Change Password Using ARD

Change Password Using ARD

Recently we had an issue with a student discovering the local admin password on the Macs. Now we have to change this globally. This may not be the easiest way but this is how I do it. Turn on all the machines you want to change and send out this unix command in Apple Remote [...]

27″ iMac has no audio in XP

27″ iMac has no audio in XP

I found a strange issue with the 27″ iMac, XP and Bootcamp 3.0. There is no sound coming out of the iMac’s internal speakers while in XP. The solution is to open Sounds and Audio Devices in the control panel. Goto the Audio tab and select Cirrus Logic HD Audio, from the pulldown for Sound [...]

Disable Acrobat’s Self Healing

Disable Acrobat’s Self Healing

The problem we are having is that Acrobat is bugging users to fix what it thinks are problems with the install. The users aren’t admins so it’s pointless to prompt them. To fix this, we need to edit the Acrobat Self-Healing XML file. Open /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Acrobat/AcroEFGPro90SelfHeal.xml in TextEdit Do a Find & Replace all YES [...]

Image XP from a PC to a Mac

Image XP from a PC to a Mac

When someone wants to get rid of that old clunky Dell and move to a nice Apple machine like an iMac, you know they like the hardware. The problem is, how do you get their XP installation imaged over to a Mac? This is the way I do it and while the theory is the [...]

iChat Server & AD Authentication

iChat Server & AD Authentication

We were having some issues trying to get our iChat server to authenticate correctly against Active Directory. The fix was rather easy so I thought I’d share. Our Leopard Server was already joined to our Domain so that’s where iChat users should authenticate. Unfortunately we were getting this login error over and over. So first [...]

Quick Tip: Flush DNS Cache

Quick Tip: Flush DNS Cache

type: dscacheutil -flushcache in your terminal to flush the DNS resolver cache.

Quick Tip: FTP Login Refused

Quick Tip: FTP Login Refused

This has happened to us once and the fix was easy enough. If the users are getting this error when trying to connect to the Leopard FTP server: FTP LOGIN REFUSED (access denied) The solution is to remove the ftp settings and start over. sudo serveradmin stop ftp cd /Library/FTPServer/Configuration sudo mv ftpaccess ~/Desktop sudo [...]

Pcounter Tutorial

Pcounter Tutorial

We recently had to inforce a print auditing system at our school. We chose Pcounter and it does work on both Macs & PC’s. We have a Windows 2003 Server hosting the printers and the Pcounter server app lives there. This tutorial will focus on the clients configuration in an OD & AD environment. Install [...]

Ghost Printers

Ghost Printers

We have recently switched to setting up all of our printers using OD (Open Directory). I noticed that many machines had other printers showing up when you printed from an application. These ghost printers seem to be cups leftovers. I sent the following command using ARD as root to vanquish these printers to the land [...]

Netboot One Time Only

Netboot One Time Only

The following command can be issued from ARD to make a machine netboot to the default server one time. I have found this command useful for running a Deploystudio workflow quickly and easily. /usr/sbin/bless -netboot -server “bsdp://255.255.255.255″ -nextonly

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