Mac Maintenance

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hairyj, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. hairyj macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2010

    I work in a TV production company where we have a two imacs (specs below) which is used by a large group of people to cut DV footage on i-movie (recce footage, not actual programmes!) (yes I know people should people should use FCP, but there's a lot of freelancers and we.

    Controlling where people save i-movie and i-dvd projects to (including music and JPEG imports) is a nightmare. It's not my team's job to manage these imacs - but it is often put upon my us (we're Avid Edit Assistants with no time to spare!) and we are usually roped in when users have a deadline for a recce cut and there's no space on the imac and no one wants to delete old projects!
    We end up getting it in the neck when things don't work out!


    In the past we have asked people to save to an external 1tb drive in a specific folder, but this seldom happens and before you know it the i-macs are crammed full, slowing them down, project and media everywhere.

    To stop this from happening, and to force users to save to the external drive I want to do three things, but I don't know how. It would be great if someone could help me.

    1 - lock (block) saving to the desktop
    2 - lock (block) to the documents/movies/music etc
    3 - set up i-movie and i-dvd to save to specific pre-determined folders...

    I know these goals go against the way macs are intuitively and symbiotic designed to be used, but most of the users don't use macs regularly nor care about using the macs in this way (sadly they are recce editing work horse only).

    We see this as the only way to stay atop of the problem! If there's any better solutions (that don't involve educating the masses of staff/ourselves spending more time looking after the macs!) then please do let me know.

    i-mac (no1)
    Leopard v10.5.7
    2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo
    1 GB 800 mzh DDR2 SDRAM
    ATI Radeon HD 2400

    i-mac (no2) -
    Tiger v10.4.9
    1.83 Ghz Intel Core Duo
    ATY Radeon X 1600

    Many thanks in advance.

  2. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    Are they all using a shared account on the machines, or do they all have separate logins?

    You could relocate the home(s) folder to the external (not just drag and drop, there's a few more steps).

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