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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30 Years of the Mac – Video

Tim Perfitt of Twocanoes Software has put together a nice video showcasing the thirty years of Macintosh models. I’ve owned eight of them, mostly portables.  How about you? Read more about the video on the Twocanoes blog.

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Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware

On my blog, I have written a 3 page blogpost about virtualizing OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware. In the blogpost I try to answer the below questions: What is required to virtualize OS X? Which hardware is supported, and which hardware works? How to license OS X in […]

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Sydney (Australia) Mac Admins March 2014 Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins, Our 3rd Meeting of the year is scheduled for the 26th of March. We have a booking at 6pm for the Fulton Room at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks. This months agenda: 6:00-6:30pm – Drinks and Introductions. 6:30-7:30pm – Main […]

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

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

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 […]

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Exploring Apple’s new Device Enrollment Program

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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Early 2014 Products and Platforms Poll – Results

Early 2014 Products and Platforms Poll – Results

It’s always great to get help from a community of your peers, and our recent survey was an attempt to start having us all check in every once in a while as a group with data about how we maintain and provide management for our customers. Inspired by questions about […]

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