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Hey Devops peeps! Got this, so just quoting and posting:

Just a reminder that the Early Bird rate for the MacDeployment Conference ends on Monday (May 16) at 23:59 MT. This applies both to the Conference day (June 16, CAD $75) as well as the Conference + Workshop days package (June 16 + 17, CAD $275). While the conference is meant to serve (and further build) the Mac Admins community in Alberta (Canada), it is open to all. Speakers include Tom Bridge, Luis Giraldo, Tim Sutton, and Teri Grossheim. For further information, visit macdeployment.ca.

You should go.

May 16th, 2016

Posted In: Consulting, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, MacAdmins Podcast, Mass Deployment

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As promised, here’s my presentation on becoming an Apple-centric Managed Services Provider that I gave at ASMC last week. ASMC_MSP

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May 11th, 2016

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server

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One of my favorite things to do every year is head to Gothenburg to see Tycho, Patrik, and the rest of the wonderful country of Sweden (and city of Gothenburg). It’s a great city and Tycho does a great job to curate MacSysAdmin into an informative conference. And, the site is now live to buy your tickets for the 2016 event!

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It’s one of those conferences that sells out, so don’t wait too long to pick up your ticket! 🙂

May 10th, 2016

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, MacAdmins Podcast, Mass Deployment

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My presentation from MacADUK from the fall is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRq6rCKSHko. This was a rapid fire look at a lot of the tools available for Mac and MDM management.

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Thanks again to everyone at Amsys for putting on such a wonderful conference and for inviting me to be involved. And for making the videos available to anyone!

May 9th, 2016

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment, public speaking

The serveradmin command can also be used to run commands. For example, to reset the service to factory defaults, backup then delete the configuration files for each site and then run the following command:

sudo serveradmin command web:command=restoreFactorySettings

This is pretty timely as I’ve seen a very high rate of pretty messed up configurations from the Server 4 to Server 5 upgrades. Basically, what seems to happen is that older servers, that were running let’s say Server 2 and Server 3 and Server 4 and now Server 5 will have a little cruft. Sites with older configurations that are incompatible with the latest proxy-based config. And finding the specific problem vs the time it takes to just reset and rebuild any specific settings is rarely worth it. So, there ya’ go. If you get errors like “Websites are turned off. An administrator can turn them on using the Server application.”  when you try to view any page other than the index.html page of a custom site, then you can probably just trash the config and go from there.

Enjoy.

May 7th, 2016

Posted In: Mac OS X Server

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May 6th, 2016

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server

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I’m pretty big on privacy. Actually, I don’t need much privacy; I’m an open book. But I try to be very respectful of the privacy of others. Still, there are certain valid circumstances to send all mail that goes to an OS X Server to an email address. Maybe you have an automation that picks up mail from support staff and files it into software for ticketing, maybe you have a legal hold. In many cases, it’s not my place to judge the validity of such requests; only to find ways to implement them.

To bcc all mail to an OS X Server, first disable the feature from Postfix so you can enable it in serveradmin. First, edit the postfix config file, /Library/Server/Mail/Config/postfix/main.cf. Open the file in your favorite text editor and remove the line that starts with always_bcc. Then close the file and save.

Next, run the following command to enable the option:

sudo serveradmin settings mail:postfix:always_bcc_enabled = yes

And finally, define the email address, which I’ll use krypted@krypted.com to do:

sudo serveradmin settings mail:imap:postmaster_address = "krypted@krypted.com"

Enjoy the deluge!

May 3rd, 2016

Posted In: Mac OS X Server

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A number of systems require you to use complex characters in passwords and passcodes. Here is a list of characters that can be used, along with the name and the associated unicode:

  •    (Space) U+0020
  • ! (Exclamation) U+0021
  • ” (Double quotes) U+0022
  • # (Number sign) U+0023
  • $ (Dollar sign) U+0024
  • % (Percent) U+0025
  • & (Ampersand) U+0026
  • ‘  (Single quotes) U+0027
  • ( (Left parenthesis) U+0028
  • ) (Right parenthesis) U+0029
  • * (Asterisk) U+002A
  • + (Plus) U+002B
  • , (Comma) U+002C
  • – (Minus sign) U+002D
  • . (Period) U+002E
  • / (Slash) U+002F
  • : (Colon) U+003A
  • ; (Semicolon) U+003B
  • < (Less than sign) U+003C (not allowed in all systems)
  • = (Equal sign) U+003D
  • > (Greater than sign) U+003E (not allowed in all systems)
  • ? (Question) U+003F
  • @ (At sign) U+0040
  • [ (Left bracket) U+005B
  • \ (Backslash) U+005C
  • ] (Right bracket) U+005D
  • ^ (Caret) U+005E
  • _ (Underscore) U+005F
  • ` (Backtick) U+0060
  • { (Left curly bracket/brace) U+007B
  • | (Vertical bar) U+007C
  • } (Right curly bracket/brace) U+007D
  • ~ (Tilde) U+007E

April 29th, 2016

Posted In: iPhone, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment

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I thought I posted this previously, but it doesn’t appear as though I did. Server 5, Roundcube installer. Get better mail on OS X Server if you’re misguided enough to use the service. 🙂

https://topicdesk.com/downloads/tools/roundcube-for-os-x-server/

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April 29th, 2016

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Precache, available at https://github.com/krypted/precache, is a script that populates the cache on an OS X Caching server for Apple updates. The initial release supported iOS. The script now also supports caching the latest update for an AppleTV. To use that, there’s no need to include an argument for AppleTV. Instead, you would simply  run the script followed by the model identifier, as follows:

sudo python precache.py AppleTV5,4

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April 28th, 2016

Posted In: Apple TV, iPhone, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, precache

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