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We’re thrilled to share new features in Office Mix that make it easier to create, share, and find online interactive lessons and presentations. Haven’t tried it yet? Then go to OfficeMix.com to check it out!
Office Mix is a great way to build an “on-demand” version of your presentation. Many of you have told us that you love using Office Mix, but also wish you could build your mixes live, while you were actually giving your presentation.
In response, we’ve improved Office Mix to let you create and record while presenting, which we call “live mixing.” In the recording view, Office Mix now shows an optimized cockpit that lets you work efficiently by showing only the most used features for creating your mix, and maximizing the presentation area for your live audience. We’ve also made it easier to switch the camera on and off, select ink and move through your slides and animations.
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There are three ways to create users in Yosemite Server (the Server app running on Yosemite if you’re so bored you feel the need to try and correct me). The first is using the Server app, the second is using the Users & Groups System Preference pane and the third is using the command line. In this article we will look at creating users in the Server app.
To do so, open the Server app and connect to your server. Then click on the Users entry in the ACCOUNTS list. The list of users is displayed, based on the directory domain(s) being browsed. A directory domain is a repository of account data, which can include local users, local network users and users in a shared directory service such as Open Directory and Active Directory.
The drop-down list allows you to see objects that are stored locally as well as on a shared directory server. Click on the plus sign to create a... | Read more »
Office Mix allows you to turn your PowerPoint decks into interactive online lessons or presentations. It adds functionality to PowerPoint 2013 so you to record audio or video of yourself presenting, write on your slides as you speak to them, insert quizzes, polls, online videos, and more.
We will be joined by Microsoft Distinguished Scientist Anoop Gupta, the Office Mix godfather, who sold the concept to Steve Ballmer before a line of code was written and also leads the team who has built it.
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Doors open at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time and we start promptly at... | Read more »
Getting started with Messages Server couldn’t really be easier. Messages Server in the OS X Yosemite version of the Server app uses the open source jabber project as their back-end code base (and going back, OS X has used jabber since the inception of iChat Server all the way through Server 3). The sqlite setup file is located at /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/private/var/jabberd directory and the autobuddy binary is at /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/bin/jabber_autobuddy. The actual jabberd binary is also stored at /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/libexec/jabberd, where there are a couple of perl scripts used to migrate the service between various versions as well.
Setting up the Messages service is simple. Open the Server app and click on Messages in the Server app sidebar.
Click on the Edit… button for the... | Read more »
Push Notifications can be used in most every service in the Server app, especially in 3.5 for Yosemite (which I still like to call Yosemite Server as it makes me think of Yosemite Sam in a tux, pouring champagne). Any service that requires Push Notifications will provide the ability to setup APNS during the configuration of the service. But at this point, I usually just set up Push Notifications when I setup a new server.
To enable Push Notifications for services, you’ll first need to have a valid AppleID. Once you have an AppleID, open the Server app and then click on the name of the server. At the Overview screen, click on Settings.
At the Settings screen for your server, click on the check-box for “Enable Apple push notifications.” At the Apple Push Notification Services... | Read more »
The logs in Xcode Server (Server 3) by default point to /Library/Server/XcodeLogs/credserver.log. This takes all of the output from xcscredd and xcscredhandler. If you’re doing a lot of debugging then logs can be pointed to another location, such as another drive. The path to the logs is defined in the /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/LogConfiguration directory. The file to edit is a standard property list, XCSCredentialServer.plist:
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
Once open, look for a key called logPath. Change that to the desired path, such as /Volumes/MyDrive/Logs/credserver.log and then restart the service:
serveradmin stop xcode; serveradmin start xcode... | Read more »
Note: I’m going to turn this into a page and keep working on it. This is the draft; since it’s been sitting in the WordPress drafts for over a year, I thought I should do something with it…
What makes a movie nerdy? Comic books, hacking, robotics, fantasy and straight-up-nerdiness. There are a lot of movies that really hit on some of these topics. Some do it well and others do a terrible job. Everyone is going to have their favorites, but I wanted to share mine well in advance of Memorial Day if only to help you prep to stay indoors and get just a little more pasty than you got this winter. Given the subjective nature of the nerdy factor, I’ve chosen not to rate these in any particular order. Instead I’m grouping them by sub-nerdy-genre. Hope you enjoy!
Nerds Make Good
The Server 3 app that comes with Yosemite (aka Yosemite Server if you’re a Yosemite Sam fan) is great. But when you go making changes to some things, you’re just going to cause problems, sometimes something as simple as just upgrading to the latest and greatest version of Server… I know, you’ve been told that host name changes and IP changes are all kinds of OK at this point; “look, Charles, there’s a button!” Well, go ahead, click it. Don’t mind me, you might just be alright. But then again, you might not… And upgrades that use a migration wizard… Um, when it works it’s a thing of beauty. But when it doesn’t, you might be restoring some stuff from backup. But just before you do that restore, let’s try one more thing. Let’s try and rebuild some certificates and configuration settings that shouldn’t impact actual service operation. Let’s try to reset the Server app and let a fresh install of the Server see if it can fix issues.
Now, I want to be clear, this is the last resort... | Read more »
The Server app, when run on OS X Yosemite, comes with a few new alerting options previously unavailable in versions of OS X. The alerts are sent to administrators via servermgrd and configured in the Server app (Server 3.5). To configure alerts in Yosemite Server, open the Server app and then click on Alerts in the Server app sidebar. Next, click on the Delivery tab.
At the Delivery screen, click on the Edit button for Email Addresses and enter every email address that should receive alerts sent from the server. Then click on the Edit button for Push Notifications. Here, check the box for each administrator of the server. The email address on file for the user then receives push notifications of events from the server.
Click on OK when you’ve configured all of the... | Read more »
Yosemite Sam Server (Server 3.5 running on OS X Yosemite) sees little change with the FTP Service. Instead of sharing out each directory the new incantation of the FTP service allows administrators to share a single directory out. This directory can be any share that has previously been configured in the File Sharing service or a website configured in the Websites service.
To setup FTP, first open the Server app and then click on the FTP service.
Once open, use the Share: drop-down list to select a share that already exists (output of sharing -l basically) and click on one of the shares or Custom to create a new share for FTP. Then, set the permissions as appropriate on the share and hit the ON button for the FTP service.
Now, let’s test from a client. I like to use the... | Read more »
OS X Server has long had a VPN service that can be run. The server is capable of running the two most commonly used VPN protocols: PPTP and L2TP. The L2TP protocol is always in use, but the server can run both concurrently. You should use L2TP when at all possible.
Sure, “All the great themes have been used up and turned into theme parks.” But security is a theme that it never hurts to keep in the forefront of your mind. If you were thinking of exposing the other services in Yosemite Server to the Internet without having users connect to a VPN service then you should think again, because the VPN service is simple to setup and even simpler to manage.
Setting Up The VPN Service In Yosemite Server
To setup the VPN service, open the Server app and click on VPN in the Server app sidebar. The VPN Settings screen has two options available in the “Configure VPN for” field, which has two options:
Kudos to Take Control (including Joe Kissell and Schools McFarland here) for being on the spot with getting Yosemite titles out in alignment with the release of the actual operating system. To put you in control of Apple’s new OS X 10.10 Yosemite they have three books for you today: the first two are straightforward and useful, and the third has more real-world, practical advice for the modern Mac user than anything we’ve published recently. To quote the release information today, they are:
* “Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite,” by Joe Kissell
* “Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course,” by Scholle McFarland
* “Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course,” also by Joe Kissell
Download them from your Take Control Library > http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/account
We’re really excited (and tired, after finishing publication after midnight last night) about these books because... | Read more »
The software patching configuration built into most operating systems is configured so all that a user has to do is open a box at home, join the network and start using the computer right away. As environments grow from homes to small offices and then small offices grow into enterprises, at some point software updates and patches need to be managed centrally. Yosemite Server (OS X Server 3), as with its OS X Server predecessors has a Software Update service. The service in the Server app is known as Software Update and from the command line is known as swupdate.
The Software Update service, by default, stores each update in the /var/db/swupd directory. The Software Update servie is actually comprised of three components. The first is an Apache server, invoked by the /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.swupdate.host.plist LaunchDaemon. This LaunchDaemon invokes a httpd process and clients access updates from the server based on a... | Read more »
Mail is one of the hardest services to manage. Actually, mail is pretty simple in and of itself: there’s protocols people use to access their mail (such as IMAP and POP), protocols used to communicate between mail servers and send mail (SMTP, SMTPS) and then there’s a database of mail and user information. In Mavericks Server, all of these are represented by a single ON button, so it really couldn’t be easier. But then there’s the ecoysystem and the evil spammers.
As a systems administrator of a large number of mail servers, I firmly believe that there is a special kind of hell where only spam is served at every meal for spammers. Here, the evil spammers must also read every piece of spam ever sent for eternity. By the end (aka Ragnarok), they should have the chemically induced stamina of a 16 year old with the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, enough pills of other types to not be able to use that stamina, plenty of African princes looking to donate large sums of... | Read more »
Original release date: October 17, 2014
All systems and applications utilizing the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 3.0 with cipher-block chaining (CBC) mode ciphers may be vulnerable. However, the POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) attack demonstrates this vulnerability using web browsers and web servers, which is one of the most likely exploitation scenarios.
US-CERT is aware of a design vulnerability found in the way SSL 3.0 handles block cipher mode padding. The POODLE attack demonstrates how an attacker can exploit this vulnerability to decrypt and extract information from inside an encrypted transaction.
The SSL 3.0 vulnerability stems from the way blocks of data are encrypted under a specific type of encryption algorithm within the SSL protocol. The POODLE attack takes advantage of the protocol version negotiation feature built into SSL/TLS to force the use of SSL 3.0 and then... | Read more »
Yanzhao Zhang is a program manager on the Lync team.
We are delighted to announce the release of new Lync Online client devices report, which tells you how many users in your organization have used one specific type of device to take part in peer-to-peer or conference in a specified month. The metrics in this report are available through PowerShell Cmdlet: Get-CsClientDeviceReport, RESTFul WebService API: CsClientDeviceMonthly as well as a graphical report in Office 365 admin center for client devices.
New metrics covered in the report
Currently the report covers users on Windows PC devices, Windows Phones, Android devices and on iPhones and iPads.
Number of unique users who signed in to Lync and participated in at least one peer-to-peer session or conference during the... | Read more »
You can export profiles from Apple Configurator or Profile Manager (or some of the 3rd party MDM tools). You can then install profiles by just opening them and installing. Once profiles are installed on a Mac, mdmclient, a binary located in /usr/libexec will process changes such as wiping a system that has been FileVaulted (note you need to FileVault if you want to wipe an OS X Lion client computer). /System/Library/LaunchDaemons and /System/Library/LaunchAgents has a mdmclient daemon and agent respectively that start it up automatically.
To script profile deployment, administrators can add and remove configuration profiles using the new /usr/bin/profiles command. To see all profiles, aggregated, use the profiles command with just the -P option:
As with managed preferences (and piggy backing on managed preferences for that matter), configuration profiles can be assigned to users or computers. To see just user profiles, use the -L option:... | Read more »
SSH allows administrators to connect to another computer using a secure shell, or command line environment. ARD (Apple Remote Desktop) allows screen sharing, remote scripts and other administrative goodness. SNMP allows for remote monitoring of a server. You can also connect to a server using the Server app running on a client computer. To enable all of these except SNMP, open the Server app (Server 3), click on the name of the server, click the Settings tab and then click on the checkbox for what you’d like to enter.
All of these can be enabled and managed from the command line as well. The traditional way to enable Apple Remote Desktop is using the kickstart command. But there’s a simpler way in OS X Mavericks Server (Server 2.2). To do so, use the serveradmin command. To enable ARD using the serveradmin command, use the settings option, with info:enableARD to set the payload... | Read more »
Apple began rolling out new features with the new Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) program last year. There are lots of good things to know, here. First, the old way should still work. You’re not loosing the stuff you already invested in such as Configurator with those codes you might have used last year with supervision. However, you will need an MDM solution (Profile Manager, Casper, Absolute, FileWave, etc) to use the new tools. Also, the new token options are for one to one (1:1) environments. This isn’t for multi-tenant environments. You can only use these codes and options for iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 and 10.10. Also, if you install your vpptoken on Yosemite Server and you’re running that same vpptoken elsewhere, Yosemite Server will take all of the codes that have been issued for itself (feature or bug, you decide).
But this article isn’t about the fine print details of the new VPP. Instead, this article is about making Profile Manager work with your new VPP token. Before... | Read more »
OS X Yosemite running the Server comes with the /usr/sbin/serverinfo command (introduced in Mountain Lion Server). The serverinfo command is useful when programmatically obtaining information about the very basic state of an Apple Server.
The first option indicates whether the Server app has been downloaded from the app store, which is the –software option:
When used, this option reports the following if the Server.app can be found:
This system has server software installed.
Or if the software cannot be found, the following is indicated:
This system does NOT have server software installed.
The –productname option determines the name of the software app:
If you change the name of the app from Server then the server info command won’t work any longer, so the output should always be the following:
The –shortversion command returns the version of the Server app being... | Read more »