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Wednesday March 26

09:45
iPod nano (6th generation): Hardware troubleshooti...

If you have an issue with your iPod nano (6th generation), try these tips first.

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09:43
Update to iOS 7.1.

In Settings, tap General, and then tap Software Update. Follow the onscreen instructions to download and install iOS 7.1.
After installation, the iOS Setup Assistant will guide you through set up.

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09:41
iPod Hi-Fi:Troubleshooting issues with the Apple R...

If you suspect the Apple Remote is not working properly, point the remote at iPod Hi-Fi and press the Play/Pause button. The status light on iPod Hi-Fi should blink. If the light does blink, see iPod Hi-Fi: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for a description of the status light messages. If the status light does not blink:

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09:41
iPod: Unable to sync data with Outlook 2010 64-bit...

If you have an iPod, iPod nano, or iPod classic, you may be unable to sync contacts or calendars with Outlook 2010 64-bit version.
Symptom 1

The following dialog may appear on your computer:

"The 64-bit version of Outlook is not supported with this iPod."
"There is no default mail client or the current mail client cannot fulfill the messaging request. Please run Microsoft Outlook and set it as the default mail client."

Symptom 2

There is no option to "Sync to Microsoft Outlook" in the Contacts and Calendars preferences panel in iTunes. iTunes might also display the message "Microsoft Outlook must be installed in order to synchronize contacts/calendars."

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08:30
Managing Windows Processes Through PowerShell

You can use the get-process and stop-process commandlet lets to manage troublesone issues in Windows Server. In the following example, we’ll use the get-process commandlet to obtain some information about the Store.exe process, which is causing our server to run poorly:
get-process Store*
Which returns the following:
Handles NPM(K) PM(K) WS(K) VM(M) CPU(s) Id ProcessName
------- ------ ----- ----- ----- ------ -- -----------
221 8 -871013 -1941127 -13 43.67 1234 Store
Here, you see the process ID and can kill the process using the stop-process command let:
stop-process -id 1234
You can then start the process back up if needed:
start-process Store.exe -verb open

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06:00
Password Hints and Retries in OS X

You can customize the number of times that you enter an incorrect password before you get the password hint in the loginwindow on OS X. To do so, use the defaults command to send a RetriesUntilHint integer key into com.apple.loginwindow.plist stored at /Library/Preferences using the following command:
defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow RetriesUntilHint -integer 10

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06:00
Paste an address and Contacts will parse it

I'm not sure how long this has been the case, but if you copy an address, say from a web site, and paste it into the first address field (street) in Contacts, Contacts will parse appropriately.

For example, try:

1234 Easy St
Pleasantville, CA 43402

When pasted into Contacts it will correctly place the City, State and Zip into the appropriate fields.

[crarko adds: OK, I'll admit I don't know when this was introduced either because I'd long ago stopped looking for it. Nice to know data detectors keeps being improved.]

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Monday March 24

09:39
About the OS X Server v3.1.1 Update

Learn about changes included in the OS X Server v3.1.1 Update.

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06:00
Access Qlogic Switches & Other Java Apps From...

Qlogic fibre channel switches are about the most common I see in Xsan environments. A common frustration when managing a Qlogic switch is that the Java runtime used to manage the switch is blocked from most OS X systems by default. But it’s pretty easy to get into them with a couple of minor adjustments.
To get started, first download and install the latest Java from here. Once installed, open System Preferences on your Mac and then open the Java Preferences. Here, click on the Security tab.

Click Edit Site List… In the pop-up, click Add and enter http:// followed by the name or IP address of your switch.

Click on OK to commit your changes. Then access the... | Read more »

06:00
10.9: Run sysdiagnose with keyboard shortcut

The command-line utility sysdiagnose can be triggered by pressing Cmd+Opt+Ctrl+Shift+Period, and it may take a few minutes to complete. When ready, the output will automatically be revealed in a Finder window (or it can be manually retrieved from /var/tmp).

What sysdiagnose Collects:

  • A spindump of the system
  • Several seconds of fs_usage ouput
  • Several seconds of top output
  • Data about kernel zones
  • Status of loaded kernel extensions
  • Resident memory usage of user processes
  • All system logs, kernel logs, opendirectory log, windowserver log, and log of power management events
  • A System Profiler report
  • All spin and crash reports
  • Disk usage information
  • I/O Kit registry information
  • Network status
  • If a specific process is supplied as an argument: list of malloc-allocated buffers in the process's heap is collected
  • ...

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Sunday March 23

13:41
30 Years of the Mac – Video

Tim Perfitt of Twocanoes Software has put together a nice video showcasing the thirty years of Macintosh models.I’ve owned eight of them, mostly portables.  How about you?Read more about the video on the Twocanoes blog.About Samuel KeeleySamuel Keeley is a Mac Systems Administrator at Dropbox. He can frequently be found in ##osx-server on Freenode, or on Twitter @keeleysam.Mail | Web | Twitter |... | Read more »

06:00
Produce Random Complex Passwords in Excel

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time normalizing data in Excel. And when I needed to generate a bunch of passwords for a project, I almost switched to another tool to do so. But I decided that I was already in Excel so I might as well do it there. Excel has a couple of random (pseudorandom) number and character functions in RAND() and RANDBETWEEN(). In its simplest, let’s just pick a number between one and ten:
=RANDBETWEEN(1,10)
Now let’s pick a number that’s 9 characters after a decimal:
=RAND()
Or make it a regular nine character number:
=RAND()*1000000000
Regrettably numbers are OK for passwords. So let’s bump up our game a little and produce a random letter that can be used in a password (64+26=90):
=CHAR(RANDBETWEEN(65,90))
Or for more complex characters (thus allowing for more modern passwords):
=CHAR(TRUNC(RAND()*90+33))
You can then add an ampersand after and throw it in again, like so (minus the = to kick... | Read more »

Saturday March 22

06:00
Test Volume Speeds for Xsan Metadata Controllers

I have used a variety of tools for testing the speed of Xsan volumes. But none have been as easy as the BlackMagic Disk Speed Test. It’s cute, it’s fast, it’s very informative and it requires no Terminal, unlike the other tools I’ve used for years. To use Disk Speed Test, first download it from the Mac App Store (it’s free). Then mount the volume you’d like to test and open the Disk Speed Test app.

 
Click on the Settings icon in the middle and select the volume you’d like to test.

Then click Start. Enjoy.

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Friday March 21

17:37
Script to Create Exchange Mailboxes for Active Dir...

Here’s a little powershell script to enable mailboxes based on an OU and put their new mailbox into a given database. To customize, change OU=ORGANIZATIONALUNIT,DC=companyname,DC=com to the DN for the OU you are configuring. Also, change DATABASENAME to the name of the information store that you’d like to use for the mailboxes in that OU.
Import-module activedirectory
$OUusers = Get-ADUser -LDAPfilter ‘(name=*)’ -searchBase {OU=ORGANIZATIONALUNIT,DC=companyname,DC=com}
foreach($username in $OUusers)
{
Enable-Mailbox -Identity $username.SamAccountName -database {DATABASENAME}
}

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12:30
OS X Server (Mavericks): Font profiles with payloa...

OS X Server v3.1 or later allows you to create font payloads using Profile Manager. If you include a font larger than 2MB, the payload may not deploy.

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Thursday March 20

09:45
OS X Server: Managing Safari plug-in options using...

In Safari 6.1.2 and 7.0.2, Safari plug-in options can be managed using the configuration profiles feature of OS X Server.

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Wednesday March 19

20:28
Take a screenshot on your Mac

Learn how to take pictures of your screen (screenshots) on your Mac. These screenshots are saved as files on your desktop.

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Tuesday March 18

09:12
Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware

On my blog, I have written a 3 page blogpost about virtualizing OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware.In the blogpost I try to answer the below questions:

  • What is required to virtualize OS X?
  • Which hardware is supported, and which hardware works?
  • How to license OS X in a virtual environment?
  • What are best practices for running OS X in a virtual environment?
  • How to safely deploy OS X from a template?
  • How to backup OS X in a virtual environment?

Check out the blogpost here: Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardwareAbout Mads Fog AlbrechtslundFormer Apple Expert turned Virtualization Consultant. Now passionate about both Apple technology and VMware virtualization. Working for Businessmann A/S in Denmark.... | Read more »

05:46
About the OS X Server v3.1 Update

Learn about changes included in the OS X Server v3.1 Update.

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05:43
About Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2

Learn about Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2.

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Monday March 17

18:47
Sydney (Australia) Mac Admins March 2014 Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins,Our 3rd Meeting of the year is scheduled for the 26th of March.We have a booking at 6pm for the Fulton Room at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.This months agenda: 6:00-6:30pm – Drinks and Introductions. 6:30-7:30pm – Main presentation: “Six quick wins that you can implement in an afternoon to make managing your macs easier”. The idea is to present in 5-15 minutes a mud map on how to implement a solution that can be done in an afternoon that makes your job and your users jobs easier. We have a few ideas, but welcome further submissions, even on the night. 7:30-8:00pm – What is bugging you this week? A chance to share issues that you are facing in your environment and get help from your fellow admins. Also an opportunity to share issues that you have solved that may help others. 8:00pm – informal discussion.If you can’t make next Wednesday, we are planning on meeting monthly on the last Wednesday of the month.Email... | Read more »

Tuesday March 11

08:13
Apple TV: How to change the language

Learn how to change the language setting on your Apple TV if it is incorrect, or if you accidentally changed the language to one you don't understand.

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Monday March 10

12:19
Hidden AirPlay feature in the AppleTV 6.1 (iOS 7.1...

Here’s one that will make educators and education network administrators realllllly happy. There’s a hidden gem in the AppleTV 6.1 update that was released today.In addition to bonjour negotiation for AirPlay, iOS 7.1 devices will also look for AirPlay sources over bluetooth when doing it’s scan! This means you do NOT need bonjour to AirPlay.Requirements:1) Apple TV with version 6.1 (released 3/10/14) 2) iOS device with version 7.1 (released 3/10/14) 3) IP connectivity between the two devicesI tried a Mac with 10.9.2 and it didn’t see the AppleTV as an AirPlay source over bluetooth. That may be coming in a future update.Make sure your AppleTV is updated to 6.1. You can see that this AppleTV is on an ethernet connection with a 10.10.X.X subnet IP Address. Also make sure bluetooth is ON on your AppleTV.  As you can see on my iOS device, it’s on a Wifi network with a 10.6.X.X subnet address. This VLAN does not... | Read more »

10:50
Understanding Home Sharing

Home Sharing in iTunes lets you share your iTunes media libraries between up to five computers in your household. You can also use Home Sharing to play your iTunes content on your iOS devices and Apple TV (2nd generation) if they are connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

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09:47
About the security content of Apple TV 6.1

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 6.1.

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