OS X

Set my folders free! Earlier this year we received a number of reports from users that were unable to delete, move or rename documents on a new SMB file share. Eventually we were able to narrow it down enough to be able to consistently duplicate what they were seeing. It appears the SMB client in Mac...

  You don't need a bigger boat, you need custom tools. But a bigger boat wouldn't hurt. Here at the Marriott Library we're in the middle of our transition from Radmind to Jamf Pro as our macOS management system. We've supplemented our Radmind deployment with a rich set of utilities and scripts called Xhooks. Continuing the tradition...

Overview There is a great web site that lists the latest Microsoft Office 2016 downloads -  along associated applications like OneNote, Skype for Business 2016, SharePoint Plugin, System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) for Mac, etc. It also has useful tools, scripts and documentation for Mac administrators. This site is intended for administrators not consumers or end-users in collaboration with...

General Overview jamfHelper is a nifty little utility included with Jamf's Casper Suite that can be used to display information, get user input, or even trigger custom events all from the command line or your own custom scripts. There are a number of useful options that can be used to customize the look, feel and functionality of the jamfHelper window. From...

Overview System Integrity Protection or "SIP" is a new security measure implemented in 10.11 "El Capitan". SIP protects access to system locations and restricting runtime attachment to system processes, this security policy guards against compromise — whether accidental or by malicious code. SIP protects file system locations that we are managing with our current client management system...

Overview Casper Remote is an application from JAMF Software that allows you to immediately perform remote management tasks on computers, such as installing packages, running scripts, and binding to directory services.  All of these tasks can be performed via policy in the JAMF Software Server (JSS), however Casper Remote allows you to initiate them immediately. Details In some environments,...

Like a loyal droid, your JSS wants to help! JAMF Software's Casper Suite provides an Application Programming Interface, or API, to communicate with the JAMF Software Server (JSS) database. This allows an enterprise to customize specific areas of the JSS as needed. This is the first in a series of articles that will discuss these APIs...

This post covers OS X Bonjour naming guidelines including overview of tools for retrieving and setting the Bonjour Name on OS X, allowed characters, maximum length, and issues with using tools like scutil, systemsetup, and network setup with setting name....

"Dobroye! Dobroye!" - Jacob Bradshaw. Jacob Bradshaw recently passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was hilarious, kind, thoughtful, and generous to everyone he knew and his laugh was contagious! Jacob started at the University of Utah in September of 2010. He instantly became an integral part of the Marriott Library's...

Overview Firmware Password Manager (FWPM) is my approach to the problem of managing firmware passwords on Apple computers. When I began this project there were no solutions, besides setting the password and never changing it. FWPM allows you to update your firmware passwords quickly and easily. It was originally written as a shell script, but it...