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May
13

Microsoft Office for Mac, 14.5.0 update breaks the Main Window

This new update to Office for Mac 2011 can be fatal. Once installed, an end user can no longer open an the main window for Outlook. That means you can’t access your Email, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks or your Notes. Even if you go to the pull down menus to create a New email or event, a window will not appear.

To fix the affected Outlook, you will need to do the following:

1. Open Terminal
2. Type defaults delete com.microsoft.Outlook (to delete the old preferences).
3. killall cfprefsd (to kill the cached prefs)
4. Launch Outlook

the main window will pop up along with a splash window asking you to setup an account. Press continue and you should be able to use Outlook for Mac 2011.
Dec
04

How to send Ctrl-Alt-Del to a Windows 2012 server from a Mac Keyboard

How-to-send-Ctrl-Alt-Del-from-a-Mac-Keyboard_20141204-173712_1.pdf

Nov
17

Exporting Users and Groups in OS X Server for Yosemite

With Workgroup Manager's departure in OS X Server for Yosemite, administrators are left without a GUI-based way to export users and groups out of Open Directory. While Workgroup Manager contained funcitons for both importing and exporting records, the Server app only has the ability to import records from properly formatted files (like the files that Workgroup Manager would generate). Thankfully, we have a full suite of "ds" commands on the command line to generate the files for us.

For Users:

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Nov
17

createinstallmedia a one-time thing in Yosemite

It is well documented in Apple Support articles, the OS X Support Essentials Book, and on other sites about using the createinstallmedia command to make a full OS X Install disk. However, with Yosemite, while the command still exists and using the disk you created for an install works the first time, an issue seems to occur on older Macs (non-retina, circa 2012 and older) on subsequent installs.

The OS X Installer's standard operating procedure is to create/update the recovery partition and then restart into the recovery partition. However, on subsequent installs with a Yosemite-created full OS X Install disk, the recovery partition is not created or updated on older Macs. The installer also looks different, a customize button exists, and you able to turn off the installer components!

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Nov
15

How to Setup a Remote MacMini Server with Yosemite

Before your start make sure the Remote MacMini Server is on the same network as the admin Mac that you are using to set up from. When the machine is on, the Setup Assistant opens and waits for setup to begin. You will setup the machine via Screen Sharing. 

 Setting up the Remote MacMini Server.
1. From another Mac, open a new window and look for the remote MacMini Server in the Shared computer list of the Finder sidebar. The Mac may be listed with a name generated from the computer model. I.E. MacMini 90827816738182.

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Nov
14

Showing the Full URL in Safari

If You noticed, the newest version of Safari in OS X Yosemite defaults to only displaying the domain name of the website you are visiting, rather than the complete URL that many users have long been accustomed to seeing. If you’d like to change back to how most web browsers have behaved and display the complete website URL, you can make a quick settings change in Safari to do this.

  1. Open Safari Preferences and choose the “Advanced” tab
  2. Check the box next to ‘Smart Search Field’ for “Show full website address”
  3. Exit out of Preferences to see the difference in a URL

Note: You would may need to be beyond the root level of a website to see the difference. Assuming you are, the change is immediately visible in the URL bar as the complete URL is now printed again, letting you know exactly what the URL of the website is.

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