Archive for July, 2011

Dual Boot lab – Tools available

Great overview of dual-boot lab tools


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Administrator Privileges on Windows

LabMonkeys – site to remember…

Lot of useful stuff. Now, check this:

Administrator Privileges on Windows

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Active Directory local Home directories

Using Active Directory Home directories for years with no issues.

On a client machine log in as the admin account.

System > Library > Core Services > Directory Utility

Under Active Directory expand Advanced Options and Uncheck “force local home directories”

UNC path from AD should be selected and most likely set to “smb”. Bind, logout and login as an AD user and it will mount the AD network home

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Hidden User Library in Lion

The User Library is hidden in Lion.

Since it is a folder hidden by Apple, it is flagged.

Use this Terminal command to make it visible: (enter your own username)

chflags nohidden /Users/username/Library

Another way to access the User Library: Hold the Option (or Alt) key when clicking on the Go menu in Finder.

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Completely disable Mac OS X Lion App Window Restore after quit

If manually deleting specific apps saved Resume states is too tedious for you, you can always choose to just disable the Resume and App Restore feature completely in Mac OS X 10.7.

  • Launch System Preferences and click on the “General” icon
  • At the bottom of the “Number of recent items” list, uncheck the checkbox next to “Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps”

This is a sweeping change that impacts all applications and the Finder itself, meaning all apps will no longer save their previous state, including when you reboot your Mac.


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Disabling the New Window animation in OSX 10.7 Lion

Use the Terminal and a defaults write command:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool NO

You’ll have to relaunch any currently running apps to have the changes take effect.
If you want the new Lion window animation back, that’s easy too:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool YES


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