A primer in Profile Manager: Set up Open Directory

This is episode five of our Profile Manager Primer series. Some of you, I know, are thinking I fancy myself a modern day Charles Dickens and I’m stringing you along week-by-week for no other reason than to keep you reading. Not true! While we haven’t yet talked specifically about Profile Manager since I mentioned it in the first installment, every step we have taken thus far is an important foundation for working with Profile Manager. And I promise that after this installment, we’ll turn Profile Manager on and go to work in earnest on managing devices.

If you’re just tuning in now, you’ll want to look at:

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A primer in Profile Manager: Manage your server remotely

This is part 4 in a multi-part series on setting up Profile Manager to manage your Mac OS, iOS, and Apple TV devices. To start the series at the beginning, have a look at the last three articles:

At the end of our last episode, we enabled your server for remote access. Enabling your server’s remote management features allows you to remotely control your server’s screen, and use the Server app to remotely manage services on your server.

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A primer in Profile Manager: The Server app

This is part three in a multi-part series on setting up Profile Manager to manage your Mac OS, iOS, and Apple TV devices. For an introduction to the series, have a look at last two articles: A Primer in Profile Manger and The Setup.

At the end of our previous episode, we completed the process of installing El Capitan and the Server app on an external hard drive. Now we’ll look at the Server app’s features and we’ll also get started with Server’s remote management features.

Apple’s Server (Yup! It’s really an app)

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A primer in Profile Manager: The setup

This is part 2 in a multi-part series on setting up Profile Manager to manage your Mac OS, iOS, and Apple TV devices. For an introduction to the series, have a look at last week’s article, A primer in Profile Manger.

To begin our work with Profile Manager, we’re going to start with a fresh install of El Capitan and a fresh install of the Server app.

A note of caution

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A primer in Profile Manager

Over the next several weeks we’ll be taking an in-depth look at Profile Manager, the Mobile Device Management (MDM) service built in to Apple’s Server app.

Profile Manager is a tool you can use to take control of all the Mac OS, iOS, and Apple TV devices you own or are responsible for. It can also help you provide your employees access to company resources, such as VPNs, file servers, and email, using their own devices while still requiring those employees to secure their devices in ways that comply with your company security policies.

Why use a MDM service?

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Remove extra application files with AppCleaner

One of the many great things about the Mac OS is how easy it is to install and remove applications.

To install: Download an app from the App Store and it’s automatically dropped into your Applications folder and ready to use.

Or: Download an application directly from a developer and drag the app to your Applications folder. Once again, ready to use.

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The mystery of the unsharable Google Apps calendar

Just a few days ago I had an interesting problem with sharing a Gmail calendar. The calendar belonged to a client with a corporate Google account for which he was the only authorized user. He’d recently acquired another company and wanted to create a shared calendar using email addresses that differed from his company domain.

Simple enough, right?

Well, not so much.

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