Meetup – November 16, 2017

JAMF HQ - Town Hall

What’s in a number?

In early 2018, Microsoft Office for Mac turns “16”. No, not 16 years old, but version 16.

Microsoft’s partnership with Mac admins has made deploying and managing Office 2016 for Mac easy. Through the MacAdmins team on Slack, we’ve had direct access to members of the teams who are responsible for new features, packaging, profile/plist management, user feedback and bug reports.

Join us at Jamf headquarters Thursday, November 16 (coincidence or not?), for a remote presentation from Paul Bowden and Erik Schwiebert from the Redmond campus at Microsoft. They’ll tell us what changes to expect in the next few months and how those changes will affect us. We’ll learn about their major engineering effort with version 16 to align the Mac code with the PC code (an effort years in the making) and what new features this code change helps bring to the Mac platform.

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Meetup – July 19, 2017

Ready for the show

This month, 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.

Be sure to RSVP for one of the two tours before the meetup as well as the meetup itself. You’ll find registration below. Target is providing dinner.

We get to meet Michael Heldebrandt, a Solutions Architect with Elastic. He’ll give us an introduction to his company and then Pete Johnson and Brian LaShomb will tell us how they’re using Elastic products to support their systems and end users at Target Corporation.

Also, our gathering comes on the heels of the MacAdmins Conference

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Meetup – May 23, 2017


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

May 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

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Meetup – October 18, 2016

Update [November 21, 2016]: We couldn’t record to Paul’s presentation due to technical issues, however, we asked him to re-present later for the University of Utah Mac Managers meeting in November.

NOTICE: Our venue for this meetup has changed to Open Book in downtown Minneapolis.

Microsoft developer Paul Bowden returns to Twin Cities Mac Admins in person to present his latest work on Office 2016 for Mac. He’s responsible for Office installers and Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU) and has made leaps and bounds helping Mac admins deploy and manage Office since joining them on the MacAdmins Slack team just a year ago.

Specifically, he’s introduced these new management features, resources and more with your input: – A site with a detailed list of updates, documents and support tools Volume License Serializer – A tool for easily deploying a volume license with non-VL installation Github – Some Office application management

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Meetup – September 22, 2016

We have a story

“Being a geek in this town is really gratifying because you don’t have to look very far to find your kindred spirits.”

In 2015, Forbes named Minnesota the fastest growing tech community in the country. It’s headquarters for large companies like 3M, Best Buy, General Mills and Target. It’s known as “Medical Alley” with major device companies like Medtronic, St. Jude Medical and Boston Scientific. And, of course, it’s a technology leader in the Apple management space with companies like Code 42 and JAMF Software.

For our September meetup, we’re gathering together to view the release of DocuMNtary: The Story of Tech in Minnesota.

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tap tap tap... is this thing on?

Meetup – June 23, 2016

The microphone

People form communities to find solutions to common problems. If you’ve ever had an inspired moment or if you’ve discovered a hidden nugget of wisdom, we ask you share it with us now.

For the past few years, Hopkins Public Schools has helped shape the Mac admin education community in Minnesota with its summertime conference focused on supporting Apple products in schools. This year, they’re opening the second day of their 2016 Hopkins EDU iOS & OS X Bootcamp “The Summer Apple Technical Thing” to include Twin Cities Mac Admins (including enterprise, government and consultancies) to form the first:

Solutions Summit

Have you ever seen a TED Talk? These are short talks (typically less than 10 minutes) where an individual provides an inspiring presentation about something he or she is passionate about. For this event, we want to try something similar. We are going to spend approximately 2.5

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Meetup – April 20, 2016

Update [May 30, 2016]: We had to postpone making our video of the April meetup available since we wanted to include the tour of the new Jamf headquarters. We think it was worth it!

A lot can happen in a year. Things move fast.

Brad and I were chatting in Slack the other day and we realized that just a year ago we both worked in the same office. Today we both work for different organizations. A year ago in our meetups, we were discussing the not-so-new Rootpipe vulnerability in OS X and a rumor Apple may be working on a way to let us install apps on iPads without Apple IDs. And a year ago, we held our April meetup in JAMF Software’s newly renovated Town Hall.

A year later and we’re planning to hold our April meetup in JAMF Software’s Town Hall again… But this time we’ll

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Meetup – February 17, 2016

February’s meetup starts 34 stories up in the air with an optional tour of the Target Lights that shine nightly over the downtown Minneapolis skyline.

Our host (and Steering Committee member) Brian LaShomb manages the light display at the top of the Target Plaza South tower as part of his duties with the EDGE team at Target Corporation. He invites anyone interested in showing up a little early to get a view from the inside. This isn’t something the general public gets to see! Tour begins at 5:15 p.m.

We then head downstairs to the Target Plaza Commons for two presentations about Ansible — a technology company bringing Automation for Everyone. This DevOps tool, offering paid and open source versions, is a simple IT automation platform that makes applications and systems easier to deploy.

First, David Federlein with Ansible will introduce us to the software and tell us how we

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Meetup – December 17, 2015

Our host’s motto is “We code all winter.” We return to JAMF Software‘s Town Hall in downtown Minneapolis just before they slip away to their fiber-connected cabins up north for the next few months. This is your opportunity to find your favorite JAMF and drive home how you really need that new feature in Casper early next year.

Whether you’re a JAMF Software customer or not, though, our main presentation is for all Mac admins. Paul Bowden with the Apple Platform Experiences (APEX) team at Microsoft joins us on the big screen from Redmond for a question and answer session about Office 2016 for Mac. He’s your guy if you’ve ever wondered:

“Why doesn’t my volume license installer actually install the license?”

“How do I stop those annoying What’s New windows?”

“Why is Office for Mac so friggin’ huge now!?”

“Why does

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We're gonna need a lot more NetBoot bolts!

JNUC Social Recap – October 28, 2015

Mac conference season is almost over. We have just one more left—Mactech Conference 2015 in Los Angeles, November 4-6. Minneapolis just finished hosting its sixth JAMF Nation User Conference, the largest Mac admins conference to date. For one week, the Stone Arch Bridge becomes probably the most photographed landmark in downtown and one of the iconic symbols of #JNUC.

We return to the 360 degree view next week at the top of the Twin Cities! Our host is mono, an advertising, creative and design firm for clients such as Target, the NHL and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Their office is on the top floor of the MoZaic Art Park building in Uptown. And we’re devoting the entirety of this month’s meetup to a recap of the JNUC. Even if you’re not using Casper in your environment, the conference had many sessions about Mac administration that would apply

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