Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lion PreCheck script for DeployStudio

Just wanted to share a small script that checks if the computer is 64 bit. Perfect to add to your workflow in DeployStudio as a first automated step. If the computer is 64 bit, it just continues with the workflow, if not, the workflow will get aborted.


ARCH=$(ioreg -l -p IODeviceTree | grep firmware-abi | awk -F'"' '{print $4}')

if [ "$ARCH" = "EFI64" ]; then
echo "LION PRECHECK - This computer can run Lion"
echo "LION PRECHECK - Architecture: $ARCH"
exit 0
echo "LION PRECHECK - This computer CANNOT run Lion"
echo "LION PRECHECK - Architecture: $ARCH"
exit 1

Windows printing via samba is broken in Lion [updated]

I just discovered that SMB-printing (Windows Printing via SAMBA) is broken in Lion. It seems like there are some kind of authentication bug between CUPS and SMB, but there is a workaround!

1. Add the printer as you always have done (DeviceURI: smb://
2. Connect to an available share on the print server
3. Print and type your credentials when asked

You must repeat step 2 each time you have logged out or restarted your computer.


Another solution seems to involve editing printers.conf.
1. Stop cupsd (sudo launchctl stop org.cups.cupsd)
2. Edit the entry "AuthInfoRequired" so it says "username,password" instead of "negotiate" in /etc/cups/printers.conf
3. Start cupsd (sudo launchctl start org.cups.cupsd)

If you add a printer via the Print settings pane - Advanced, it will set up the printer with "negotiate", but if you set up the printer via the cups web interface (http://localhost:631) it will add the printer with "username,password".

I have an open bugreport on this so Apple knows about it.

Update 2
Above did not work... My hopes are now on Apple and their engineers...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hidden accounts disappears in Lion

I have to investigate this further, but it seems like hidden user accounts is deleted/not migrated when you upgrade from 10.6 to 10.7.

I have now filed a bug report to Apple.

I will do some more testing to see if it's because the account is hidden or if it's the hidden home folder.

Update 2
Did a test and created some accounts with different settings...

Works: Hidden user account with home folder in /Users
Works: Standard user account but with home folder hidden (in my case /var/.home/)
Does NOT work: Hidden user account with hidden home folder

Update 3
Apple has now recognized this as a known issue, so hopefully this will get fixed in future installers of Lion.