Monthly Archives: October 2011

Tools and information for managing Mac OS X client

Infoworld published an article today that is a good overview – but – it should be emphasized the article is a start – and just that – seemingly geared towards those with only a beginner’s knowledge of what’s available and possible for managing Mac OS X in a centralized manner. Be it with available directory services (Microsoft’s Active Directory, or Apple’s Open Directory, and others), or where no centralized service(s) are available or an option.
See http://www.infoworld.com/t/mac-os-x/its-guide-managing-macs-in-the-os-x-lion-era-177361

Workgroup Manager is a free download from Apple, and can be used in conjunction with Mac OS X clients bound to Active Directory (beyond the scope of this post) or via dslocal (see links below). For Mac OS X 10.7 you should install the 10.7.2 version of the Server Admin tools and use the version of Workgroup Manager included with it.
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1457

For 10.6 clients, see
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1403

Note that you should use a version of Server Admin tools (namely, Workgroup Manager) that matches your client OS as closely as possible. For example, see
http://support.apple.com/downloads/#10.6%20server%20admin%20tools

Some additional key tools you should know about are (one is mentioned in the comments for the Infoworld article):

Munki
http://code.google.com/p/munki/
For managing software installation(s) on Mac clients
– Server: “A Munki server is simply a web server. It is nothing else. You do not need the munki tools installed on the server. It is possible to use a NAS appliance as a Munki server. You are simply setting up a filesystem on a web server for clients to access. Common choices: Mac OS X Server, a Linux Server, in other words a webserver product (i.e. Apache) running on a box with some way to get files on and off it. Good choices for transferring files to and from the munki server include file sharing via AFP, SMB or NFS”
– client: Mac OS X (client) workstation

Reposado – for hosting Apple software updates.
https://github.com/wdas/reposado
“you may use any existing web server you wish (but) Reposado… currently relies on the command-line “curl” binary to download updates from Apple’s servers. curl is available on OS X, RedHat Linux, and many other OSes, including Win32 and Win64 versions. See http://curl.haxx.se for more information.”

Apple Remote Desktop – for easy adjustment of client settings, client support (screen sharing), pushing out (Apple) package-installer compliant software installs, and more.
http://www.apple.com/remotedesktop/

dslocal mcx (client-local mcx for “Managed Client for Mac OS X”)
See http://www.afp548.com/article.php?story=using-mcx-in-the-dslocal-domain
and http://managingosx.wordpress.com/2008/02/07/mcx-dslocal-and-leopard/

Please contact the Core Solution Group if you would like to begin planning and implementation of one or more of these tools.

Farewell, Steve Jobs. RIP.

http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/

After much reading and thinking about the passing of Steve Jobs, the following are two of the favorite shared tidbits I came across about the man:

http://blog.pluckytree.org/2011/10/last-time-i-saw-steve-jobs.html

“…the problem with children is that they carry your heart with them. The exact phrase was, ‘It’s your heart running around outside your body.’ That’s a Steve Jobs quote.”
http://www.businessweek.com/printer/magazine/eric-schmidt-on-steve-jobs-10062011.html