By Edward Marczak, Greg Neagle

Many structures directors at the Mac desire a strategy to deal with desktop configuration after preliminary setup and deployment. Apple's controlled personal tastes procedure (also often called MCX) is under-documented, usually misunderstood, and infrequently outright unknown via platforms directors. MCX is generally deployed together with an OS X server, however it can be utilized in home windows environments or the place no devoted server exists at all.

Enterprise Mac controlled Preferences is the definitive advisor to Apple's controlled buyer expertise. With this ebook, you will get the following:

  • An example-driven consultant to Mac OS X controlled Preferences/Client know-how
  • Recipes for universal use case reports and styles
  • A distinct strategy acceptable for any sys admin that manages Macs in an OS X or home windows surroundings

This is the one ebook that specializes in this part of OS X solely. in case you are a sys admin, this publication will remove a lot of the discomfort of operating with OS X customer platforms. Even greater, either one of the authors are very serious about the Mac community—Greg Neagle is a part of the MacEnterprise steerage committee, and Ed Marczak is the administrative editor and an writer for MacTech journal and a member of the Apple experts Network.

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NOTE: The convention of using reverse DNS naming is just that----a convention. It is not enforced by the operating system on any level. Less informed developers have been known to shirk this unwritten rule and store their preferences in a file with a name that is obviously not like the others. Admin beware. plist files are not restricted to the defaults system. Even Apple makes use of them outside of the paths listed previously for all sorts of data storage needs. plist files. ) Another example is Apple’s own launchd daemon.

37 38 CHAPTER 4: Property List Files Figure 4-2. plist files. Here’s a quick overview: 1. app from the /Developer/Applications/ Utilities folder on your local drive. (You’ve installed Apple’s Developer Tools by now, haven’t you? ) 2. By default, a new, untitled window is displayed. plist file with the proper headers, you can save this ‘‘empty’’ file with the Save… menu item in the File menu. See step 5 for more information about the Save dialog. CHAPTER 4: Property List Files 3. You can add keys and values with the Add Child button in the toolbar.

Figure 5-6. Preferences for the Dock Initially, these preferences are grayed out. This is because you’re not managing them; notice the status of ‘‘Manage’’ at the top of the pane-----‘‘Never’’ is selected. Chapter 8 will go deeper into the meanings of never, once, and always as they apply to Managed Preferences. For now, just select ‘‘Always’’ in order to inspect the offered preferences further. Click the ‘‘Dock Display’’ tab (you can see this tab in Figure 5-6). Notice that once you are viewing the "Dock Display" tab, that the preferences on each tab are managed separately and that you’ll need to select ‘‘Always’’ again.

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