• Best practices in 2015: Managing settings in Mac OS X & iOS

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    To continue our best practices series for 2015, this time around I’d like to describe the methods for settings management. This is focusing on the central management of settings for the Mac OS such as the login window layout, and for installed applications such as Microsoft Word or GarageBand although also includes iOS. Why manage […]

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  • Revise IT announced as a finalist in Surrey Digital Awards 2015

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    Revise IT has come a long way since we launched a series of free revision apps for Apple techs five years ago. Therefore, we are delighted to announce that Revise IT is a finalist in Mobile App Category at the Surrey Digital Awards 2015! What are The Surrey Digital Awards? The awards were have been […]

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    Firefox 34 and newer CCK2 lockdown detection Casper Extension Attributes

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    Hey again! As mentioned in my previous blog, with version 34 and 35 of Firefox, Mozilla changed the locations for the lock-down files. As a result, my previous Casper Extension Attribute would not correctly detect that the lock-downs are installed for these versions of Firefox. So I got off my backside and re-wrote it! Extension […]

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    The technical interview 101 – Part 1

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    I wanted to write down some thoughts and experiences with interviewing from both the interviewee and the interviewer perspective, which I will be sharing with you over the next few weeks. Part 1 We should start with the Interviewer finding the right Candidate(s). A good interview technique will not turn a BAD candidate into a […]

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    OS X Yosemite hidden feature series – Part 2

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    Following on from Part 1 in this Yosemite series, looking at features of Yosemite that are not so well known or perhaps even hidden, Part 2 will focus on added features to the Apple Safari web browser app. Apple have spent a lot of time on their web browser, and it really is a strong […]

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    Exporting Users from OS X Server for Yosemite

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    With the release of OS X Server for Yosemite, Apple retired Workgroup Manager, thus leaving us System Admins no GUI method of exporting users and groups out of the server. The old Workgroup Manager tool gave us the ability to both export and import users / group records, the Server app can just import users. […]

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    Changes to CCK 2 usage with Firefox 35

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    Hello again. Apologies in advance for another blog on Firefox but with a combination of frequent updates and Mozilla (again) changing where the files need to be placed to use CCK, I felt it was needed. *Sigh* Firefox is starting to feel like Adobe Flash Player… [/personal whine]. To take full advantage of this blog, […]

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    Creating your first boot script

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    Why create a first boot script? Anyone who is using the modular deployment technique will have hit the first stumbling block very early on. If you’re deploying an unbooted, unconfigured OS, how do you get it past the Apple setup assistant? After getting past this hurdle, lots of other questions start cropping up like “how […]

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    Getting the LDAP distinguished name for an AD user

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    Sometimes when I’m integrating Macs (and other systems) with Active Directory they ask for the full LDAP distinguished name of the user I’m using to authenticate. This is the user name in the traditional LDAP format: cn=username,ou=something,DC=amsys,DC=com (for example). In some cases, if it’s a fairly vanilla and small AD install you can take an […]

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    OS X Yosemite certified courses arrive at Amsys

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    Happy New Year! I hope that you had a wonderful break, are fully rested and ready to embrace what 2015 has to offer! Just before Christmas, Mandy and I scheduled our very first set of 10.10 Apple Certified course dates, the first of which can be found below. Call 0208 645 5806 or email training@amsys.co.uk […]

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