Macfusion allows you to mount a folder on an ftp server as a local drive. Files can be read, edited and written to the remote folder just as if they were on the local drive.
I set this up because I am taking a programming class from Udemy and use different computers in different locations when I’ve got time to spare and I want my files to be where I want them when I want them.
Macfusion has been problematic with Sierra, but luckily there are some fellers who worked things out. I used ElDeveloper’s Sierra Pre-Release 3 version and the most recent version of OSX Fuse.

Then there are just a few things to set up. On your Mac, you need to create a folder accessible to Macfusion. I created a Volumes folder under my user account: /Users/paulericksen/Volumes/

Then in the Macfusion app, I configure things as follows.

  1. Add an SSHFS connection using the [+v] dropdown menu.
  2. In the SSH tab, enter your host, ftp username, password and path to the folder you’d like to use.
  3. In the Macfusion tab, enter the folder name you’ll use during the session. In my case it was /Users/paulericksen/Volumes/fs  NOTE: Notice above, when I created the “Volumes” folder in my user folder, it did not include the “fs” folder I just entered. My understanding is that this is a temporary folder that Macfusion creates during the connected session. It is there when the ftp share is mounted, but it disappears once it is unmounted.   
  4. If all goes to plan, when you click the mount button, Macfusion will do its thing and you’ll end up with a folder that shows the contents of the ftp folder. Opening, editing and saving works as it would on your local machine.


Google Admin: Move Users to OU Using GAM

We had a group of users in a group “Suspended” which is a subgroup of “Clean Up” and wanted to move them to the root OU. I had some challenges figuring out how to specify groups and subgroups to make it work.

This is how to do it:

  1. Export the current members of Suspended with GAM:
    1. python info org “Clean Up/Suspended” > sususers.txt

  2. Edit sususers.txt to remove header lines, leaving a list of the users we want to move.
  3. Move the users in the list to the root:
    1. python update org “/” add file sususers.txt

The GAM command to move a user is a li’l somethin’ like this:
python update org “OU Name” add user username

Adding Users to an OU

GAM works well for many things, and there’s a quick and easy way to get users into an OU using GAM. The target OU in this case is iPads – Pangyo, a subgroup of our Organizational Emails group. I put a list of usernames into a text file (ipads.txt) saved in my GAM folder and ran the following in Terminal:

python update org “Organizational Emails/iPads – Pangyo” add file ipads.txt

Banning Google Group Members from Receiving Email

At KIS, we assign our school-owned iPads Google accounts. But since they’re in our staff domain, they’re automatically added to our allstaff email group and receive all the email sent to that group. We don’t want these emails to show up in the iPad mail app and needed a way to remove those addresses from the group mail list. This is the method we use:

First access Google Groups Service for the allstaff group by selecting the group in the Google Admin Control Panel, clicking “Manage users in allstaff” and clicking “View in Groups service”.  On the next screen, click on the Manage link.

On the left-hand menu, select Direct add members.

Add the accounts you wish to eliminate from the list.


Select those recently added members and from the Actions menu select Ban.