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Maybe less of a hint, and more of a "I didn't know you could do that!"
If you have connected to a remote Mac using Screen Sharing and don't have a mounted disk, then you can still copy between the two Macs via drag and drop.
Basically, you take a file from the local Finder and drag it to a window of the remote Finder. This will automatically initiate a copy. The reverse is also true. A little experimenting shows numerous applications can act as source, but in all cases a Finder window needs to be the final destination.
[crarko adds: I've done this for ages using things other than Apple's built-in Screen Sharing program, so I don't know when this became available. Did it come along with AirDrop? The full Remote Desktop program has done this since the beginning.]| Read more »
As suggested by @nbalonso, I don’t think I’m alone in wanting to know what other folks are using, and how they’re hosting the products they maintain/provide services to the workstations under their purview with. We’re focusing on the Mac for now, as the ‘great reckoning and consolidation’ of the numerous iOS platforms is still ongoing. It’s hopefully quick and painless(and anonymous,) so please do lend us a few moments of your time!HTML Forms powered by Wufoo(Submit button not working on iOS? Please click -> here <-)About Allister BanksAllister is excitable, adept at nerd sniping, and professionally is a Solutions Architect for 318 in downtown NYC (and elsewhere.) He contributes to various open source projects and speaks... | Read more »
(Guest post by Allister Banks)
We’re several years in to Apple distributing its installer through its (formerly with the ‘Mac’ prefix) App Store, which if you right-click the bundle you can show package contents, and then navigate to the packages involved in the install as part of an Electronic Software Distribution image(or InstallESD.dmg for short.) Guidance remains the same, however, regarding getting the proper version of the OS to reinstall on your computer – in almost all cases, the newest hardware will only be supported by a ‘forked‘ version of the operating system. That means the process outlined here on Rich Trouton’s DerFlounder blog is still 100% applicable if you need to create and image with a tool like AutoDMG or perform a clean... | Read more »
The Mac OS X v10.6.8 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.| Read more »
The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices.| Read more »
The Mac OS X v10.6.7 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.| Read more »
A vacation for your ears comes mid-winter as Pepijn Bruienne in thunderstorm-y Michigan returns to join Mac Admin (and new father) Derick Okihara in not-snowy Hawaii. Arek Dreyer and Ben Greisler get a shout-out each, DeployStudio goes down main street in a cab, and we even kick it old-school as MUG’s become a topic of discussion. We barely scratch the surface of the goings on in Dericks world during this half hour, so hopefully you will all enjoy the teaser and convince him to join us again soon.Links:http://www.hmaus.org http://barefeats.com http://deploystudio.com/Home.html https://code.google.com/p/munki/ https://twitter.com/dokihara https://twitter.com/bruienne http://enterprisemac.... | Read more »
When re-installing Mountain Lion from the Recovery Partition, the installer needs to check installation eligibility with Apple's servers. If your computer needs to access the Internet through a proxy server for whatever reason, the installer won't pick up on this; it will attempt to make a direct connection, fail, and tell you to contact AppleCare.
As per my earlier hint (10.7: Get the Lion installer to work behind a proxy server), you could simply use the networksetup command in Terminal to get around this. However, as of 10.8 Apple's software download servers appear to require additional checks to verify machine eligibility which - if you're behind a squid proxy server - may require additional configuration changes to squid itself in order for it to work. You may therefore need help from your network administrator for that part ...| Read more »
If you haven’t signed up for one of my favorite conferences ever, MacIT (alongside Macworld) then you should give it a go. If you’ve never been, it’s great and if you’ve been then it’s great to catch up with old friends. I hope to see you there!
MacIT®, taking place March 26-29, 2014, in San Francisco, CA at Moscone Center North (alongside Macworld/iWorld), is the definitive event for understanding Apple technology implementation and management in enterprise environments. Our esteemed faculty of industry experts provide detailed, impartial analysis of the technology and solution chains you face... | Read more »
Apple software uses particular TCP and UDP ports that security software or specific network configurations might block on your computer. Use these steps to find out if TCP ports are blocked or unreachable.| Read more »
After upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 on a MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011 or Late 2011), the F1 and F2 keys may no longer control the brightness of the computer's built-in display.| Read more »
As with all Antivirus packages, we should be checking logs routinely. The following steps basically lay out what to do:
1. Log into servers
2. There are 3 log files we are concerned with:
3. To read the log files perform the following commands with elevated privileges:
4. The Virus Scans are scheduled to run every Saturday at 3am every week.
5. ClamAV only... | Read more »
To All Sydney Mac Admins,Our 2nd Meeting of the year is scheduled for the 26th February.We have a booking at 6pm for the Fulton Room at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to get together with your fellow Sydney Mac Admins. We have a good range of admins attending with representatives from small (20-50 users) and large (thousands of users) environments, to companies with offices throughout the world, universities and non-profits.The meeting usually runs for a few hours, so if you can’t make it by 6pm, we will still be there until at least 9pm.If you can’t make next Wednesday, we are planning on meeting monthly on the last Wednesday of the month.Email Marcus Rowell to register your interest or for more information.About Marcus RowellMarcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is... | Read more »
When assigning a keyboard shortcut to a program's menus in System Preferences, you can run into a problem if more than one menu item in the program has the same name.
If you describe the full 'menu path' using '->' as a delimiter between items (no spaces), then OS X will follow that path and select the correct menu item.
The '->' symbol seems to be used from Mountain Lion and later. Earlier systems use '>' on its own.
I don't claim to have discovered this idea myself, but the hint doesn't seem to be very well-known, so I thought it should be posted here, if it hasn't already.
Credit goes to this discussion thread on the Apple forums.
[crarko a ...| Read more »
When trying to deploy an app purchased using the Volume Purchase Program (VPP), Apple Configurator may state “Unable to redeem code”. The detailed message includes “Please enter your Apple ID and password to redeem your code”, or “MZFinance.RedeemCodeSrvLoginRequired”, along with error code 5103.| Read more »
Here is a method for updating SSH private keys to work with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, using Terminal commands.
chmod +w id_rsa id_rsa.pub
openssl rsa -in id_rsa -out id_rsa # decrypt in place
openssl rsa -in id_rsa -aes256 -out id_rsa # encrypt in place
ssh-keygen -y -f id_rsa > id_rsa.pub # regen public key
chmod 400 id_rsa id_rsa.pub
The source of this hint.
[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. At least not yet. The solution seems to come from a question asked on StackExchange.]| Read more »