More Storage for Tiny Disks

Let’s face it, Apple has been pretty stingy with the size of the SSD drives that they put in their machines. Although that is changing now, a lot of people are quite happy with their MacBook Air or MacBook Pro- apart from the fact that the drive is always full. This is particularly painful if you’ve bought an 11″ machine with a 64gb drive or a 13″ with a 128gb drive. Also remember that wear levelling gets harder and harder as your drive gets more full, meaning that your drive may prematurely die…. To buy a larger...

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My Email is Down!

This is one of the most common support issues we face, so it’s worthwhile exploring a few solutions. Usually, the server is working fine and the issue can be traced to one of a number of other gremlins. So, how do we figure out exactly what has gone wrong? Warning- if you use the wrong username and password combo too many times, or other reasons– the server may ban you. So even if you get the credentials correct, you still won’t be able to log on! Don’t just guess passwords- look them up using Keychain Access Step 1....

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Phishing Grows Up?

This morning I got an email ostensibly from American Express, asking me to set up a ‘SafeKey’ to add an extra level of protection to my online purchases.   It looks legit. One of the first things I do is hover my mouse pointer over the supplied link- often the link will say it goes to Amex but the tooltip that appears when you hover says something like http://nastymalware.com/fakeamexsite.html and you know it’s fake. This one goes to amexssafekey.com (don’t click on that by the way!) That’s interesting,...

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DeployStudio Cram Notes

I’ve been toying with DeployStudio for a little while now and am growing to love it. However I find myself referring back to this video a lot because it has a lot of detail without a lot of fluff.   In order to improve the signal to noise ratio even further, here are my shorthand notes on how to set up a DeployStudio server- I made the notes because it is kind of annoying to have to start and stop a 20 minute video all the time, these notes allow me to blast through each step as fast as I can read. OK not quite that fast….....

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Creating Open Directory Master and Replica in ESXi

Had a weird issue this week- in preparation for an overseas trip I am trying to make all of the infrastructure a bit more robust. In doing that I created a new Open Directory Master server and attempted to set up at least one Replica running under ESXi. But no matter what I did, it kept failing. Now I’ve been doing this for a long time and though I had it fairly well polished by now, but obviously something very odd is happening. So I went back and created the server on a real Mac with no host abstraction- and it worked straight away!...

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Options for Buying Office 2016

This is important because there might never be an Office 2018- Microsoft appear to be moving to a monthly release schedule without monolithic releases- this means that at some point they will probably stop upgrading Office 2016, but I am confident that they will keep it current for a considerable time because of past history and current actions. Microsoft are currently interacting very positively with the Mac Admin community and the relationship is working very well.   Part of an Office365 subscription ‘Office 365 Business’...

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