Thursday, 26 September 2013

Installing Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch on OS X using ARD Apple Remote Desktop error

It's a long story, but I'll cut it short. Anyhow, I have 12 x Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch model number CTH-470 and they need installing on all Mac Computers. No problem, except the installer looks like an .app file. If you view the package contents you find a couple of pkg files. The most important is the "Install Bamboo.pkg".

Running this installer locally installs the tablet minus the dock (I don't think it's important). So, next thing is to try via Apple Remote Desktop (ARD). This ends up coming up with an error:

"Install Bamboo.pkg" could not be installed. Error message: "running package scripts..."

Well, just like the last time I tried to install Wacom tablets through ARD, turns out this error message isn't really an error message. After a reboot the tablet works like a dream on the computer.

Hope this helps someone.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Apple Remote Desktop 3 with OS X 10.7 probs

Seem to be having quite a few problems since moving onto 10.7 with remote desktop 3 and task server 3.4 (xserve OS X 10.4.8)

What I think it boils down to is accidentally upgrading to ARD 3.6. I since downgraded but required a bit of uninstallation which Macs don't do by default.

Found this info on uninstalling ARD:

sudo rm -rf /var/db/RemoteManagement
sudo rm /Library/Preferences/
rm ~/Library/Preferences/

For Apple Remote Desktop 3, run these commands in Terminal as well:

sudo rm -r /Library/Application\ Support/Apple/Remote\ Desktop/
rm -r ~/Library/Application\ Support/Remote\ Desktop/

To Remove Apple Remote Desktop, execute these commands in Terminal:

sudo rm -rf /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/
sudo rm -rf /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/
sudo rm -rf /System/Library/PreferencePanes/ARDPref.prefPane
sudo rm -rf /System/Library/StartupItems/RemoteDesktopAgent/
sudo rm /Library/Preferences/
sudo rm /Library/Preferences/

I Then re-installed ARD 3.5.1 and clients 3.5.1

Because I've got so much save in ARD, I made a point to backup the ARD plist files in ~/Library/Preferences

This means I have all my saved scripts.

Installing Dell Color Laser 3110cn on Mac OS X 10.7 and later

We have a growing number of Apple Macs which are now on OS X 10.7 and up. Dell have only released PowerPC installer for their drivers which doesn't run on OS X 10.7 or later. Thankfully I found a nice forum where someone (Chezloi) has found the relavent files and put them in the new relavent folders.

1. unzip and put the Dell/ folder in 'Mac HD/Library/Printers/'
2. unzip and put DellJobAccount.plugin in 'Mac HD/Library/Printers/Dell/PDEs/'
3. unzip and put DellSecurePrint.plugin in 'Mac HD/Library/Printers/Dell/PDEs/'
4. unzip and put the en.lproj/ folder in 'Mac HD/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/'

Hopefully this helps some more people. Think I'll write an installer for it.