Archive for the ‘1) Mac Integration’ Category

Mac Integration – A Story

July 28, 2006

A person should walk up to a macintosh, enter their AD username and password, and be logged into a standard desktop with the following exceptions:

1) The Documents folder for the user will map to a user folder on the file server.

Radmind questions

June 27, 2006

roles that need to be filled

  • create image
  • deploy images
  • restore images
  • update images

also

  • authentication
  • syncronize user files with server
  • save browser bookmarks

Tools available

  1. OSX server
    1. netboot
    2. netinstall
  2. apple remote desktop
  3. VNC
  4. radmind

I just need to figure out how all those tools relate to each other and what they do.

Online fileservers

June 27, 2006

For sites that are not on our WAN, online file servers may be one solution for allowing them to back up and share their files. This is a summary of the PC World article Store it on the Web.

BACKUP

For online backup, PC World reviewed six services. Here is a summary of each

IBackup

  • Lowest price: $10 / month, $100 / year
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: yes

XDrive

  • Lowest price: $10 / month, $100 / year
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: yes

AmberWave FirstBackup

  • Lowest price: $4 / month, $39 / year
  • Browser based access: no
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: client access only, which avoids web security concerns

Acpana Data Deposit Box

  • Lowest price: $0.01 per meg
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no

ElephantDrive

  • Lowest price: free
  • Browser based access: no
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: requires .Net framework in Windows

Mozy

  • Lowest price: free
  • Browser based access: for restore only
  • Mount as a network drive: no

STORAGE

Online storage can give you the space you need for large multimedia libraries without having to buy extra hard drives. PC World reviewed six services.

GoDaddy Online file folder

  • Lowest price: $5 / year for 50MB, $20 / year for GB
  • Max 10GB
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: yes

Streamload Mediamax

  • Lowest price: free with limitted file size and 25GB, $120/year for no file limits and 250GB
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: downloads and sharing are limitted with free plan

Box.net

  • Lowest price: free for up to 1GB, $100/year for 15GB
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: free service has file size limits

Simdesk

  • Lowest price: $3 month per 1GB, 10GB max
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: yes
  • comments: provides printer sharing and mobile access

FlipDrive

  • Lowest price: free up to 25MB, $100/year for 15GB with no limits
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: has photo album feature; web interface is lacking

Online Storage Solutions

  • Lowest price: $5/month for 10GB, $35/month for 100GB
  • Browser based access: yes, limitted
  • Mount as a network drive: yes
  • comments: web interface is lacking

SHARING

Instead of attaching 15 documents to your email and sending it to a dozen people, why not put your documents on a sharing service web site and send everyone one URL? PC World reviewed five sharing services

GoDaddy Online file folder

  • Lowest price: $5 / year for 50MB, $20 / year for GB
  • Max 10GB
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: yes

Streamload Mediamax

  • Lowest price: free with limitted file size and 25GB, $120/year for no file limits and 250GB
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: downloads and sharing are limitted with free plan

Box.net

  • Lowest price: free for up to 1GB, $100/year for 15GB
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: free service has file size limits

Simdesk

  • Lowest price: $3 month per 1GB, 10GB max
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: yes
  • comments: provides printer sharing and mobile access

FlipDrive

  • Lowest price: free up to 25MB, $100/year for 15GB with no limits
  • Browser based access: yes
  • Mount as a network drive: no
  • comments: has photo album feature; web interface is lacking

Online Storage Solutions

  • Lowest price: $5/month for 10GB, $35/month for 100GB
  • Browser based access: yes, limitted
  • Mount as a network drive: yes
  • comments: web interface is lacking

Problems with OSX server in AD environment

June 15, 2006

I can easily set up an OSX server to handle file services for my Mac machines. But here are the problems I see with doing that in our current Active Directoroy environment.

  1. Seperate logins – no directory integration
  2. OSX file system is not backed up and not on SAN

That being said, there are some challenges that need to be addressed if I am not going to use the OSX server

  1. Automatically syncronize local hard disk with server
    1. bind mac to AD
    2. do the following at login
    3. mount shared volumes
    4. at logoff, sync desktop changes with server and delete desktop files
  2. Syncronize laptops with server
    1. similar to desktops, but first time machine is used, ask if it is a laptop.  If it is, copy entire contents of desktop folder to laptop

Macintosh Integration

June 15, 2006

Goal: full integration of Macintosh computers into our information technology infrastructure.

Specific issues to address:

1) Automatic update of software

· Most of our Macintosh computers haven’t had critical updates installed for almost one year.

2) Remote control of computer

· More that half of helpdesk requests could be resolved quickly if a technician could control the local computer from a distance.

3) Lack of easy access to file server

· Files are at great risk of being lost, and are difficult to share with others, when they are stored on the local computer rather than on our district file server.

4) Lack of central authentication.

· Using central authentication will greatly simplify the ability of people to log into various computers and retrieve their work.

5) Lack of web browser support for key functions

· Inability to spell-check email and inability to share and manage bookmarks are key gaps that exist.

Ways to automount shares on Mac login

April 3, 2006

There are several ways to automatically mount a shared volume when a person logs into a Macintosh.  The possible solutions are:

1) Place an alias to the shared volume on the desktop.

2) Put the volumes in the "login items" list in your account settings.

3) Write an applescript that executes upon login

4) Write a unix terminal script that executes upon login

5) Use Macintosh Automator to build a script that executes upon login

Considerations on which solution is best include:

– To make it easy to use, can it be set up so the user only types their password once?

– To reduce clutter on the desktop, can we prevent the shared volume's window from opening automatically?

– What is the best protocol to use: afp or smb protocol? will the server support long file names, is file creation date preserved?

I'll post more info as we evaluate these various ways to achieve our goal of automatically mounting file shares on the macintosh.