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Monday December 1

06:31
Git-Fat Intro Part Two – Setup and Migration

In our last installment, we introduced a solution for syncing large or already compressed files around without strictly commit’ing them to git proper when collaborating on a munki repo. This was by leveraging the git-fat add-on/script, which only relies on python(2.7) and rsync. Let’s talk about how, if you followed Hannes Juutilainen’s wiki page on setting up git to work with your munki repo, you’d migrate over to this newer workflow.

First, we need to setup git-fat, which starts by ‘installing’ it (putting it in your path). The original script isn’t as actively developed as one particular fork (which is the one you’d get if you installed it with pip), so we’re going to grab that one in the most simplistic way possible (as a user that’s allowed to run...

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Saturday November 29

05:00
All Giddy About Star Wars VII

That light saber doesn’t look very safe. But it does look like some awesome cinematic goodness. Wonder if his name is the Mule… Asimov fans everywhere would be like “I knew it!”

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Friday November 28

07:29
What A Morning!

It’s a random Friday morning. I wake up ready to work and the radio on my AirPort stops working. I reset the device, do everything I know to do, but there is no SSID, no radio signal whatsoever. What to do? String a cable across the room so that it can get ripped out of a computer when the crazed, six year old invariably streaks through the office having watched Power Rangers and looking to chop me into pieces? Not a chance. I’ll just run out to the closest Apple store and grab a quick replacement.

So I hop in the car and drive to the mall. What is going on with parking? I finally find a spot out in no-mans-land, but wait – an 80-something year old woman in a brand new red Civic swings in front of me, practically clipping my bumper to steal my spot hanging me a bird and yelling “here’s my Holiday cheer” in the process. Wow. Wait, did that middle fingernail really have a picture of Santa painted on it?!?! Suburbs…

There’s another spot a little further out, but wait –...

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Thursday November 27

09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 023 on Office...

In episode Jeremy Thake talks to Chakkaradeep Chandran about the new announcements around the Office 365 tools for Visual Studio 2013.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP23_Chaks.mp3

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05:00
Thankful for CodeMonkey

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for a lot. I’m healthy, my kid is healthy, my life is totally rad, there’s no snow to shovel today. But I’ll share one of my favorite videos that I’m thankful for: CodeMonkey!

Enjoy!

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Wednesday November 26

13:55
Get the Office for Android tablet preview apps today

Thank you for your interest in the Office for Android tablet preview. At this time, we have closed the sign up page. But you can request to join this Google Plus group for access to the preview apps.

The Office for Android tablet apps will be generally available in early 2015 and we encourage you to download the apps at that time and experience the real Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with free core editing capabilities for consumers. We are committed to providing the best Office experience on all mobile devices. Learn more here.

The post Get the Office for Android tablet preview apps today appeared first on Office Blogs.

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09:00
Office 365 Business—Do your best work from anywhere...

Office 365 Business provides all the familiar, installable apps you’ve come to depend on like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, on the devices you use most—like your laptop, tablet, iPad or smartphone. Plus, with 1TB (moving to unlimited) of OneDrive for Business storage, your files are never stuck on your computer at work or on your laptop at home so you can get work done—online or offline. You can share documents directly from your Office apps to work with your co-workers on the same document together—in real time. And Office 365 Business keeps itself up to date so you will always have the latest and best Office features. Learn more about Office 365 Business and see how businesses like yours use Office 365 to create amazing things.

Learn more about the full line up of...

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05:00
MacVoices Podcast With Chuck Joiner About The New...

Yay, podcasts! Chuck Joiner was kind enough to have me on MacVoices. We did a show, now available at http://www.macvoices.com/macvoices-14223-charles-edge-helps-take-control-os-x-server

Or if you’d like to watch on YouTube or inline:

http://youtu.be/AeccoRqIrgc

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Tuesday November 25

12:54
TA14-329A: Regin Malware

Original release date: November 25, 2014
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7

Overview

On November 24, 2014, Symantec released a report on Regin, a sophisticated backdoor Trojan used to conduct intelligence-gathering campaigns. At this time, the Regin campaign has not been identified targeting any organizations within the United States.

Description

Regin is a multi-staged, modular threat—meaning it has a number of components, each dependent on others to perform an attack. Each of the five stages is hidden and encrypted, with the exception of the first stage. The modular design poses difficulties to analysis, as all components must be available in order to fully understand the Trojan.  

Impact

Regin is a remote access Trojan (RAT), able to take control of input devices, capture credentials, monitor network traffic, and gather information on processes and memory utilization. The complex design...

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09:00
Power Query November 2014 update—Connect to Analysis...

We are happy to announce the availability of the November 2014 update for Power Query—packed with lots of new features that we hope you will enjoy and thank us for them (since we are in the Thanksgiving week).

Before talking about new features in this update, we would like to invite you to complete a survey. It will take you only a few minutes and it will help us better understand what you like or don’t like about Power Query, how do you currently use it and what new features you would like to see in the future.

Take the Power Query survey

What’s new in this update?

  • SQL Server Analysis Services connector.
  • Salesforce Reports and Objects connector.
  • Expand Columns—Ability to disable and customize column prefix.
  • Improved File menu options in the Query Editor.
  • Entry point for Advanced Editor in the Queries pane inside the Query Editor.

Watch the following video or...

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09:00
Take control of Black Friday and Cyber Monday with...

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are undoubtedly the most popular holiday shopping moments for knocking out a lot of holiday shopping in a few hours, while saving big in the process. But it can also be overwhelming. How can you make sure you’re getting the best deals? When do all the stores open? What’s the best strategy to divide and conquer the gift lists? OneNote can make your Black Friday and Cyber Monday planning a lot easier and have you in, out and on to some holiday cheer in record time.

Saving the best deals 

These days, many stores post their sale ads online for easy browsing and sites like blackfriday.com collect mailers in one convenient place. The OneNote Clipper helps you clip...

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06:48
Bushel Goes Into Invitation Mode!

Yesterday the Bushel team finished some new code. This code allows you to refer your friends to Bushel! This skips the codes that everyone was waiting for and lets people create accounts immediately!

From your home screen, click on Invite Friends. Or from the Account screen, scroll down to the section that says “Invite friends to join Bushel”. From here, you can post codes to Facebook, Tweet codes, post codes to LinkedIn and even email them.

We’re not going into general availability just yet. But we’re definitely making it easier long-term to sign up and use Bushel! We hope you love it as much as we do!

Since we’re still architecting how these final screens look, the final features and stress testing the servers, also if you’re testing the system please feel free to fill out our feedback form...

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Monday November 24

18:03
My Take Control Of OS X Server Book Now Available!

Thanks to all the awesome work from Adam and Tanya Engst, Tidbits announced today that my Take Control of OS X Server is now available! To quote some of the Tidbits writeup:

Some projects turn out to be harder than expected, and while Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server” was one of them, we’re extremely pleased to announce that the full 235-page book is now available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket versions to help anyone in a home or small office environment looking to get started with Apple’s OS X Server.

As you’ll likely remember, we published this book chapter by chapter for TidBITS members, finishing it in early September (see “‘Take Control of OS X Server’ Streaming in TidBITS,” 12 May 2014). Doing so got the information out more quickly, broke up the writing and editing effort, and elicited reader comments that helped us refine the text.

Normally, we would have moved right into final editing and...

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12:37
Bringing a crazy idea to life—Building a foundation...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Stéphane Bancel, chief executive officer at Moderna Therapeutics.

We started Moderna back in 2010 based on a crazy idea that we could use messenger RNA (mRNA) as a therapeutic platform to treat and cure d, flexibility, and scalability as we rush to build internal development teams and an ecosystem of global collaborative partnerships that foster innovation. That’s because our mRNA Therapeutics technology platform has the potential to help the body fight and cure diseases that are currently untreatable. So when we choose technology, we look for solutions that help us to collaborate quickly and advance the science. That’s why we run almost exclusively on cloud technologies and why we use Microsoft Office 365 as our business productivity platform.

As a biotech company, we’re using Office 365 Enterprise E3 to accelerate...

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11:08
Introduction to Git-Fat for Munki

Do you work on munki with a team of folks (meaning more than one)? You probably wish you could use MunkiAdmin for everything, but mounting the munki repo over the network may be a poor experience as things grow very large, and as the server world is mostly *nix (if you’re lucky), running MunkiAdmin on the server itself is out of the picture. It’s sheer luck that Hannes Juutilainen wants to help with all of our workflow needs, so he composed the original page on git usage for the official munki wiki. Git was made for a distributed, (latent) network-aware world, but as the wiki page takes into account (by instructing you to create a .gitignore file, which most GUI clients can easily...

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09:00
Block spam this holiday season with the new enhanced...

Chris Nguyen is a program manager and Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager on the Exchange Online Protection team.

From time to time, you might have received the same, annoying newsletters or coupons over and over again. The rate of such spam increases significantly specially during the holiday season. Recently, we promised to evolve the Exchange Online Protection (EOP) to protect against tomorrow’s threat, and continuing on our promise, we are pleased to introduce the enhanced bulk email experience in EOP. With this new capability, we are introducing a simple, intuitive control in the Exchange Admin Center to allow you to easily block more of these “bulk” emails. For example, for Exchange Online, we were able to increase the percent of filtered emails based on these new bulk mail capabilities by another 16 percent in recent months.

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Thursday November 20

15:08
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates are available that address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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Monday November 17

11:25
Back up and restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch...

You can use iCloud or iTunes to back up the content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. When you have a backup, you can restore this content to your device anytime. 

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10:47
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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10:20
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.2

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.2.

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10:12
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.1

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.1.

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Thursday November 13

13:07
OS X Lion: Supported digital camera RAW formats

Digital camera RAW formats retain more image information than JPEGs and can produce better results when used with imaging applications such as Aperture and iPhoto.

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02:19
Sydney Mac Admins November Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac (and iOS) Admins,

Our next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 20th of November.

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.

Arek Dreyer has very generously donated an e-book version of his and Kevin White’s “Managing Apple Devices” which we will give to one lucky attendee of the meeting.

This book is a comprehensive guide to deploying and maintaining Apple devices and in a world of rapidly evolving tech such as MDM, VPP and DEP is essential reading.

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...

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Friday October 31

16:53
VMware ESXi 5.5 on the Mac Pro (2013)

Five years ago, it was not uncommon to see many cabinets full of Xserves fulfilling serving roles in the enterprise.  Today those servers are on their last legs and warrant replacement by modern hardware and software design.

Luckily there isn’t much of a need of OS X Server by IT anymore as almost everything can run on Linux or Windows these days.  Aside from Deploy Studio, management tools such as Munki, Reposado, Puppet and even the JSS are platform agnostic.  However, many organizations still need instances of OS X running in the datacenter, whether it be for testing of older operating systems, compiling apps, or running automated AutoPkg.

VMware’s ESXi hypervisior has emerged to be the market leader, but until last week the only supported Mac was the Mac Pro 5,1.  This was a good machine, but took up a massive amount of rack space and while its processors were fast in 2010, they just can’t keep up today.  For those running vSphere...

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Thursday October 23

18:17
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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Wednesday October 22

12:22
About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.6

This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.6.

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08:34
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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Monday October 20

09:08
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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09:08
About the security content of iOS 8.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.1

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Thursday October 16

16:09
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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15:32
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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15:32
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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15:10
About the security content of iTunes 12.0.1

Learn about the security content of iTunes 12.0.1.

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15:06
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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14:59
About Security Update 2014-005

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

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14:59
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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Monday October 6

11:48
iMac: How to remove or install memory

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

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11:36
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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11:18
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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Wednesday October 1

13:48
Logic Remote doesn't connect to your Mac after...

After upgrading your iPad to iOS 8, Logic Remote does not connect with a Mac running Logic Pro X, GarageBand for Mac (v10.0 or later), or MainStage 3.

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Monday September 29

14:20
About OS X bash Update 1.0

This document describes the security content of OS X bash Update 1.0.

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Monday May 3

08:17
iPad: How to transfer or sync content to your...
 
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