Congratulations Mac IT Team!!

Mac IT Solutions is proud to announce that two of our technical support staff, Daniel Martinez and Tony Dominguez, have recently earned their certifications as Apple Certified Support Professionals.  Both Daniel and Tony came to our company with experience and a passion for all things Apple. We’re happy to say that our entire technical staff is now Apple certified and we couldn’t be more excited about this, and what it means for our clients!

Apple certification has its advantages. Both professionalism and increased productivity are marks of a person who has taken the path to certification. But, the road to certification isn’t an easy one. There are lots of details and facts to remember. The certification exam draws off your experience with Apple products and your thorough knowledge about all things Apple.

Apple certification is a unique recognition that not many technicians have. That’s because Apple Certification recognizes that the technician is completely knowledgable about the Mac systems that he has to maintain, demonstrating a competence and expertise with Apple products.

When you employ an Apple Certified technician, your business will reap the benefits of hiring someone with improved skills. This translates into an overall savings of company time and revenue as well as increasing your business proficiency and, potentially, profitability. If you use a Mac-based framework, the best thing to do is to get Apple Certified technicians to maintain and service your Macs.

Sure, you can probably take your Mac and business networks to technicians in the PC-world that have a general focus on technical work. But, you will run the risk of having someone who is not familiar with the Mac framework modify your settings or use inferior hardware. It is best to bring your Mac or network-of-Macs to an Apple Certified Support Professional.

Apple uses the same certification for its in-house technicians that our staff has. Bringing your Mac Network to Mac IT Solutions is just like contacting Apple itself. The difference is that we’re locally owned and operated. We’ve been in business since 2007 and we have a drive to see your business succeed. Check out our five-star reviews at Apple’s Consultant Network here: 

https://consultants.apple.com/us/506917#ratingAndReview

As a business, this offers you the assurance that an expert staff of Mac enthusiasts are caring for your Macs and your network with lots of love. After all, we love our Macs!

You will find the market flooded with PC technicians. Apple Certified technicians are the few and the elite. They are the ones who have taken the extra step to become experts at what they love doing - servicing and caring for your Mac.

So, if you’re ready to have your Business take the next step in service and security, contact Mac IT Solutions today! We can be reached at (210) 767-3303 or email info@macitsolutions.com to schedule an appointment.

It's a question many have asked: Should your Business upgrade to El Capitan?

El Capitan (OS X 10.11) is out! Has your business upgraded? This is a question many Mac enthusiasts (who just happen to be business owners) are pondering. El Capitan is the third OS X download released to Mac users absolutely free.

Many Mac users took the plunge and upgraded after the September 31, 2015 release. According to ComputerWorld, 25% of all Mac Users upgraded to El Capitan in the first full month! And why not? El Capitan just has a whole lot of coolness to offer and for many, this is enough to make them upgrade. 

For you productivity-oriented types (and what business owner isn’t?), the latest Mac OS version offers Split View. If you’re thinking, “What can I use this for?” - you need to check it out. El Capitan’s Split View allows you to have two applications open side-by-side on your screen.

If you have ever lost your keys, you know what it’s like to lose that elusive cursor; especially when you start up your Mac and start moving around the mouse to orient yourself. Well, El Capitan has the solution! Shake that mouse or flick your fingers on that mousepad and the cursor will grow in size for easy location.

One of the features of the previous versions of Mac’s OS that caused Corporate users to shy away is Apple’s Mail app. El Capitan has provided some great improvements that you corporate types will find useful including the ability to add events mentioned in your email to your Calendar. The new mail app will also make smart suggestions for new contacts.

Is this enough to make you upgrade? This really depends on the way you use your Mac and the types of apps you currently have. However, as with any new OS release, there are bugs and fixes with each new version. As always, we recommend waiting until the “.3” release before fully upgrading. 

For example, one point of contention is the issue some experienced with Microsoft Office 2016 after upgrading to 10.11.1. The kinks were worked out with version 10.11.2. In fact, El Capitan’s version 10.11.3 is currently in Beta. This means that, if you’re holding out on taking the plunge, upgrading is closer than you think!

Will you upgrade your Mac to the latest OS? If you’re still not sure, feel free to give us a call at (210) 767-3303 or email support@macitsolutions.com to schedule an appointment!. We'd be happy to help you in your decision.

 

Articles of interest:

New features that will make OS X El Capitan worth downloading. http://www.eweek.com/pc-hardware/slideshows/new-features-that-will-make-os-x-el-capitan-worth-downloading.html

What's in OS X El Capitan for business? http://news.yahoo.com/whats-os-x-el-capitan-180000045.html

El Capitan changes http://www.businessinsider.com/mac-os-x-el-capitan-2015-6

Business features of El Capitan http://www.iskysoft.com/article/mac-os-x-el-capitan-features-for-business.html

Mac owners upgrade to OS X El Capitan at record rate (http://www.computerworld.com/article/3000325/mac-os-x/mac-owners-upgrade-to-os-x-el-capitan-at-record-rate.html)

Adding a new user in Google Apps

Log in to your Google Apps admin account from a web browser

ie:  http://google.com/a/yourcompany.com

From the Control Panel, select Organization & Users

Select "Create a new user"

Enter the new user's first & last name as well as the desired email address.
You can either make note of the temporary password or click "Set Password" (recommended) and then save.

Google will give you the option to email or print instructions for the user. 

You can now select Done or Create another user

I recommend logging in as the user for the first time to accept the terms and conditions.  To do this, simply logout of the control panel as the Google admin and then log in using the credentials of the newly created user.  You will be have to confirm that you are human and accept the terms in order to finish creating the account.  You can now log out as the new user and they can begin using their account.  

Mac IT earns Mobile Technical Competency

Mac IT Solutions is proud to anncounce that we have earned Apple's Mobility Technical Compentency for iOS Deployment & Management.

Doug Tomlinson has recently earned a competency in the Apple iOS mobility arena.   This comptency allows us to deploy and manage iOS devices for both small to medium business as well as in Enterprise environments.  We are proud to be the first consultanting firm in South Texas to earn this honor.  

In order to qualify, Doug was required to earn certifications in both 10.7 Lion Client Management, 10.7 Lion Server Management, and iOS Security.  Doug recently attended Apple Advanced Camp where he worked with Apple System Engineers and members of the Apple Professional Services teams.  This consisted in a full week of tranining, hands on labs, best practices, and real world deployment scenarios.  

Doug's expertise in Microsoft proudcts such as MS Exchange and Active Directory sets Mac IT Solutions apart from our competition.  We look forward to working with customers of all sizes in planning, implementing, management, and training of enterprise customers who are looking to deploy iPhones & iPads in their environments.

For more information on how Mac IT Solutions can augment your existing IT departments, please contact us to get started.

I want a new laptop!

So I'll start by admitting that I like new toys as much as the next guy...maybe even a bit more than the next guy.

That said, the fact that I've been carrying the same laptop for nearly 2 years just isn't sitting well with me.  Crystal & Juan are both sporting newer models with Thunderbolt and Juan still rubs his SSD in my face from time to time.  I might also add that my current 15" MacBook Pro is the first laptop that I've ever dropped and although it's been a good six months, I am reminded of it every day by it's sad little dented corner.

So why don't I just shut up and buy a new laptop?  Well...I'm not sure what I want and I'm not sure if Apple is going to give me what I THINK I want.  What do I want, you ask?  I'd like a 15" MacBook Air, please...

Rumors have been around since the summer that one might just be a reality.  Mac Rumors

I've been asked: "Doesn't a 15" negate the purpose of an air?"  I say "it depends".  Who knows what kind of connectors it would have.  Firewire?  Not likely.  I could live with that if vendors would hurry up and begin making Thunderbolt external drives more available.  I don't have many demands...just give me a higher resolution screen than that of the 13" and surely with a larger footprint Apple can solder an extra 4GB of RAM in there somewhere.

So really, Apple...that's all I want for Christmas this year.  A shiny new 15" MacBook Air with a beautiful high-res screen and 8GB of RAM.  Beyond that....I'm willing to comply, in normal Apple fashion, with pretty much whatever Apple decides I need.

 

**Update**  So we didn't get a 15" MacBook Air but we did get new MacBook Pros with Retina Displays which came in much thinner and more streamlined than previous models.  I'm happy to report that I have a shiny new 13" MacBook Pro Retina and am loving it!

Fix Black Screen in LogMeIn

Try:

sudo ps auxwww | grep loginwindow | grep root | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2}' | xargs sudo kill -9

2 links here:

http://superuser.com/questions/265599/black-screen-on-logmein-and-apple-remote-desktop-on-mac-os-x-server-10-6-6-whic

http://www.remotemacserver.com/?p=41

Instructions in the first link have been successful for me.  I read on the LMI forums that installing the LMI plugin on the destination machine may also halt this behaviour but I haven't tested.