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General OverviewjamfHelper 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...

OverviewCasper 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.DetailsIn 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...

OverviewFirmware 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...

OverviewIn this post we will be talking about file descriptors and increasing limit descriptors in OS X Yosemite. File descriptors are limited by the OS. This causes some applications and services to return errors. By increasing the limit of file descriptors we can reduce the amount of "too many files open" error. What are File Descriptors?A file descriptor...

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OverviewThe JAMF Distribution Server (JDS) is a distribution point that is managed by the JAMF Software Server (JSS), similar to a computer or mobile device. A JDS is a completely separate server that you install on OS X Server (10.6 or greater) or Linux. It can be used to host packages, in-house apps, and in-house...