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Wednesday April 16

07:00
Configure Syslog Options on a Meraki

Meraki has a syslog option. To configure a Meraki to push logs to a syslog server, open your Meraki Dashboard and click on a device. From there, click on “Alerts & administration”.

At the “Alerts & administration” page scroll down to the Logging section. Click on the “Add a syslog server” link and type the IP address of your syslog servers name or IP. Put the port number into the Port field. Choose what types of events to export. This could be Event Log, Flows or URLs, where:

  • Event Log: The messages from the dashboard under Monitor > Event log.
  • Flows: Inbound and outbound traffic flows generate syslog messages that include the source and destination and port numbers.
  • URL: HTTP GET requests generate syslog entries.

Note that you can direct...

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Tuesday April 15

18:41
Scrum Master 101
15:22
OS X Server: How To Configure RADIUS Server Trust in...

This article explains how to set trust properly when using configuration profiles.

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13:33
iMovie (2013): Tips For iMovie ’11 Users

iMovie (2013) introduced an all-new, streamlined design. If you used a previous version of iMovie, you’ll find that some features work differently or have moved to a different part of the app. Learn about these changes with the topics below.

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07:00
Shell BUILTINs Available In Powershell

The following are Shell builtins from BSD/Mac that are available in Powershell (note the obvious lack of a builtin command):

  • alias
  • break
  • cd
  • chdir
  • command
  • continue
  • do
  • echo
  • end
  • exit
  • fc
  • for
  • foreach
  • history
  • if
  • kill
  • popd
  • pushd
  • pwd
  • return
  • set
  • switch
  • trap
  • type
  • where
  • while
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07:00
10.8: AppleScript to close iCal Alerts

I'd just installed OS X 10.8, and booted to find the right side of my screen covered in Birthday and Calendar notifications! Since installing I've clicked 'Close' on way too many iCal notification alerts.



Here's a script to close them all for you in one fell swoop. Since I still want iCal to popup a Notification alert for event alarms I've set, I don't want to simply disable all the iCal notifications (or set them to temporary banner alerts).



However, it still occurs that sometimes a small pile of alerts have accrued while I was away from the computer, and I really hate hitting 'Close' a bunch of times.



So, followng is a script to simply close all the piled-up Notification Alerts. The script was put together using these two webpages for inspiration: http://macosxautomation.com/mavericks/notifications/01A.html (most of the nice code...

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Monday April 14

09:36
OS X: FaceTime calls no longer connect when using...

When using FaceTime with OS X Snow Leopard, you may not be able to send or receive calls.

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07:00
MacSysAdmin 2014!

Well, it’s that time of the year when one of my favorite conferences opens up registration! Come one, come all to MacSysAdmin for good times, good people and lots of fun Macinnerdiness! I hope to see you there! The official page is up at http://www.macsysadmin.se.

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Sunday April 13

07:00
Use Syslog on Windows

There are a number of tools available for using Syslog in a Windows environment. I’ll look at Snare as it’s pretty flexible and easy to configure. First download the snare installation executable from http://sourceforge.net/projects/snare. Once downloaded run the installer and simply follow all of the default options, unless you’d like to password protect the admin page, at which point choose that. Note that the admin page is by default only available to localhost.

Once installed, run the “Restore Remote Access to Snare for Windows” script.

Then open http://127.0.0.1:6161 and click on Network Configuration in the red sidebar. There, we can define the name that will be used in syslog (or leave blank to use the hostname), the port of your syslog server (we used 514 here) and...

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Saturday April 12

07:00
Heartbleed in Comics

Friday April 11

13:51
About Safari 7.0.3

The Safari 7.0.3 update is recommended for all OS X Mavericks users and contains improvements to compatibility, stability, and security.

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09:27
AirPrint Basics

AirPrint enables instant printing from iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac without the need to install drivers or download software. Simply select an AirPrint printer and print. It's that simple.

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07:00
Stashbox: Turning a Mac Mini Into A Logstash and...

You have a lot of boxes. You would like to be able to parse through the logs of all those boxes at the same time, searching for a given timestamp across a set of machines for a specific string (like a filename or a port number). elasticsearch, logstash and kibana are one way to answer that kind of need. This will involve downloading three separate packages (which for this article, we’ll do in /usr/local) and creating a config file.

First, install the latest Java JDK. This is available at jdk8-downloads-2133151.html.

The following is going to download the latest version of logstash and untar the package into /usr/local/logstash (I like nesting that logstash-1.4.0 inside logstash so when the next version comes out I can have it there too, I have plenty of space so keeping a couple versions back helps in the event I need some old binary and can’t get to it ’cause they revved...

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Thursday April 10

14:00
Redirect Logs To A Syslog Server In OS X

I could have sworn that I’ve written this up before, but I just tried to link it into the article for tomorrow and it’s not on my site, so here goes. To redirect logs in OS X to a syslog server, open /etc/syslog.conf and add the following line (assuming an IP of 10.10.10.92 – replace that with the IP of your syslog box):

*.*                                       @10.10.10.92

To customize the port number (e.g. 9200) use @10.10.10.92:9200 instead. This should be instant but you can always use launchctl to unload and reload syslog if for some reason it isn’t. If you’re scripting this you can then programmatically send some information to the server. For example, if you enter the following, you should see an entry for testtesttest in your syslog server for the host you just configured:

logger testtesttest

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07:00
Hey Active Directory, Can I Trade Some PowerShell...

According to how you’ve been creating accounts, you might be the best friend of the office manager, who calls looking to see if you can generate a quick phone list. Or you might be useless. Either way, you should know how to obtain the data and therefore possibly how to be helpful to others. Or again, you might be a lost cause. Sorry, had to be said before I take over the entire Tri-State area. Anyway, let’s assume that you want to just grab the office phone number and that you’ve entered that into Active Directory. So let’s pull that and print it to the screen:

Get-AdUser -Filter * -Properties OfficePhone | FT OfficePhone,UserPrincipalName

Now that you can dump a list to the screen, let’s pipe the output to CSV instead, so we can open it in Excel:

Get-AdUser -Filter * -Properties OfficePhone | FT OfficePhone,UserPrincipalName | grep Export-CSV c:\phonelist.csv

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07:00
Create very unique signatures in Preview

You can make signatures in Preview that are pen and ink style drawings.



I don't know if this has been posted yet, or if it is generally known, but I stumbled upon a neat feature of signatures in Preview.app. When you create a signature, if you you don't hold up a piece of paper with a signature on it, and simply smile for a mug shot, Preview will create a signature that is a neat pen and ink style image of yourself, or whatever is in front of the camera. I've created several, that for the right client, can be used as a humorous alternative to an actual signature. I also used a screen capture of the signature on a document and made the image into a Facebook Profile picture.



[crarko adds: Well I didn't know about it. Most folks use Photo Booth to do things like this, I'd guess, but I always appreciate a creative use of a program.]

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Wednesday April 9

07:00
Create a Forest Trusts In Active Directory

Trusts in Active Directory allow objects from one Domain or Forest to access objects in another Domain or Forest and allows administrators. To setup a trust:

  • Login with a user in the Domain Admins group if you are setting up a Domain trust or Enterprise Admins if you are setting up a Forest trust (if you cannot use an account in one of these groups, you can use an account in the Incoming Forest Trust Builders group)
  • Open Administrative Tools
  • Open Active Directory Domains and Trusts
  • Right-click the name of the domain
  • Click Properties
  • Click on the Trust tab
  • Click New Trust
  • Click Next
  • Click on the Trust Name page
  • Type the DNS or NetBIOS name of the forest you are connecting to
  • Click Next.
  • Click on the Trust Type page
  • Click Forest trust
  • Click Next
  • Click on the Direction of Trust page
  • To create a two-way (transitive) forest trust, click Two-...
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Tuesday April 8

12:53
Volume Purchase Program: Requesting free iLife and...

If your business or educational institution is part of the Apple Volume Purchase Program, you can make iLife for iOS (iPhoto and iMovie) and iWork for iOS (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) available to your users for free. This is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that are iOS 7 compatible.

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07:00
Change Active Directory Forest Mode With A Script

Changing the Forest Mode in Active Directory can be scripted. I find this useful when regression testing such tasks in a sandbox (e.g. restore image, automate login, change mode, run tests, etc). The script is very simple. First, you’ll import he ActiveDirectory modules:

Import-Module -Name ActiveDirectory

Then you’ll check for the mode prior to running:

Get-ADForest | Format-Table ForestMode

Then you’ll change the forest and domain modes (one per line):

Set-ADForestMode –Identity “krypted.com” –ForestMode Windows2008Forest
Set-ADDomainMode –Identity “krypted.com” –DomainMode Windows2008Domain

Then you’ll report the result:

Get-ADForest | Format-Table Name , ForestMode

The end result could be as simple as three lines if just testing:

Import-Module -Name ActiveDirectory
Set-ADForestMode –Identity “krypted.com” –ForestMode Windows2008Forest
Set-ADDomainMode –Identity “krypted.com” –DomainMode...

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07:00
Custom margins in TextEdit

There is already an old hint about this topic, but it doesn't really explain it very clearly, only in the comments.



Here's how you can change the margins in TextEdit to your favourite size, so that you can use, for example, the whole space on a sheet of paper when printing.



First, save your document first as a Rich Text file (.rtf), if you have not already done this. To see the effect directly in your document, open it and enable under the Format menu the setting Wrap to Page for your document.



Next open up the TextEdit preferences, switch to the tab Open and Save and check on the option Display RTF files as RTF code instead of formatted text.



Open the document again and you will see the raw code that defines how the document look like. You want to look in the 4th row, where it says:



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05:46
TA14-098A: OpenSSL 'Heartbleed'...

Original release date: April 08, 2014
Systems Affected

  • OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2-beta

Overview

A vulnerability in OpenSSL could allow a remote attacker to expose sensitive data, possibly including user authentication credentials and secret keys, through incorrect memory handling in the TLS heartbeat extension.

Description

OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f contain a flaw in its implementation of the TLS/DTLS heartbeat functionality. This flaw allows an attacker to retrieve private memory of an application that uses the vulnerable OpenSSL library in chunks of 64k at a time. Note that an attacker can repeatedly leverage the vulnerability to retrieve as many 64k chunks of memory as are necessary to retrieve the intended secrets. The sensitive information that may be retrieved using this vulnerability include:

  • Primary key material (secret keys)
  • Secondary key material (user...
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Monday April 7

07:00
Create A Server 2012 VM In VMware Fusion

Our friends at VMware continue to outdo themselves. The latest release of Fusion works so well with Windows Server 2013 that even I can’t screw it up. To create a virtual machine, simply open VMware Fusion and click New from the File menu.


Click “Choose a disc or disc image.”

Select your iso for Server 2012 and click on Open (if you have actual optical media it should have skipped this step and automatically sensed your installation media). Click Continue back at the New Virtual Machine Assistant screen.

Click Continue when the Assistant properly shows the operating system and...

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Sunday April 6

07:00
They Just Keeeeep Comin’

As a comic book nerd from way back, I can’t help but be happy that the Marvel movies keep on coming!

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Saturday April 5

07:00
Use Active Directory Commandlets On Computers That...

By default, the Active Directory Powershell management tools are not installed on Windows Servers. Commandlets are instead installed when the Active Directory Domain Controller role is added. However, you can install them even without installing the role. To do so, open Server Manager and go to Add and Remove Roles and Features. Don’t add any Roles, instead skip to add features. Then open Remote Server Administration Tools and then Role Administration Tools. From there expand on AD DS and AD LDS Tools and then highlight the Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell.

Once enabled, click Next through the end of the wizard. Once the wizard is complete, open Powershell and use the following command:

import-module ActiveDirectory

Once you’ve imported the Active Directory modules, let’s test it by creating a user with the new-aduser commandlet, as follows (...

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Friday April 4

14:36
iTunes 11.1.5: Unable to Airplay to Apple TV

When you try to AirPlay from iTunes 11.1.5, you may encounter this error message:
"An error occurred while connecting to the AirPlay device [Apple TV name]. You do not have permission to access the requested resource.
Make sure the AirPlay device is powered on and its network settings are correct, then try again."

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07:00
Enable Impersonation Rights In Exchange 2013

Exchange Impersonation Rights allow a user to impersonate the account of another user. To enable impersonation rights use the New-ManagementRoleAssignment command let. To enable Impersonation rights for an account called krypted (samAccountName), use the following commandlet:

New-ManagementRoleAssignment –Name:impersonationAssignmentName –Role:ApplicationImpersonation –User: krypted

To remove those rights, use the Remove-ManagementRoleAssignment commandlet. Below we’ll run a Get-ManagementRoleAssignment to finds the user krypted with the appropriate role and then pipe that to the Remove-ManagementRoleAssignment commandlet:

Get-ManagementRoleAssignment -RoleAssignee "krypted" -Role ApplicationImpersonation -RoleAssigneeType user | Remove-ManagementRoleAssignment

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07:00
Low-power mode for Maps.app

It's possible to save power when using Maps to navigate in a car. It's an obvious trick once you know about it, and easy too.



When you're navigating with the Maps app, you're probably used to it chewing through battery life. Even on a full charge my iPhone 5 doesn't last more than 2-3 hours when navigating.



To eke out extra life, just press the Sleep button (top of the phone), once you're on your way and are on a long stretch before the next turn/navigation point (i.e. on a freeway for 50 miles). The screen will blank, but the navigation will continue. The phone will briefly wake 10 miles from your next turn/navigation point, to tell you about it, and will wake 2 miles from it and stay awake until you get past it.



To switch back to non-power-saving mode, just swipe as usual to wake the phone.



To be honest this doesn't save a huge amount of battery life in my tests, but it's better...

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Thursday April 3

07:15
Bring Out Yer Apps with Autopkg! (Maybe with a...

(Guest post by Allister Banks)

Working with modern tools in the ‘auto’(dmg/pkg) suite, it sure reinforces the old chestnut, ‘it’s turtles XML all the way down.’ The thing that struck me when first diving into using autopkg was that different product recipes could potentially have a good amount of similarities when they share common processors. One example is drag-drop apps that can be discovered with an ‘appcast’ URL, which, in my recollection, became common as the Sparkle framework gained popularity.

This commonality is exactly the type of thing sysadmins like myself seek to automate, so I built a few helper scripts to 1. discover what apps have appcast URLs, 2. generate the base download recipe, and further, the 3. pkg-building recipe that can use...

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Wednesday April 2

07:00
Edit Windows Hosts File

Pretty much every operating system has a hosts file. In that file, you can define a hostname and then set a target IP. In Windows, that file is called hosts.txt and located in %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc\.

By default, that %systemroot% is going to be C:\Windows. This makes the path to the file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.txt.

By default, you’ll see the following:

127.0.0.1 localhost loopback
::1 localhost

When you edit the file, add a new line with the IP address then a tab then the hostname that you’d like to be able to ping to get the address in question. For example, to add server.krypted.com to point to 192.168.210.210, you’d add some lines to make it look as follows:

127.0.0.1 localhost loopback
::1 localhost
192.168.210.210 server.krypted.com

Then save and try pinging the host:

ping server.krypted.com

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07:00
Hiding Software Updates

Since the introduction of Lion the system's Software Opdate mechanism has been integrated into App Store.app and the Software Update Preference Pane has been removed and substituted with "App Store".



If you constantly are being reminded to install software updates you don't really want to install, you can right-click (Control+click) the name of the update and hide it, eliminating the reminder.



[crarko adds: I think this is probably known already to many of you, but if it's not it can be a handy trick. I find the whole App Store method for Software Update a lot less pleasant than the old Snow Leopard mechanism where it was separate, but maybe I'm just old fashioned.]

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Tuesday April 1

14:58
Keynote for Mac: Using ProRes 4444 video

You might experience problems playing ProRes 4444 video containing alpha channel transparency in Keynote for Mac.

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14:35
Keynote for Mac: Optimizing your presentation for...

Use these tips to optimize iOS compatibility for your presentations that you create on Keynote for Mac.

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14:33
Keynote for iOS: About Highlighter

Keynote for iOS (version 2.2 and later) includes Highlighter. This allows you to highlight or point to parts of slides during a presentation.

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07:00
Ask PowerShell Who Hasn’t Changed Their Active...

You can use PowerShell to pretty much get anything you want out of Active Directory. Let’s say you want to see when the last time a user changed their password was. You can use the Get-ADUser commandlet to obtain any attribute for a user in the Active Directory schema. To use Get-ADUser, you’ll need to define a scope. In this example, we’ll do so using the -filter option and filter for everyone, using an *. That could be a lot of data, so we’re also going to look for the property, or attribute of PasswordLastSet using the -Properties option:

Get-ADUser –filter * -Properties PasswordLastSet

We can then add a little more logic and pipe the output to a conditional statement that just looks at who hasn’t ever changed their password.

Get-ADUser –filter * -Properties PasswordLastSet | Where { $_.passwordLastSet –eq $null }

A more common task, we could also look for the last 90 days, using “(get-date).adddays(-90)” in our filter. We don’t want to display...

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Monday March 31

07:00
MacIT Presentation

I enjoy going to MacIT so much. Paul Kent ran a great little conference in Monterrey one year and I am so glad that I started going to MacWorld around that time. I missed it last year while trying to trim back on the travel and am pretty stoked I got to get there again this year. Special thanks to everyone I saw and was able to hang out with. Considering there isn’t a single person I didn’t want to hang out with, sorry if I didn’t see you or get to spend any time. Thanks to Duncan and Kevin White for making time to do the podcasts (hopefully the background noise is low enough so we can get them posted!).

Also, this is a top-notch production. Kathy, Paul, the board (Arek, Dan, John, Kevin, Duncan, etc) and everyone else I’ve ever interacted with there are absolutely amazing. I would love nothing more than to not get a chance to speak next year because a flood of amazing talks burst on the scene. Start thinking about what you could talk about now so I can show up and sit in...

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07:00
iOS: Change how Calendar events look in Notifications

Long frustrated with how calendar events look within the Notification Center I've discovered a way to change it.



As part of iOS 7.1 Apple improved on the ability to view calendar events by adding a list view button in the Daily view. I have noticed that if you toggle this to list view within the Calendar app then your calendar events within Notification Center will also show as a list.



[crarko adds: Is this actually new? I don't remember having looked for this in previous versions of iOS.]

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Sunday March 30

07:00
Walhburglering Transformers

Seriously though, Dinobots and Marky Mark together at last! Totally looks like Michael Bay will bring Christmas 6 months early this year!

Yeah, boyyyyyys!

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Saturday March 29

07:00
Stupid Human Tricks: Plug Your iPhone Earbuds Into A...

I was fumbling around in the dark on the plane and I tried to plug the Earbuds for my iPhone into my MacBook. In case you were considering doing the same thing I thought I’d post a screenshot of what happens. Hope you enjoy and now know that you don’t have to try to do the same!


Yup, again I provide I’m not-so-bright!

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Friday March 28

07:00
Use PowerShell to Query WMI on Windows Servers

I recently needed to check and see whether a backup drive (which was just a 4TB USB drive) was plugged into a server. But the server had no GUI, so I had to use the command line. There was no drive letter mapped to this drive, so I needed to use something else and I needed to make a script that could be used long-term. Luckily, PowerShell can be used to obtain WMI information on the hardware installed on a computer. This allows administrators to query WMI about the USB devices currently installed on a server. In the following command, we’re going to use gwmi from PowerShell and we’re going to query
for Win32_USBControllerDevice. We’re going to run the command against the computer name in question (example here is host.krypted.com although if we left the -computername option off it would run against the host the command is run on).

Get-WMiObject Win32_USBControllerDevice -computername host.krypted.com | fl Antecedent,Dependent

This will apply a filter, similar to...

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07:00
10.9: Enable experimental network commands

Many advanced network configuration commands can be reached with the scutil command line tool. Launch Terminal.app and run:



ENABLE_EXPERIMENTAL_SCUTIL_COMMANDS=1 scutil --net, then type help and press the Return key to see the available options.



For example:

localhost:~ user$ ENABLE_EXPERIMENTAL_SCUTIL_COMMANDS=1 scutil --net
set "Automatic" selected
> help

Available commands:

help : list available commands
f.read file : process commands from file
quit [!] : quit

commit : commit any changes
apply : apply any changes

create interface [ | ]
create protocol
create ser ...

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Thursday March 27

07:00
Setting PowerShell Execution Policies

Microsoft doesn’t want any old tool to execute PowerShell scripts. But sometimes when we’re running a tool, we need the tool to be run in a way that violates the default execution policy. In order to facilitate this, Microsoft has also provided four levels of security for the PowerShell execution policy. These include:

  • Restricted: The default execution policy, which forces commands to be entered interactively.
  • All Signed: Only signed scripts can be run by a trusted publisher.
  • Remote Signed: Any scripts created locally can run.
  • Unrestricted: Any script can run.

To configure an execution policy interactively, simply use the Set-ExecutionPolicy command followed by the name of the execution policy you wish to use. So to run the policy as unrestricted (e.g. while you’re in the midst of a deployment), you could run the following:

Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

Once run, use the Get-ExecutionPolicy with no options to...

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Wednesday March 26

13:36
Create and edit a contact.

In Contacts, tap  to pull up a new contact card. Enter the person’s info and tap Done.
To edit a contact, pull up the card and tap Edit. Make changes and tap Done to save.
To delete, tap Edit, then scroll down and tap Delete Contact.

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13:27
Browse your music library.

You can browse your music by playlist, artist, or other category. For other browse options, tap More. Tap any song to play it.
To rearrange the tabs in the Music app, tap More, then tap Edit and drag a button onto the one you want to replace.

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13:25
Create your own iTunes Radio station.

Tap New or New Station on the iTunes Radio screen. Tap to select a genre, or search for your favorite artist, song, or genre.
You can also create a station from the Now Playing screen in iTunes Radio by tapping  and selecting New Station from Artist or New Station from Song.
If you’re listening to a song from your music library, just tap Create.

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13:21
Edit your iTunes Radio stations.

You can edit iTunes Radio stations that you created. From the iTunes Radio screen, tap Edit and select the station you’d like to edit. You can include or exclude other artists, songs, or genres, or delete a station.
You can also influence upcoming songs from the Now Playing screen. Tap then tap Play More Like This or Never Play This Song.

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13:15
Edit a mailbox.

While viewing a list of messages, tap Edit. Select certain messages or tap Mark All, then:

Tap Mark to Flag, Mark as Read or Move to Junk
Tap Move to move selected messages into a mailbox
Tap Trash to move them to the trash

If you make a mistake, shake iPhone immediately to undo.

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13:12
Turn iPhone completely off.

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of your iPhone until the slider appears. Then drag the slider to turn your iPhone completely off.

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13:09
Use dictation instead of typing.

To dictate text anywhere you can type, tap on the keyboard, then speak. Tap Done when finished.
Tap  again to continue dictation.
You’ll need to speak punctuation to add it. For example, “I’m so excited exclamation mark.” You can even say “smiley” to insert a smiley face.
 

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13:01
Take a picture of your screen.

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of your iPhone, then immediately press and release the Home button.
The screenshot is added to the Camera Roll in the Photos app.

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12:58
Create an event in Calendar.

If you have an iCloud account, a Microsoft Exchange account, or a supported CalDAV account, you can send and receive meeting invitations.
Tap and enter your event details. To add invitees, type names, or tap to pick people from Contacts. Tap Done to create the event and send email notifications to the invitees.

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12:52
Adjust screen brightness with Control Center.

Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen to reveal Control Center.
Use the slider to adjust the brightness of the screen.

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12:49
See what's happening today.

Swipe down from the top edge of any iPhone screen to open Notification Center. 
Tap Today to see a summary of what you need to know for the day, including Calendar events, weather, birthdays and more. 
Swipe left or right to see more.

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12:46
Share a photo, video, or other item using AirDrop.

To share an item using AirDrop, tap Share or , then tap the name of the person you want to share with in the AirDrop panel.
They'll need to turn on AirDrop, and you must be within approximately 30 feet of the other iOS 7 device.

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12:44
View someone’s contact info in Messages.

To quickly view someone's contact info in Messages, tap Contact.

Tap to call that person or to use FaceTime
Tap to see the person’s complete contact info
If they're not already a contact, you can tap Create New Contact to add them.

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12:33
Delete an app.

To delete an app you downloaded from the App Store, touch and hold its icon on the Home screen until it starts to jiggle. Tap  to delete.
If you delete or drag all apps out of a folder, the folder is automatically deleted too. When finished, press the Home button.
Note: Deleting an app also deletes all of its data. You can redownload any app you’ve purchased from the App Store, free of charge. You can’t delete built-in apps.

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12:22
Arrange your apps.

Touch and hold any app on the Home screen until it jiggles, then move apps around by dragging them. 
Drag an app to the side of the screen to move it to another screen. 
Drag an app onto another app to create a folder. Tap the name field to give the folder a different name. 
Press the Home button to save your arrangement.

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12:20
Download and install app updates individually.

To individually download and install app updates, tap Updates. Tap Update All to download and install all available updates at once, or just tap Update next to the individual app you want to update.
Note: Apps update automatically over Wi-Fi, unless you turn off the option in Settings > iTunes & App Store.

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12:18
Redeem an iTunes Gift Card.

You can use your iTunes Gift Card in the iTunes Store, iBook Store, App Store and Mac App Store.
Tap Featured, scroll down and tap Redeem. Enter your Apple ID and password if you aren’t already signed in.
You can use your iPhone camera to read the code from the back of the iTunes Gift Card or enter it manually.
More: Apple Gift Cards

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11:54
Download a previously purchased app.

In App Store, tap Updates and then tap Purchased to display a list of all your purchased apps.
Tap Not on This iPhone to see apps available to be installed on your current device.
Tap to download and install the app.

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11:51
Erase your iPhone remotely.

If your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can erase it remotely. Sign in to Find My iPhone and select the device. Tap  to see your options.
Tap Erase iPhone. If your iPhone is online, remote erase begins within seconds. If your iPhone is offline, the erase will begin next time it’s online.
Note: If you erase your iPhone, you won't be able to use Find My iPhone to locate or protect it, but your Apple ID and password will be required to reactivate it. More: Find My iPhone overview

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11:49
Lock and track your iPhone remotely.

If you can’t find your iPhone, use Lost Mode right away to lock and track it. Sign in to Find My iPhone and select the device you want. Tap to see your options.
Tap Lost Mode and follow the onscreen instructions. iPhone locks immediately if it's online. If not, locking and tracking will take effect the next time it’s online.
More: Find My iPhone overview

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11:46
Play a sound on your iPhone.

If you think your lost iPhone is nearby, you can play a sound on it to help you find it. Sign in to Find My iPhone and select the device you want. Tap to see your options.
Tap Play Sound. If your iPhone is online, the sound plays immediately for two minutes. If it’s offline, the sound plays next time it’s online.
More: Find My iPhone overview

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11:43
Locate your iPhone on a map.

Go to icloud.com/find or download the free Find My iPhone app on another iOS device.
Sign in with the Apple ID you use with iCloud. Select the device you want to locate from the list. A green dot means it’s online, and a gray dot means it’s offline.
Note: To locate and protect your device, you need to have set up Find My iPhone before it was lost. More: Find My iPhone overview

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11:39
Ask Siri to set up a meeting.

You can ask Siri to set up a meeting by saying, “Set up a meeting with John in my office at 2:30.”
Siri will check your calendar and ask you to confirm. The other attendees will receive an email that they can reply to.
You can also ask Siri about your meeting. For example, “Where is my four o’clock?”

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11:35
Ask Siri to send an email.

To send an email, you just say "Send John an email." Siri will prompt you for the subject and email text.
Siri will set up your email and ask you to confirm it before sending.
Note: To include punctuation, speak it. For example, “See you soon exclamation mark.”

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11:32
Create a new playlist.

Tap Playlists and tap New Playlist. Enter a title and tap Save.
Tap next to a song to add it to your playlist. Tap Done when finished.
Tap Edit to add or delete songs from a playlist. Hold and drag to move a song to a new spot in the playlist.

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11:30
Set up Mail.

In Settings, tap Mail, Contacts, Calendar.
Under Accounts, tap Add Account.
Tap iCloud to add your iCloud Mail account, or tap another option to set up other email services like Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo! and Gmail.
More: iOS: Setting up an email account

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11:18
Answer a second incoming call.

If you receive a second call while you're on a call:

Tap End Current Call to end the first call and answer the new one
Tap Hold & Accept to put the first call on hold and answer the new one
Tap Send to Voicemail to send the call to voicemail

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11:14
Set iPhone to Do Not Disturb.

Do Not Disturb keeps calls, alerts, and other notifications from making sounds or lighting up when iPhone is locked.
Swipe up from the bottom edge of your iPhone screen—even when locked—to reveal Control Center.
Tap  to turn on Do Not Disturb.
Note: You can also turn on and adjust Do Not Disturb in Settings.

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11:12
Decline a call.

If you can’t answer an incoming call, you can:

Press the Sleep/Wake button on top of iPhone — once to silence the call, twice to send the call to voicemail
Tap Decline to send the call to voicemail
Tap Message to reply with a text message without answering the call
Tap Remind Me to have iPhone remind you to return the call

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10:47
Make a phone call.

To make a phone call, you can:

Tap a phone number in Contacts
Tap a name you added to your Favorites
Tap a recent call in Recents to return it
Tap Keypad, enter a phone number, and tap the phone icon
Press and hold the Home button to ask Siri to "Call Sam" or "Dial Claire"

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10:45
iPod nano (6th generation): Hardware troubleshooting

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

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10:43
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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10:41
iPod Hi-Fi:Troubleshooting issues with the Apple...

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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10:41
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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09:30
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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07:00
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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07:00
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

10:39
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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07:00
Access Qlogic Switches & Other Java Apps From OS...

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...

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07:00
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

14:41
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 Keeley

Samuel Keeley is a Mac Systems Administrator at Dropbox. He can frequently be found in ##osx-server on Freenode, or on Twitter @keeleysam.

Mail | Web |...

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07:00
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...

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Saturday March 22

07:00
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

18:37
Script to Create Exchange Mailboxes for Active...

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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13:30
OS X Server (Mavericks): Font profiles with payload...

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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07:00
10.9: Add an Automator action to Calendar

Apple removed the option to add an action to Maverick's Calendar app but you can use Automator to accomplish this.



I found that if you use Automator to add an action an Automator calendar will appear over in the Calendar side bar. Then just select the Automator calendar for the item you are adding.



[crarko adds: I had to play around a bit in Automator to figure out what to do here, but it looks like creating a Calendar Alarm action will do the trick.]

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Thursday March 20

18:42
Import And Export Active Directory Objects In Server...

The LDIFDE utility exports and imports objects from and to Active Directory using the ldif format, which is kinda’ like csv when it gets really drunk and can’t stay on one line. Luckily, ldif can’t drive. Actually, each attribute/field is on a line (which allows for arrays) and an empty line starts the next record. Which can make for a pretty messy looking file the first time you look at one. The csvde command can be used to export data into the csv format instead. In it’s simplest form the ldifde command can be used to export AD objects just using a -f option to specify the location (the working directory that we’re running the ldifde command from if using powershell to do so or remove .\ if using a standard command prompt):

ldifde -f .\ADExport.ldf

This exports all attributes of all objects, which overlap with many in a target Active Directory and so can’t be imported. Therefore, you have to limit the scope of what you’re exporting, which you can do in a few ways....

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10:45
OS X Server: Managing Safari plug-in options using a...

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

21:28
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

10:12
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 hardware

About Mads Fog Albrechtslund

Former Apple Expert turned Virtualization Consultant. Now passionate about both Apple technology and VMware virtualization. Working for Businessmann A/S in Denmark....

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06:46
About the OS X Server v3.1 Update

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

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06:43
About Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2

Learn about Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2.

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Monday March 17

19:47
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...

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Tuesday March 11

09:13
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

13:19
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 devices

I 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...

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11:50
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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10:47
About the security content of Apple TV 6.1

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 6.1.

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10:42
About the security content of iOS 7.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 7.1.

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Friday March 7

15:58
Exploring Apple’s new Device Enrollment Program

On February 26, 2014 Apple announced its new Device Enrollment Program (DEP). You can read about the features of the DEP here.

In a nutshell, for US customers who have purchased devices directly from Apple, you can:

1) Force enrollment with your MDM when device is set up (every time)
2) Wirelessly supervise a device
3) Disallow removal of MDM profile on supervised devices

Similar to activation lock, when a DEP enrolled device hits the Internet, it will only activate through your MDM server.

For instructions on how to set up DEP, see: here

TLDR; you need:

1) A new AppleID with two-step verification
2) Your Apple Customer Number
3) Authority in your company to agree to License Agreements

Setting...

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