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Using mcxToProfile With the Casper Suite for Advanced Configuration Profiles
Using mcxToProfile With the Casper Suite for Advanced Configuration Profiles

JAMF Software’s Casper Suite has the ability to use Configuration Profiles (Apple’s preferred method for managing OSX and iOS) since version 8.0, and introduced Apple Push Notification Service (APNS) support since Casper Suite 8.4. The combination of using Configurations Profiles with APNS allows administrators the ability to push management settings, which will be installed immediately and securely on their client machines. However, Apple has been slow to provide Configuration Profiles a 1:1 feature parity that Mac Administrators were used to be able to configure through MCX via Workgroup Manager (RIP). There is a need to extract legacy MCX Settings and convert them into a working Configuration Profiles to manage options in a meticulous fashion: thus mcxToProfile. [ Read More... ]

Resizing a VMware Fusion Ubuntu Server Logical VHD (via Guided Partitioning)
Resizing a VMware Fusion Ubuntu Server Logical VHD (via Guided Partitioning)

In my previous article Resizing a VMware Fusion Ubuntu Server Virtual Drive (via Easy Mode), I described what was needed to enlarge your Virtual Drive (VHD) on a VMware Fusion VM that was setup by the “Easy Install” method. If you are confused by what the “Easy Install” method is, there is a prompt when creating a new VM that asks you to provide information for a new account: [ Read More... ]

Resizing a VMware Fusion Ubuntu Server Virtual Drive (via Easy Install Mode)
Resizing a VMware Fusion Ubuntu Server Virtual Drive (via Easy Install Mode)

Let us pretend that you have an Ubuntu Server which has been running for several years and it has been doing it’s assigned task(s) nicely, until one day you make a change to your methodology/assumptions/workflow/tasks therefore the allocated Virtual Drive (VHD) size is no longer sufficient. There are many reasons for this, but I ran into this issue twice in one weekended because I enabled a JDS as a Distribution Point (thus MySQL was eating needing a lot of space) and wanting to test multiple NetBoot NBI sources (because 10.10.2 seems to be causing imaging troubles). I need to increase the size of two different VHDs, however if you setup your Ubuntu Server via “Easy Install Mode” enlarging the VHD is not that strait forward. [ Read More... ]

Using Octopress 3 With Secret And/or Key API Tokens
Using Octopress 3 With Secret And/or Key API Tokens

One thing that I love about Octopress is the support is GREAT! I’ve posted several questions in the past month in troubleshooting new features with Octopress; with Brandon Mathis providing quick, easy to understand, and pleasant replies. You also have the resources of other Octopress/Jekyll users in using their plugins to enhance your site such as adding adding Flickr images or embedding Twitter posts by referencing their unique identifier. This is all done by using each third-party’ (Flickr or Twitter) dev environments. [ Read More... ]

Generic Ubuntu Server Setup Scripts for Networking and VMware Tools
Generic Ubuntu Server Setup Scripts for Networking and VMware Tools

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of Ubuntu Server installs for JumpStarts with their intended use to become a JSS or JDS server. It’s easy to spin up a full clone or linked clone on my laptop, but when I’m at customer’s location they usually only have an ISO that was downloaded some time ago… so we’re starting from scratch. With a brand new Ubuntu Server VM, there are a few steps that you need to perform to make your life easier in the long run. [ Read More... ]