My second presentation for this year’s MacIT conference in March is done and uploaded. I’ll take a break from it for a few days before doing my final edits. Somehow, I need to fit 168 slides into 45 minutes worth of presentation. Or just talk really, really fast.
This presentation reminds me why I like giving talks and doing training in the first place. Teaching is the best way to learn. And I learned some really useful ways for interacting with Active Directory and Open Directory from the command line. I’m bringing a ton of step-by-step, how-to and side-by-side examples with hope at least one person will have an “Ah hah!” moment.
Here’s a sample slide comparing the command line to the GUI for binding a Mac to Active Directory. I’ll also show how to nest directory groups into local computer groups to control access to folders and services such as printing. And I’m including plenty of script snippets for anyone wanting to look up an email address, phone number or most any other information for a user.
These are my sessions:
Anyone who hasn’t registered for MacIT 2014 yet should do so by March 14 to get a $200 discount off the 3-day admission. I’m looking forward to seeing seeing my Mac admin colleagues and talking shop over beers.
In other news, I’ve been accepted to give a talk at the Penn State MacAdmins conference in July. This will be my first trip to the conference and I’m looking forward to heading east to meet folks there. I’ll be talking about creating custom profiles in OS X server and Casper for managing third party applications.
This year I’m presenting two topics at the MacIT conference held alongside Macworld/iWord late March in beautiful San Francisco.
IT851: Access Directory Services from the Command Line IT862: Troubleshooting Email
I just finished my PowerPoint presentation for TroubleShooting Email. Thought I’d post the first and last slides.
The picture in the last slide is from my company’s website. Our home office in Santa Monica is just a few blocks from the 100-year old Santa Monica Pier at the ocean. Although I live in Minnesota I can testify it looks just like Santa Monica except everything is covered in
In March I’ll be presenting a session at MacIT about troubleshooting email and I’ve been collecting interesting email issues for my talk. This one will be worth discussing.
A customer emailed me from a personal Yahoo! account because her company email had stopped working. She forwarded me this bounce message:
On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1:19 PM, “MAILER-DAEMON@yahoo.com” <MAILER-DAEMON@yahoo.com> wrote: Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.
<firstname.lastname@example.org>: No MX or A records for company.biz
Nearly 13 years ago Merrill Corporation hired me for a temporary position working second shift Mac support during one of their peak seasons. After this gig I went on to work at a couple of other companies but kept in touch with the folks back at Merrill. When a permanent position opened a manager called me back and I worked there eight more years until I moved into consulting with 318, Inc.
Sixteen months later, Merrill is hiring to fill my old role. Just heard from a buddy of mine in the Desktop Architecture group they’re planning to replace me.
Someone I met at a recent conference described his impression of 318, Inc., as “a company that hires really smart people.” That was both a humbling and really proud moment for me.
I just read the following message forwarded from our CEO Kevin Klein and it has me feeling that same way. Several of us have been working on a large migration project for a customer culminating in the cutover to a new service last week. While I’ve been on vacation this week my co-workers have been putting out fires and responding to issues. Today, Kevin shared this praise from
Years ago when Google launched Gmail I created a test account and still check it once in a while to see if it receives any spam. It doesn’t. Google launched Gmail in April 2005 and my oldest message is dated October 2005. Since then I’ve received two pieces of spam. Both were from the same spammer and on the same day, December 18, 2011.
I’m testing for a few things.
Engineers dig deep in the tomes of man pages to search for knowledge. We grow wiser as we pore over ancient wisdom left by past scholars. Sometimes we find they were scratching their heads much as we do now.
Note that the gateways 12, 14, 15, 16 & 17 hops away either don’t send ICMP “time exceeded” messages or send them with a ttl too small to reach us. 14 – 17 are running the MIT C Gateway code that doesn’t send “time exceeded”s. God only knows what’s going on with 12.
I was searching for an option in
This makes me happy!
Steve Halls is actively working on a 3D version of the Talking Moose and current plans are to release it sometime in late 2014. That announcement was part of a blog post from 2010 but his site http://talkingmoose.ca shows lots of recent activity. I’m especially anxious to see his results for making the Moose useful/life-changing.