how fast they can turn my work around, due to their automated publishing environment (if you’ve never written a book in DocBook/XML, you might want to try a chapter or two before you sign a contract as it is nothing like writing in Word or Pages!).
Now that it has an ISBN, the book can now be found on Amazon using the link below. Again, it won’t be out for a few weeks, but it will be fully updated to 10.7.2 and will cover Profile Manager/MDM, the new Podcast Producer and of course Time Machine Server. I go into round tripping WebDAV data w/ iPad/Pages and other oddities specific to iOS as well. Oh, and I added a special appendix on FTP for those still living in the 90s (complete with flannel and greasy hair)!
BTW, the animal is not a Lion, ’cause it was taken…
krypted October 28th, 2011
Start Off Right. Industry legend Guy Kawasaki will kick off the event with the keynote speech at MacTech Conference 2011. Guy Kawasaki is the author of the New York Times bestseller Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, and the former chief evangelist of Apple. See http://www.mactech.com/conference/keynote
Designed for Attendees. Attendees of the 2010 event loved it. Their highest compliment when surveyed is that 100% would recommend the conference … that’s right, 100%! What are MacTech Conference 2011 registered attendees saying? See for yourself at http://www.mactech.com/conference/activities
krypted October 16th, 2011
The latest update of Lion for Mac OS X 10.7.2 comes with an interesting new option, where it prompts users to log into iCloud. This setting is stored in com.apple.SetupAssistant.plist in the DidSeeCloudSetup key. Configuring the boolean with a positive value then suppresses the prompt for the user:
defaults write /System/Library/User Template/Non_localized/Library/Preferences/com.apple.SetupAssistant DidSeeCloudSetup -boolean YES
If you have configured it and you want to run it again, just revert to NO:
defaults write /System/Library/User Template/Non_localized/Library/Preferences/com.apple.SetupAssistant DidSeeCloudSetup -boolean NO
These commands can be sent out through Apple Remote Desktop, or some other patch management system.
krypted October 15th, 2011
Posted In: Mac OS X
Over dinner one night, Matthew Dornquast, the CEO of CrashPlan, was running something by a few of us sitting around the table. Basically, giving access to files that are backed up in CrashPlan to other systems. I don’t think I fully understood what he was talking about (I mean, you can already restore data on any system you install CrashPlan on, right?) and didn’t pay much mind to it. Then, I heard about the CrashPlan app for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch).
After downloading the app, I realized it wasn’t just showing me when my machines last backed up (which it does very nicely). It’s more than that. You can actually download files from your CrashPlan backup, view them and then use the clipboard to shuttle them to another program. For example, the keynote that I had been working on last night opened nicely in the Keynote app on my iPad and I was able to view it on my TV at home by mirroring my iPad to the TV.
This kind of innovation is what I’ve come to expect from these guys. Their deduplication tech far exceeds you getting what you pay for. Unlimited backup to their cloud for the home version is just awesome. Making the home version free for backing up to other computers is just a nice thing to do. And to top it all off, the PROe stuff far exceeds what anyone else can do in terms of edge, or client backups – and they have a nice mass deployment situation, making it easy to both integrate with LDAP and deploy via packages. You can even backup an Xsan with it (to disk of course), making it amongst the least expensive packages for doing so.
Overall, I think what I’m saying is that I think their tech deserves the badass award!
krypted October 14th, 2011
I really had a great time at MacSysAdmin 2011 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The videos of the sessions are now available at http://documentation.macsysadmin.se. The Swedes, Danes, Norwegians and even the Finns are great hosts. And getting to meet people from so many countries in one spot is always fun. Tycho and his cohorts at Apoio just do such a great job planning and thinking every detail through.
Since my demos were a fail (note: you need Internet access to restore iOS devices), I’ll be publishing an article that outlines each of my demos that weren’t able to be delivered at some point in the near future. Also, congrats to all the other speakers. I can’t think of a single session that wasn’t a pleasure to sit through!
krypted October 13th, 2011
Looks like MacTech Advanced Registration is about to close:
Now is the time to register for MacTech Conference, save with advanced registration andjust pay $899. Advance Registration ends October 14th. Register here.
Our large initial hotel room block has already sold out for all nights. We’ve managed to add some more rooms but only a handful of those remain for the main nights. More…
Hope to see you there!
krypted October 11th, 2011
Posted In: public speaking