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Monday March 10

Hidden AirPlay feature in the AppleTV 6.1 (iOS 7.1)...

Here’s one that will make educators and education network administrators realllllly happy. There’s a hidden gem in the AppleTV 6.1 update that was released today.

In addition to bonjour negotiation for AirPlay, iOS 7.1 devices will also look for AirPlay sources over bluetooth when doing it’s scan! This means you do NOT need bonjour to AirPlay.


1) Apple TV with version 6.1 (released 3/10/14)
2) iOS device with version 7.1 (released 3/10/14)
3) IP connectivity between the two devices

I tried a Mac with 10.9.2 and it didn’t see the AppleTV as an AirPlay source over bluetooth. That may be coming in a future update.

Make sure your AppleTV is updated to 6.1. You can see that this AppleTV is on an ethernet connection with a 10.10.X.X subnet IP Address. Also make sure bluetooth is ON on your AppleTV.


As you can see on my iOS device...

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Understanding Home Sharing

Home Sharing in iTunes lets you share your iTunes media libraries between up to five computers in your household. You can also use Home Sharing to play your iTunes content on your iOS devices and Apple TV (2nd generation) if they are connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

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About the security content of Apple TV 6.1

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 6.1.

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About the security content of iOS 7.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 7.1.

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Friday March 7

Exploring Apple’s new Device Enrollment Program

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

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

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

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

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

TLDR; you need:

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


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Thursday March 6

OS X Using FileVault with OS X Recovery

FileVault and Legacy FileVault are both compatible with the Recovery System included with OS X Lion and later.

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Tuesday March 4

Managed Client: How to customize the Computer Name...

With OS X v10.6 or later, you can use the Computer Name screen saver at the login window to display a custom message.

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Monday March 3

Boot Camp: Partition alert message when using Boot...

When upgrading Boot Camp to Windows 8.1 or later, you might see an alert message, "The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition."

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AFP548 – 2014 Products and Platforms Poll

It’s always helpful to get help from a community of your peers, and our recent survey was an attempt to start having us all check in every once in a while as a group with data about how we maintain and provide management for our customers. Inspired by questions about what ‘server’ to host many of these cross-platform services on, the focus was to capture 1. what products people are using, and 2. what hosts were used to provide those services. Demographic information was optional, but helpful to give some background about the requirements different organizations have when choosing platforms and products(only a handful of folks DIDN’T self-identify with one of the options).

The Mac Admin community was pretty well reflected by the poll results, even though it was capped at only 100 responses this time. Please don’t take all of this too seriously, as our sample size...

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Friday February 28

Apple USB or Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapters: First...

When you connect a new Apple USB Ethernet Adapter or Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter to your Mac, a prompt appears asking if you'd like to use this device for a new network configuration. Follow the steps below to quickly set up an Internet connection through one of these adapters if you've not used that adapter with your Mac before.

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Thursday February 27

iPod nano (6th generation or later): Turn on...

If you turn on VoiceOver for iPod nano (6th generation or later), you can hear the names of songs, artists, and playlists spoken when you listen to content on your iPod nano. If you have the Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic, you can also use VoiceOver to navigate your playlists.

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Wednesday February 26

About Disney Movies Anywhere and iTunes Store

Learn about Disney Movies Anywhere and your iTunes Store account.

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About the Xcode Update for OS X Server (Mavericks)

The Xcode Update for OS X Server (Mavericks) addresses an issue that could interrupt bot integration on headless servers running OS X Mavericks v10.9.2.

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Tuesday February 25

About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.5

This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.5.

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About the OS X Server v3.0.3 Update

This software updates OS X Server v3.0, v3.0.1 and v3.0.2 to v3.0.3. It requires OS X Mavericks v10.9.1 or later.

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About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 Update

Learn about the OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 Update

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About the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.2...

This document describes the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 and Security Update 2014-001.

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About the security content of Safari 6.1.2 and...

This document describes the security content of Safari 6.1.2 and Safari 7.0.2.

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Monday February 24

AFP548 2014 Product/Platform Poll

As suggested by @nbalonso, I don’t think I’m alone in wanting to know what other folks are using, and how they’re hosting the products they maintain/provide services to the workstations under their purview with. We’re focusing on the Mac for now, as the ‘great reckoning and consolidation’ of the numerous iOS platforms is still ongoing. It’s hopefully quick and painless(and anonymous,) so please do lend us a few moments of your time!

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About Allister Banks

Allister is excitable, adept at nerd sniping, and professionally is a Solutions Architect for 318 in downtown NYC (and elsewhere.) He contributes to various open...

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Friday February 21

About the Snow Leopard Graphics Update

The Snow Leopard Graphics Update contains stability and performance fixes for graphics applications and games in Mac OS X v10.6.4.

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About the Mac OS X v10.6.8 Update

The Mac OS X v10.6.8 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

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About the OS X Lion v10.7.2 Update

The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices.

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About the OS X Lion v10.7.1 Update

The OS X Lion v10.7.1 Update is recommended for all users running OS X Lion and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability and compatibility of your Mac.

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About the Mac OS X v10.6.7 Update

The Mac OS X v10.6.7 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

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About the Mac OS X v10.6.7 Snow Leopard Font Update

What's included?
The Snow Leopard Font Update contains fixes for Mac OS X v10.6.7 that address issues displaying and printing OpenType fonts.

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Episode Seven – Perfunctory Munki Mention

A vacation for your ears comes mid-winter as Pepijn Bruienne in thunderstorm-y Michigan returns to join Mac Admin (and new father) Derick Okihara in not-snowy Hawaii. Arek Dreyer and Ben Greisler get a shout-out each, DeployStudio goes down main street in a cab, and we even kick it old-school as MUG’s become a topic of discussion. We barely scratch the surface of the goings on in Dericks world during this half hour, so hopefully you will all enjoy the teaser and convince him to join us again soon.


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About the security content of iOS 7.0.6

This document describes the security content of iOS 7.0.6.

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About the security content of Apple TV 6.0.2

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 6.0.2.

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About the security content of iOS 6.1.6

This document describes the security content of iOS 6.1.6.

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Thursday February 20

Testing TCP port connectivity between computers and...

Apple software uses particular TCP and UDP ports that security software or specific network configurations might block on your computer. Use these steps to find out if TCP ports are blocked or unreachable.

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Boot Camp: Brightness controls no longer respond...

After upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 on a MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011 or Late 2011), the F1 and F2 keys may no longer control the brightness of the computer's built-in display.

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Sydney (Australia) Mac Admins February 2014 Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins,

Our 2nd Meeting of the year is scheduled for the 26th February.

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

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to get together with your fellow Sydney Mac Admins. We have a good range of admins attending with representatives from small (20-50 users) and large (thousands of users) environments, to companies with offices throughout the world, universities and non-profits.

The meeting usually runs for a few hours, so if you can’t make it by 6pm, we will still be there until at least 9pm.

If you can’t make next Wednesday, we are planning on meeting monthly on the last Wednesday of the month.

Email Marcus Rowell to register your interest or for more information.

About Marcus Rowell


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Tuesday February 18

Apple Configurator: Error 5103 when redeeming code

When trying to deploy an app purchased using the Volume Purchase Program (VPP), Apple Configurator may state “Unable to redeem code”. The detailed message includes “Please enter your Apple ID and password to redeem your code”, or “MZFinance.RedeemCodeSrvLoginRequired”, along with error code 5103.

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Friday February 14

OS X: Security certifications and validations

This article contains references for key product certifications, cryptographic validations, and security guidance for OS X platforms.

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Thursday February 13

OS X: Backing up and restoring Reminders in Mountain...

You can save a copy of your Reminders in Mountain Lion in case you later want to restore them to a previous state.

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Wednesday February 12

Mac Basics: Printing in OS X

Learn about adding a printer, and printing in OS X Mavericks, and Mountain Lion.

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About the security content of Boot Camp 5.1

This document describes the security content of Boot Camp 5.1.

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Monday February 10

Change the country of your iTunes Store, App Store,...

When you make a purchase from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store, you must use the store that matches the country where you live.

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OS X: Manually migrating data from another Mac

 If your computer is too old to work with Migration Assistant, you can manually copy your data from one computer to another using these steps.

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OS X: "Cannot connect" or "Cannot...

While attempting to use the Mac App Store on your Mac, you may see the message, "Cannot connect to the app store. An internet connection is required." There are a few different situations that can cause this message to appear. Please consider each of the following situations and their potential resolutions.

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Friday February 7

iCloud: Storage upgrades and downgrades

Learn about the iCloud storage upgrades available to you, how to upgrade or downgrade your storage, and how to view or change your payment information.

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Clean Migration of Existing Open Directory Users to...

For many reasons, you may find yourself needing to start a new Mavericks Open Directory server from scratch. In this article, I’ll go over how to import your existing users from an older Open Directory server and import them to your new Mavericks server. I will also use a tool called Passenger to import known passwords for your users.

In my environment, I have a Mountain Lion Profile Manager 2 server which also runs Open Directory. This server was originally a Lion Server, with user accounts imported from a Snow Leopard Open Directory server. I imported these users to the Lion server with Workgroup Manager. I had to do this, because Lion Server was so incredibly broken that migrations, archive/restores, simply did NOT work. So Exporting/Importing via Workgroup Manager was my only solution.

However, much to my dismay, because I had imported my users with Workgroup Manager, many Service ACLs were borked. For example, my Open Directory users could not access...

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iTunes Store charges on credit and debit card...

This information may be useful if you see unfamiliar iTunes Store charges on your credit or debit card statement.

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Wednesday February 5

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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Airplay mirroring freezes or drops connections on an...

When using a MacBook Pro (Late 2013) or Mac Pro (Late 2013) with Airplay mirroring on an 802.11 b or g network, the TV image might freeze or the connection gets dropped.

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Episode Six – Mainstream Vocal Jazz

Seb Nash makes his hosting debut, joined by Luis Giraldo of Ook Enterprises. They talk about how Luis got to where he is, consultants as salespeople, and the perils of wireless deployments at tech conferences. Launching his product MonkeyBox gets a fair amount of airtime, and we see some of the behind the scenes process of getting a software project developed and shipped. We’re back!

Linksies:’ presentation from MacSysAdmin 2012 -http://docs.macsysadmin...

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Tuesday February 4

iTunes 11.1.4 for Windows: Unable to install or open

Some Windows customers may experience installation issues while trying to install or open iTunes 11.1.4.
Symptoms may include:

"The program can't start because MSVCR80.dll is missing from your computer"
"iTunes was not installed correctly. Please reinstall iTunes. Error 7 (Windows Error 126)”
"Runtime Error: R6034 - An application has made an attempt to load the C runtime library incorrectly"
"Entry point not found: videoTracks@QTMovie@@QBE?AV?$Vector@V?$RefPtr@VQTTrack@@@***@@$0A@VCrashOnOverf low@@***@@XZ could not be located in the dynamic link library C:\Program Files(x86)\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support\WebKit.dll”

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Monday February 3

OS X: New email messages not received until Mail is...

For some email providers, new email messages in Mail may only appear to arrive when Mail is first opened. No new email arrives until Mail is quit and reopened.

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OS X: When your Mac doesn't sleep or wake

Some features are designed to prevent your Mac from going to sleep. If your Mac doesn't sleep or wake as expected, review the steps in this article.

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Boot Camp: Press any key message appears while...

When installing Windows 8 on an iMac (Late 2013) or Mac Pro (Late 2013), installation may not complete if you use an optical disc for installation. Instead, you are prompted to "press any key" or the computer restarts back to OS X.

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Friday January 31

Using Keynote Remote

With Keynote Remote you can control your Keynote presentation from your compatible iOS device.

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Set up an Apple ID.

An Apple ID is your user name for everything you do with Apple, like using the iTunes Store, the App Store, iCloud, FaceTime, and much more.
If you don’t already have an Apple ID, you can create one whenever you’re asked to sign in. Or just visit
More: Apple ID support

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Penn State MacAdmins 2014 Call for Proposals

Have experience on a Mac or iOS system administrator topic and want to share? We are looking for engaging, well-crafted sessions that showcase the latest tools and strategies for managing Macs and iOS devices.

If you are interested in the opportunity to present a session or two, please submit your proposals soon here:


The deadline to submit session proposals for the 2014 Penn State MacAdmins Conference is Friday, February 28, with about one month left to go!

Accepted session speakers will receive a free conference registration.

Don’t wait too long, submit today!

Sign up for our MacAdmins Conference Newsletter for the latest news.

- Penn State MacAdmins Conference Team



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Resetting an AirPort base station FAQ

This article answers frequently asked questions about resetting AirPort base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule.

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Tweetbot 1.5.1 - Popular iOS twitter cli...
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We’ve updated our iPad Price Tracker and our iPad mini Price Tracker with the latest information on prices and availability from Apple and other resellers. Using a mobile device? We’ve also updated... Read more
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Macworld UK’s Lou Hattersley takes a look inside Apple’s A7 System On Chip (SoC) , noting that its processor module is much more powerful than other smartphone chipsets. He notes that the A7 was a... Read more
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