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19th Large Installation System Administration Conference—Abstract

Pp. 63–71 of the Proceedings

About the Integration of Mac OS X Devices into a Centrally Managed UNIX Environment

Anton Schultschik, ETH, Zurich


The UNIX flavors in use today have so much in common that centralized management of UNIX systems has become almost standard. Since Mac OS X is based on BSD-UNIX it is a promising candidate for integration into a centrally managed UNIX environment.

Starting from generic administration concepts, this paper develops an integrated management concept that handles fully automated installation and configuration of hosts. The concept includes a centralized application management system for console and graphical Mac OS X app

The management concept is then implemented based exclusively on standard UNIX tools. The necessary extensions of these tools to make Mac OS X conform to UNIX standards are presented, including a proxy tool to forward AppleEvents which facilitate the interprocess communication for centrally managed graphical Mac OS X applications.

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