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Added a new section on Password Policy and how to override global policy at the user level.  Imagine, no more locked out Directory Administrator accounts.

Took some time off for the holidays.  Still getting back into the swing of things. 

Advanced Services is available now.  Added a lot of content to system imaging.  The Web chapter is on schedule for January release.

El Capitan Server – Advanced Services / Now Available for Pre-Order!
« on: December 13, 2015, 08:21:40 AM »
Advanced Services is now available for pre-order.  Final release should be on December 28th.  Check it out:

The Xsan chapter will need another month to complete.  Please read the description as the book will gain chapters after release.

How nice that Dec 1 is Giving Tuesday!

November is over and the donation amount is more than double that of October!  Thanks to all readers.  Keep spreading the word and drop a review on the iBooks Store.  Looking forward to an even stronger December.  Happy Holidays to all.

Sales for the month of October are final.  Thanks to all readers for your support and contribution.  The first of what I hope to be many donations has been made to the American Cancer Society.  Hoping November's numbers are even better! 

Spread the word.

Minor update.  Handful of corrections, new SIP limitations, and the release of Control & Collaboration.

Second of three in the El Capitan Series, El Capitan Server – Control & Collaborate, is available on Oct 30th.  Plenty of new content.  Edited and updated for El Capitan.  This is looking like a great release all around.

Working hard to get the final book out.  Getting closer on the third.  Considering a pre-order release.

Writing for a cause.  A donation to the American Cancer Society will be made for every book sold in the El Capitan Series.  Getting all three books out means more chances for the future.

Random Thoughts.... / Glowforge 3D Printer
« on: October 21, 2015, 07:04:02 PM »
If this unit is half as amazing as they are promoting I may need to quit my job and just explore #D assembly.

Where was this stuff when I was a kid?  If this comes by Christmas, you can guess what I will be doing with the family.

First of three in the El Capitan Series, El Capitan Server – Foundation Services, is available on Oct 2nd.  Plenty of new content.  Edited and updated for El Capitan.  This is looking like a great release all around.

Working hard to get the other two books out.  Both need editing but they are close.

Writing for a cause.  A donation to the American Cancer Society will be made for every book sold in the El Capitan Series.  Getting all three books out means more chances for the future.

While everyone is highlighting the final paragraph of the ruling, I believe this one is even more powerful and inspiring.

The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning. When new insight reveals discord between the Constitution’s central protections and a received legal stricture, a claim to liberty must be addressed.

America grows and learns.  Each generation must experience its own epiphany and act on it to improve our nation and culture.  There was a time when slavery was acceptable.  There was a time when women could not vote.  There was a time when water fountains, lunch counters, baseball, and buses were segregated.  The prevailing generations accepted these injustices as social norms.  Yet it was the responsibility of the next generation to see the flaws in those long held practices.  This is how we advance as a nation.  This is how we evolve to not remain blindly stuck in the past, doomed to repeat the mistakes, prejudices, and shortsightedness of our forefathers.  It may take time, but America learns from its mistakes.

It has been a long time since I've felt pride in our government's ability to accomplish anything.  But the decision by the Supreme Court is a great advance for all in our nation, further advancing civil rights and continuing to strive to one day completely satisfy the foundation principle:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Yosemite Server - Foundation Services / Book Version 1.2 Posted
« on: May 05, 2015, 03:38:35 PM »
Server 4.1 is out and it is a good one.  Port 311 is working again.  Protecting with third party SSL certificates is working again.  Flat file export is now built in.  These are all good signs of an improving product.

Look for the update shortly as it was just submitted to Apple for review.

Yosemite Server - Foundation Services / Book Version 1.1 Released
« on: March 16, 2015, 12:48:00 PM »
Wow!  Time is flying.  Finally got a 1.1 release out.  New layout, new content.  Go Yosemite!

New operating system, new book!  I've gone through Foundation Services and updated it for Yosemite.  Includes almost 20 more pages of content.  I rearranged some areas for better flow, and pointed out the differences introduced in Yosemite.

I will admit, I am excited about a new operating system for the first time in a long time.  If you are looking to upgrade, make sure you follow the upgrading best practices.  It is still early to give Yosemite the "production ready" blessing, but so far the lab experience has been positive.

I should point out that this is Foundation Services.  While there is change, there is not significant change.  DNS is still DNS.  DHCP remains important.  Open Directory is a cornerstone.  Not to discourage sales, but readers who have Mavericks Server – Foundation Services, already have the knowledge needed to properly deploy these services under Yosemite.  Sure, some stuff has changed.  Yes, I want to sell books.  But I am also realistic.  Apple has not changed these topics dramatically.

Added 5 more pages.  This section details how to interact directly with the Profile Manager database and perform queries to get data.

I've upgraded 9 production servers (various customers) since the release of 10.9.5 and Server 3.2.1.  So far, no issues.  Follow my advice from Foundation Servers.  Know your server and be prepared for trouble.  Luckily, I've had none.

I've slowed down because of the Shellshock exploit.  I never realized how many 10.5.x servers we are still supporting...  Dang, I needed to even compile for PPC.  This has given us new work.

I am neck deep in Yosemite at this point.  With the GM seed posted it is time to start screen grabs.

Random Thoughts.... / Farewell Jeter...
« on: September 28, 2014, 09:48:21 PM »
I am a Detroit Tigers fan.  I have been since watching Fidrych pitch to the Yankees way back when.  I was a young boy but he captivated me and ever since, despite being born and breed in New Jersey (in the shadow of New York), I continue to be a Tiger's fan.  I followed Trammel, Whitaker, and my favorite, Evans for years.  This evolved into Brookens, and Gibson, Bonderman, Robertson, and yes... Inge.  I loved Inge.  He alone brought me back to baseball after the resentment of the strike.  Today it is Martinez (JD) and Avila (good lord, how can anyone take that much abuse), and Sanchez. And yes, I have had my Yankee hating years.

But Derek Jeter is a hero to all of us.  A hero for being a baseball player, an honest person, and a person who achieved the American dream.  He is a hero to all of us who toil day after day doing what is right.  Being honest, taking the road less traveled, avoiding the shortcut to success.  Telling customers what it right and just, not what is most profitable.  Striving to be the tech who dives head first into the crowd to save the customer from disaster.  Being the tech who anticipates the play to cut off the run from scoring.  Being there for the long term with a career of stats that show the dedication to your craft.  Not the tech who does a hit and run to make the cash and disappear.

Jeter has played for 20 years and has embodied everything that is right about the game and the American dream.  Work hard and you will be rewarded.  Work hard and you will succeed.  Work hard and achieve the next level of the American ladder of success.  Go out everyday and give it your all.  A chopper to short... run hard to first.  A dribbler to third... run hard to first.  Despite the inevitable failure, you give it your absolute all.  Hold nothing back.  Anything can happen in those 90 feet.  Make sure you are in position to take advantage of the situation when it turns in your favor.

As the 2014 season concludes I am happy (relieved) that the Tigers have secured their 4th consecutive division title.  But the retirement of Jeter, despite the year long fawning of adulation, is all that I can think of.  He was not my shortstop.  Trammel is the only one that permeates my memory with maybe Ripken sliding in every now and again.  But he exemplifies the ability to rise above his position and take the high road.  Realize that the role is above the man.  Realize that he is working toward a higher goal.  A goal that reaches beyond his own accomplishments.  He is the embodiment of hard work, perseverance, and dedication.  Dedication to doing the right thing, perseverance to pursuit the right path despite influences that nudge otherwise, and embracing the hard work that results in success.  Hard work without shortcuts...  Yes that hard work may mean going 0 for 16 but the 17th at bat is a home run, justifying the failure of the other 16 attempts.

Over the last 20 years I am not sure I realized what we had.  But now in his absence, baseball is a little less... credible.  Suspicion lurks in every shadow across the box.  Scandal mars the game.  Yet Jeter entered and exits the game pure and unsullied.  To this, I shed a tear.

Thank you for all the years.  I am sad that it took until your last to truly appreciate your contribution.  May your legacy influence a new generation of Americans to embrace the rewards of hard work, perseverance, and dedication.  This reaches beyond the diamond.  Work hard.  Play hard.  Live well.  Thank you for the lesson in life.  May others learn form it.

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