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) […]

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AFP548 2014 Product/Platform Poll

UPDATE: We’ve gotten 100 responses, which is great! …And also the limit on the form we used :( Sorry! Thanks to everyone who responded, I’ll clean up the results and make a follow-up post soon. In the meantime all the data can be seen and downloaded here: https://afp548.wufoo.com/reports/afp548-2014-productplatform-poll/

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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Sydney Mac Admins June 2014 Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins, Our next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 25th of June. 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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Episode Nine – Change the People

Pardon the break, we’re back with a long-ago recorded episode to give you all flashbacks to the MacIT conference, audibly. Hopefully the sound quality is passable, as it was recorded under less-than ideal conditions, but what an episode! We have Duncan McCracken, newly added to the advisory board of the […]

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Patchoo! Casper patching done right.

Patchoo! Casper patching done right.

  Patchoo is here and aims to bring some Munki-esque features and workflow to Casper. We all know that Casper has some gaps around patch deployment. Whilst Casper 9 somewhat improves capabilities there is still no cohesive way for an end user to install 3rd party and Apple Software Updates. Munki does […]

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Securing a Munki deployment with Puppet SSL certificates

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 […]

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Looking Forward to MacTech Conference 2014

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. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able […]

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Sydney Mac Admins May 2014 Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins, Our 4th Meeting of the year is scheduled for Tuesday 20th May. We have a booking at 6pm for the Fulton Room at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks. If you manage Macs or iOS devices, come along and meet your […]

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MDM Passcode removal from an offline iOS device

MDM Passcode removal from an offline iOS device

Disclaimer: This is not officially supported by Apple and may not work, but it worked for me. Something that came up many, many times in the 2 years of our iPad deployment was “I’ve forgotten my passcode”. More often than not, the iPad was offline because it was inactive for […]

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