How To: Change the “Automatic Proxy Configuration” url in System Preferences via a Script

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The “Automatic Proxy Configuration” url in System Preferences is used to point the clients to a PAC file to set the proxy server when on the Office LAN. Below are some scripts to manage this setting.

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How To: Turn off Wireless Card

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We run the following on all macs with a wireless card as a offline policy via Casper at logout.

This script will:

  1. Enable the wireless service if it’s not been enabled.
  2. Clear any set DNS servers & search domains (can be turned off for 10.4, reasoning is that 10.5+ can receive DNS from DHCP)
  3. Turns off the wireless card.

The script itself has been built from a few scripts contained within Caspers Resource Kit & then modified for 10.7+ by myself.

Installing Adobe Unit Types 2.1.0

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This post advises why you may need to update the Adobe Unit Types.osax file & how to do so using Casper.

The Adobe Unit Types.osax file that shipped with Photoshop CS4 and CS3 is a 32-bit component. Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) requires some 64-bit scripting environments.

This file is placed in /Library/ScriptingAdditions/ & can cause Applescripts to fail to run.

Both Adobe & JAMF have posted help docs on how to fix this & this post is to advise how I’ve deployed to corrected osax file to affected machines. Continue reading

How To: Set OSX’s Screen Saver via Script

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Throughout my career as a Mac Admin i’ve often been asked to enforce a screen saver. One environment required a screen saver to always be set, but to allow people to change the desktop background. Another required a screen saver to be set to the corporate standard at each login. This script has been used in both environments to great affect.

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Unlock Each Secure System Preference & Allow All Users To Unlock

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UPDATE: The below has been superseded by the post found here. I’d also advise looking at authbuddy instead of the below

The below will untick the option System Preferences > Security > “Require Password To Unlock Each Secure Preference” & allow all users to unlock these preferences. Continue reading