RePartitioning a Cranky USB Drive in Mac OS X with CLI

RePartitioning a Cranky USB Drive in Mac OS X with CLI

Sometimes when you try to repartition a USB drive in Disk Utility in OS X, the “partition” option is greyed out. When this happens there is a simple CLI command that will fix the issue. First identify which disk is mounted by looking at the details in Disk Utility. Then modify the “diskX” in the command below replacing “X” with the number of the mounted drive. I will demonstrate an example below. Command: diskutil partitionDisk diskX 1 GPT HFS+ new disk R   In the…

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How to unselect proxy settings

How to unselect proxy settings

In Windows to change the system settings Control Panel Network & Internet -> Internet Options -> Connections -> LAN Settings Then Uncheck everythting. Internet Explorer Go to Internet Options – Connections – Look at LAN Settings Proxy should NOT be checked Chrome Settings -> Show Advanced Options Under Network click “Change Proxy Settings” Make sure everything is unchecked. Firefox Click on the settings tab on far right corner In the Settings Menu click on Advanced -> Network tab Next to the…

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Meet Your New TA: Apple Classroom

Meet Your New TA: Apple Classroom

Resources for the presentation “Meet Your New TA: Apple Classroom” We will have a hands-on tour of various features with this awesome new app from Apple. Not be be confused with other classroom apps, Apple Classroom truly is a digital teaching assistant. Meet Your New Teaching Assistant – Apple.com Classroom is a powerful iPad app that helps teachers guide learning, share work, and manage student devices. Teachers can launch a specific app, website, or textbook page on any device in the…

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Find Your Perfect MDM Partner – Resources for Mobile Device Management

Find Your Perfect MDM Partner – Resources for Mobile Device Management

MDM Resources for the presentation “The Dating Game: Find Your Perfect MDM Partner” This panel for TCEA and ISTE will feature veteran technology directors and MDM coordinators on the topic of Mobile Device Management in K-12 education. Each panelist uses a different vendor, uses MDM for varying degrees of complexity and scale, has different back ground experience, and is working in small to large schools. Apple’s IT and Deployment Site – Amazing resources here. Definitely check this out. Even has a list of supported Mobile Device Management…

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How to Easily Create a Mac OS Sierra Bootable Installer

How to Easily Create a Mac OS Sierra Bootable Installer

You can easily create a Mac OS Sierra bootable installer on a USB flash drive using Terminal. These steps will walk you through the process. (Other OS X versions click here.) Steps to Create a Mac OS Sierra Bootable Installer Get the latest installer Download the latest macOS Sierra Installer from the AppStore. If you get a pop up to install Sierra, simply ignore it or force quit the install from the Apple menu. Next find a USB…

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scutil to fix AD binding issues in OS X

scutil to fix AD binding issues in OS X

scutil to fix AD binding issues in OS X Why scutil? It is not unusual to run into the occasional hiccup when binding Macs to an Active Directory domain. Most of the time, these issues are easily fixed by unbinding and then rebinding using the GUI. Occasionally, you will run into an issue where the HostName causes issues. These cases can be easily identified when using the Directory Utility because the Computer ID (a.k.a. HostName) will contain characters or symbols unrecognized by AD….

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Safe Mac Happy Mac

Safe Mac Happy Mac

A Safe Mac is a Happy Mac. Learn to conquer your insecurities in this friendly self-help session. With a little mindfulness and courage, every Mac user can live happily ever after in an ever changing world where viruses and ransom ware threaten to invade your happy place.   This landing page contains links to resources to help users implement best practices to increase security in OS X and macOS.     Apple KB on System Integrity Protection https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204899   Understanding User Types in macOS http://www.gcflearnfree.org/osxbasics/understanding-user-accounts/1/  …

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24 Essential Articles About Using iOS 10

24 Essential Articles About Using iOS 10

24 Essential Articles About Using iOS 10 from Apple Support When using iOS, some obvious, yet often overlooked resources are the knowledge base and support documents written by Apple. Reading them, you may find that they are the original source for many blog posts about Apple products. I appreciate the time and care Apple takes in writing these for the average user. You don’t need to be a system admin or engineer to understand them. These articles address various support topics for using iOS including troubleshooting, using…

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Support Apple Classroom without Opening P2P Traffic

Support Apple Classroom without Opening P2P Traffic

Support Apple Classroom without Opening the Network for Peer to Peer Traffic When it was released Spring 2016, we were really concerned about how to support Apple Classroom without opening the network for Peer to Peer (P2P) traffic. P2P networking is typically blocked in enterprise networks as it is a standard means to distribute Bots, Spywares, Adware, Trojans, Rootkits, Worms and other types of malwares. (Symantec) It is estimated that 60% – 80% of the traffic for any given ISP is P2P traffic. Given the fact that it…

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Meet Apple Classroom – A Test Drive and Eval

Meet Apple Classroom – A Test Drive and Eval

After waiting for several months, I was finally able to meet Apple Classroom.  This new app integrates with your MDM solution to allow teachers greater focus and control over the iPads in their classroom. According to the description: Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time or launch a different app…

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