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May 24, 2017

Mac Admins Podcast, Episode 37: F/OSS MDMs with Victor Vrantchan and Jesse Peterson

SYNOPSIS

What’s it like to build your own MDM from scratch? Can it be done successfully? The answers, and more, with Victor Vrantchan and Jesse Peterson of the Micro MDM project.

YOUR HOSTS:

OUR GUESTS:

  • Victor Vrantchan, Site Reliability Engineer, Kolide in Boston, MA [@wikiwalk]
  • Jesse Peterson, Consultant, MacTechs in Seattle, WA

LISTEN!

LINKS & NOTES

Jesse Peterson’s Talk on MDM History at Seattle Apple Admins

MDMVendorSign

Project iMAS

Inside Apple’s MDM

#mdmdev on Mac Admins Slack

MDM Best Practices

Victor’s Blog Post on Signing up to run your own MDM

MDMCert.Download

Contributing to MicroMDM

Look up your DUNS

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Call For Presenters

JNUC CFP

Conference Sites


Aces Conference in Phoenix, AZ May 31 – June 1
MacDevOps:YVR in Vancouver, Canada Jun 4-6 17
MacDeployment in Calgary, Canada Jun 8-9 17
X World in Sydney, Australia Jun 28-30 17
PSU Mac Admins in State College, PA July 11-14
CMD-D Conference in Santa Clara, CA August 9
Macsysadmin in Gothenburg, Sweden October 3-6 17
JNUC in Minneapolis, MN October 24-26

Meet-ups


Twin Cities MacAdmins May 23rd at Jamf’s offices in Minneapolis. Details at or in the mspmacadmins channel on Slack.
Seattle Apple Admins June 15, 2017 at Offer Up
Mac Admin Monthly June 13th at Google in New York, or online at their website.
East Midlands Apple Admins meet up which will be taking place at Nottingham Trent University on July 12th 2017.

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May 18, 2017

Mac Admins Podcast, Episode 36: Fleetsmith with Jesse Endahl

SYNOPSIS

What’s it like to re-think Mac management from the ground up? We ask Jesse Endahl, Chief Security Officer and Chief Product Officer for Fleetsmith in a wide-ranging interview.

T-SHIRT!

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YOUR HOSTS:

OUR GUEST:

LISTEN!

LINKS & NOTES

Yellow Dog Linux

Idempotency

Securing Kubernetes (BSides)

Vault

Block Block

Giant Bags of Mostly Water

Attack Driven Defense

Proton.B teardown

Proton.B teardown – Thomas Reed

Proton.B teardown – Patrick Wardle, Part 1

Proton.B teardown – Patrick Wardle, Part 2

Google Santa

Defender RCE

Behind the Scenes iOS Security

Demystifying the SEP Paper & Demystifying the SEP Presentation PDF

How Steve Fleeced Carly

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Call For Presenters

JNUC CFP

Conference Sites


Aces Conference in Phoenix, AZ May 31 – June 1
MacDevOps:YVR in Vancouver, Canada Jun 4-6 17
MacDeployment in Calgary, Canada Jun 8-9 17
X World in Sydney, Australia Jun 28-30 17
PSU Mac Admins in State College, PA July 11-14
CMD-D Conference in Santa Clara, CA August 9
Macsysadmin in Gothenburg, Sweden October 3-6 17
JNUC in Minneapolis, MN October 24-26

Meet-ups


Twin Cities MacAdmins May 23rd at Jamf’s offices in Minneapolis. Details at or in the mspmacadmins channel on Slack.
Mac Admin Monthly June 13th at Google in New York, or online at their website.
Seattle Apple Admins June 15, 2017 at Offer Up

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May 10, 2017

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 35: Into the Past with Chip Pearson

SYNOPSIS

What were the olden days like? We ask Chip Pearson of Jamf Software about what it was like to be in Mac support before any of the tools existed, what it’s like to build tools from a clean slate, and what kind of dungeonmaster he is.

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YOUR HOSTS:

OUR GUEST:

  • Chip Pearson, Chairman of the Board & Founder, Jamf Software [@ChipPearson]

LISTEN!

LINKS & NOTES

Timbuktu Software
Retrospect Software

1997 Wired Cover: Pray
101 Ways to Fix Apple: Wired, 1997

Dok malware

Bella Malware

The macOS Phishing Easy Button – The Dangers of AppleScript

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Call For Presenters

JNUC CFP

Conference Sites


Aces Conference in Phoenix, AZ May 31 – June 1
MacDevOps:YVR in Vancouver, Canada Jun 4-6 17
MacDeployment in Calgary, Canada Jun 8-9 17
X World in Sydney, Australia Jun 28-30 17
PSU Mac Admins in State College, PA July 11-14
Macsysadmin in Gothenburg, Sweden October 3-6 17
JNUC in Minneapolis, MN October 24-26 → CFP: https://www.jamf.com/jamf-nation/discussions/23980/jnuc-2017-call-for-presenter-proposals-and-ideas

Meet-ups


Utah Mac Managers Meeting with Jesse Endahl of Fleetsmith – Wed, May, 17th @ 11 AM MDT
Austin Apple Admins with Erik Gomez from Pinterist – May 16th @ HostGator
Leiden, the Netherlands – May 18th – 6 PM
Twin Cities MacAdmins May 23rd at Jamf’s offices in Minneapolis. Details at or in the mspmacadmins channel on Slack.

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May 2, 2017

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 34: Munki + Centrify with Peter Havens

SYNOPSIS

What’s it like to integrate an open-source project into a commercial product? What’s it like for a commercial product to contribute back to the open-source community as a whole? This week, Pepijn, Marcus and Tom sit down with Peter Havens from Centrify to talk about how they’re working with the Munki open-source project to contribute code and to benefit from what the community has helped create. A discussion of malware, MDMs, and new Chrome security options follows.

YOUR HOSTS:

OUR GUEST:

  • Peter Havens, Director of Product Management Endpoint Solutions, Centrify [@pehavens]

LINKS & NOTES

Munki integration announcement for version 17.4

Centrify’s PR to the Munki repo

Centrify Identity Service

InstallApplications

DEPNotify

Getting Started with InstallApplication, DEPNotify & SimpleMDM

Centrify Privilege Service

Centrify Identity Broker

Erik Gomez announces Pinterest’s collaboration with Airwatch

Erik Gomez’s Presentation at Macbrained

Dok malware

BlockBlock

Chrome 62 to mark more HTTP browsing as “unsecured”

Create custom Adobe packages from the Enterprise console

Apple Watch outselling Microsoft Surface?

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Conference Sites


Aces Conference in Phoenix, AZ May 31 – June 1
MacDevOps:YVR in Vancouver, Canada Jun 4-6 17
MacDeployment in Calgary, Canada Jun 8-9 17
PSU Mac Admins in State College, PA July 11-14
JNUC in Minneapolis, MN October 24-26

Meet-ups


Mac DMV – May 3rd @ Apple Reston
Melbourne Apple Admins – May 4th @ CultureAmp
Mac Admins Monthly – May 9th @ Google New York
Utah Mac Managers Meeting with Jesse Endahl of Fleetsmith – Wed, May, 17th @ 11 AM MDT
Austin Apple Admins – Week of May 15th, looking for speakers, please contact Dr. Emily Kausalik, @emily on Slack.
Leiden, the Netherlands – May 18th – 6 PM

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Apr 29, 2017

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 33: Armin Briegel

SYNOPSIS

After a roundtable on Punycode, SSL Certificates, and the AppleSeed Program, the team talks to Armin Briegel, freelance consultant and author of Packaging for Apple Administrators and Property Lists, Preferences and Profiles for Apple Administrators

YOUR HOSTS:

OUR GUEST:

LINKS & NOTES

Punycode

Punycode Phishing Attacks in the News

Chrome 58 & SSL Certificates

Let’s Encrypt

Appleseed Program

Insert Graphic On Certificate Common Name here.

Packaging for Apple Administrators – Armin Briegel

Property Lists, Preferences and Profiles for Apple Administrators – Armin Briegel

How not to bad things with autopkg

Gary Larizza’s Post

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Conference Sites


Aces Conference in Phoenix, AZ May 31 – June 1
MacDevOps:YVR in Vancouver, Canada Jun 4-6 17
MacDeployment in Calgary, Canada Jun 8-9 17
PSU Mac Admins in State College, PA July 11-14
JNUC in Minneapolis, MN October 24-26

Meet-ups


Mac DMV – May 3rd @ Apple Reston
Melbourne Apple Admins – May 4th @ CultureAmp
Mac Admins Monthly – May 9th @ Google New York
Utah Mac Managers Meeting with Jesse Endahl of Fleetsmith – Wed, May, 17th @ 11 AM MDT
Austin Apple Admins – Week of May 15th, looking for speakers, please contact Dr. Emily Kausalik, @emily on Slack.
Leiden, the Netherlands – May 18th – 6 PM

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Apr 21, 2017

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 32: iOS 10.3 and Classroom 2.0 with Fraser Speirs

SYNOPSIS

This week we welcome iOS Admin/Luminary Fraser Speirs to the pod to talk about the new iOS Admin features in iOS 10.3, Classroom 2.0 with ad-hoc classes, and the future of iOS for admin uses.

YOUR HOSTS:

OUR GUEST:

  • Fraser Speirs, Apple Distinguished Educator & Head of Secondary, Cedars School. [@fraserspeirs]

LISTEN!

LINKS & NOTES

Blog: Speirs.org
Regular podcasts: Canvas & Out of School

iOS 10.3

Apple Classroom 2.0

iOS 10.3
  • New restrictions
  • Limit Wifi to specified networks
  • New OS update rules
  • No longer requires supervision and DEP, just supervision
  • New MDM commands – InstallASAP – starts to nag the user
  • Apple Classroom Built In
  • MDM-enabled Lost Mode can play sounds
Apple Classroom 2.0
  • No longer requires MDM support or supervision on pupil devices
  • Ad-hoc handshaking
  • Pupils can refuse screen and Airplay control or locking control.
  • The notion of a “current class”
  • Appears as AirPlay target
  • Manual groups in the class also appear
Thoughts on iOS 11

Neil Cybart: The Mac is Turning Into Apple’s Achilles’ Heel

  • The world is moving past the Mac whether iOS is ready or not.
  • iPad urgently needs to accommodate some proportion of “pro” users
  • Article notes that 70% of the Mac user base rarely/never touch a “pro app”.
  • These people should be on iOS already.

Future of Workflow?
Whither Sal Soghoian?
Canvas 22: Workflow: The Basics
Canvas 23: Workflow: Variables & Built-In Actions
Canvas 24: Workflow: Third Party Actions
Canvas 25: Workflow: Web APIs
Canvas 26: Workflow: Advanced Workflow Programming
Canvas 27: Workflow: Advance Workflow Programming Part II
Canvas 29: Workflow: Magic Variables

Next steps of Swift Playgrounds
  • API expansion already happening (MapKit)
  • Aggressively tracking language standard
  • Authoring on iOS enhanced in last update (author multi page Playgrounds)
  • Needs a UI builder?
  • Multi-file project support
  • Look to Pythonista

TapTyping – typing trainer suite – Flairify LLC

Theft & Loss Recovery

Theft & Loss Recovery for iOS Users

  • Encrypted iCloud Backups after iOS 10 are awesome.
  • Lost Mode for MDM-capable devices is great (as long as they have cellular or know a lot of Wi-Fi networks)
  • Building a trusted system requires that you need not just one great password, but a couple good ones.
  • (I always know my Apple ID password, login password, and 2FA Backup passwords, the rest I leave to Keychain)
  • Can a password-less future get here soon enough?
1:1 Program History:

The iPad Project: How It’s Going
The iPad Project: Day One
The iPad Project Day Two
The iPad Project Day Six: The Hamiltonian Cycle
The iPad Project: The Night Before Christmas
The iPad Project: What Kind Of Day Has It Been?

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Call for Presenters

X World – 29 30 June (CFP open until 24th April)

Conference Sites

Aces Conference in Phoenix, AZ May 31 – June 1
MacDevOps:YVR in Vancouver, Canada Jun 4-6 17
MacDeployment in Calgary, Canada Jun 8-9 17
PSU Mac Admins in State College, PA July 11-14
JNUC in Minneapolis, MN October 24-26

Meet-ups

Boston’s Spring Meet-up – 19th April
Philly Apple Admins
London Apple Admins @ Sony Music – 20th April
Schiedam, the Netherlands – Dutch Macadmin meetup – April 20, 1:30-4:30
Melbourne Apple Admins – May 4th @ CultureAmp –
Leiden, the Netherlands – May 18th – 6 PM

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Apr 12, 2017

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 31: So That’s Why We Have Slack, with Caleb Coy

SYNOPSIS

A sitdown with Caleb Coy of Blurb to talk about where the Mac Admins Slack came from, what it’s like to move between positions, and a digression into what it’s like to use Fleetsmith as an admin. Some conversation about Mac Pros ensues.

YOUR HOSTS:

OUR GUEST:

LISTEN!

LINKS & NOTES

InstallApplications

iOS 10.3.1 Release Notes
Project Zero

TouchBar Macs need to talk to Apple at Activation

New Mac Pro articles:

Paczkowski
Gruber
Ulanoff
Full transcript at Tech Crunch
ATP

What’s a dodecahedron

What’s a sphere

What’s an icosahedron

Clips is out

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Call for Presenters

X World – 29 30 June (CFP open until 24th April)

Conference Sites

Aces Conference in Phoenix, AZ May 31 – June 1
MacDevOps:YVR in Vancouver, Canada Jun 4-6 17
MacDeployment in Calgary, Canada Jun 8-9 17
PSU Mac Admins in State College, PA July 11-14
JNUC in Minneapolis, MN October 24-26

Meet-ups

Boston’s Spring Meet-up – 19th April
London Apple Admins @ Sony Music – 20th April
Schiedam, the Netherlands – Dutch Macadmin meetup – April 20, 1:30-4:30
Melbourne Apple Admins – May 4th @ CultureAmp –
Leiden, the Netherlands – May 18th – 6 PM

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Apr 6, 2017

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 30: It’s Not Just Sharks In Puddles

SYNOPSIS

Updates, Updates, Updates! Everything got updated this week, and we’re here to talk about all of it.

YOUR HOSTS:

LISTEN!

LINKS & NOTES

macOS 10.12.4 Release Notes

Der Flounder: Third Party Installer Packages May Not Be Installable by the 10.12.4 OS Installer

Recovery Mode Behavior Changes

Patched EFI Firmware Models

Tethered Caching of iOS Assets from macOS 10.12.4

Changes to Apple ID 2FA

iOS 10.3

Democracy Sausage

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Call for Presenters

X World – 29 30 June (CFP open until 24th April)

Conference Sites

Aces Conference in Phoenix, AZ May 31 – June 1
MacDevOps:YVR in Vancouver, Canada Jun 4-6 17
MacDeployment in Calgary, Canada Jun 8-9 17
PSU Mac Admins in State College, PA July 11-14
JNUC in Minneapolis, MN October 24-26

Meet-ups

DFW Mac Admin meet-up – 13th April
Boston’s Spring Meet-up – 19th April
London Apple Admins @ Sony Music – 20th April
Schiedam, the Netherlands – Dutch Macadmin meetup – April 20, 1:30-4:30
Melbourne Apple Admins – May 4th @ CultureAmp –
Leiden, the Netherlands – May 18th – 6 PM

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Mar 30, 2017

Episode 29: Just Us Chickens

SYNOPSIS

With no guests this week, the team talks about Wikileaks and Security, as well as the new iOS Security Guide, some new hardware options, and the best nail polish to use on the screws of your machines to make tampering evident.

YOUR HOSTS:

LINKS & NOTES

Ransom Threat for 200M iCloud Accounts

macOS Logging Subsystems In A Gist

That’s A Moiré

Sonic Screwdriver PDF

Thunderstrike 2

Fuzzy Coat nail polish as anti-tamper measure

iOS Security Guide

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Penn State Macadmins ConferenceCall for Proposals open! until April 4th

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Mar 20, 2017

Episode 28: Canadian Conferences, DEP + InstallApplication = Great MDM Options

SYNOPSIS

In our first two-segment show, the Mac Admins Podcast talks with the organizers of MacDevOps YVR and MacDeploy to showcase two upcoming conferences in Western Canada this summer, as well as Erik Gomez of Pinterest about a new integration between Apple’s Device Enrollment Program and Chef, Puppet or Munki made possible by a popular MDM vendor you may have heard of.

In between, we launch the Community Calendar! Got an event we should announce on the show? Email us at podcast@macadmins.org.

YOUR HOSTS:

GUEST:

Anthony Reimer, Organizing Committee for MacDeployment Conference, [@MacDeploy]
Mat X, Conference Organizer, MacDevOpsYVR [@MacDevOpsYVR]
Erik Gomez, IT Client Platform Engineer, Pinterest, [@Contains_ENG]

LISTEN!

LINKS & NOTES

Brian Warsing’s managedmac Puppet plugin

ReiserFS

Joe Chilcote’s MacDevOpsYVR Talk on Contributing to Open Source

Joe Chilcote’s vfuse project

The Chic Geek – Calgary, Canada

Charity Majors

Open Source vs Commercial Software Steel Cage Death Match

Custom DEP Part One
Custom DEP Part Two
Custom DEP Part Three
Custom DEP Part Four

MDM documentation on InstallApplication: Apple’s MDM Docs

Casper Splash

From Erik, to do this in vfuse:
vfuse -i something.dmg -s “C00A00ZVXXXX” –hw-model “MacBookAir5,2” (Added as of December 2016 to vfuse)

From Charles, to do this without vfuse pop these into your vmx:
serialNumber.reflectHost = “FALSE”
serialNumber = “C00A00ZVXXXX” (replace serial number with your DEP enabled Mac’s SN)
hw.model.reflectHost = “FALSE”
hw.model = “MacBookAir5,2” (replace with proper hardware identifier)
smbios.reflectHost = “FALSE”

Come work at Pinterest:

IT System Engineer – Core Applications
Security Engineer – Information Security

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Calls for Presenters

X World – 29-30 June (open until 24th April)

PSU Mac Admins – Open til 4/4/17

Community Meetups

MacDMV – Lightning Talks on 29 March in Washington, DC

MacBrained – Onboarding in a Culture First Environment @ New Relic in San Francisco, CA

Conference Sites

MacDevOps:YVR in Vancouver, Canada | June 4-6, 2017

MacDeployment in Calgary, Canada | June 8-9 2017

JNUC 2017 in Minneapolis Minnesota | October 24-26 2017

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Penn State Macadmins ConferenceCall for Proposals open! until April 4th

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Mar 16, 2017

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 27: Graham Gilbert, Writing & Contributing to Open Source

SYNOPSIS

The Panel talks with Graham Gilbert, former consultant, now in-house systems engineer at Airbnb in San Francisco about writing and contributing to Open Source, amongst other things.

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GUEST:

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LINKS & NOTES

Graham’s Projects:
Sal
Crypt2
Crypt-Server
Imagr

Puppet Learning VM

Who Were You, DenverCoder9? What Did You See?

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Mar 8, 2017

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 26: Conference Talks, with Nadyne Richmond and John Welch

SYNOPSIS

The Panel talks with longtime conference committee planners John Welch (MacIT/Macworld Expo) and Nadyne Richmond (MacIT/Macworld Expo/MacTech) about proposing good conference talks, preparing those talks, and everything conference-related.

YOUR HOSTS:

GUEST:

  • Nadyne Richmond, Senior Manager of User Experience, Genentech [@nadyne]
  • John Welch, Assistant Director for Technical Service at the Northwest Regional Datacenter at FSU, [@bynkii]

LISTEN!

LINKS & NOTES

Tom’s Nestie

Documentation Talk: Take Vacations Using this One Weird Trick – Documentation! by Vanessa White and Rich Trouton

PSU MacAdmins CFP
X World CFP

Make Me Smart Podcast

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MacDevOps – June 5-6, 2017, Vancouver Canada, Early Bird Tickets are CAD $265 til March 11th

MacDeployment – June 8-9, 2017, Calgary Canada, Tickets available soon.

Penn State Macadmins ConferenceCall for Proposals open! until April 4th

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Mar 1, 2017

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 25: You Can’t Spell Function Without Fun, with John Kitzmiller

SYNOPSIS

John Kitzmiller joins the podcast to talk about the MacAdmins.org Slack instance and how it came to be, as well as his excellent guitar collection, how to correctly say GIF, and why the only stickers you put on your laptop should be over the screws on the underside.

YOUR HOSTS:

GUEST:

 

LINKS & NOTES

The Apple Community Has Standards for Malware

Swift-Based Ransomware

Ransomewhere

Agile Deployment for Macs, from MacADUK 2016

Netflix Stethoscope

SHA-1 Collision

This MacBook Came Back From China With Half Its Screws Missing

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Feb 22, 2017

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 24: Physical, Digital & Emotional Security, with Scott Piper

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GUEST:

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SYNOPSIS

The gang talks with Scott Piper about security of all types, and where we’re all heading, security-wise. Is Anti-Virus a good idea? What should we actually be doing to make ourselves more secure? Some prognostication about WWDC occurs.

LINKS & NOTES

Cone of Silence

Start Your Passwords with a Slash

SIP

OS X Lockdown

Mosen Profile Docs

ASD iOS Guide

NIST on 2FA/SMS

Phishing graphs & stats (PDF)

Comparing Security Techniques

Serene

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Feb 10, 2017

 

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 23: Live at Mac AD UK

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GUEST:

SYNOPSIS

A live episode taped at Mac AD UK in London, with guests Richard Purves (returning), Henry Stamerjohann & Éric Falconnier joining Tom, Pepijn and Charles to talk about the MacADUK conference.

LINKS & NOTES

Charles Edge: MDM
Tom Bridge: Munki Mistakes Made Right
Pepijn Bruienne: 
Henry Stamerjohann & Éric Falconnier: Zentral
Richard Purves: SmartCard Authentication

Mac Admins Podcast, Episode 12 with Richard Purves

Apfelwerk — consultants, apple trainers, MSP and JAMF reseller/integrator

Zentral Basic Information
Zentral Project code
Zentral Project wiki
Zentral Project deployment

OSquery – endpoint visibility

Santa – binary whitelisting/blacklisting and monitoring

ELK Stack (now the Elastic Stack) + Beats
Log management platform, a collection of open-source products + logshipping with beats
Elastic Search
Kibana
Beats
Logstash

Vector ClockAn algorithm for generating a partial ordering of events in a distributed system and detecting causality violations.

Nagios – IT Infrastructure Monitoring
Icinga – Computer system and network monitoring application.

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Feb 3, 2017

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 22: Joel Rennich, Trusource Labs

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Joel Rennich returns to the Mac Admins Podcast to talk about NoMAD, upcoming features of the nascent 1.1 release, and what the future holds for authentication on the Mac. In addition, the group discusses the current featureset of the betas in macOS, iOS and tvOS.

Joel’s dog briefly guests.

LINKS & NOTES

NoMAD Home
NoMAD Downloads

iOS 10.3 goes to APFS

10.12.4 features

tvOS 10.2 features

Mosen’s Profile Docs

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Jan 23, 2017

 

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 21: Paul Bowden, Microsoft APEX

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Paul Bowden is the Principal Engineer for the Office for Mac group, as part of the Microsoft Apple Productivity Experience Group (APEX). He talks with our hosts about how Microsoft works with Mac Sysadmins in Slack, his history with Microsoft, what it’s like to work at Microsoft, and where Office for Mac is going.

And a little bit about pigs and goats.

LINKS & NOTES

Office Insider builds
MacAdmins.Software Page
The A-Team at APEX

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Jan 17, 2017

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 20: David Acland, Mac Admins & Developers Conference UK

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SYNOPSIS

The Mac Admins & Developers Conference UK is just a few weeks away, and the Mac Admins Podcast sits down with their Conference Manager, David Acland to talk about what’s happening at this year’s event.

LINKS & NOTES

MacADUK Conference Home
Speakers at 2017 MacADUK
Amsys
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Dec 31, 2016

 

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 19: The Year in Review

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SYNOPSIS

The team talks about the year that was in 2016, from the Apple/FBI dustup, through to a review of conferences that happened, to the release of the iPhone 7/7 Plus and the MacBook Pro with TouchBar. We give our rants and raves of the whole year in this video/audio podcast.

LINKS & NOTES

Apple/FBI Dispute

m(DM)acOS

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Dec 29, 2016

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 18: Hardware Hacking in the New Era

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SYNOPSIS

Erik Gomez joins the gang to talk about testing the new Touch Bar MacBook Pro, finding new preference settings, and the state of the Mac as a whole.

LINKS & NOTES

Activation for TouchBar Macs, Part One
Activation for TouchBar Macs, Part Two
Preferences for the TouchBar

This Week in Frogorland: Using python to determine the status of SIP on the Mac, without using csrutil and nvram.

How Apple Alienated Mac Loyalists – Mark Gurman for Bloomberg

Cables, Adapters, Devices for the Brave New Mac World

Tools Erik mentioned:
strings (from cli tools)
fs_usage
ripgrep
Apple Debug profiles and YUCKY UNIX scripts
Hopper

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Dec 20, 2016

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 17: A Precise, But Not Accurate Number

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SYNOPSIS

We sit down to talk managing a fleet of 80,000+ Macs with a team of 9 with Clay Caviness, a Site Reliability Engineer at Google about his work on their Mac Management Team. A lively discussion about 10.12.2, firmware updates, and DMA Hacking ensued, and a good time was had by all. Discussion of Super Mario Run rounds out the episode.

LINKS & NOTES

Macops team GitHub
Santa
Google Rapid Response

We Fixed The Glitch
Only fix for published DMA attack against FV2 keys
FV2 Key Recovery
PCI Leech Tool

csrutil clear and enabling SIP with Munki

Managed AppleID Woes

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Dec 8, 2016

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 16: Autopkg and Creative Cloud with Tim Sutton

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SYNOPSIS

A talk with Tim Sutton on Adobe Creative Cloud packaging, including some discussion of new packaging techniques focused around Creative Cloud Packager and Autopkg. After that, we break into the new MacBook Pro with TouchBar, that both Emily and Pepijn are using as their daily drivers.

LINKS & NOTES

Import antigravity
CCP Recipes for Autopkg Test Repo (Use at your own risk, no warranty, if you break it you own both pieces)
Adobe Installation and Licensing blog
CCP CLI automation support:

TouchBar Macs, Imaging & Control:
Managing the TouchBar Strip
New Activation for TouchBar Macs
Offline Activation Methods for TouchBar Macs

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Nov 25, 2016

 

MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 15: Autopkg, Trust and You

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SYNOPSIS

Autopkg 0.7/1.0 adds a few changes that you should be aware of, including additional trust settings. We discuss the new features and how you should prepare.

LINKS & NOTES

Recipe Auditing, Security & Maintenance from autopkg-discuss
Response from Elliot Jordan
Response from Greg Neagle with audit verb
Autopkg Trust

How Not To Do Bad Things With Autopkg
Video of HNTDBTWA from MacDevOpsYVR

Munki Wiki

How Munki Decides What Needs To Be Installed

Autopkg Recipe Overrides

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Nov 8, 2016

### MacAdmins.org Podcast, Episode 13.5: Live at JNUC

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* Marcus Ransom, Consulting Apple Engineer, [[@marcusransom](https://twitter.com/marcusransom)]
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* Adam Codega, Adam Codega, IT Operations Leader, Upserve [[@adamcodega](https://twitter.com/adamcodega)]
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The gang gathers to discuss the state of Mac Management live at JNUC

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