Archive for category: Deployment

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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InstaUp2Date + AutoDMG

If you use InstaDMG/InstaUp2Date and are worried that your workflow is going to break sooner than later, swapping AutoDMG in for InstaDMG may be your best bet. This article shows you how to make it work.

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Announcement (Cross Post) – JSS Add-On for Autopkg

Announcement (Cross Post) – JSS Add-On for Autopkg

Over on the 318.com blog I’ve announced a new ‘processor’ add-on that can be installed with autopkg, which therefore can leverage the JSS API to fulfill many of the functions which up until present only Munki enjoyed(direct pipeline to testing, automatically adding the package to the distribution point, other associated metadata handling.) […]

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Deploying MinecraftEDU

Deploying MinecraftEDU

Minecraft is of course a huge thing. It’s hugely popular at our school, and has become a valuable educational tool. Minecraft allows structured but almost unrestrained creativity, giving students a change to realize the unlimited nature of their imagination and persistence when building worlds and creating narratives. Minecraft’s multiplayer options […]

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Changes in Apple Configurator 1.3

Changes in Apple Configurator 1.3

Apple Configurator was updated to version 1.3 on June 18, 2013. With the new update, some new features were added, some old features returned, and some things have changed. UPDATE: back ups are NOT encrypted… Sorry folks! I had erroneously said that back ups were now encrypted. They are not. […]

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Deployment: A Pedagogical Manifest(o)

Deployment: A Pedagogical Manifest(o)

Last Fall, a discussion arose on the MacEnterprise list about deployment terminology, with the term “thin imaging” coming in as the winner for variety of (conflicting) definitions. (You can read the thread from the beginning or jump on when the discussion turns to terminology.) I was starting to prepare my […]

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Real World Example: 500 iPads from Boxes to Students

Real World Example: 500 iPads from Boxes to Students

One of the rising topics of discussion that continually returns to every single Mac Admin conference, gathering, and website is the deployment of iPads.  iPads have become ubiquitous, for users, schools, and businesses now, and suddenly lots of system admins, technology coordinators, directors, and supervisors are being tasked with adopting […]

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Fixing Broken Software I: Logitech Control Center

Fixing Broken Software I: Logitech Control Center

This is part one of a series on dealing with the issues software can cause in enterprise environments, and how to combat these issues. One of the most important skills in a Mac Admin’s toolbox is being able to identify and work around issues with vendor software.  Many vendors release […]

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Casper in the Cloud

If you have ever wondered about hosting your Casper server in the cloud, check out this post on Justin Rummel’s blog.  He has some notes he made during a recent JSS setup on Amazon EC2 hosting.  This is a very compelling setup if you have a fair amount of machines […]

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Another Way to Enable Wi-Fi At Login Window (with Profiles!)

The Premise: Nick McSpadden and I were both working on a similar goal this week: getting Macs to connect to Wi-Fi at the loginwindow. By default, adding preferred wireless networks will only connect once a user is logged in, either via the networksetup command or Profiles. By using a modified […]

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