Manage User Docks from the Terminal

When managing school machines there are a lot of times were you want to have a certain set of apps in the Dock on a Mac. For example you have may have a cart of MacBooks that are used as a mobile lab that should all look the same to the user. You might be surprised how many people think there might be something wrong with the Mac because it doesn’t have the same Dock as the one they used previously. »

Mark Myers

Sweet Software Management for Windows

Managing software on the Windows platform can be very cumbersome. Using Group Policy can sometimes be a hassle as it may take a couple restarts in order for the machine to get the software. Of course you could also purchse Microsoft Systems Manager at a hefty chunk of cheese, but like me you work in educaiton so money is tight. ##Baked In The quickest solution is to bake in all the software you need into a computer image. »

Mark Myers

Creating a Windows XP Vagrant box

Vagrant is a great tool to use when creating test boxes. Although it is commonly used with *nix servers, but a lot of the time we may want to test other things such as a Windows box. Because of obvious licensing issues there are NO Windows Vagrant boxes published online. Vagrant is a great tool to use with VirtualBox, until recently they added VMWare Fusion and Workstation for a price. VirtualBox is free and is an easy tool to get started with when using Vagrant. »

Mark Myers