Archive for February, 2008

Leopard: Automatically Expand Open and Save Dialogs

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

The open and save dialogs can automatically have the expanded view opened by default rather than having you need to open it manually each time you go to open or save a file. To enable this setting, use the following command: defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUE

Setting Up Blackberry Enterprise Clients

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

To Setup Blackberry Enterprise Services use the following steps on your Blackberry Handheld:

1) Go “Options” / “Settings” Icon which is usually the Wrench on the main menu and click on it

2) Go to “Advanced Options” and click on it

3) Go to “Blackberry Enterprise Activation” and click on it

4) Enter your email address

5) Enter this Code / Password “aaaa” (or whatever was created as the code)

Save, Ok or Enter (Whatever it asks)

Leopard: Get buttons from ARD for Screen Sharing

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Screen Sharing is a great enhancement to Leopard. The ability to control other Macs isn’t only available through third party applications any more. However, many administrators who are used to using Apple Remote Desktop will want some of the features they have become accustomed to, such as curtain mode, full screen, get clipboard, etc. So to obtain these features, the following command (all on one line) will unlock many of the buttons that have been disabled in Screen Sharing: defaults write \ 'NSToolbar Configuration ControlToolbar' -dict-add 'TB Item Identifiers' \ '(Scale,Control,Share,Curtain,Capture,FullScreen,GetClipboard,SendClipboard,Quality)'

Routine FileMaker Maintenance

Monday, February 11th, 2008

This work can be performed remotely and would want to occur after hours to eliminate downtime.

Order of Operation is as follows:

1. Run Backup from FileMaker Server 2. Close All Databases 3. Shut down FileMaker Server 4. Open most recent Backup Locally 5. Execute master maintenance script (if no script, perform manually in each file) 6. Locate compressed files 7. Record difference in file sizes 8. Replace current hosted version of files with new compressed files 9. Restart FileMaker Server ( maybe restart entire server for good measure ) 10. Test new installation

Joining Windows to Mac OS X Server’s PDC

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Go to Server Admin, go to SMB and promote to PDC. Give it a domain name.

Enable WINS.

Go to the properties on the NIC for the Windows computer, and point WINS to the OD’s IP Address. Ping the IP address of OD from the Windows Server to ensure things are resolving correctly.

edit /etc/smb.conf and ADD the following entries:

Time server = true Security = user Preferred master = yes Domain logon = yes Local master = yes Workgroup =

Restart smb daemon.

You should now be able to join the domain, if you get an “internal error” every time you attempt to join, check the logs in OS X for SMB and see if there’s an error – something along the lines of a forked issue with SMB. If so, ensure that Guest Access is enabled. If that still does not work, then you are probably running Leopard, and as of Feb 2008 this is a known problem. You will have to demote SMB to standalone and Demote OD back to standalone (blowing away everything) and then promote OD back to Directory Master, and then reimplement SMB as a PDC. In that exact order.

You will now be able to successfully join the domain.

Create a non-admin test user

Login to Windows with the new test account to confirm that everything works.