Sep 01

If you modify a printer in Mac OS X Server’s Profile Manager, the changes don’t always get updated in my experience. To get the updates, you need to remove the row in the database that references the old printer.

In Terminal, load psql and select the correct database:

sudo psql -U _devicemgr -d devicemgr_v2m0 -h /Library/Server/ProfileManager/Config/var/PostgreSQL

Find printers with the ‘select’ SQL command:

SELECT * FROM printers;

This will select all printers. You can also use SQL’s ‘WHERE’ clause to filter the results down even more.

To remove the offending entry, use the DELETE command:

DELETE FROM printers where id=[the 'id' column obtained from the previous list]

As soon as I did this, the new printer populated in Profile Manager.

written by eppler

May 02

If you want to filter by computer model, first you’ll need to get the computer model name by running the ‘wmic‘ command in a DOS prompt, and then typing: ‘CSProduct Get Name‘. That should return something similar to this:

wmic:root\cli>CSProduct Get Name
HP EliteDesk 800 G1 USDT

Then, you’ll want to add a conditional Inject Drivers command, with the condition being a WMI query for:

SELECT * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem WHERE Model LIKE "%EliteDesk 800 G1%"

Replace the “EliteDesk 800 G1″ string with whatever model you want to match. The percents on each side are a typical SQL wildcard, which is why I don’t have to include ‘HP’ or ‘USDT’.

written by eppler

Oct 02

My co-worker Dan figured out a way to use OMAPI to add hosts to subclasses. The details can be found at his site:

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Apr 23

When deploying a Windows 7 64-bit image from our deployment server (using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, or MDT), we would run into an error message after the image had been applied to a workstation:

Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file [C:\windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [specialize]. A component or setting specified in the answer file does not exist

It turned out that Internet Explorer 10 had been installed. To fix the issue, you need to remove the IEWelcomeMsg entry from the answer file (either by editing unattend.xml manually on the server for the task sequence, or using Windows System Image Manager (WSIM).

This post clued me into the issue.

written by eppler

Feb 09

If you’ve ever used Apple’s iPhone Configuration Utility, you’ve probably noticed that it says ‘Unsigned’ when you send the .mobileconfig file to your device. To sign the profile, export or email the config file to yourself, have your certificate files handy, and type the following:

openssl smime \
-sign \
-signer your-cert.pem \
-inkey your-priv-key.pem \
-certfile TheCertChain.pem \
-nodetach \
-outform der \
-in ConfigProfile.mobileconfig \
-out ConfigProfile_signed.mobileconfig

The files you’ll need are:

your-cert.pem – this is the certificate you’ve been issued
your-priv-key.pem – this is your private key
TheCertChain.pem – this is the certificate chain (optional, in some cases)
ConfigProfile.mobileconfig – This is the unsigned copy of your configuration profile

The original instructions are located here.

written by eppler

Jul 09

To discover all Bonjour services, do the following:

searchForServicesOfType: @"_services._dns-sd._udp."
inDomain: @""

It will return data in the following form:

name = "_workstation"
type = "_tcp.local."
domain = "."

All this documentation taken from here.

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Mar 31

If you are like me, and annoyed that OS X 10.6′s ping command displays the following text when it cannot reach a host:

Request timeout for icmp_seq 0
Request timeout for icmp_seq 1
Request timeout for icmp_seq 2

Then you’ll be happy for the fix. You can either download the source code to the ping command from Apple and edit it yourself, or you can download my pre-compiled copy.

If you choose to edit it yourself, you’ll want to comment out lines 977 and 978 so they look like this:

// if (!(options & F_QUIET))
// printf("Request timeout for icmp_seq %ld\n", ntransmitted - 2);

Then just type ‘gcc ping.c’ and you’ll end up with a file called a.out, which you can use to replace /sbin/ping, or put in your local ~/bin directory if you’ve got one.

written by eppler

Sep 21

I ran into an issue recently where any application would crash when printing to a network printer. Our environment is unique in that we are printing to a Windows print server (using Guest privileges), but users on the network are logging in using the Novell client.

The crash would not happen with generic Microsoft drivers that came with Windows XP, but it would happen with any HP-branded drivers. Our first workaround was just to use PCL or PostScript drivers that closely matched the printer, and hope for the best.

In the end, we found out that when printing with the HP drivers, it would write to a file in the Windows directory called hpmnwun.ini. The contents it would write were:


Fixing the issue was a two step process:

1: Erase the contents of the file
2: Change the NTFS Permissions of the file to make it read-only by all users (even Administrators)

I think this forces the HP drivers to print to the printer in the standard Windows printer sharing way. When the HP drivers detect the Novell client installed, it writes the NWUSERNAME info to the file and must try to print in an ‘NDPS friendly’ way, which causes the application to crash when printing to a standard Windows shared printer and not a NDPS printer.

written by eppler

Jul 09

After a little searching, I found out you can add printers to OS X from the command line using this syntax:

lpadmin -p Printer_Name -L "Printer Location" -E -v lpd://x.x.x.x -P /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/Printer_Driver.gz

If you don’t specify the -P option, it will not show up in your Print or Printer Setup dialogs. If you want to include the generic PPD, it is located here:

/System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Versions \ /A/Frameworks/PrintCore.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Generic.ppd

That path is all one line, with no spaces.

written by eppler

May 08

About a week ago I installed Dropbox, and I have to recommend it to anybody who needs to sync their files between machines. I have a group of Macs that I use to sync data between, and I used to use iDisk, but Dropbox is so much quicker that I can’t see myself using iDisk anymore. Also, the syncing between Linux and Mac OS X works great – I haven’t got a chance to test the Windows client yet, but I’m sure it works just as good.

If you sign up with this link, you’ll get an extra 256MB, and so will I.

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