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Friday October 24

06:11
Join us Tuesday for the last live Office 15-Minute...

For our last webinar, we take a personal view of Office. I’ve been inside the Office Content team for 7 years and learned a ton about the programs. For me, here are four skills you can pick up relatively quickly that have a great impact on how you create content and get things done faster with Office.

Join us for our last live Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 A.M. Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).

Register and attend

https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=6h97p97y

Doors open at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time and we start promptly at...

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Thursday October 23

19:17
Sydney Mac Admins October Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac (and iOS) Admins,

Our next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 29th of October.

We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.

Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Mac/iOS admins.

You can RSVP and register to be notified of future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/

I hope to see you there,

Marcus.

About Marcus Rowell

Marcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is trying to make IT simple and reliable. He can be found on Twitter as @mrowell.

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10:53
Microsoft sponsors the Financial Modeling World...

ModelOff, the Financial Modeling World Championships, is a fun and educational international competition for students and professionals who use Microsoft Excel. This year, Microsoft continues the tradition of sponsoring this exciting event. The contest starts Saturday October 25th, with online rounds making the competition accessible to anyone around the world. The event then culminates with a face-off between the 16 top finalists as they compete for the title of World Champion at new Microsoft Times Square offices. In addition to being known as an Excel rock star, there is over $100,000 of prizes and awards up for grabs.

Register here by close of Friday October 23rd at  5 p.m. EST to compete in ModelOff, Round 1.

The post Microsoft sponsors the Financial Modeling World Championships...

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10:00
Three questions to ask when you work on Office...

Technology is the great enabler of creativity and productivity. So when you encounter technology that inhibits your ability to collaborate, you have to wonder what went wrong. To choose the right technology for collaborating on Office documents on the web, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Do you use browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari?

You don’t want to be constrained by your internet browser. After all, the browser is only a means to the end of being productive on the web. Office Online works consistently across all major browsers, including Internet Explorer (IE), Chrome, Firefox and Safari. You do not need additional software such as extensions to make this work. You can view Office documents with consistent file fidelity in these browsers. You can edit Office documents using Office Online across these major browsers without worrying about losing the Office file format or the formatting of the document itself.

The...

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10:00
TestFlight Beta Testing for Everyone

You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to beta test your iOS apps by simply sending them an email invitation through iTunes Connect. Once they accept your invitation, testers can install your beta app on their iOS devices, get updated builds, and provide feedback, all within the TestFlight app. Learn more about TestFlight.

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10:00
TestFlight Beta Testing for Everyone

You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to beta test your iOS apps by simply sending them an email invitation through iTunes Connect. Once they accept your invitation, testers can install your beta app on their iOS devices, get updated builds, and provide feedback, all within the TestFlight app. Learn more about TestFlight.

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Wednesday October 22

15:00
Update to the Apple Push Notification Service

The Apple Push Notification service will be updated and changes to your servers may be required to remain compatible.

In order to protect our users against a recently discovered security issue with SSL version 3.0 the Apple Push Notification server will remove support for SSL 3.0 on Wednesday, October 29. Providers using only SSL 3.0 will need to support TLS as soon as possible to ensure the Apple Push Notification service continues to perform as expected. Providers that support both TLS and SSL 3.0 will not be affected and require no changes.

To check for compatibility, we have already disabled SSL 3.0 on the Provider Communication interface in the development environment only. Developers can immediately test in this development environment to make sure push notifications can be sent to applications.

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15:00
Update to the Apple Push Notification Service

The Apple Push Notification service will be updated and changes to your servers may be required to remain compatible.

In order to protect our users against a recently discovered security issue with SSL version 3.0 the Apple Push Notification server will remove support for SSL 3.0 on Wednesday, October 29. Providers using only SSL 3.0 will need to support TLS as soon as possible to ensure the Apple Push Notification service continues to perform as expected. Providers that support both TLS and SSL 3.0 will not be affected and require no changes.

To check for compatibility, we have already disabled SSL 3.0 on the Provider Communication interface in the development environment only. Developers can immediately test in this development environment to make sure push notifications can be sent to applications.

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14:28
TA14-295A: Crypto Ransomware

Original release date: October 22, 2014
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows

Overview

Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that infects a computer and restricts access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. This Alert is the result of Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) analysis in coordination with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide further information about crypto ransomware, specifically to:

  • Present its main characteristics, explain the prevalence of ransomware, and the proliferation of crypto ransomware variants; and
  • Provide prevention and mitigation information.

Description
WHAT IS RANSOMWARE?

Ransomware is a type of malware that infects a computer and restricts a user’s access to the infected computer. This type of malware, which has now been observed for several years, attempts to extort money from victims by displaying an on-...

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14:00
Office 365 helps customers with IRS 1075 compliance

Vijay Kumar is a senior product manager and Shawn Veney is a principal architect on the Office 365 team.

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to compliance, we strive to ensure that our cloud services, like Office 365, meet or exceed the breadth of regulations and standards our customers require. This is especially important for government agencies, which are investing more and more in moving to cloud productivity services, and require security-enhanced and scalable cloud solutions that address a range of constantly-evolving regulatory, compliance and policy requirements.

Today, we are pleased to announce that Office 365 Government now supports customer compliance with IRS 1075, which provides guidance to ensure that the policies, practices, controls and safeguards employed by recipient agencies adequately protect the...

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13:22
About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.6

This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.6.

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12:08
The Garage Series for Office 365: Crash course in...

On this week’s show Jeremy Chapman is joined once again by scripting guy, Greg Stemp, to apply PowerShell to practical tasks within Office 365. Greg demonstrates how PowerShell can be used for automating bulk tasks, building advanced queries against data in the service, saving the results to a file for other processes to use and some things you just can’t do in the user interface. If you’ve been putting off learning PowerShell to manage your Office 365 environment, this is part two in a series to help you get started.

Last week we kicked off a two-part series for using PowerShell to save time in managing Office 365. This week I’m joined again by scripting guru, Greg Stemp, and we apply theory to practice and spend almost the entire show demonstrating common tasks you would need PowerShell for. Specifically we show:

  1. Bulk task automation
  2. ...
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10:00
Toggle between Outlook.com, OneDrive and Office...

Today, when you log in to Outlook.com, OneDrive.com, or Office Online, you may notice something new. We have updated our header to create a consistent and simple way to switch between your Microsoft services—the app launcher.

Last week we announced a new way to organize and launch apps in Office 365 for business. Today, we’re introducing the new app launcher, which offers a single point of access to the personal services you use daily: Outlook.com, People, Calendar, OneDrive and Office Online.  We’re excited to say that launching apps is now the same, whether you’re using Office 365 at work, or attending to your personal life in Outlook.com. Consistency just makes sense!

We believe that all of our services work better together. Whether you are sharing a document from...

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10:00
Click to launch, click to switch

Today’s post was written by Matt Gauthier, senior program manager with the Office Online team.

Click to launch apps

Last week we announced a new way to organize and launch apps in Office 365 for business cloud-based services. Today, we’re starting to roll out the new app launcher for our consumer services—namely Office Online, Outlook.com and OneDrive.  Outlook.com users have been switching apps this way for quite some time, so today’s change represents a small visual change. However, the exciting news is that now launching apps is the same whether you’re working or tending to your personal life. Consistency just make sense!

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09:34
How to install Windows using Boot Camp

Boot Camp helps you install Microsoft Windows on your Mac. After installing, you can restart your Mac to switch between OS X and Windows.

 

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07:00
FitBit Badge List

In case you might be new to the platform, I published a page at http://krypted.com/utilities/fitbit-badge-list/ of all the FitBit badges I’ve seen so far. 

Note, I also updated my Nike badge list at http://krypted.com/utilities/nike-and-nikefuel-badge-list/.

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Tuesday October 21

09:00
Performance and scale improvements to Project Online

Chris Boyd is a senior program manager lead on the Project Engineering team and Krishna Mamidipaka is a senior product marketing manager on the Project Product Marketing team.

To provide a delightful user experience and better support the scale at which some of our largest customers operate, we have started to roll out performance enhancements to Project Online tenants worldwide. While some of these changes will be visually evident to the user, others could be more latent.

Here are a few common things that will feel much snappier as a result of these investments:

  • Project Center—In particular, navigating to a specific project from Project Center. We invested in optimization that eliminates certain intermediate steps.
  • Interacting with projects on the web—Performance optimizations, all the way from SQL tier to the web UI will speed up user experience.
  • Creating...
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06:00
Henkel upgrades 40,000 users to Office 365 ProPlus...

Today’s post on Office 365 ProPlus was written by Markus Petrak’s, corporate director of Integrated Business Solutions, New Technologies / Office 365 for Henkel AG & Company.

Here at Henkel, we’ve been very busy modernizing our IT infrastructure. After upgrading our computers to get everyone on Windows 7, we decided to adopt Microsoft Office 365 for all of our productivity needs. Office 365 is a cloud-based productivity solution that includes Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online, and the Office 365 ProPlus client. We had been using Lotus Notes and Office 2003 and felt we were not achieving the full potential of the organization. We wanted to break down siloes, and in the past we depended on email for the majority of communications.

This is why we wanted to invest in a modern, integrated set of tools to support a more productive and...

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Monday October 20

18:22
Demoting An Open Directory Server In Yosemite Server

The command to create and tear down an Open Directory environment is slapconfig. When you disable Open Directory from the Server app you aren’t actually removing users. To do so, you’d use slapconfig along with the -destroyldapserver. When run, you get a little insight into what’s happening behind the scenes. This results in the following:

bash-3.2# slapconfig -destroyldapserver

The logs are as follows:

2014-09-18 14:42:02 +0000 slapconfig -destroyldapserver
2014-09-18 14:42:02 +0000 CopyReplicaArray: ldap_search_ext_s failed
2014-09-18 14:42:02 +0000 Error retrieving replica array
2014-09-18 14:42:02 +0000 Deleting Cert Authority related data
2014-09-18 14:42:03 +0000 Removed directory at path /var/root/Library/Application Support/Certificate Authority/Take Control Books Open Directory Certification Authority.
2014-09-18 14:42:03 +0000 command: /usr/sbin/xscertadmin add --reason 5 --issuer Take Control Books Open Directory...

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13:00
64-bit and iOS 8 Requirements for New Apps

Starting February 1, 2015, new iOS apps uploaded to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK, included in Xcode 6 or later. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

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13:00
64-bit and iOS 8 Requirements for New Apps

Starting February 1, 2015, new iOS apps uploaded to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK, included in Xcode 6 or later. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

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10:08
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.1

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.1.

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10:08
About the security content of iOS 8.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.1

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09:00
Office Mix makes it easier

We’re thrilled to share new features in Office Mix that make it easier to create, share, and find online interactive lessons and presentations.  Haven’t tried it yet?  Then go to OfficeMix.com to check it out!

Live mixing

Office Mix is a great way to build an “on-demand” version of your presentation.  Many of you have told us that you love using Office Mix, but also wish you could build your mixes live, while you were actually giving your presentation.

In response, we’ve improved Office Mix to let you create and record while presenting, which we call “live mixing.”  In the recording view, Office Mix now shows an optimized cockpit that lets you work efficiently by showing only the most used features for creating your mix, and maximizing the presentation area for your live audience.  We’ve also made it easier to switch the camera on and off, select ink and move through your slides and animations. 

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07:37
Creating Users In Yosemite Server

There are three ways to create users in Yosemite Server (the Server app running on Yosemite if you’re so bored you feel the need to try and correct me). The first is using the Server app, the second is using the Users & Groups System Preference pane and the third is using the command line. In this article we will look at creating users in the Server app.

To do so, open the Server app and connect to your server. Then click on the Users entry in the ACCOUNTS list. The list of users is displayed, based on the directory domain(s) being browsed. A directory domain is a repository of account data, which can include local users, local network users and users in a shared directory service such as Open Directory and Active Directory.

The drop-down list allows you to see objects that are stored locally as well as on a shared directory server. Click on the plus sign to create...

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06:15
Join us for Tuesday’s webinar: A new way to...

Office Mix allows you to turn your PowerPoint decks into interactive online lessons or presentations. It adds functionality to PowerPoint 2013 so you to record audio or video of yourself presenting, write on your slides as you speak to them, insert quizzes, polls, online videos, and more.

We will be joined by Microsoft Distinguished Scientist Anoop Gupta, the Office Mix godfather, who sold the concept to Steve Ballmer before a line of code was written and also leads the team who has built it.

Register and attend

https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?z=123456&eventid=f1d449e2

Doors open at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time and we start promptly...

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Sunday October 19

07:00
Spotify Halloween Playlist
06:55
Configure Messages Server In OS X Yosemite Server

Getting started with Messages Server couldn’t really be easier. Messages Server in the OS X Yosemite version of the Server app uses the open source jabber project as their back-end code base (and going back, OS X has used jabber since the inception of iChat Server all the way through Server 3). The sqlite setup file is located at /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/private/var/jabberd directory and the autobuddy binary is at /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/bin/jabber_autobuddy. The actual jabberd binary is also stored at /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/libexec/jabberd, where there are a couple of perl scripts used to migrate the service between various versions as well.

Setting up the Messages service is simple. Open the Server app and click on Messages in the Server app sidebar.

Click on the Edit… button for the...

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Saturday October 18

19:21
Configure Apple Push Notifications In Yosemite Server

Push Notifications can be used in most every service in the Server app, especially in 3.5 for Yosemite (which I still like to call Yosemite Server as it makes me think of Yosemite Sam in a tux, pouring champagne). Any service that requires Push Notifications will provide the ability to setup APNS during the configuration of the service. But at this point, I usually just set up Push Notifications when I setup a new server.

To enable Push Notifications for services, you’ll first need to have a valid AppleID. Once you have an AppleID, open the Server app and then click on the name of the server. At the Overview screen, click on Settings.

At the Settings screen for your server, click on the check-box for “Enable Apple push notifications.” At the Apple Push Notification...

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16:39
Changing the Xcode Server Log Path in OS X 10.10...

The logs in Xcode Server (Server 3) by default point to /Library/Server/XcodeLogs/credserver.log. This takes all of the output from xcscredd and xcscredhandler. If you’re doing a lot of debugging then logs can be pointed to another location, such as another drive. The path to the logs is defined in the /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/LogConfiguration directory. The file to edit is a standard property list, XCSCredentialServer.plist:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>

claimedFacilities

servermgrd

servermgr-listener

servermgr-notify

claimedSenders

servermgrd

servermgr-listener

servermgr-notify

logMaximumLevel

debug

logPath

/Library/Server/Logs/servermgrd.log

Once open, look for a key called logPath. Change that to the desired path, such as /Volumes/MyDrive/Logs/credserver.log and then restart the service:

serveradmin stop xcode;...

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07:00
The 250 Nerdiest Movies Of All Time

Note: I’m going to turn this into a page and keep working on it. This is the draft; since it’s been sitting in the WordPress drafts for over a year, I thought I should do something with it…

What makes a movie nerdy? Comic books, hacking, robotics, fantasy and straight-up-nerdiness. There are a lot of movies that really hit on some of these topics. Some do it well and others do a terrible job. Everyone is going to have their favorites, but I wanted to share mine well in advance of Memorial Day if only to help you prep to stay indoors and get just a little more pasty than you got this winter. Given the subjective nature of the nerdy factor, I’ve chosen not to rate these in any particular order. Instead I’m grouping them by sub-nerdy-genre. Hope you enjoy!

Nerds Make Good

  • Revenge of the Nerds: Really, this is one of those movies that started it all and belongs at the top of the list.
  • The 40-Year Old Virgin: Almost didn’t put this on...
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Friday October 17

16:55
Reset the Server App in Yosemite Server

The Server 3 app that comes with Yosemite (aka Yosemite Server if you’re a Yosemite Sam fan) is great. But when you go making changes to some things, you’re just going to cause problems, sometimes something as simple as just upgrading to the latest and greatest version of Server… I know, you’ve been told that host name changes and IP changes are all kinds of OK at this point; “look, Charles, there’s a button!” Well, go ahead, click it. Don’t mind me, you might just be alright. But then again, you might not… And upgrades that use a migration wizard… Um, when it works it’s a thing of beauty. But when it doesn’t, you might be restoring some stuff from backup. But just before you do that restore, let’s try one more thing. Let’s try and rebuild some certificates and configuration settings that shouldn’t impact actual service operation. Let’s try to reset the Server app and let a fresh install of the Server see if it can fix issues.

Now, I want to be clear, this is the last resort...

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16:37
Configure Alerts In OS X Yosemite Server

The Server app, when run on OS X Yosemite, comes with a few new alerting options previously unavailable in versions of OS X. The alerts are sent to administrators via servermgrd and configured in the Server app (Server 3.5). To configure alerts in Yosemite Server, open the Server app and then click on Alerts in the Server app sidebar. Next, click on the Delivery tab.

At the Delivery screen, click on the Edit button for Email Addresses and enter every email address that should receive alerts sent from the server. Then click on the Edit button for Push Notifications. Here, check the box for each administrator of the server. The email address on file for the user then receives push notifications of events from the server.


Click on OK when you’ve configured all of the...

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16:09
Use The FTP Server In OS X Yosemite Server

Yosemite Sam Server (Server 3.5 running on OS X Yosemite) sees little change with the FTP Service. Instead of sharing out each directory the new incantation of the FTP service allows administrators to share a single directory out. This directory can be any share that has previously been configured in the File Sharing service or a website configured in the Websites service.

To setup FTP, first open the Server app and then click on the FTP service.

Once open, use the Share: drop-down list to select a share that already exists (output of sharing -l basically) and click on one of the shares or Custom to create a new share for FTP. Then, set the permissions as appropriate on the share and hit the ON button for the FTP service.

Now, let’s test from a client. I like to use...

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15:04
Setup The VPN Server and Client On Yosemite Server

OS X Server has long had a VPN service that can be run. The server is capable of running the two most commonly used VPN protocols: PPTP and L2TP. The L2TP protocol is always in use, but the server can run both concurrently. You should use L2TP when at all possible.
Sure, “All the great themes have been used up and turned into theme parks.” But security is a theme that it never hurts to keep in the forefront of your mind. If you were thinking of exposing the other services in Yosemite Server to the Internet without having users connect to a VPN service then you should think again, because the VPN service is simple to setup and even simpler to manage.

Setting Up The VPN Service In Yosemite Server

To setup the VPN service, open the Server app and click on VPN in the Server app sidebar. The VPN Settings  screen has two options available in the “Configure VPN for” field, which has two options:

  • L2TP: Enables only the L2TP protocol
  • ...
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12:34
Three New Take Control Books Titles On Yosemite

Kudos to Take Control (including Joe Kissell and Schools McFarland here) for being on the spot with getting Yosemite titles out in alignment with the release of the actual operating system. To put you in control of Apple’s new OS X 10.10 Yosemite they have three books for you today: the first two are straightforward and useful, and the third has more real-world, practical advice for the modern Mac user than anything we’ve published recently. To quote the release information today, they are:

*  “Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite,” by Joe Kissell
*  “Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course,” by Scholle McFarland
*  “Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course,” also by Joe Kissell

Download them from your Take Control Library > http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/account

We’re really excited (and tired, after finishing publication after midnight last night) about these books...

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12:19
Using The Software Update Service In Yosemite Server

The software patching configuration built into most operating systems is configured so all that a user has to do is open a box at home, join the network and start using the computer right away. As environments grow from homes to small offices and then small offices grow into enterprises, at some point software updates and patches need to be managed centrally. Yosemite Server (OS X Server 3), as with its OS X Server predecessors has a Software Update service. The service in the Server app is known as Software Update and from the command line is known as swupdate.

The Software Update service, by default, stores each update in the /var/db/swupd directory. The Software Update servie is actually comprised of three components. The first is an Apache server, invoked by the /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.swupdate.host.plist LaunchDaemon. This LaunchDaemon invokes a httpd process and clients access updates from the server based on...

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10:49
Configure The OS X Yosemite Server Mail Service

Mail is one of the hardest services to manage. Actually, mail is pretty simple in and of itself: there’s protocols people use to access their mail (such as IMAP and POP), protocols used to communicate between mail servers and send mail (SMTP, SMTPS) and then there’s a database of mail and user information. In Mavericks Server, all of these are represented by a single ON button, so it really couldn’t be easier. But then there’s the ecoysystem and the evil spammers.

As a systems administrator of a large number of mail servers, I firmly believe that there is a special kind of hell where only spam is served at every meal for spammers. Here, the evil spammers must also read every piece of spam ever sent for eternity. By the end (aka Ragnarok), they should have the chemically induced stamina of a 16 year old with the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, enough pills of other types to not be able to use that stamina, plenty of African princes looking to donate large sums of...

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09:27
TA14-290A: SSL 3.0 Protocol Vulnerability and POODLE...

Original release date: October 17, 2014
Systems Affected

All systems and applications utilizing the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 3.0 with cipher-block chaining (CBC) mode ciphers may be vulnerable. However, the POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) attack demonstrates this vulnerability using web browsers and web servers, which is one of the most likely exploitation scenarios.

Overview

US-CERT is aware of a design vulnerability found in the way SSL 3.0 handles block cipher mode padding. The POODLE attack demonstrates how an attacker can exploit this vulnerability to decrypt and extract information from inside an encrypted transaction.

Description

The SSL 3.0 vulnerability stems from the way blocks of data are encrypted under a specific type of encryption algorithm within the SSL protocol. The POODLE attack takes advantage of the protocol version negotiation feature built into SSL/TLS to force the use of SSL 3.0 and then...

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09:00
Announcing the Lync Online client devices report

Yanzhao Zhang is a program manager on the Lync team.

We are delighted to announce the release of new Lync Online client devices report, which tells you how many users in your organization have used one specific type of device to take part in peer-to-peer or conference in a specified month. The metrics in this report are available through PowerShell Cmdlet: Get-CsClientDeviceReport, RESTFul WebService API: CsClientDeviceMonthly as well as a graphical report in Office 365 admin center for client devices.

New metrics covered in the report

Currently the report covers users on Windows PC devices, Windows Phones, Android devices and on iPhones and iPads.

Metrics
Definition

Windows users
Number of unique users who signed in to Lync and participated in at least one peer-to-peer session or conference during...

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08:04
Using The Profiles Command In Yosemite

You can export profiles from Apple Configurator or Profile Manager (or some of the 3rd party MDM tools). You can then install profiles by just opening them and installing. Once profiles are installed on a Mac, mdmclient, a binary located in /usr/libexec will process changes such as wiping a system that has been FileVaulted (note you need to FileVault if you want to wipe an OS X Lion client computer). /System/Library/LaunchDaemons and /System/Library/LaunchAgents has a mdmclient daemon and agent respectively that start it up automatically.

To script profile deployment, administrators can add and remove configuration profiles using the new /usr/bin/profiles command. To see all profiles, aggregated, use the profiles command with just the -P option:

/usr/bin/profiles -P

As with managed preferences (and piggy backing on managed preferences for that matter), configuration profiles can be assigned to users or computers. To see just user profiles, use the -L option:...

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06:51
Configure SSH, ARD and SNMP In OS X Yosemite Server

SSH allows administrators to connect to another computer using a secure shell, or command line environment. ARD (Apple Remote Desktop) allows screen sharing, remote scripts and other administrative goodness. SNMP allows for remote monitoring of a server. You can also connect to a server using the Server app running on a client computer. To enable all of these except SNMP, open the Server app (Server 3), click on the name of the server, click the Settings tab and then click on the checkbox for what you’d like to enter.

All of these can be enabled and managed from the command line as well. The traditional way to enable Apple Remote Desktop is using the kickstart command. But there’s a simpler way in OS X Mavericks Server (Server 2.2). To do so, use the serveradmin command. To enable ARD using the serveradmin command, use the settings option, with info:enableARD to set the payload...

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06:17
Add Your VPP Token To Profile Manager Running on...

Apple began rolling out new features with the new Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) program last year. There are lots of good things to know, here. First, the old way should still work. You’re not loosing the stuff you already invested in such as Configurator with those codes you might have used last year with supervision. However, you will need an MDM solution (Profile Manager, Casper, Absolute, FileWave, etc) to use the new tools. Also, the new token options are for one to one (1:1) environments. This isn’t for multi-tenant environments. You can only use these codes and options for iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 and 10.10. Also, if you install your vpptoken on Yosemite Server and you’re running that same vpptoken elsewhere, Yosemite Server will take all of the codes that have been issued for itself (feature or bug, you decide).

But this article isn’t about the fine print details of the new VPP. Instead, this article is about making Profile Manager work with your new VPP token. Before...

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Thursday October 16

18:11
Obtain Information About OS X Server Using...

OS X Yosemite running the Server comes with the /usr/sbin/serverinfo command (introduced in Mountain Lion Server). The serverinfo command is useful when programmatically obtaining information about the very basic state of an Apple Server.
The first option indicates whether the Server app has been downloaded from the app store, which is the –software option:

serverinfo --software

When used, this option reports the following if the Server.app can be found:

This system has server software installed.

Or if the software cannot be found, the following is indicated:

This system does NOT have server software installed.

The –productname option determines the name of the software app:

serverinfo --productname

If you change the name of the app from Server then the server info command won’t work any longer, so the output should always be the following:

Server

The –shortversion command returns the version of the Server...

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17:09
OS X Yosemite: List of available trusted root...

The OS X Trust Store contains trusted root certificates that are preinstalled with OS X.

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16:32
About the security content of OS X Server v2.2.5

This document describes the security content of OS X Server v2.2.5.

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16:32
About the security content of OS X Server v3.2.2

This document describes the security content of OS X Server v3.2.2.

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16:29
Use The Time Machine Service In OS X Yosemite Server

The Time Machine service in Yosemite Server hasn’t changed much from the service in previous operating systems. To enable the Time Machine service, open the Server app, click on Time Machine in the SERVICES sidebar. If the service hasn’t been enabled to date, the ON/OFF switch will be in the OFF position and no “Backup destination” will be shown in the Settings pane.

Click on the ON button to see the New Destination screen, used to configure a list of volumes as a destinations for Time Machine backups. The selection volume should be large enough to have space for all of the users that can potentially use the Time Machine service hosted on the server. When you click the Choose button, a list of volumes appears in a standard Finder selection screen.

Here,...

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16:10
About the security content of iTunes 12.0.1

Learn about the security content of iTunes 12.0.1.

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16:06
About the security content of OS X Server v4.0

Learn about the security content of OS X Server v4.0.

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15:59
About Security Update 2014-005

This document describes the security content of Security Update 2014-005.

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15:59
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.

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15:00
Create App Previews with iMovie

iMovie comes with every Mac and makes it easy to create app previews. Edit screen recording videos to get the timing just right, then customize your preview with titles, transitions, a soundtrack, and voiceover. Included with iMovie are 11 titles designed to showcase apps in action. To learn more, read the iMovie Guide for Creating App Previews.

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15:00
Create App Previews with iMovie

iMovie comes with every Mac and makes it easy to create app previews. Edit screen recording videos to get the timing just right, then customize your preview with titles, transitions, a soundtrack, and voiceover. Included with iMovie are 11 titles designed to showcase apps in action. To learn more, read the iMovie Guide for Creating App Previews.

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14:14
Running A Web Server On OS X Yosemite Server

Web Services in Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Linux and most versions of Unix are provided by Apache, an Open Source project that much of the Internet owes its origins to. Apache owes its name to the fact that it’s “a patchy” service. These patches are often mods, or modules. Configuring web services is as easy in OS X Mavericks Server (10.9) as it has ever been. To set up the default web portal, simply open the Server app, click on the Websites service and click on the ON button.

After a time, the service will start. Once running, click on the View Server Website link at the bottom of the pane.

Provided the stock OS X Server page loads, you are ready to use OS X Server as a web server.

Before we setup custom sites, there are a few things you should know....

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13:36
Yosemite and The Xsan Command Line

Let’s start out with what’s actually available in the Server Admin CLI: serveradmin. The serveradmin command, followed by settings, followed by san shows a few pieces of information:

bash-3.2# serveradmin settings san
san:computers = _empty_array
san:primaryController = "95C99FB1-80F2-5016-B9C3-BE3916E6E5DC"
san:ownerEmail = "krypted@me.com"
san:sanName = "krypted"
san:desiredSearchPolicy:_array_index:0 = ""
san:serialNumbers = _empty_array
san:dsType = 0
san:ownerName = "Charles Edge"
san:managePrivateNetwork = yes
san:metadataNetwork = "10.0.0.0/24"
san:numberOfFibreChannelPorts = 2
san:role = "CONTROLLER"

Here, we see the metadata network, the GUID of the primary (active) MDC, the name of the SAN, an array of serial numbers (if applicable – in a purely Mountain Lion/Mavericks SAN they aren’t), the owner info plugged in earlier and the metadata network interface being used.
Next, we’ll take a peak at the fsm process for each volume:

bash-3.2# ps aux |...

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13:16
Configure An Open Directory Master In OS X Yosemite...

Open Directory has never been so easy to setup for a basic environment as it is in OS X Yosemite Server (OS X 10.10, Server app 4). It’s also never been so annoyingly simple to use that to do anything cool requires a bunch of command line foo. No offense to the developers, but this whole idea that the screens that were being continually refined for a decade just need to be thrown out and started fresh seems to have led to a few babies thrown out along with them. Not often as I’m kinda’ digging most of the new config screens in OS X Yosemite Server, but with Open Directory, it’s just too easy. Features mean buttons. Buttons make things a tad bit more complicated to use than an ON/OFF switch…

Anyway, rant over. Moving on. As with almost any previous version of OS X Server and Open Directory, once you’ve installed the Server app, run the changeip command along with the -checkhostname option to verify that the IP, DNS and hostname match. If (and only if as it will fail if you...

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12:23
Setting Up An Open Directory Replica In Yosemite...

Previously, we looked at setting up an Open Directory Master in OS X Server. An Open Directory Replica keeps a copy of the Open Directory database available for users even when the Master goes offline. But it can also take a part of the load from the Open Directory Master and when using the new Locales feature, balance network traffic. To get started with an Open Directory Replica, first enable SSH, now disabled by default.

Next, use the changeip to check the host name. While the Server app is cool, it caches stuff and I’ve seen it let things go threat shouldn’t be let go. Therefore, in order to make sure that the server has such an address, I still recommend using changeip, but I also recommend using the Server application. In OS X Server, I’ve seen each find things that other misses. Additionally, in Yosemite and above, OS X Server now requires to be able to lookup whatever the hostname is set to in order to actually promote either to a replica or a master. To use changeip...

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12:08
Casper 9.6 Released, Now With Yosemite Support

Now that Yosemite is out, there’s a lot of updates here and there. iOS 8.1 is destined to show on Monday, but in the meantime JAMF Software has released version 9.6 of the vaunted Casper Suite. To quote the most excellent marketing team:

We are excited to announce that version 9.6 of the Casper Suite is now available. This release can enable you and your organization to embrace new technologies from Apple. Please see the release notes for more information.

Casper Suite 9.6 includes features that can help you:

  • Ensure ease of adoption for your users and peace of mind for yourself with same-day support of OS X Yosemite.
  • Extend management capabilities with new settings and payloads in OS X and iOS configuration profiles.
  • Enhance DEP and Mac App Store distribution workflows.

Note: Version 9.6 of the Casper Suite does not include configuration changes or fixes for the...

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10:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 020 about Open...
09:00
Throwback Thursday: If only I had OneNote when I was...

Today’s post was written by Jenny Hansen, a OneNote user and participant in the Microsoft Office Insider program. 

Students have returned to school in my Southern California neighborhood, which means my local Starbucks is filling up with the gadgetry of today’s college crowd. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, Livescribe smartpens…frankly, I’m jealous. The technology today is remarkable.

We didn’t have all this wizardry when I was in college. Studying would have been so much easier if I’d had the technology I take for granted today during my college years.

OneNote is my favorite tech tool. It allows me to keep all my notes, research and to-do lists in one place, neatly organized and easily accessible from wherever I am. I use OneNote to take meeting notes and action items, manage home improvement projects, track grocery lists and keep track of research for my writing projects. Whether I’m on my PC, Surface Pro or Android phone, everything...

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09:00
Organize your Office 365 with the new app launcher

Nick Robinson is a senior product marketing manager on the Office 365 team.

American founding father Benjamin Franklin famously said, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” In order to yield your greatest results, organization and access to each tool you need to accomplish your goals is paramount. Getting organized. Some people are naturally great at this, some people drag their feet and kick their heels. But there is no doubt that organization can yield results—at home, at work or at school.

Today we are announcing the Office 365 app launcher and My apps. The features will enable a new level of organization, personalization and access to all of the services that make up your Office 365 and more.

   The app launcher nav experience

 

The Office 365 app launcher provides a new navigation experience...

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08:05
Introducing Microsoft Ignite

This morning on The Official Microsoft Blog, we revealed more details about our enterprise technology conference in May—Microsoft Ignite. If you attended the SharePoint Conference, Exchange Conference, Lync Conference or Project Conference, this is the conference for you. And, if you’re interested in or already using Office 365, this is the conference for you. Register now to reserve your spot and we will see you in Chicago on May 4, 2015.

Join the YamJam:

We are committed to making Microsoft Ignite an incredible and valuable event for all of us who are passionate about Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project and Visio. We want your feedback to help shape plans for this event. Join us for a YamJam on the Office 365 Technical Network on Tuesday, October 21st 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT to ask questions...

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Wednesday October 15

10:57
I Don’t Resolve A Lot Of Defects…
09:54
Garage Series for Office 365: PowerShell basics and...

On this week’s show Jeremy Chapman is joined by scripting guy, Greg Stemp, to introduce PowerShell for managing Office 365. Jeremy and Greg explain when PowerShell makes sense compared to the user interface and describe the basics of how PowerShell works. Then Jeremy puts PowerShell to the test at NASA in Houston by attempting to add 150 users into Office 365 within the 8 minutes it took the space shuttle to reach orbit.

Today we kick off a two-part series to introduce PowerShell for Office 365 management. When we were developing show ideas for the Garage Series, the number one requested topic in the Office 365 technical community in Yammer and among our Microsoft MVPs was PowerShell. That wasn’t a huge surprise for us because as we’ve been...

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09:00
Evolving Exchange Online Protection (EOP) to protect...

Shobhit Sahay (@ShobhitSahay88), Levon Esibov and Terry Zink are on the Exchange Online Protection team.

Ten million spam messages blocked every minute. That’s the average number of spam messages that are blocked by Microsoft every minute. However, every day attackers around the world find new techniques to attack your email. The threats take different forms, such as an unidentified spam campaign, an unknown malware, or a completely new virus. The ever-expanding world of such attacks keeps changing and, to better protect your email against these malicious threats, we keep changing Exchange Online Protection, too. 

The world of spam is constantly changing

Spam has evolved over the years in a variety of ways and companies around the world are worried about different types of spam, because it impacts productivity. Spamming techniques have evolved in order to penetrate several filtering programs designed to stop the attacks. As soon as new...

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Tuesday October 14

18:14
The Day That Macworld Died

If you go to the official Macworld Expo site, you’ll notice that the conference has, like the Blues Brothers before the movie, been disbanded. MacIT lives on, but Macworld Expo does not, for now. Shouldn’t be a surprise at this point, given the fact that the Macworld magazine has gone through some substantial changes as well, recently. But it is a surprise nonetheless.

I have many great memories from Macworld, including striking up friendships with young gurus named Bartosh, Dreyer, Regan, Wisenbaker, Rennich, Welch and many, many others back when Apple was an afterthought. Special thanks to Paul, Kathy and many others for their massive contributions towards making the Apple community what it is today. Much respect. Dedication:

And Macworld, hopefully I’ll be dedicating this one to you in 2016 when you get the band back together!

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09:00
Simpler, better instant messaging options in Lync...

Today’s post was written by Nikolay Muravlyannikov, program manager on the Lync Team.

You asked, we listened.  Today, we released an update to the Lync 2013 Windows client, which gives users the option to eliminate the images of senders and receivers in IM conversations without disabling them in the contact list.  We also grouped all of the IM options in the Options dialog to make them easier to find and made a number of other improvements to our media stack to improve call quality wherever you are.

Turn off the images of senders and receivers in the IM conversation window

Roughly a year ago, we added a feature that displays the pictures of participants in Lync IM conversations.  The goal was to make it easier to visually identify who had just sent an IM, which is particularly useful in the context of group conversations.  The downside is that including pictures takes space and as a result, a number of people asked us to provide and option to...

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09:00
Improving Outlook Web App options and settings

Will Holmes is a senior program manager on the Exchange engineering team.

We offer you lots of options and settings so you can manage Outlook Web App (OWA) the way you want to.  But what good are all of these controls if it takes too much time to find them? The OWA engineering team is always looking for ways to make features and settings more discoverable and intuitive. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce that, beginning this month, you’ll see that OWA options and settings have moved into a new navigation tree.

Early feedback overwhelmingly indicates that the new view improves discoverability, provides a cleaner user interface, enhances the experience for tablet users and delivers a scalable framework to let us add future OWA settings with minimal disruption.

What’s changing?

As has always been the case, to find the options and settings you need to customize your OWA experience, you click the gear icon in the upper...

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07:14
Product Management :: Using Azure for Mobile...

I’m not going to lie to you, I’m a really crappy developer. And I have traditionally used OmniGraffle for prototyping web and mobile apps. But I recently found a cool little tool called Axure. The process of learning Azure was going pretty well. But there were a few things I couldn’t nail down exactly; so I got this handy little book called “Mobile Prototyping with Axure 7“.

Designing for mobile apps is different than web apps or even something like FileMaker, which is why prototyping instead of just building flat diagrams with a tool like OmniGraffle is so important. This book took me through Axure with an example-led, hands-on approach that basically did a lot of the work for me, allowing me to really quickly provide a team of developers with a vision of what something should look like and how it should behave. Especially since I’ve...

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Friday October 10

10:00
Office 365 news round-up

Whether you use Office 365 at work, at school, or just as part of your everyday life, there is a growing array of features and capabilities that can help you be more productive and creative while protecting your privacy and personal data.

We recently introduced three new Office 365 plans for small and medium-sized businesses, so that they can get exactly what they need. We also launched the Office 365 Customer Success Center, to help our customers drive Office 365 adoption and business value in their organizations. In addition, we introduced the Enterprise Social Resource Center, to help organizations learn more about working...

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Thursday October 9

16:00
OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

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16:00
OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

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10:51
From Inside the Cloud: What controls do we provide...

Asaf Kashi is the group program manager in the Office 365 Information Protection team.

In our last few posts in our From Inside the Cloud series, my colleagues and lead engineers, Perry Clarke, Vivek Sharma and Kamal Janardhan shared insider overviews on how we design and run various aspects of security, privacy and compliance in Office 365.  Today, I would like to share an overview of the controls you have within Office 365 to protect your data in transit.

As I explain in today’s three-minute video—we protect your data in transit on two levels. First  by encrypting all data in transit at the service level and second, by providing solutions you can use for detection and proactive prevention of the data going out to unintended recipients in the first place. Let me explain.

How your data is protected in transit

At the service level, we encrypt all data between your users and the Office 365 service using Transport Layer Security (TLS) that...

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09:00
Register now for upcoming Access events

Are you a developer or user of Microsoft Access or know someone who is? Interested in expanding your knowledge about the new web capabilities in Access 2013 or how to improve Access desktop applications? There are two upcoming events that you might consider attending to gain knowledge on Microsoft Access and Access Services from seasoned professionals.

J Street Technology is organizing another one-day conference on Access.

Join us Thursday, November 6th in Redmond, WA for another Access Day event. The conference will be held on Microsoft’s main campus this year.

This upcoming Access Day event will once again feature internationally-respected presenters, including Access MVPs, book authors, professional Access developers, and even a member of the Access development team at Microsoft.

Access Day will include sessions by Luke Chung, Andy Tabisz, Tim Getsch, Jeff Conrad and Armen...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 019 with...

In episode 19, Jeremy Thake chats to Waldek Mastykarz, a SharePoint MVP, about the new Office Graph API Preview and the Graph Query language.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP19_WaldekMastykarz.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly update

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Wednesday October 8

09:11
Garage Series for Office 365: Delivering custom...

On today’s show, Jeremy is joined by Klaas Langhout from the Azure team to discuss the pros and cons of delivering Office desktop experiences via RemoteApp. They balance the user experiences of native apps versus remote desktop architectures. Then Klaas demonstrates how quickly an Azure RemoteApp environment running Office can be set up. 

In our last two shows we covered how eligible students can get Office for free and introduced Sway. This week we return to our IT pro roots and explain what a lot of people naturally think of when the words “cloud” and “desktop software” are brought together, Remote Desktop Services (RDS or Terminal Services as it was called 5+ years ago). While native Office experiences are optimized for most common mobile and desktop platforms with roaming settings capabilities to deliver the things you’re working on directly from Office 365, SharePoint and...

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09:00
Introducing a new way to share files with Outlook...

Today’s post was written by Rebecca Lawler, program manager on the Outlook Web App team.

We’re thrilled to announce two new ways to share files with Outlook Web App (OWA) and OneDrive for Business that make it much simpler to share and collaborate:

  • When you send an email in OWA, you can easily insert a link to a file on your OneDrive for Business cloud drive instead of attaching the file itself.
  • When you send an attachment from your computer or device you can now automatically upload the file to your OneDrive for Business cloud drive and share the file as a link to that location.

Now when you send files to others, instead of having to open the attachment, make edits and then send the document back to you, everyone can simply open the document directly from the link and make edits in a single draft. This means the people you’re working with will always see the latest changes, and you can avoid confusion over multiple versions. It...

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09:00
Outlook.com now supports sharing your larger files...

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that OneDrive now supports up to 10 GB files. With OneDrive built right into Outlook.com, you can take full advantage of this by storing your large photos, documents and videos in OneDrive, and then share them securely with Outlook.com using the Share from OneDrive feature.

Sending large files as email attachments has always been tricky: They can take a long time to upload and send, and may bounce back, never reaching the recipient. We had this in mind when we created the Share from OneDrive feature—we wanted to provide customers with a way to easily avoid these problems, while still being able to share their files. With the increase in OneDrive file size limits, you can now use this feature to easily share your larger files over email without having to worry about typical attachment problems.

You can learn how to share...

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09:00
Improved spell check for PowerPoint Online

With the new school year underway, the PowerPoint Online team has been working hard to create features to help you ace all of your presentations. We know there is nothing worse than finding a misspelling on your slide when you are the middle of a presentation—especially when the presentation is 20 percent of your final grade. To help you avoid this situation and deliver great, error-free, presentations we added spell check to the PowerPoint Online editor. We previously utilized the browser spell check for PowerPoint Online, but we switched to the high quality Office spell checker. When you are editing text in PowerPoint Online, misspelled words are flagged with a red underline, so you can correct them before you finalize your presentation.

You can try out spell check right now by going to Office.com and...

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09:00
6 cool ways to use Custom Maps

Today’s post was written by James Marshall, a developer on the Excel Power Map team.

If you haven’t noticed, Excel Power Map got a whole lot richer in September with the introduction of a new feature called Custom Maps. This feature allows you to create amazing 3-D visualizations that showcase your data on top of any map image … literally. To prove this point, we’d like to show you six different ways that you can use Custom Maps to visualize your data in new and creative ways. Check out the video to see these suggestions in action.

Hiking map

The first example in the video shows how you can plot geographical data on a USGS Historical Topographic Map. The map shows the GPS coordinates from a hiking trip up Mount Pilchuck in Washington.  Further analysis could be done on the data,...

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Tuesday October 7

17:00
iOS 8.1 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.1 beta 2 Now Available

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17:00
iOS 8.1 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.1 beta 2 Now Available

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17:00
Xcode 6.1 GM seed 2 Now Available

Xcode 6.1 GM seed 2 Now Available

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17:00
Xcode 6.1 GM seed 2 Now Available

Xcode 6.1 GM seed 2 Now Available

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15:00
OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 2 Now Available

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 2 Now Available

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15:00
OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 2 Now Available

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 2 Now Available

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09:00
Introducing OneNote class notebooks—a flexible...

“OneNote is so much more than a piece of software, it is a framework for teaching and learning.”
—Rob Baker, director of technology, Cincinnati Country Day School

We’ve been tremendously proud over the years to see OneNote helping teachers revolutionize learning in their classrooms.

Across the country and around the world, we’ve seen many classrooms innovating with OneNote to power 21st century digital learning experiences by:

  • Empowering students to take visual notes with ease—place images, text, printouts, tables, ink, screenshots and files in OneNote’s “anything, anywhere” freeform canvas.
  • Eliminating paper by replacing printouts on paper with printouts to OneNote.
  • Combining OneNote with the creative power of...
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Monday October 6

12:48
iMac: How to remove or install memory

Learn how to remove or install memory in your iMac computer.

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12:36
MacBook Pro: How to remove or install memory

Learn how to remove or install memory in your MacBook Pro notebook computer.

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12:18
About Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m)

Learn more about Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) and find answers to frequently asked questions, including the proper usage of Thunderbolt cables.

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06:38
Account Management Using The jamf Binary

The jamf binary comes with a lot of cool little features that you can use to script things quickly, because JAMF has already built things to help you. We’ll look at two really quick. The first is the deleteAccount verb which, surprisingly, deletes accounts. With that verb, you’ll use the -username operator to define a given user that you’d like to remove. That username is defined as the short name (or what dscl shows) of a given user. For example, if I wanted to remove the user rorygilmore, I’d run the following command:

/usr/sbin/jamf deleteAccount -username rorygilmore

You can then provide a popup on the screen that you completed that action:

/usr/sbin/jamf displayMessage -message “rorygilmore has been deleted"

You can then add a new user, using the createAccount verb. To do so, run the jamf binary using the createAccount verb. This verb provides for a number of options, including a short name (-username), a full name (-realname), a password (-password...

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06:06
Join us for Tuesday’s webinar: A guide to Office...

We’ll show you how to get started with the free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint & OneNote that anyone can use. All you need is an internet connection and a browser. Yup. Plus how to store and share docs with OneDrive (that comes with 15 GB of storage).

Join us for our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 A.M. Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).

Register and attend

https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=k42k4o9j

Doors open at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 A.M. Immediately following will be a 20...

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Friday October 3

16:13
One Month To The MacTech Conference!

We’re one month out.
Are you missing out?

MacTech Conference is our 3-day, immersive, technical conference specifically designed for Apple IT Pros, Enterprise, developers, and programmers.

MacTech Conference has been working hard to give you the best event in the most cost effective ways we can.  Part of the way we do that is through Pre-Registration Pricing, which expires in three weeks, and saves you $200!

MacTech Conference is not only about learning, but about forming relationships and building networks. MacTech is known for world-class speakers and content, but it’s also known for the entire experience, food, and activities.  All together, you have the opportunity to spend time with your peers, and we’ll help you get to know new people and expand your network.

As an immersive conference, we’ll have you busy from morning until night … having a whole lot of fun in the process.  And, we’ve already let you know...

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15:00
Including a Privacy Policy in Your Apps

To ensure that customers understand how their data will be used, you must provide a link in the Privacy Policy URL field in iTunes if a privacy policy is required by law in your country or if your app does any of the following:

  • Accesses user or device data
  • Offers an account registration process
  • Accesses a user's existing account
  • Uses the HomeKit Framework or HealthKit Framework
  • Integrates Apple Pay
  • Includes keyboard extensions
  • Contains auto-renewable subscriptions or free subscriptions
  • Appears in the Kids Category

For more details, read the App Store Review Guidelines.

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15:00
iAd Now Available in More Countries

iAd has expanded services to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. With iAd Workbench, you can now promote your apps in 25 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. Learn more about iAd Workbench.

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15:00
Including a Privacy Policy in Your Apps

To ensure that customers understand how their data will be used, you must provide a link in the Privacy Policy URL field in iTunes if a privacy policy is required by law in your country or if your app does any of the following:

  • Accesses user or device data
  • Offers an account registration process
  • Accesses a user's existing account
  • Uses the HomeKit Framework or HealthKit Framework
  • Integrates Apple Pay
  • Includes keyboard extensions
  • Contains auto-renewable subscriptions or free subscriptions
  • Appears in the Kids Category

For more details, read the App Store Review Guidelines.

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15:00
iAd Now Available in More Countries

iAd has expanded services to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. With iAd Workbench, you can now promote your apps in 25 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. Learn more about iAd Workbench.

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09:10
One-Time Passcode for Office 365 Message Encryption

Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager on the Office 365 team.

Back in February, we launched Office 365 Message Encryption, the all-new encryption service that allows you to send encrypted mail to anyone. We’ve come a long way since that announcement. We’ve upgraded all of our Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) customers to Office 365 Message Encryption. And we’ve seen great service adoption, with more than a million encrypted messages sent using Office 365 Message Encryption ready! While we’ve been upgrading our EHE customers, we‘ve also been busy responding to your feedback and are happy to announce the release of One-Time Passcode. With One-Time Passcode, you don’t need to sign in with a Microsoft account to view an encrypted message.

Let’s take a look at this new feature.

Previously, when you received a message encrypted with Office 365 Message Encryption, you could view the encrypted message only by using a Microsoft account. Now, with the...

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Thursday October 2

11:22
What’s New: September 2014

The Office 365 experience is evolving. With the new Office 365 homepage, custom themes, Groups in Office 365, and Delve, Office 365 is making it simpler for you to personalize Office 365, get started working with your colleagues, communicate, and find the most relevant information for you. OneNote continues to release updates across platforms and welcomes Android Wear to the OneNote family. Developers also get a new SDK for OneDrive and a new open source API so you can start contributing and make it better for everyone. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s New: August 2014.

 

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jAlbum Pro 12.2.4 - Organize your digita...
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