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Configuring RADIUS on OS X Server (10.8-10.9)

OS X Server comes with FreeRADIUS pre-installed, but does not have any GUI interface for enabling or configuring it[1]. This guide will walk you through, step-by-step, how to enable, configure, and test your RADIUS server. I’ll probably follow up with a separate guide on configuring various devices to work with the FreeRADIUS server you will be configuring here. Continue reading

How to Make a Bootable USB of Mavericks (10.9)

Every time a new OS is released I always see dozens of questions about how to create bootable USB disks with the new OS in the fastest way possible. As such, here is the fastest way I have found – it will install a fully functional Mavericks system on a USB 3.0 (or Thunderbolt) drive in less than 5 minutes (disclaimer: may take up to 20 minutes with USB 2.0).
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Creating HTML Signatures in Apple’s Mail.app

Over the years creating a decent looking signature in Apple Mail has become more and more convoluted. I have had a number of friends and clients request instructions on how to accomplish this in 10.8 (and now 10.9), so I am posting a write-up for exactly how to accomplish it. For this guide I am going to assume that you know how to (or know someone that does) create a signature using HTML. I will provide a template at the bottom of this page if all you want to do is fill in your information (and custom image).
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To Fix App Store Updates For Apps You Don’t Have Installed

A friend recently reported a problem where he was getting update notifications from the Mac App Store (MAS) for programs he did not have installed, under an AppleID that was not his. Since these programs were not installed, he had no way to remove them, and since it was not his AppleID, he had no way to update them. As such, it seemed he was going to be stuck getting these update notifications forever. Luckily, with a little know-how and a lot of persistence, we were able to track down the cause of this and resolve it.
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Investigating Strange Network Traffic

This post is going to be a little bit different than most of my others. It is going to cover the very basic process of analyzing strange network traffic and figuring out what is causing it. I’ll give some background on what I noticed and what our setup was. At the end of this post, I’ll also explain the exact cause of the problem and how to resolve it, in the hopes that I can save someone else some investigation time. Continue reading