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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! Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 2.59.40 PM 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. Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 7.58.38 AM 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

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 do a lot of testing on MacBook Airs and the latest MacBooks. Neither have a built-in Ethernet port and I try not to travel with one. But, when you enable the Caching Server service in OS X on a machine without an active Ethernet connection, the AssetCache will report an error of the following:
Wireless portable computer not supported
The cause is pretty obvious, but bypassable because of how the sanity check was built. Simply run the following: sudo serveradmin settings caching:Interface = en0 Now try again. Enjoy. PS: Since people always jump on the article where I talk about how to do things that shouldn’t be done in production, I mostly use this for testing. Don’t do it in production… And if you enjoy being judgmental about things, please feel free to find something constructive to do with your time, like write up how to do something that everyone else can judge you harshly for…

April 23rd, 2016

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

Any time I need to get a bunch of cruft out of Software Update Server on OS X Server, I just reset it real quick. To do so, simply remove /Library/Server/Software Update. But first, it’s important to stop the service, and once removed, set the port back up (which isn’t done automatically), and then start the service (swupdate). As this has become somewhat routine, I made a micro-script of it here. Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 10.22.32 PM

April 14th, 2016

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

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Trying our best to get better, like if you were to watch Star Wars Episodes I through VI, the MacAdmins podcast now has an Episode II. No Jar Jar, but I’m there, so close enough! Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 12.02.01 AM Find it at http://podcast.macadmins.org/2016/04/04/episode-2-in-depth-with-ios-9-3/ hammer2

April 5th, 2016

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

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My latest Huffington Post article, Twenty Cool Things You Can Do with Box is online here. It begins:
If you are looking for a secure and uncomplicated and file sharing service, you will find box.com to be a wonderful way to share files from any device. Today, it is easier than ever for businesses to operate globally regardless of how large or small they are. This is because of the digital age that makes works products easy to share or transfer. Here are twenty cool things that you can do with box.com.
Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 9.12.58 PM For more, click here.  

April 1st, 2016

Posted In: Apps, cloud, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment

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Casper 9.9 has shipped! After the most thorough of testing and field enablement, JAMF has shipped Casper 9.9, with tons of new awesomeness for iOS 9.3. You now have the ability to do Lost Mode, which allows you to see where a lost device is, and allows your users the peace of mind that their privacy is protected by informing them that administrators looked at the location of a device (and you can assign a custom Lost Mode message, for example providing a reward for the return of a lost device). You can also manage a number of Notification Center features. You now have the ability to use the Classroom App in conjunction with education device deployments. You now have the ability to unlock new, great payloads, such as placing badges where you want them on a home screen. You can also now use the B2B App Store with Casper. And for the first time, you also have the ability to show and hide apps! And cool new features aren’t limited to iOS. Casper can also now manage Active Directory bindings with DEP devices using the Active Directory/LDAP payloads, streamlining those workflows in a more supportable fashion. And manage user account types. This brings us closer and closer to true zero-touch deployments. And lots of issues are resolved that make your installation (e.g. detecting Java versions) and management (e.g. some cool new screens) more and more stable and user friendly with each release! So log into JAMF Nation, and check out Casper 9.9 in your testing environment, and unlock all the new coolness. 🙂 Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 11.04.27 AM

March 31st, 2016

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

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I’ve been thinking a lot about content strategy and the why and when of how articles are posted. I’ll keep writing whatever I want, whenever, often times based on what I happen to be working on at that moment. In other words, I actually have no content strategy for krypted, and I don’t feel the need to implement one. But at least I explored it, thought about it, and got a few notes down for friends who do want one, or are thinking about it. That article went up on Huffington Post yesterday at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-edge/the-importance-of-having-_2_b_9563304.html. A snippet of the article:
Search engine optimization (SEO) involves strategies and techniques that, when used properly, increases the amount of people that come to your website via search engines, like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Bing. Getting enough content, and more importantly the right content, on your site is your content strategy. As a business owner you always need to try new, interesting, and interactive ways to promote your company. And one of the best things you can do is to create a good content strategy for your organization’s website.
A business owner, or marketing employee in a small business is likely to wear a lot of hats. In large companies, there are often teams of people creating, editing, releasing, and strategizing what content to create on a website. How does a smaller organization compete for a similar audience? A good content strategy at a small business can help keep you focused and provide a unique experience to your readers. You can get material out faster than if articles have to pass through multiple layers of approval before going public. Timely pieces can mean getting to audiences before the competition can catch up. And having a personable and authentic voice can keep readers coming back to your site.
Not only does a good content strategy allow you to take your business to the next level, but it also offers a wide range of other benefits, as you can see below!
Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 8.47.37 AM Click here to read more… The one point I didn’t think to make was once you have a good content strategy in place, it becomes much easier to outsource the creation of content. You can bring in professional content creators (writers). And then you can hopefully just edit their work. I’ve never had the greatest of luck with that, so I just keep writing stuffs. But I know a lot of people who have, and a lot of people that do this work, and do it really… really… well!

March 30th, 2016

Posted In: Articles and Books, Interviewing, Mass Deployment, Product Management, public speaking, Small Business

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When I was speaking at MacADUK, I asked Tom Bridge about starting a podcast. He’s got a great voice, and I thought he’d be a great co-host. Before we were able to get to that when we got home, Adam Codega, independently of the conversation I’d had with Tom, dropped a note on Twitter to see who else might be interested in doing a Podcast. A few people responded that they’d be interested in also jumping in on a new Podcast. Over the next few weeks, decisions were made that the podcast would be hosted as a part of MacAdmins.org, the format, the hosting location, and lots of other really cool stuff. And some of us got together and recorded the first episode. And then, last night, we recorded the second episode just in time to get that into editorial before Episode 1 is released. And soooooo, episode 1 is out! It includes Tom Bridge, Emil Kausalik, Adam Codega, and myself. We also have an interview with some of the organizers from the Penn State Mac Admins conference, which I wasn’t able to sit in on, but find just fantastic. And Tom did some of the editing. Aaron Lippincott (@dials-Mavis) did a lot of work on the mastering and deserves lots of credit there (he made everyone sound way betterer). And John Kitzmiller did a lot of work on the domain and website and DNS type of stuff, as well as helping with hosting of the podcast assets as well. And Adam’s done a lot of work on the back end linking things together, so a great team effort. The next episode also features Pepijn Bruienne and Marcus Ransom (who I lovingly decided we should call the He-Man of the Mac Universe) and covers the latest iOS 9.3 release, as well as some information about the Classroom app. So stay tuned for that, but click below to give the episode a listen, or find on iTunes once it appears (and I’ll post a link to that once we can). Overall, I’m really stoked to get this thing going, and that the group has built a great system for future episodes, that should be sustainable for many, many episodes. I’m also really stoked to be able to get to work with this specific group – I’m a big fan of everyone, and I look forward to many episodes to come! So follow on Twitter at @MacAdmPodcast and feel free to let us know if you’ve done something awesome and we should mention it or interview you!
Episode 1: It Begins
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March 28th, 2016

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

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