VMware ESXi 5.5 on the Mac Pro (2013)
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VMware ESXi 5.5 on the Mac Pro (2013)

VMware now supports ESXi on the latest Mac Pro - virtualizing OS X has never been easier.

Securing a Munki deployment with Puppet SSL certificates
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Securing a Munki deployment with Puppet SSL certificates

Munki and Puppet have become very popular tools in the last few years, and make a great team for Mac management.  While Puppet is inherently secure due to its use of client-certificate based SSL for all communication, most Munki deployments still run over plaintext HTTP.  One of the best features […]

Looking Forward to MacTech Conference 2014
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Looking Forward to MacTech Conference 2014

It’s hard to believe, but the fifth, yes the fifth, annual MacTech conference will be held this year in Los Angeles, CA at the beautiful Manhattan Beach Marriott from November 5th-7th, with a full day of pre-conference workshops occurring on November 4th. Click for more details, including a special offer to register with $600 off the normal price of a conference pass.

Hidden AirPlay feature in the AppleTV 6.1 (iOS 7.1) update
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Hidden AirPlay Feature

Here’s one that will make educators and education network administrators realllllly happy. There’s a hidden gem in the AppleTV 6.1 update that was released today. In addition to Bonjour over UDP negotiation for AirPlay, iOS 7.1 devices will also look for AirPlay sources using Bonjour over bluetooth when doing its […]

Exploring Apple’s new Device Enrollment Program
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Exploring Apple’s new Device Enrollment Program

On February 26, 2014 Apple announced its new Device Enrollment Program (DEP). You can read about the features of the DEP here. In a nutshell, for US customers who have purchased devices directly from Apple, you can: 1) Force enrollment with your MDM when device is set up (every time) […]

Sydney Mac Admins November Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac (and iOS) Admins, Our next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 20th of November. We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks. Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to […]

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VMware ESXi 5.5 on the Mac Pro (2013)

VMware ESXi 5.5 on the Mac Pro (2013)

Five years ago, it was not uncommon to see many cabinets full of Xserves fulfilling serving roles in the enterprise.  Today those servers are on their last legs and warrant replacement by modern hardware and software design. Luckily there isn’t much of a need of OS X Server by IT […]

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Sydney Mac Admins October Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac (and iOS) Admins, Our next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 29th of October. We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks. Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to […]

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Off-Season Episode, Live from the Penn State Mac Admins Conference

Interrupting the offseason, here’s a discussion we recorded between Tim Perfitt and Dave Test, live at the 2014 Penn State Mac Admins Conference. Tim gives a little background about how iBeacon and Passbook were utilized at the conference, and Dave talks about the integration between them and the impossible-to-pronounce sched.org. Hope this […]

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Sydney Mac Admins August Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins, Our next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 27th of August. We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks. Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. You […]

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Look Less Silly on Github

Look Less Silly on Github

And with Git in General So you’ve gotten ok with scripts, or at least have tasked yourself with sorting through and in some cases slinging around plain text files. You’ve even heard about this Github thing, maybe you’ve already made an account, maybe you’re even digging in to it more […]

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Create 100’s of Autopkg Recipes With This One Weird Trick

If you’re like me, you love autopkg. You don’t even want to perform web searches for download links anymore. I’m told there are certain things that can’t be automated. But, when I first saw that many recipes could follow roughly the same format, I thought to myself ‘we have to […]

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PSU MacAdmins 2014 Slides

Thanks to all the great presenters at PSU MacAdmins this year and @frogor (Michael Lynn) on twitter, here is a partial list of presenter slides that were posted to Twitter under the #psumac hashtag:   Modular Image Creation Beyond the Thunderdome: Managing OS X without OS X Automate yourself out […]

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Video from JSS-autopkg-addon Presentation

JSS-autopkg-addon Presentation from Allister Banks on Vimeo. On June 26th, I had the pleasure of being invited by @Tecnico1931 to the NYC Metro JAMF user group meeting. A worksheet I created for this event may be found here: url.aru-b.com/jssAutopkg See also Shea Craig’s python-jss, and thanks go out to James Barclay, […]

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MacDMV and MacTech meet in Washington DC on Tues June 28th

Tuesday night, June 24th will be the next MacDMV Event. We’ll be at RFD on 7th Street NW in Chinatown just five blocks from the Sheraton Four Points, and we’ll be starting at 6pm and running til 9pm. We’ll be just a block from the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro on the […]

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