Meetup – May 23, 2017

We have three months of meetups starting in May. And lots to discuss!

heartITMay 23

First, we return to Jamf headquarters on May 23 to hear from Patrick Eineke (@peineke on MacAdmins Slack) with South Washington County Schools about his experience deploying nearly 1500 MacBooks using Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP). DEP is Apple’s solution for “zero touch” or “out of the box” deployments where macOS and iOS devices automatically join their management server and configure themselves in the field without the need for hands-on setup by technology staff. DEP was introduced in early 2014, and since then administrators have had three years to learn some best practices and develop some tricks for a smooth rollout.

Did Patrick get his end-users to ❤️ IT?

Jamf is also providing pizza and beverages.

June 22

In June, we join Hopkins Public Schools again for their EDU iOS and macOS Bootcamp and present our second Solutions Summit. The summit—open to all enterprise, education, government and consultancy administrators—is an opportunity for Mac admins to present short TED-style talks (typically less than 10 minutes) about something he or she is passionate about, lessons learned from real life or a neat trick that saved time or frustration.

This is a community participation event! Start thinking about your talk and look for more details coming to your Inbox in a few weeks.

Target Lights tour 2016July 19 or 20 (TBD)

And in July, we bring back one of our most popular meetup venues from last year. Come see the lights again as Target Corporation hosts, presents and offers a tour of the Target Lights atop Target Plaza South in downtown Minneapolis. Discover how the EDGE team troubleshoots the string when a lightbulb goes out. Stay to hear about how they support their Mac users in very creative ways.

And more…

Don’t forget, we’ll discuss events and news in the meantime.

World Wide Developers Conference – June 5-9

We’ll discuss Apple’s announcements for the next macOS (Snow Sierra?) and iOS platforms.

MacAdmins Conference at Penn State – July 11-14

Are you planning to attend this year? Let us know! You won’t be traveling alone.

Only your time.

Date & time:
Tuesday, May 23rd
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

100 South Washington Avenue
11th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Use this guide to locate nearby parking options as low as $4.00. You’ll also find plenty of on-street parking nearby. Metered-parking is very easy to manage using the MPLS Parking app.


5:00-5:30 p.m. — Arrival and socializing

All guests are required to sign in using the iPad kiosk at the reception desk. The Town Hall is just to the left of the desk.

5:30-6:00 p.m. — Introductions, about Jamf

Bill and Bryson both get to host this evening. After a round of quick introductions, they’ll tell us a little about what’s new with Jamf.

6:00-6:30 p.m. — Open discussion of current news

We learn from each other and this is a chance for our group to discuss what’s happening in the Mac admin world.

  • Pwned by an e-book?
    According to Zero Day Initiative, Apple released seven updates on May 15, addressing 66 unique CVEs in macOS (as well as El Capitan and Yosemite), iOS, watchOS, tvOS, iTunes for Windows, Safari, and iCloud for Windows.Security details are generally dry reading with much of the impact described as something like “An application may be able to gain system privileges” or “Parsing maliciously crafted data may lead to arbitrary code execution”. The Register had fun calling out a few vulnerabilities that were specific to the iBooks app, which if exploited would allow hackers to pwn your Mac or iOS device.
  • Don’t cry for me, Cupertino
    Apple’s updates were released a few days after the unrelated WannaCry ransomware started hitting Microsoft Windows devices (Friday, May 12). This attack was the world’s largest recorded ransomware outbreak affecting not only businesses but public service institutions such as hospitals.Admins must remember that Macs aren’t immune from ransomware attacks. We saw KeRanger, the first Mac ransomware, appear in the wild in March 2016 when it was injected into the open source Transmission BitTorrent client.Short of paying the ransom to recover your files, you need to have a backup strategy (correction: restore strategy) in place. Or better: A patch management strategy. According to Microsoft, the vulnerability WannyCry exploited was patched in an update released two months earlier in March 2017.
    So, what’s your strategy for applying Apple OS updates?
  • On a different note
    Elcomsoft, a Russian security firm, said its Phone Breaker tool was able to retrieve notes dating weeks, months, or years beyond Apple’s 30-day window. In extreme cases, notes were retrieved from as far back as 2015.
  • WWDC17
    June 5-9, 2017Be on the lookout for an updated WWDC app for iOS. Last year’s app allowed those who couldn’t attend the opportunity to stream many sessions. Catch the latest videos as they’re posted during the conference.
  • Jackalopes are real
    This one’s for the Jamf admins in the audience! Bryson Tyrrell has published his first commit for Jackalope, “a slacky Jamf Pro notification plugin”.

6:30-6:50 p.m. — Short dinner break to grab pizza and beverages

Patrick Eineke

6:50-7:50 p.m. — Main presentation

Patrick Eineke with ISD 833 presents:

Involving Teachers to Build our DEP Solution

Patrick will present on the why and how ISD 833 deployed 1400 Macbooks with DEP, and why they needed the users (teachers) to help design the solution. He has worked for ISD 833 for the last eight years and became the Mac admin because he was the Linux admin when Macs showed up…

7:50-8:00 p.m. — Wrap-up

We’ll ask for announcements from the group as well as job openings. Your next boss might just be in the same room!

After the meetup we’ll head over to the Runyon’s to continue the conversation. If you can keep your evening open, we’d love to have time to mingle and get to meet everyone.

We’ll also provide details about our June Solutions Summit at Hopkins Public Schools.

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