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208: Nights of the Residential Roundtable - Part One

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Meet our guests for the Residential Roundtable discussion:

Adam Rice - With 18 years' experience in IT, web development, and project management, Adam solves technology problems and design technology solutions for home users and small businesses. He also coaches individuals in time & task management and organization.
http://adamrice.org
@adamriceorg

Andy Espo of Call Andy Macintosh Consulting - With small business and high-end residential as their market focus, Call Andy Macintosh Consulting provides strategic technology and process management consulting along with installation and support for Macintosh computers, iOS deployment and networks.
http://www.callandy.com
@andyespo

Remie Cremers of Super Remie - Remie has been using Apple products since 2008 and loved it so much that he decided to make a job out of it.  In 2013 he started Super Remie.  Whether you need advice, a workshop, or a complete installing of all of your hard- and software, he's your man.
https://superremie.nl
@RemieCremers

207: "Live" Updating Your Credit Card At The Apple Store

Topics:

Patreon sponsorship is changing

Jerry comes up with a new way for the show to raise money

Our next live show will be at ACEs 2017

Joe has some follow up about Circle with Disney

A discussion brews about virtual & live answering services:
Call Ruby

Sam proctored the Support Essentials exam for Joe & his employees. How did they all do?

We learn even more about Joe's extensive staff

Sam describes an odd permissions issue with Microsoft Office 2016 and an SMB share on macOS Server

Joe has seen some issues with Sophos Home that have affected his client's web browsing experiences

Some follow up for Sam who had strange DNS entries on his computer

Jerry had recent interactions with the always supportive staff at Carbon Copy Cloner

Synology had an issue recently with DSM Update that caused issues for some of their NAS devices

An unfortunate miscommunication caused a mixup for one of Sam's clients 

Remote support isn't all its cracked up to be, as Joe reminds us

Elevation Lab created the Battery Pro, a combo iPhone & Apple Watch charger

Thanks to all of our Patrons!

206: Eating the Residential Crow

This week, we are proud to be sponsored by Watchman Monitoring

Topics:

Jerry talks about eating "residential crow" to invite more work on the residential side

Some of the pitfalls and challenges of a residential client are discussed

Jerry provides details of the agreement he has his clients sign before beginning work

"Ever since you left..." is a phrase that is heard often in our world

Animals provide their own challenges but it doesn't just happen in the residential space

Thick skin is a necessity in this business

Alfred is Jerry's go to productivity app for macOS:
https://www.alfredapp.com

Joe provides some follow up about Promise Pegasus & OWC ThunderBay from last week's show with Kevin Ginger

Synology NAS & Seagate drives come up and specifically, Jerry gives us his thoughts on Seagate's IronWolf Health Management:
http://blog.seagate.com/business/how-to-boost-nas-health-ironwolf-health-management-and-synology-nas/

Come join us at ACES this year and attend our live show for a chance to win a 6 TB IronWolf drive from Seagate!

Listener Feedback:

Tim Hannon offers some advice on acquiring new clients.  Ask your vendors and other professionals for referrals to other clients and build a network.

Daniel Escobar gave us a funny anecdote about a certain keyboard shortcut

Jerry has the opportunity to use the QuickTime feature that allows you to see an iOS device remotely when plugged into a Mac.  Joe chimes in with a story of his own.

 It brings up the topic of built-in apps allowing to be removed from iOS

Yahoo offers an account key feature to increase security of their services

205: A Square With Rounded Corners

Topics:

Jerry picked up a USB-C to Ethernet adapter with "groovy" lights
-Anker USB-C Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Some Apple Watch discussion with regards to unlocking your Mac and updating

Sam & Jerry get into some iCloud Family Sharing and Child Apple ID issues

Jerry recommends a couple of apps for extracting data from iOS devices:
-ecamm PhoneView: http://www.ecamm.com/mac/phoneview/
-iMazing: https://imazing.com

Jerry provides live tech support for iOS storage issues due to a large Photos library

Joe demos Circle with Disney and have a successful presentation at a local school
-https://meetcircle.com
-Now they offer Circle Go for outside of the home network: https://meetcircle.com/circle-go/

Jerry recounts a story of a client diagnosing a "rogue IP" on their network

Joe's client has QB issues and deals with phony tech support.  It brings up the common issue of fake sites in legitimate Google searches.

The guys talk about the level of FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) amongst people with regards to technology

Aw Snap! - Joe brings up his disdain for Google Chrome's error messages

Our call for feedback about joining the Apple Consultant Network (or not) was answered by our listeners and brings about some discussion

204: PSI Tools & NAS Storage With Kevin Ginger

Topics:

Joe talks up his PsiTool and the benefits of keeping up to date external volumes as a diagnostics drive.  He also discusses his use of SoftRAID

To no surprise, Carbon Copy Cloner comes up in the methods of creating the PsiTools partitions
https://bombich.com

Highly recommended: SanDisk SDCZ880-256G-G46 Extreme PRO 256GB USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive
http://amzn.to/2oonKjm

Jerry gives us a run down of Volitans Software, used by Watchman Monitoring: https://www.volitans-software.com

We get the history behind Joe's company name!

Kevin Ginger (@kginger_cons) joins us for the second half of the show!

Diving right in, the group discusses Kevin's recommendations on QNAP & Synology

QNAP, Inc. - Network Attached Storage (NAS)
https://www.qnap.com/en-us/product/model.php?II=233
-TVS-1282T :: QNAP
-TVS-x82T Thunderbolt 2 NAS supports tiered storage, application-based partitioning and network traffic distribution, provides DAS/NAS/ iSCSI SAN triple solution, and enables 4K 60 fps video transfer and display.

Kevin also had the opportunity to speak at MacTech Pro Seattle in March.  Command Control Sponsor is a proud media sponsor of MacTech Pro Events.  Look for it at a city near you:
http://pro.mactech.com/go/ccp/

Sharing a war story, Kevin goes into what happens when your main storage device fails

If nothing more it provides opportunity to tell other clients what can happen if you don't plan for the worst

Kevin will be returning to Aces Conference this year, where we will be holding our special live show.  There is still time to join us and be a part of it!  Click the link below to find out more and register:

 

203: Richard's Time Capsule

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Topics:

Unrelated: If you haven't seen it, take a look at this daughter waltzing in while her dad gives an interview on live TV: http://cnn.it/2mDBkjw

Joe has a great story about a replacement Time Capsule.  Jerry and Sam provide their theories.  See if you can figure it out before the big reveal!

Sam describes an awkward situation where the wrong text went to a client

DND - Does it work for you?  Sam talks about how it seems to do nothing for him.

Jerry talks about Wi-Fi Calling with AT&T and how it allowed him to still work while on vacation

Joe counters with the features of Ring Central

Jerry talks about friend of the show David Sparks of the Mac Power Users podcast.  He has a great episode with Sal Soghoian that talks about automation and your business.  

Joe has to deal with a DOA Time Capsule, indicated by a rapid blinking yellow light

After chiding Joe for ordering his MacBook Pro with 16 GB of RAM, Jerry realizes he is RAM constrained on his 8 GB model. He suggests a utility called Clean My Mac:
https://macpaw.com/cleanmymac

He also has positive experiences with Memory Clean, from Fiplab: https://fiplab.com/apps/memFory-clean-for-mac

Jerry poses the question - would you keep an early 2011 MacBook Pro on El Capitan or upgrade to Sierra?

A handy suggestion from Jerry to deal with potential issues on a Mac is EtreCheck from Etresoft: https://etrecheck.com

Sam talks about his new Hyperdrive by Indiegogo. Purchased in the early bird phase on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/2gIfbhg

202: Live With Justin Esgar of ACES Conference & KGinger Consulting

Topics:

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-Sam has been replaced!  Kevin Ginger joins the show in an official co-host capacity

-We also welcome Justin Esgar to the show to talk about the upcoming Aces Conference. Justin talks about the lineup and the impressive list of speakers.  

---Sign up for a half hour session to talk 1-on-1 about business consulting with Jennifer or Mike.  
The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field
-By Mike Michalowicz
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---Proactive certification with Allen Hancock of Watchman Monitoring

-Jerry grills Kevin on how often he is on Slack.  He is always there to support his fellow consultants.

-Kevin discusses issues with OWC Aura drives and a viable replacement in a flush mounted SD card carrier.  It’s especially useful for additional storage for iTunes or Photos libraries.

-BASEQI aluminum microSD Adapter for MacBook Air 13" and MacBook Pro 13"/15"
http://amzn.to/2oh1YQw

-SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SD (SDSDQUAN-200G-G4A) 
http://amzn.to/2nT5eyu

-Kevin also discusses his client base, which is mostly full MSP businesses clients. 

-Being a one man shop, he is considering hiring and an admin looks to be on the radar for the next hire.

-You can find Kevin and his business at www.kginger.com or on Twitter @kginger_cons

-A big thank you to all of our Patreon sponsors!  Listen for an update to how Patreon sponsorship works and how it affects access to the back catalog of show.

201: MacTech Pro Boston & Upcoming Events with Neil Ticktin

On this show, we are very pleased to welcome Neil Ticktin, Editor in Chief and Publisher of MacTech and Host of MacTech Pro Events.  These regional events are perfect for the Apple Consultant looking to gain knowledge on important subject matter and network with their peers.  Neil joins us for a show focused on MacTech Pro and the amazing line up of topics:

  • Creating a Storage Strategy: Integrating solutions for Cloud, Local, Network with Access, Archive and Backup in Mind
  • Deployment Methods: Files, Configurations and Directory Services
  • Scripting Python: Solo and Playing with the Other Kids
  • Group Discussion: Limited time, limited resources. Best practices to optimize you.
  • IoT and Home Automation
  • Security. Don’t be the low hanging fruit for a hacker.
  • macOS Troubleshooting. Console is your friend.
  • The Tools You Should Know

Use this special link exclusively for Command Control Listeners to receive a discount on your next registration: http://pro.mactech.com/go/ccp/

Find the next available date in a city near you!

200: Not So - Off The Rails!

Topics:

-PsiMac is hiring! Judy offers up details about a full time consulting position at their Norwalk, CT office.

-Jerry, Joe & Sam get together for a rare in person show to celebrate 200 episodes and it goes...well it goes ok. We would like to thank our good friend Tom Bridge for putting us in touch with James Smith.  James was instrumental in making the show sound listenable after a very rough recording (it gets better about 20 minutes in).

-Jerry serenades the group and the audience at the opening of the show

-The team discusses a pre-show Google Hangout experience with some of our dedicated listeners

-A little reminiscing and trips down memory lane about the show's humble beginnings

-Down to business, Jerry goes in to a story about Gmail and Outlook 2011 security settings

-A dialogue opens up about cellular carriers and their plans.  And how to avoid higher chargers.

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-Sam's daughter helps the CCP crew ring in show 200 with a batch of cupcakes

-Don't forget to join us at Aces Conference this year, where we will hold a very special live show!
www.acesconf.com

-Sam got hot under the collar dealing with a client's poor planning and working with another vendor

-One of Joe's show ideas, "Residential Roundtable" gets a conversation going

-After Joe brings up another show idea, Sam's back on the couch to talk about the need for office space.  Joe offers up some of his experiences in his years in his own space.

-Admin or no admin? That topic comes up again as a point of focus for the next hire in a small business.

-Access to our back catalog will now only be available to our Patreon sponsors.  Please take a moment to visit our Patreon site and consider contributing to the show.  Thanks for listening!

 

199: How Far Up The Dogpile?

Topics:

-Sam runs into a long on-site day with a stack of Mac mini servers

-Clients vary about how much sensitive data they choose share with their trusted consultants

-Phishing scams can prove to be difficult to completely resolve for clients

-AOL or not?  The crew is divided

-Jerry reminds us that email, contacts, & calendars seems to be a area that constantly requires training

-A frustrating client tests Joe.  It leads to a further discussion about dealing with difficult clients.

-Sam has some follow up on the AutoMounter product he found from the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/automounter/id1160435653?mt=12

197: Free Cheese, Aces Conference & Dogs

Topics:

-Sam leads off with some very exciting news about his business

-Office or no office.  Joe poses the question and reviews some of the pitfalls as well.

-Some follow up from Sam regarding a client resistant to monthly billing

-"The router guy" reaches back out and Sam sees an opportunity for a Ubiquiti solution

-Join us for ACES Conference in May of this year.  Use the coupon code "command" to receive 10% off the current ticket price!

-Consider a VIP session with Mike Michalowicz to learn how to deal with client reluctance to give referrals, the "cringe factor" when your phone rings, working with other vendors.

-The ongoing dilemma of dealing with clients that don't pay on time

-Some follow up from Joe about changing the email address for an Apple ID.  Jimmy Obomsawin (@jimmymacsupport) gives a tip about how to work through the issue if you are stuck with a device using the old address.

-Sam has his moment to use his Apple expertise to assist a traveler on line with a digital boarding pass issue.

-Friend of the show, Matthew Waples (@waples) graciously hosts Sam at a local watering hole in Dallas.

-Extra credit: Some amusing client dog stories get kicked around.

196: Phil Schilmer Calls Apple Support

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Topics:

-Jerry records an encounter with an organization claiming to be Apple support.  "Phil Schilmer" takes the bait.

-After receiving a routing call to setup Windows in Bootcamp, Jerry has some hurdles.
Set up a Windows partition on your Mac: 

-Joe puts a call out to non-ACN listeners to hear your story.  Email or tweet us!

-Sam has a client struggling to understand the value of his MSP model.

-Needing to provide employee monitoring for a client, Jerry researches and reports on ActivTrak

-Services like CrashPlan provide cloud based backup, but what about when it's time to restore?  Jerry has to suffer through that slow process.

-Why do end users close the TeamViewer Quick Support window after giving credentials?

-The CCP crew discusses the pros and cons of selling used equipment on eBay.  Jerry tries to organize a tech tag sale.

-Jerry and Sam work together over the weekend to correct an issue with Rumpus running on macOS Server 5. 
http://www.maxum.com/Rumpus/Blog/OSXServer5Conflicts.html

-Refer back to Episode 079 to hear all about Rumpus from its creator, John O'Fallon of Maxum Development.

195: A Friend Of My Nephew Does Our IT Work

Topics:

-Sam has some follow up (or lack there of) from his sketchy router story on show 194.  He also discusses the perils of working with "a friend's nephew".

-Jerry poses a question to the group about spending long days on-site.

-Joe deals with the frustration of dealing with clients that don't respect your time.

-Sam gets bitten by non-responsive Macs due to a security update not being applied: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1908?locale=en_US.  The story turns out to be a win for Sam and Addigy.

Take a look at Addigy for yourself and give it a test drive.

-Sierra Tip of the week - A Finder preference to keep Folders on top when sorting by name

-Did you Patreon supporters receive your tattoos?  If not, send us your address to receive them.

-Joe has a snafu when changing the main email address for an Apple ID.  He shares it as a PSA for our listeners.

-Sam shares an odd iCloud Family Sharing story in the hopes that someone out there has some thoughts...

-Not to be outdone, Joe describes a situation where a customer's devices are showing a two factor authentication prompt seemingly random.

194: Blowing Up Your Zendesk Tickets

Topics:

Sam's team worked on a 27" mid-2011 iMac with surprising results.  Could it have been the drive enclosure this whole time?

-Friend of the show Mike Dent (@mcdent) of Ubertechs provides some insight on his experiences using a different drive enclosure:  https://www.zapals.com/akasa-ak-hda-03-black-2-5-to-3-5-ssd-hdd-adapter.html
-Equally important is the thermal sensor: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIDIMACHDD11/

The rates conversation is revisited with each of the hosts bringing up their model for attracting MSP clients while not shying away from those "break/fix" clients.

Sam brings up a quick option to use Apple's Volume Purchase Program to purchase an app for a client when no credit card was on file.

While on the subject, he brings up a great little product for keeping volumes mounted even when the disconnect unexpectedly.  AutoMounter: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/automounter/id1160435653?mt=12

An old favorite FTP app called Rumpus: 

Joe found an intriguing (and possibly dangerous) problem with power adapters for an iPad in the office.

During a slow period, Jerry shares his thoughts on Watchman monitoring and ZenDesk integration and particularly how to turn them in to billable work with clients.

Jerry found an odd Apple Mail issue where it was slow to launch.  Keychain related?

Sam shares a great tip about how to login to a non-admin account on a Mac when the screen is locked...only to find that this feature does not function in Sierra!  Thanks to Kevin Ginger for the quick research.
-https://www.jamf.com/jamf-nation/discussions/21385/unlock-standard-user-s-screensaver-as-admin-broken-in-10-12

Joe's client has an issue where Safari would not load any websites.  The fix related to reinstalling the Security Update 2016-003 Supplemental (10.11.6).

Little Flocker is highly recommended from Jerry for detecting and protecting a Mac from malware and other security concerns: https://www.littleflocker.com.  Comes from the mind of Jonathan Zdziarski https://www.zdziarski.com/blog/

Jerry experiences a "wonky" iPhone search issue.

Sam encounters an odd situation with static DNS values ending up in his network settings after visiting a client.  Jerry chimes in with the possibility of a hacked router.  Sam will follow up on that on a future show.

As a special bonus, Jerry shares a great kitchen tool called the Rapid Egg Cooker: http://amzn.to/2lsJaJb

193: Uncle Jimmy's Search Bar & Selfie Of Ulysses

Are there any CCP listeners out there that are not a members of the Apple Consultants Network?  We would love to hear from you.  Tell us your story!

Topics:

Joe gets a juicy emergency support job and shares the details with us.  It brings about a discussion on surcharges and fees.

Friend of the show David Sparks comes up in conversation as the guys kick around details of contract agreements with clients.

The age old MSP & billing discussion gets kicked around, as it does on occasion.  

While on the topic of the MSP model, we all chime in about an incredible product to manage your fleet of Macs, Addigy.  Give it a test drive by visiting http://www.addigy.com/cmd-ctrl-pwr

Sam brings up a "break/fix" client that wants immediate responses but doesn't want the commitment.

Sam shares an almost unbelievable story of a client that had random photos appear in her Photos library only to find that someone had been signing in to an iPhone using her Apple ID (photo below).

192: Calendar Bankruptcy & Skunky Third Party Memory

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TOPICS:

Joe describes his tough day with a client router failing.  PSA: Check your network equipment warranties!

As Joe brings up how great iCloud has been, Sam tells a personal story of woe about syncing issues.  Joe & Jerry offer free consulting advice.

Resetting network settings in iOS resolved an issue for Sam where a user had fiddled with many settings, including which apps operate over cellular.

Joe has some follow up about his fix for removing incompatible extensions in the last show.

A story of another great win for our pals at Watchman Monitoring & Gruntwork!

Sam presents a real head scratcher of a case where an iMac spontaneously kicks the user out of their session and goes back to the login window.  Any suggestions?

Billing and discounts is a common discussion in our world, and Joe recalls some handy tips for showing clients your appreciation.

While on the subject, Sam had a recent need to increase rates for clients and recounts one particular story with a client.

Jerry encounters a situation we have all probably dealt with, when clients attempt to glean as much information from you as possible in an attempt to "do it yourself".

Jerry's client has some challenges working with external displays alongside the new 13" MacBook Pros.

Use the LG UltraFine 4K Display with your MacBook or MacBook Pro
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207447

Use the LG UltraFine 5K Display with your Mac
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207448

 

191: Cause & Effect

Jerry had more than one instance of clients with Airports requiring a firmware update to version 7.7.8 due to portables not connecting properly. 

Continuing on the wifi discussion, Sam discusses testing Ubiquiti access points at a residential client by temporarily running ethernet throughout the house to determine permanent locations.

Sam had the daunting task of giving an internet safety presentation at a middle school in the area.  Helpful hint: bribe them with Jolly Ranchers.

Temporary tattoos!  An anonymous listener kindly donates these temporary tattoos to the gang at CCP.  

Joe runs in to a startup issue after migrating a client to a new iMac.  Joe finds that adding /Library/Extensions to his troubleshooting process will help diagnose similar issues.
https://www.justinsilver.com/technology/os-x-el-capitan-10-11-1-hanging-on-boot-fixed/

Webex causes Sam some grief as the installer silently fails when attempting to install the plug-in.  The fix is created a missing folder:  ~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins
https://supportforums.cisco.com/discussion/12578216/cant-installrun-webex-my-mac

Sierra Logs rehash: https://eclecticlight.co

Sam goes back on the psychiatrist couch to discuss working with a client when you have a personal relationship.

ARD - /var/folders & /var/db - Locations that are handy when troubleshooting or grabbing settings for ARD.

190: Interview With Yochai Gal of the Boston TechCollective

Joe & Sam interview Yochai Gai of the Boston TechCollective, a worker-owned cooperative in the greater Boston area.  After working first independently and then with other organizations, Yochai founded and operated the San Francisco TechCollective in 2006.  In late 2012, he took that idea coast to coast and co-founded the Boston office.

The organizations were formed based on a simple, powerful idea: that tech experts, rather than managers, should be the ones in charge of a tech support enterprise.  Have a listen as we talk to Yochai about the business, structure and technical aspect as well.

https://bostontechcollective.com

189: New Years Holiday Mix 2017

-The gang starts off the new year with a brief chat with Justin Esgar, founder of the ACEs Conference.  This year's conference will be held in Phoenix, AZ and is selling fast!  Use the promo code "command" when registering to receive 10% off the current ticket price:
https://acesconf.com/

-Joe follows up on his Apple Mail issues that have plagued his new MacBook Pro.

Sam discusses finally receiving and setting up his new MacBook Pro.  He reviews the manual steps he took to set his computer up from scratch as opposed to a migration. VPN profiles and System Keychain proved to be the bigger sticking points.
How to properly backup and restore the System Keychain: http://www.sebastiencouture.com/post/88839839716/backup-restore-system-keychain-os-x

-Jerry recounts an issue he had with an SSD upgrade in an iMac.  It brings back the conversation of the issues dealing with the mid 2011 models.

-Joe had some interesting issues with his MacBook Pro having a “hard freeze”.  Holding down Command Control Power had no effect!

-As our friend Pam Lefkowitz’s Twitter handle says, It’s “Always DNS”.  Sam describes an issue where DNS caused an issue with authenticating to Active Directory.

-Jerry’s Pro Tip of the week - Meraki’s MDM solution is free for up to 100 devices.

-Not to be outdone, Joe give us a pop quiz: Try it at home - Cmd+Shift+6.  He goes into some other “cool” features of macOS.

-Cautionary tale from Jerry - Don’t be cavalier with your backups.

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