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Monday November 3

09:00
Office 365—now available in 140 markets

In 2010, the idea was simple—bring together the Microsoft productivity suite, including Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online, in an always-up-to-date cloud service and charge a predictable monthly subscription. From that simple idea Office 365 was born.

In the past five years, that vision has expanded across the globe—from 40 markets in 2011 to 88 markets in 2012 to 127 markets in 2013. And today that number grows to 140. We are proud to announce that O365 is now available commercially to customers in the following nine new markets:

  • Afghanistan
  • Botswana
  • Ethiopia
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda...
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06:47
Create a Yosemite Installation Drive

A bootable installer is one of the fastest ways to install Yosemite. Rather than copy the installer to a local drive you can run it right off a USB disk (or Thunderbolt if you dare). Such a little USB drive would be similar to the sticks that came with the older MacBook Air, when we were all still sitting around wondering how you would ever install the OS on a computer with no optical media or Ethernet otherwise. Luckily, Apple loves us.

To make a bootable USB/flash drive of Yosemite like the one that used to come with the MacBook Air, first name the USB drive. I’ll use yosinstall for the purposes of this article. The format should be Mac OS Extended Journaled. The installer is called Install OS X Yosemite.app and is by default located in the /Applications directory. Inside the app bundle, there’s a new binary called createinstallmedia (nested in Contents/Resources).

Using this binary you can create an installation drive (similar to what we used to do with InstallESD...

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05:00
Using the Help Options in OS X Server

OS X Yosemite, running the Server app comes complete with lots of awesome features to help you get up and running, started and owning the configuration of Apple Servers. One such is the built-in options to help manage your servers. Open Server, click Help, then click Server Help. You can then search and browse for information about things you’d like to accomplish using the Help Center.

Now, click the arrow for each service for information about configuring that service. You will see an arrow for each service.

Click the arrow for more information on that specific service.

And just like that, simple and easy-to-use documentation, available live on OS X Server. You will, of course, need to be online to use it effectively.

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Sunday November 2

05:00
Consolidate VMware Snapshots

Each snapshot of a virtual machine in VMware creates files. You can consolidate these files when they’re no longer needed. This can let you save space and improve the performance of virtual machines (not to mention operations like moving virtual machines through the vMotion or manually). Consolidating snapshots is also a typical troubleshooting step for a number of problems you can encounter in ESX.

The Consolidation command searches for delta data to combine and reorganizes so as not to corrupt any necessary dependencies. When a virtual machine needs to be consolidated, you can see this in the vSphere client under the Summary tab; however, in my experience it doesn’t always think I need to consolidate when I think I do. To consolidate, first open the vSphere Client.

Once open, right click on a virtual machine and select the Snapshot option in the...

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Saturday November 1

06:00
Integrate Nike Running App With Apple’s Health App

The new Health app from Apple provides a conduit to run all of your health data through on an iOS device in order to then provide you with a single pane of glass to see all of your health related data. This can include diet, workouts, weight, blood pressure, etc, provided that the vendors of such devices or apps you may use support those features. The Nike Running app (not yet for the Fuelband) is one such app. And if you track runs with Nike Running then you’ll want to setup the integration asap, as the Health app only looks at runs that are configured after you setup the integration.

To integrate the app into Health (and therefore showcase what Health can do) we’ll simply upgrade it and do so real quick. The first step is to upgrade the Nike+ Running app. To do so, open the App Store, tap on Updates and find the Nike+ Running app. Here, tap Update and provide your password.

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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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12:21
Delete nvram

A nifty little new option that came in OS X 10.9 Mavericks and stays in Yosemite is the ability to delete all of the firmware variables you’ve created. This can get helpful if you’ve got a bunch of things that you’ve done to a system and want to remove them all. If you run nvkram followed by a -p option you’ll see all of the configured firmware variables:

nvram -p

If you run it with a -d you’ll delete the given variables that you define (e.g. boot-args):

nvram -d boot-args

But, if you run the -c you’ll wipe them all:

nvram -c

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05:00
Cascading Software Update Service Updates In...

The swupd.plist file used to daisy chain multiple servers so they act as a cascade of software update servers. The new path for the property list is /Library/Server/Software Update/Config/swupd.plist. Here, the metaIndexURL key is sill the location that points to an internal Software Update Server that the server you are editing should look to for updates.

The default server is http://swscan.apple.com/content/meta/mirror-config-1.plist. To set a server to look at another internal server for software updates, edit the metaIndexURL key in the /Library/Server/Software Update/Config/swupd.plist file to include the path to the new server. The path should always have /content/meta/mirror-config-1.plist after the FQDN of the host name. So if your internal software update server was called daneel.foundation.lan the command to set that as the...

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05:00
New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

Today we are announcing the new Outlook for the Mac, which delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office. This release offers a more familiar and consistent experience between Outlook on the PC, Outlook on the web and Outlook Web App (OWA) for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

The new Outlook for Mac includes:

  • Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
  • A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
  • Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
  • Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
  • Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.
  • Faster...
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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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Wednesday September 24

20:02
Loss of cellular service or ability to use Touch ID...

We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below. We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it's ready in the next few days.

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Tuesday September 23

19:51
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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15:11
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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Wednesday September 17

18:13
iOS 8: List of available trusted root certificates

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

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17:22
About the security content of OS X Server v2.2.3

This document describes the security content of OS X Server v2.2.3.

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17:22
About the security content of OS X Server v3.2.1

This document describes the security content of OS X Server v3.2.1.

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17:17
About the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.5...

This document describes the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 and Security Update 2014-004.

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16:50
About the OS X Server v3.2.1 Update

This software updates OS X Server versions 3.0 through 3.1.2. It requires OS X Mavericks v10.9.5.

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11:01
About the security content of Xcode 6.0.1

This document describes the security content of Xcode 6.0.1.

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09:10
About the security content of Apple TV 7

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.

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Tuesday September 9

13:21
AppleCare+ for Australia

AppleCare+ includes accidental damage from handling insurance cover (the "ADH coverage"). The ADH coverage is a component of the AppleCare+ suite of products and services. It cannot be purchased separately from AppleCare+. Before proceeding with the sale of AppleCare+, we are required by law to provide you, with the Accidental Damage from Handling - Product Disclosure Statement (or "PDS”), the Apple disclosure statement and the AppleCare+ terms and conditions.

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Monday September 8

03:34
Off-Season Episode, Live from the Penn State Mac...

Interrupting the offseason, here’s a discussion we recorded between Tim Perfitt and Dave Test, live at the 2014 Penn State Mac Admins Conference. Tim gives a little background about how iBeacon and Passbook were utilized at the conference, and Dave talks about the integration between them and the impossible-to-pronounce sched.org.

Hope this tides y’all over until we’re back for season two.

About Allister Banks

Allister has spoken at LOPSA-East, MacTech Conference, MacAdmins Conference at Penn State, and lives in NYC. He contributes to various open source projects and speaks enough Japanese to order food.

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Monday May 3

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