MacIT Conference February 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

MacIT Day Two Round Up

Day Two was full of even more great sessions.  The day started out with an overview of the changes in iOS 6.  Following this was a general session covering Wireless in 2013 and later.  Bill Wiecking went over the upcoming wireless technologies, what their technical specifications were and the challenges that would be associated with them.  Overall, this was a very informative and interesting talk on wireless standards and where we will be in the future.

One session that stood out covered Log files on OS X Mountain Lion.  Andrea Longo discussed how logs are handled in OS X 10.8 and gave some really good tips on how to view the log files and comb through them for useful information. Later in the day, Andrea did another session that went more in depth on analyzing logs and what to look for as well as which type of things you can safely ignore.  Because 10.8 combines many logs into system.log, these tips were immensely helpful for figuring out which information was useful and which information was just noise.

Another session that was quite useful was Automation and Security in Mountain Lion.  Ben Waldie covered how Gatekeeper interacts with scripts in OS X and how this interaction may lead to problems in your environment.  Ben then went over the details on how to code-sign scripts in order to get them to work properly without disabling Gatekeeper.  Also covered was a command line tool that yields valuable information about Gatekeeper itself as well whether specific apps or scripts were signed or not.

Overall, Day Two was full of great sessions on both OS X and iOS, covering many topics including Security, BYOD setups and best practices.

Nate Walck

Nate is a Systems Reliability Engineer at Dropbox, Inc in San Francisco, CA. He runs along with Sam Keeley and is one of the founding members of the ##osx-server IRC channel on He loves being involved in the Mac Admin community and using Open Source projects whenever possible, especially Munki, The Luggage and Puppet.

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