Apple iOS Security Guide – A Must for Read for Any Admin Managing iPads

Apple iOS Security Guide – A Must for Read for Any Admin Managing iPads

Apple iOS Security Guide was last published in May 2016. Though there have been many advancements, the information contained in the guide is fundamental to enterprise admins interested in keeping iOS devices secure. To get your copy, click here. Every iOS device combines software, hardware, and services designed to work together for maximum security and a transparent user experience. iOS protects not only the device and its data at rest, but the entire ecosystem, including everything…

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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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tvOS and iOS Restrictions Allowed by Apple for MDM

tvOS and iOS Restrictions Allowed by Apple for MDM

The list* below includes the tvOS and iOS restrictions you can use to create profiles to lock down or allow various apps, content and settings on managed iPads and Apple TV devices. The first list includes the restrictions for the basic iOS native or general settings. Then come the Application Restrictions. Last are the Media Settings. A list of tvOS specific restriction and restrictions common to both tvOS and iOS follow. This list comes from…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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)…

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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…

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