All posts tagged Settings Management

mac-os-x-settings-management-23In the past three blogs you have seen how to change a user preference, how to change the background and how to change a system preference by changing the logon window text. In this blog I want to show you that you are also able to enable remote administration, including VNC access and that you are able to manage or add users to a remote Mac OS X device. This can be handy if you need to manage a lot of Mac devices and if you do not want to configure them by hand. Let’s see how this works, again the Mac community was very helpful in explaining how to for instance create a user via Shell Script.

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mac-os-x-settings-management-24As part of my session at the Configuration Manager Community Event in Bern last Friday I showed a couple of use cases where you could use the Compliance Settings of Configuration Manager 2012 to manage your Apple OS X devices. Check earlier blogs here and here. A couple of them were using the discovery and remediation scripts instead of directly editing the preferences. In this blog I will show you a quick tip if you want to set a welcome message or some kind of other message at the logon screen of the Mac device.

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mac-os-x-settings-management-12Apple is slightly changing how preferences are stored. For instance, until Mac OS X Mountain Lion the background was managed in the preferences located in file ~\Library\Preferences\com.apple.desktop.plist . You could easily change the background key in this file. With the release of Mac OS X Mavericks this setting is moved to a database file instead of preference file. The guys at Apple are making it harder and harder to manage those fruity devices 😉

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mac-os-x-settings-managementToday I presented a session about Mastering Apple OS X with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 at the Swiss Configuration Manager User Group in Bern. Mac OS X support by Configuration Manager 2012 R2 has two ways of supporting Settings Management namely, managing settings through preferences directly or managing it through Shell Scripts. One of the things I showed was the ability to change user preferences in Mac OS X. In an earlier blog I described how you could use the $USER variable if you want to change a user setting, but for some reason how the Configuration Manager clients interacts with Mac OS X is changed. The context in which the Configuration Manager client runs and now changes preferences or running scripts is not the current user but the ROOT user. System preferences can still be changed via the native Mac OS X preferences.

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sccm2012-logoWith a new blog in the top 10 new SP1 features series coming up in the next couple of days, I want to share a little really cool feature that comes also with Service Pack 1. While diving in the Mac OS X support in Configuration Manager for our session at the TechDays in The Netherlands I played a little bit with the Compliance Settings support for Mac OS X. Works really cool!

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Read this blog for more information if using 10.6 and higher… http://configmgrblog.com/2014/06/13/set-user-preferences-mac-os-x-10-x-configmgr-2012-r2/

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 Today another Configuration Manager 2012 Community Evaluation Program session was held, this time the subject was Settings Management. Program Manager Roger Kimble presented the latest information about Settings Management. Nice and I think one of the key features of Configuration Manager 2012.

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