Starting and Stopping Tomcat in macOS and Linux for JamfPro Server

Starting and Stopping Tomcat in macOS and Linux for JamfPro Server

Starting and Stopping Tomcat in macOS and Linux for JamfPro Server Starting and stopping Tomcat is an essential skill when using JamfPro servers, especially in a clustered environment. Knowing these commands and having them at your fingertips are important for administrators on these systems. You may want to bookmark this page or copy and paste these to your notes for easy access. On macOS: 1. Open Terminal on the JSS host server. 2. To unload…

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Anonymous Search with Start Page – Say “No” to Intrusive Monitoring Techniques

Anonymous Search with Start Page – Say “No” to Intrusive Monitoring Techniques

You can conduct anonymous Google searches with StartPage.com to avoid having your data tracked and linked back to you. See the excerpt below from Michael Bazzell’s book. Anonymous search “Start Page (startpage.com) If you want to take advantage of Google’s search abilities but insist on hiding yourself from their intrusive monitoring techniques, you can use Start Page. Start Page’s anonymous search scans Google for you. When you submit a search, Start Page submits the query…

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Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered JAMFPro Web Apps in macOS

Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered JAMFPro Web Apps in macOS

You may want to increase Tomcat memory for clustered JAMFPro web apps. By default only 1Gb of memory is allocated to Tomcat. Increasing the memory can significantly improve performance. Normally you would use the database utility to change these settings, but in a clustered environment you manually change the plist. (For Linux instructions click here.) These 6 steps have been compiled from documentation on JAMF-Nation. It is important to check memory allocation for the web…

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Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered JamfPro Web Apps in Linux

Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered JamfPro Web Apps in Linux

You may want to increase Tomcat memory for clustered JamfPro web apps. By default only 1Gb of memory is allocated to Tomcat. Increasing the memory can significantly improve performance. Normally you would use the database utility to change these settings, but in a clustered environment you have to change either the catalina.sh or setenv.sh scripts on Linux. (For macOS instructions click here.) It is important to check memory allocation for the web app after each update as…

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New Apple Updates Offer Increased Security and Education Friendly Features

New Apple Updates Offer Increased Security and Education Friendly Features

Apple released a series of security updates yesterday. Updates include macOS, iOS, iWork apps, Classroom, Configurator 2, and Server. Not only do these releases contain bug fixes and security vulnerability patches, but also a number of features that will help schools and education. See detailed lists below. APPLE-SA-2017-03-27-4 iOS 10.3 New restriction to prevent a device from joining unmanaged WiFi networks New restriction for blocking dictation (useful for testing) MDM can now shut down and restart devices…

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What is Self Service for Mac? – for Eanes ISD

What is Self Service for Mac? – for Eanes ISD

Self Service is your one stop shop for software and utilities on your Mac. This application, sometimes referred to as the Eanes AppStore, is similar to the one on your iPad. With macOS, Self Service has additional capabilities and features to make your computing experience a happy one. To get started, simply follow the steps below. Click on the LaunchPad icon in your Dock (lower left hand corner of the screen).     Self Service…

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Apple TV Settings for Deployment in Schools

Apple TV Settings for Deployment in Schools

At Eanes ISD, we have a standard set of Apple TV Settings for schools that we prefer to use. The goal is that teachers will be able to use the device without having to do any configuration. Ideally, teachers get to concentrate on teaching and not “futzing” with setting up technology. There are a number of ways to configure these, but the list below seems to work well for our teachers. Setting these up involves a…

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Uninstalling Silverlight Player for Mac

Uninstalling Silverlight Player for Mac

This how-to article will walk you through uninstalling silverlight player for the Mac. Silverlight is a Microsoft video technology for streaming media. It can be a required install when using services in Edu settings like Hudl. If Silverlight doesn’t work often simply installing the latest version will help. However, there may be times when it is best to remove the previous versions and then install the latest patch. The Terminal commands below will remove Silverlight….

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iOS Restrictions Allowed by Apple for MDM

iOS Restrictions Allowed by Apple for MDM

The list below includes the iOS restrictions you can use to create profiles to lock down or allow various apps, content and settings on managed iPads. The first list includes the restrictions for the basic iOS native or general settings. Then come the Application Restrictions. Last are the Media Settings. The list comes from JAMFPro MDM, but many MDM systems can do the same things. Apple actually controls what can be restricted. Those of you…

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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…

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