Hi all. Welcome to the final part of my blog series on client security for end users. This final time I will be discussing the final measure, remote wiping a device. As before, this is geared more towards your average end-user rather than IT administrators, but it may provide you with ideas for your own end users. The usual Disclaimer: While the author has taken care to provide our readers with accurate information, please use your discretion before acting upon information based on the blog post. Amsys will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to… read more →
Hello and welcome to this Amsys Training Podcast about time machine. My name’s Hugo and today I will be taking you through the 1st episode of a series of 3 about Time Machine in 10.8. In this podcast we will be talking about: An overview of Time Machine How to setup Time Machine How to recover from Time Machine And some advance setups in both GUI and command line What is Time Machine? Time Machine is an Apple built-in backup solution, that backups your Mac to an external drive, Time Capsule or Mac Server with a single click. … read more →
Since Apple obsoleted their ACSA System Administrator Certification and courses, my fellow trainers and I have been creating our own courses to provide Apple Techs more advanced training after they have completed the Apple ACTC Certification Our popular Advanced Deployment course is now available for Mountain Lion, providing you with an intense three day programme aimed at ACSA level system administrators who require an in-depth knowledge of how to deploy OS X systems and software. The course will cover the following topics: Deployment Planning Deploying Individual Items and Containers Installation Packages Creating Entire System Images Deploying System Images Post Imaging… read more →
By David Acland and Richard Mallion In a previous blog (Caching Service Part 1), we discussed the Caching service that Apple shipped with the latest update to OS X Server. In this blog we will discuss some of the advanced settings available. In addition to the standard server.app “on/off” functionality, there is a config file that has a load of extra options. The values are stored in /Library/Server/Caching/Config/Config.plist. There is a long list of options but the ones that appear most interesting are: CacheLimit Default value – 0 (unlimited) This option sets the amount of disk space (in bytes) that… read more →
By Richard Mallion and David Acland So one of the advantages of Apple moving OS X Server to a single app is that they can deliver faster updates and new features. Last week Apple delivered an update to OS X Server, bringing it up to version 2.2. Along with the various bug fixes and tweaks they added a rather interesting new service called the Caching service. So what does this caching service do? The caching service helps speed up the download of software distributed through the Mac App Store. Which is aided by caching both software updates and purchased apps… read more →
By Richard Mallion So in my previous “Save as is Back” blog I mentioned Apple had brought back the “Save-As’ feature that most of us have missed. You need to be slightly careful if you use this as Apple have changed the behaviour slightly. What happens now is if you take a document, make some changes then perform the “Save-As”, you end up with the new file as you would expect but the original file also gets saved with the changes as well so you end up with two identical files. Obviously you can revert the old document back to a… read more →
By Richard Mallion So, Mountain Lion client and server have been out for approx a week. One of the controversies of the server product is the apparent removal of the DHCP service. It is true that Apple for some reason has decided to remove all traces of the DHCP service from the UI. The revamped Server.app does not list it as a service to manager, the old server admin application is deprecated and it’s also missing from the command line tool ‘serveradmin’ . However it’s not all bad news, the DHCP service is in fact still there, but it now… read more →
One nice addition to the Terminal application in Mountain Lion is if you command drag a folder to the Terminal application, it will cd to the directory being dragged. If you drag a file, then it cd’s to the directory containing that file.
By Richard Mallion So, one of the nice things regarding Mountain Lion is that Apple has brought back the Save As option which was dropped in Lion and replaced with Duplicate. It’s slightly hidden, but to activate it just hold down the option key when visiting the File menu as shown below. You will notice that the default key combination is not the easiest to use or remember, the Duplicate feature now uses the key combination that Save-As used to have. This can be easily reverted by visiting Keyboard preference pane. If you go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard… read more →
By Richard Mallion Quick tip. Mountain Lion normally only shows the scroll bars in a window when their is activity such as scrolling. If you have a track pad just tap with two fingers and the scroll bars will appear.