Automate Users removal from Casper via REST API

One thing I wished Casper could do is remove users from the Users section after an asset is deleted from Casper.
Granted this may not be a situation for everyone but for me, I end up with lots of disabled users still showing up in my Users section.
While I can manually remove them, doing it every time, a hundred times is not ideal. Continue reading


Identifying installed VM guestOS via Casper

While wondering about ways to increase our visibility on clients, we came to the realization that we were clueless about Virtual Machines.
We could tell who had virtualization software installed (Parallels,VMware Fusion,VirtualBox) but beyond that nothing. Continue reading

Automate naming computers in Deploystudio

One thing I have always wondered has been removing the error and the manual out of our imaging process.
While Deploystudio does offer many tools to automate the process and design workflows to achieve completion, I still needed to come up with a way to deal with computer names and the computer records that are stored in Deploystudio.
Thankfully, Deploystudio has a REST API which can be used. Continue reading


2015 Penn State Mac Admin Conference

It’s that time again and the dates are out….

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Leverage Software Updates via Casper

Casper can be used for software updates but I felt something was missing (I am talking about me here!), so I went about writing something to help.
I wanted to once a week be able to install os x updates on all my clients and prompt them to restart while giving them a grace period if they couldn’t do it at the time of the prompt. Continue reading


Enforcing Critical OSX System Updates via Casper

Upon many talks from and within the Mac Admin community about XProtect and Gatekeeper updates, it was pointed out that within a few scenarios, the updates don’t apply. Continue reading


NTP Vulnerability Check Attribute for Casper

Recently, Apple released / pushed an NTP vulnerability fix to clients running 10.8.5, 10.9.5 and 10.10.1
Now what I found was some machines did the install automatically and others didn’t while having it listed in the available list of softwares.
To check if your mac is patched, Open Terminal and type: what /usr/sbin/ntpd

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