Managed Preferences Part 3 – Miscellaneous In my last two posts I discussed the potential uses for managing Mac clients and how to configure them. In this post I’ll go over two related points that may be a little advanced for some support staff but are handy to know. The User Template folder Have you ever wondered how Mac OS X knows what folders to give a newly created user account? Well, it cheats! There’s a restricted access folder located in /System/Library called User Template. This folder contains a set of the standard home folder folders and files, including a large… read more →
In my last post I discussed the potential uses and requirements for managing Mac clients in a dual directory environment. In this post, I will delve in deeper to discuss how you can actually configure these settings. First things first Before you jump in, you will need to have the Mac server configured and integrated into the Active Directory (AD) domain. The Mac Server will need to become an Open Directory (OD) Master connected to another Directory, and the client will need to be bound to both the AD and OD. Finally, you will need to download and install the… read more →
Over the last month or so, I have had the pleasure of working on deploying Mac computers into a large school network. The solution includes the typical AD authentication and login, full network deployments as well as the ability to centrally and remotely manage the client machines. Leaning on my previous experience and recent refresher in these matters, I have decided to write up some general advice on managing Mac clients. I will intentionally try not to delve too deeply into the theory behind Managed Preferences as this will be covered in the next part of our education white paper … read more →
After much anticipation, we are finally able to release Richard’s Keynote from the two successful half day iOS Development seminars held at Amsys Soho. Be the first to know about our free seminars, events and workshops by filling in the form below – as places for our technical events fill up quickly.
This white paper has been broken into three parts Active Directory Integration Centralised Mac workstation management Mac workstation deployment In this first installment we are discussing how to successfully integrate Macs into Active Directory. Centralising your directory of user credentials in Active Directory has very clear benefits. What is not so clearly documented are the range of issues establishments face when they attempt to integrate Macs for the first time. The things to consider are: What tool / product will you use to facilitate the Active Directory connection? There are a range of free and commercial tools that you can… read more →