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MacAdmins is the premier East Coast conference for anyone who deploys and manages Macs and iOS devices. In 2016 we featured 60 sessions and five workshops with top notch speakers in the macOS and iOS deployment community. MacAdmins offers an incredible level of expertise, value, entertainment, and a great opportunity to network with your fellow admins! Register Here Today!
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Monday, July 10
 

3:30pm

Conference Registration
Welcome to the MacAdmins Conference at Penn State! Once you are settled, come visit us at the registration desk to get your name badge and conference information.

Monday July 10, 2017 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Registration Desk I 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803
 
Tuesday, July 11
 

6:45am

Conference Registration
Welcome to the MacAdmins Conference at Penn State! Once you are settled, come visit us at the registration desk to get your name badge and conference information.

Tuesday July 11, 2017 6:45am - 5:00pm
Registration Desk I 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

7:30am

Breakfast, Workshop Day Welcome
Breakfast for all conference participants.

The "Workshop Day Welcome" presentation will start at 8:30 am and be presented by a member of the conference steering committee.

Tuesday July 11, 2017 7:30am - 8:45am
Presidents Halls 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

9:00am

Sharing What We've Learned / The Art - and Science - of Being Productive
(These workshops will not be recorded.)

This workshop session features two half day workshops

Sharing What We've Learned: When you've learned something new and useful — like you will at the Mac Admins Conference — one of the best things to do is to share it with others, whether that's with co-workers, people in your city or region, or the broader community. We want to help you share your knowledge. This session will focus on Why Mac Admins share (and the related benefits), the common Ways we share, and practical techniques and considerations regarding How we share. We will cover giving presentations, blogging, and other modes of community interaction and sharing.

The Art - and Science - of Being Productive: Mental performance, goal setting, and playing games - how they relate and how they create the blueprints for success.

Workshop Details 

Lunch and Snack service will be provided during this workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Pam Lefkowitz

Pam Lefkowitz

DNS Goddess and Brain Performance Facilitator, Core Computing Technologies, Inc and CadentTeam
avatar for Vaughn Miller

Vaughn Miller

Desktop Engineer, Lafayette College
Vaughn has been working in higher ed IT for longer than he cares to admit, and is currently working as a Desktop Engineer at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
avatar for Anthony Reimer

Anthony Reimer

Head Technician, Integrated Arts Media Labs, University of Calgary
Anthony has been the Head Technician of the IAML at the University of Calgary since 1996, supporting work with Macs and other digital technology in Music, Art, Drama and Dance. He has given presentations on technology to artists and non-artists alike at major conferences like thi... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 9:00am - 4:30pm
206

9:00am

Build-Your-Own Jamf Pro Integrations / DNS: Like you have never seen it before
(These workshops will not be recorded.)

Build-Your-Own Jamf Pro Integrations: With v9.93, Jamf Pro includes webhooks alongside the REST API allowing you to build robust integrations and workflows triggered on real-time events in your environment. In this workshop you will get to work with Jamf Pro webhooks to write a number of small integrations that will receive and process webhook events to accomplish tasks like sending emails, populating extension attributes and sending notifications into Slack.

DNS: Like you have never seen it before: Using the conference attendees as participants, we will replicate the Domain Name System, its parts and functionality using written records and not computer files. The participants will perform the various roles within the DNS process in an effort to become intimately familiar with how DNS operates, its soft spots and security concerns.

Speakers
BG

Ben Greisler

Owner, Kadimac Corp
TBA
avatar for Pam Lefkowitz

Pam Lefkowitz

DNS Goddess and Brain Performance Facilitator, Core Computing Technologies, Inc and CadentTeam
avatar for Bryson Tyrrell

Bryson Tyrrell

System Administrator, JAMF Software
Bryson Tyrrell is an IT professional from the Twin Cities. He works at Jamf as a System Administrator in the Cloud & Delivery team (Jamf Cloud). In past years he has presented at the JNUC (2011, 2015), Atlassian Summit (2015), Penn State (2016) as well as presenting on various t... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 9:00am - 4:30pm
208

9:00am

A System Administrator's Fundamentals of Wi-Fi, or Arguing With Physics
(This workshop will not be recorded.)

Tom Bridge and Chris Dawe use their continuing experience and training in the Wi-Fi world to build on their 2015 workshop exploring and understanding a network technology that has somehow managed to become both ubiquitous and despised. We will explore the jargon of radio frequency technology and Wi-Fi, describe basic Wi-Fi operations, talk about network design and security, and provide a troubleshooting toolkit.

Workshop Details
Lunch and Snack service will be provided during this workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Bridge

Tom Bridge

Partner, Technolutionary LLC
Tom Bridge is a partner at Technolutionary LLC, providing IT support to dozens of Mac-focused businesses, from organizations as small as two to as large as two hundred. He is the author of Munki-in-a-Box, and a founding co-host of the Mac Admins Podcast. He lives in Brookland, Di... Read More →
avatar for Chris Dawe

Chris Dawe

Principal Systems Engineer, Wheelwrights, LLC
Chris is a consultant focused on MacOS, iOS, and networking. He handles a wide variety of work, including customer assessment, system design, deployment, and support. When not working, Chris dabbles in American history, attempts to find kitchen supplies in following a recent move... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 9:00am - 4:30pm
207

9:00am

Mac Management: State of the Union, and Where Are We Going?
(This workshop will not be recorded.)

Geared to new or new-to-the-platform Mac admins, this workshop will provide an overview of the most commonly-used tools (both commercial and open-source) for deploying and managing Macs, and their strengths and weaknesses. We'll also talk about how the Mac management landscape may be changing in the future, and have time for Q & A.

Workshop Details
Lunch and Snack service will be provided during this workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Fergus

Patrick Fergus

Macintosh Desktop Technician, Meredith Corporation
Patrick is a Mac admin at Meredith Corporation, home of Better Homes and Gardens. When not staring at glowing rectangles, he'd rather be smoking pork shoulders and traveling with his family.
avatar for Robert Hammen

Robert Hammen

Mac Team Lead, National Center for Biotechnology Information, NIH
I've been managing Macs since before the days of OS X. As a consultant, I've performed OS X and iOS integration and support for a diverse group of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to education to small and medium businesses. I now help deploy, manage, and secure the Mac... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 9:00am - 4:30pm
Deans Hall 1

9:00am

Mac Admins Capture the Flag
(This workshop will not be recorded.)

Join fellow Mac Admins in a real-life game of Battleship, but played with the systems and services you're intimately familiar with. Outsmart the other team and capture their flag for the prize!

Workshop Details
Lunch and Snack service will be provided during this workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Pepijn Bruienne

Pepijn Bruienne

R, Duo Security
Pepijn Bruienne is a Research and Development Engineer at Duo Security in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He breaks Macs to help his employer's customers be more secure. With more than a decade and a half of experience in a variety of Mac Admins areas, his skills include Systems Administrat... Read More →
avatar for Yoann Gini

Yoann Gini

CEO, Abelionni
Yoann is CEO of Abelionni, a consulting working anywhere on the planet, on anything related to a SMB information system, highly experimented on scenario with intellectual property to defend. You might already have used one of his tools made for system administrators like the Admi... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 9:00am - 4:30pm
First Floor Refreshments Area

4:45pm

Speaker's Meeting
MacAdmin Speakers ONLY
Meeting for MacAdmins Speakers to meet the conference staff, get room orientation, and Q/A.

Tuesday July 11, 2017 4:45pm - 5:15pm
Deans Hall 2

5:00pm

Evening Dinner and Opening Reception
Kick off the conference with dinner in Presidents Hall and a great opportunity to network with colleagues, speakers, sponsors, and the conference team.

Opening remarks will begin at 5:30 pm.

Stay around for dessert, games, and great conversation in the Penn Stater Courtyard! A cash bar will be on-site.

Tuesday July 11, 2017 5:00pm - 7:45pm
Presidents Halls 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803
 
Wednesday, July 12
 

6:45am

Conference Registration
Welcome to the MacAdmins Conference at Penn State! Once you are settled, come visit us at the registration desk to get your name badge and conference information.

Wednesday July 12, 2017 6:45am - 10:00am
Registration Desk I 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

7:30am

Breakfast, Conference Welcome
Breakfast for all conference participants.

The "Conference Welcome" presentation will start at 8:30 am and be presented by a member of the conference steering committee.

Wednesday July 12, 2017 7:30am - 8:45am
Presidents Halls 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

9:00am

Raising the Bar for Learning with Technology
(This session will not be recorded.)
How do we help our students learn today and prepare them for a rapidly changing world? A driving force behind this change is technology. It affects the way we communicate, the way we work, the way we live day to day. It also empowers every individualand every learnerto create amazing things and make a difference in the world. But first, we need to raise the bar for whats expected, and whats possible, for learning with technology.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
AI

Apple Inc

Apple Education, Apple Inc.
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apples four software platforms iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS provide seamless experiences across all... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
207

9:00am

Transferring Data (or How I Spend my Summer Vacation)
Data is important! Users want their data transferred from their old system to their new one and there are lots of ways to do it. We'll talk about different methods to transfer data, how permissions are affected and the pros and cons of each.
See a full description about this session on our website

Wednesday July 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
208

9:00am

Getting Started with Apple School Manager
(This session will not be recorded.)
The new Apple School Manager is a simple, web-based portal that helps technology managers deploy iPad, Mac, and Apple TV in schools. Admins can configure device enrollment settings, create Managed Apple IDs for all their students and staff, and buy and distribute apps, books, and learning materials.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
AI

Apple Inc

Apple Education, Apple Inc.
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apples four software platforms iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS provide seamless experiences across all... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Deans Hall 2

9:00am

Ruby for MacAdmins
If youve ever wanted to learn Ruby but youre not sure where to start, or if youve tried Ruby, but you're not sure what to do with it. We'll cover basic Ruby concepts like strings, integers, arrays, and hashes. Then look at some practical examples of how Ruby can help you do admin things!

See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Nic Scott

Nic Scott

Senior Apple Administrator, Kenyon College
I'm a Mac Admin in higher ED. I enjoy scripting, automation, and other flirtations with technology.


Wednesday July 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Deans Hall 1

9:00am

Introduction to Cyber Defense (Part 1)
Get a hands on lesson using computer attack and defense tools required to identify vulnerabilities, exploit them to see their full effect on a system.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Todd Echterling

Todd Echterling

Campus IT Security Specialist / Systems Admin, Millersville University
I am currently the Campus IT Security Specialist / Systems Administrator at Millersville University. I have been on the IT staff at MU for 18 years. I also hold other roles on campus as the advisor to the Computer Science Programming team as well as the advisor for the Cyber Defe... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
206

9:00am

Imaging with Ivanti
(This session will not be recorded)
Whether you are onboarding a new employee or resetting an entire lab, imaging your Macs can be a large part of your job. Come learn how Ivanti Endpoint Manager can help. We will also take some time to introduce you to other services provided by Ivanti software and give you a chance to ask questions about recent changes in the company.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Steve Goodrich

Steve Goodrich

Software Engineer, Apple Technologies, Ivanti
Steve is an Apple technologies specialist at Ivanti (or as his team like to say iVanti). Steve has been a professional software developer for over 30 years. He has written embedded systems, telecom engineering software, warehouse management systems, and integrated medical practic... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
205

10:45am

How (Not) To Do Bad Things With AutoPkg
AutoPkg is the time-savingest thing since sliced bread. But if you administer a software distribution system that includes AutoPkg, you owe it to yourself to be suspicious of recipes and processors. During this newly updated talk, I'll go over a few key ways AutoPkg automation can go bad, provide methods for avoiding such problems, and generally provoke a healthy sense of paranoia in all who attend.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Elliot Jordan

Elliot Jordan

As an IT consultant for 10 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Elliot helped a diverse range of companies manage large fleets of Macs. A frequent open source contributor and collaborator, he led the AutoPkgr development team, co-created Recipe Robot, and maintains over 1,000 Aut... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Deans Hall 2

10:45am

Past, present and future of Directory Services
A classic directory system relies on LDAPv3, a revision of the most common directory protocol written in 1997. 20 years later, the world has changed. We now live in a world of mobility! End-users want to work from all around the world and third party services hosted on a cloud are more and more common. Even management has changed with end-points being managed by the MDM protocol, instead of directory based settings.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Yoann Gini

Yoann Gini

CEO, Abelionni
Yoann is CEO of Abelionni, a consulting working anywhere on the planet, on anything related to a SMB information system, highly experimented on scenario with intellectual property to defend. You might already have used one of his tools made for system administrators like the Admi... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
207

10:45am

So you have a lab of Macs. Now what?
You just became the proud parent of a Mac lab. It could be five Macs, it could be five hundred Macs. All you know is you need to make sure that end users have a great experience. In this session, we will talk about some methods to make that happen for you and your users.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Bryce Carlson

Bryce Carlson

Senior Support Engineer - macOS, Jamf
Bryce is the Senior Support Engineer in the macOS escalation point at Jamf in Support. Before coming to Jamf in January of 2016 he was the Mac Admin and Manager of Housing IT at UW - Green Bay. He has been breaking and then fixing Macs ever since he got an iMac G4 in 2003.


Wednesday July 12, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Deans Hall 1

10:45am

YAY-PIs: Working with REST APIs in Python
Most network services have REST APIs that enable the intrepid to craft custom solutions to problems not solvable from that service's console or web app. This talk will begin with making basic requests from the interpreter, using Sal as an example service. Next, we'll make use of existing python API frameworks for Casper, Spotify, and Strava. Finally, we will discuss the design and implementation of wrappers for services which don't already have one established, as well as adding a REST API to your existing services.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Shea Craig

Shea Craig

IT Systems Engineer, SAS
High Cleric of Vim, Destroyer of Burritos, Scourge of Coffee Beans.


Wednesday July 12, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
208

10:45am

Introduction to Cyber Defense (Part 2)
Get a hands-on lesson using computer attack and defense tools required to identify vulnerabilities, exploit them to see their full effect on a system.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Todd Echterling

Todd Echterling

Campus IT Security Specialist / Systems Admin, Millersville University
I am currently the Campus IT Security Specialist / Systems Administrator at Millersville University. I have been on the IT staff at MU for 18 years. I also hold other roles on campus as the advisor to the Computer Science Programming team as well as the advisor for the Cyber Defe... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
206

10:45am

Adobe Creative Cloud - You have been doing it wrong
(This session will not be recorded)
Aha! moments are rare these days. Whats more is that societal pressure has resulted in fewer people openly acknowledging that they have just experienced an Aha! moment when in the company of others. Thats the beauty of a certain voice assistant, she doesnt judge me. Of course, considering she is always listening for the wake command and sending data back for improvements I dont have that much confidence that somebody somewhere is not judging me but that was happening even before my best friend, i mean voice assistant came in to my life.

In this session lets all have the Aha! moment together, dont be afraid by it, embrace it.

See you there
Adobe employee

See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
KG

Karl Gibson

Senior Product Manager, Creative Cloud for Business, Adobe Systems
Senior Product Manager on the Creative Cloud Business team with specific responsibilities for the IT Packaging and deployment tools which include Creative Cloud Packager & AAMEE. Karl represents the voice of the IT admin inside Adobe. He is always honest and upfront about the cur... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
205

12:01pm

Lunch
Lunch for all conference participants.

Wednesday July 12, 2017 12:01pm - 12:30pm
Presidents Halls 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

12:30pm

Lunch and Visit our Sponsors
Lunch for all conference participants. After lunch, visit our sponsors in the lobby!

Wednesday July 12, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Presidents Halls 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

1:30pm

Estimating Tasks Using Time, Effort, and Complexity
This presentation demonstrates two different approaches to estimating when tasks will be completed. First, we will demonstrate how to use Trello to help teams collaboratively build time-based estimates. We will also discuss story points, an alternate estimation method based on effort and complexity.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Komidar

Lisa Komidar

Project Engineer Manager, FusionStorm
Lisa just recently moved on from the University to work as a Project Engineer Manager for FusionStorm (an IT solutions provider based out of San Francisco and New York City). As a member of the Expert Services team, Lisa manages the fulfillment and support of the consulting engin... Read More →
avatar for Rose Pruyne

Rose Pruyne

IT Project Manager, Penn State IT Services and Solutions
Rose Pruyne specializes in different project management methodologies and has been an Agile practitioner since 2005. She is PMP and PMI-ACP certified.


Wednesday July 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
208

1:30pm

Munki Mistakes Made Right
There are many different ways to setup Munki for your environment. Not all of them are wise or recommended. This presentation will take you through ways to adopt best practices for your environment, move to sane defaults, and secure and simplify your environment.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Tom Bridge

Tom Bridge

Partner, Technolutionary LLC
Tom Bridge is a partner at Technolutionary LLC, providing IT support to dozens of Mac-focused businesses, from organizations as small as two to as large as two hundred. He is the author of Munki-in-a-Box, and a founding co-host of the Mac Admins Podcast. He lives in Brookland, Di... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Deans Hall 2

1:30pm

Deploying Mac and iPad in Education
(This session will not be recorded.)
Its never been easier to put iPad and Mac in the hands of students and teachers. Hear about the latest from Apple for education, including Apple School Manager and the Classroom app. Youll also learn how to automate device setup for iPad and Mac, manage devices over the air, and streamline content distribution.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
AI

Apple Inc

Apple Education, Apple Inc.
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apples four software platforms iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS provide seamless experiences across all... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
207

1:30pm

Storing our digital lives: Mac filesystems from MFS to APFS
Examination of past, present and future filesystems used by Macs.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Rich Trouton

Rich Trouton

IT Technology Senior Consultant, SAP
Rich Trouton has been doing Macintosh system and server administration for over eighteen years and has supported Macs in a number of different environments, including university, government, medical research and advertising. His current position is at SAP, where he works with the... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Deans Hall 1

1:30pm

Practical Python for Mac Admins
Whether you are already comfortable with Bash or AppleScript or Automator or just want to learn more about scripting in general there are practical reasons to use Python. Python is both approachable and different than some other languages available on macOS. You can write scripts just as quickly and end up with code that is easily reused and maintained over time. Python is a well-rounded language that is accessible to beginners, yet powerful enough for experts to use in large applications such as Munki and AutoPkg.

We will start small with some introductory Python concepts outlining some key language features that help explain why you would want to use Python and work our way up to more complicated real-world examples.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Reichman

Jeremy Reichman

Macintosh Systems Engineer, Tamman Technologies, Inc.
Jeremy Reichman is a Lead Macintosh Systems Engineer with Tamman Technologies in Philadelphia and a resident of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He presented or co-presented at Penn State MacAdmins Conferences in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016 on topics such as packaging, scripting/automat... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
206

1:30pm

It's Time for your JSS to Grow up and Move Out of the Mac Mini.
(This session will not be recorded)
Pushing your JSS on your Mac mini to it's limits? Wondering what you can do? Need help with options, and want some real world advice? Then come by and bring your questions!
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Teri Grossheim

Teri Grossheim

Systems Engineer, Jamf
Teri is currently a Channel Systems Engineer for Jamf. She's an experienced and results-oriented technologist, consultant, and educator, Teri has held consultative, technical, and business development roles for two Fortune 1000 organizations as well as management roles in IT, hig... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
205

3:15pm

Ask us anything! Mac Admin veterans answer your questions
An open forum where a panel of Mac and iOS experts will answer any questions you have about managing Apple devices.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for John Kitzmiller

John Kitzmiller

Senior IT Engineer, Fastly
avatar for Nick McSpadden

Nick McSpadden

Client Platform Engineer, Facebook
Client Platform Engineer at Facebook. Started in education with a small fleet of Macs and iPads, and now works in a large-scale environment. Everything should be automated!
avatar for Greg Neagle

Greg Neagle

Sr. Systems Engineer, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Greg is the engineer primarily responsible for deploying and managing OS X machines at Walt Disney Animation Studios, a studio with a long history of family entertainment reaching back to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and forward to our latest films: Zootopia and "Moana".Disne... Read More →
avatar for Rich Trouton

Rich Trouton

IT Technology Senior Consultant, SAP
Rich Trouton has been doing Macintosh system and server administration for over eighteen years and has supported Macs in a number of different environments, including university, government, medical research and advertising. His current position is at SAP, where he works with the... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Deans Hall 2

3:15pm

From Level 0 to IT Support Lead
Getting started in tech can be daunting. There are so many questions: Do I have enough of the sought-after technical skills? Can I troubleshoot on-the-spot? Can I read "geek" and translate to English? Will I advance in my career with what I know? This talk will go over my journey from a level 0 tech at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to my current position as IT Support Lead at Thumbtack. I will discuss all the technical skills I learned were most vital along the way, but I'll also cover the non-technical skills I used to advance my career.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
JM

Jason Miller

From Level 0 to IT Support Lead, Thumbtack
I look to provide quality IT solutions in a preventative and proactive way to increase everyone's productivity. I am a Lead Support Specialist at Thumbtack, where I perform assessments, but also acquires and deploys infrastructure to meet the requirements including the integratio... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
206

3:15pm

Managing macOS, without macOS (almost)
Looking at the viability of utilizing Linux, rather than macOS, to reduce dependency on macOS as much as possible in a mid-small environment.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Lucas Hall

Lucas Hall

Apple Systems Administrator, Saturna Capital


Wednesday July 12, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Deans Hall 1

3:15pm

Intro to the OS X Command Line
This will be for the beginner and cover the basics, while also mentioning a few important concepts like dealing with spaces, paths and pipes.
Commands: man, pwd, ls, cd, mkdir, touch, mv, cp, open, etc...
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
WE

William Easton

Technical Consultant (BigFix), Strawgate LLC
I am the principal developer for the open-source BigFix C3 Content Libraries providing high quality inventory, patch, power management, and security tooling to Mac Organizations throughout the world for free. C3 for IBM BigFix is the largest third-party source of free macOS conte... Read More →
avatar for James Stewart

James Stewart

Software Developer, IBM BigFix


Wednesday July 12, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
207

3:15pm

Deploying with Apple Configurator 2
(This session will not be recorded.)
Apple Configurator 2 makes it easy to deploy iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV devices in your school or business.

Learn how to use Apple Configurator 2 to quickly configure large numbers of devices connected to your Mac via USB with the settings, apps, and data you specify for your students, employees, or customers.

See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
AI

Apple Inc

Apple Education, Apple Inc.
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apples four software platforms iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS provide seamless experiences across all... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
208

3:15pm

Securing & Enabling the Mac-Empowered Enterprise
(This session will not be recorded)
As the demand for the Mac OS increases from end users across the enterprise, IT staffs need to prepare to deploy and protect these devices as effectively as they do their Windows machines. A common misconception is that Mac devices are not susceptible to malicious attacks; however as the ransomware industry (and the preference for Mac) continues to grow, inevitably, Macs will be targeted. IT teams globally need to be prepared to protect the vital data stored on these devices and ensure the policies and procedures are in place to recover from catastrophic events. Code42 will share how IT can protect data with complete visibility and integrated management while delivering the self-service capabilities and uninterrupted productivity that end users demand.
See a full description abou this session on our website

Speakers
EH

Eric Hall

Customer Success Systems Engineer, Code42


Wednesday July 12, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
205

5:00pm

MacAdmins Invades Downtown State College
Join us in downtown State College as the MacAdmins takes over Champ’s Sports Grill! A brand new venue, Champs features 20+ arcade cabinets and pinball tables, 8 pool tables, air hockey, foosball, two full-service bars, and lots of space to relax and chat with new and old friends.

Dinner will be provided. Shuttles will be looping to downtown, The Nittany Lion Inn, the Creamery, and the Penn Stater till 9:30 PM.

Wednesday July 12, 2017 5:00pm - 7:45pm
Champs Bar and Grill 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803
 
Thursday, July 13
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Breakfast for all conference participants.

Thursday July 13, 2017 7:30am - 8:45am
Presidents Halls 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

7:30am

Conference Registration
Welcome to the MacAdmins Conference at Penn State! Once you are settled, come visit us at the registration desk to get your name badge and conference information.

Thursday July 13, 2017 7:30am - 8:45am
Registration Desk I 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

9:00am

Starting Source Control: Using Git For Literally Everything
Learn to use source control as a concept, with git as a tool. Incorporate source control into all of your daily work, and learn to automate and record all of your progress.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Nick McSpadden

Nick McSpadden

Client Platform Engineer, Facebook
Client Platform Engineer at Facebook. Started in education with a small fleet of Macs and iPads, and now works in a large-scale environment. Everything should be automated!


Thursday July 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
208

9:00am

Understanding and Implementing Apple School Manager for use with Apple Classroom
This session will cover a successful conversion from legacy Apple Deployment configurations to a fully functional Apple School Manager implementation. This includes tips and tricks for dealing with Apple conversion pitfalls that are irreversible and lessons learned.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Delaney

Michelle Delaney

Senior Network Engineer, lexington school district one
Michelle S. Delaney is a Senior Network Engineer at a Lexington County School District One in Lexington South Carolina. She manages an AirWatch environment with over 22,000 iPads and 3,000 macOS devices. Delaney has been supporting Apple devices in K-12 environments for ten years... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
207

9:00am

Everyone Can Code
(This session will not be recorded.)
Technology has a language. Its called code. And we believe coding is an essential skill. Learning to code teaches you how to solve problems and work together in creative ways. And it helps you build apps that bring your ideas to life. We think everyone should have the opportunity to create something that can change the world. So weve designed a new approach to coding that lets anyone learn, write, and teach it.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
AI

Apple Inc

Apple Education, Apple Inc.
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apples four software platforms iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS provide seamless experiences across all... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
206

9:00am

Monitoring your systems using open source tools
There is a big difference between alerting, monitoring and logging and using these tools each serves a different purpose. Learn the differences between these and see how tools like Nagios, Cacti and the ELK stack can help you.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Randy Saeks

Randy Saeks

Network Manager, Glencoe School District 35
Randy has over a decade and a half of experience in planning, deploying and supporting technology systems within education. This includes desktops, servers and mobile devices with emphasis on OS X and iOS-based devices. He is currently the District Network Manager for Glencoe Sch... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Deans Hall 1

9:00am

How to infect a Mac
Learn how malware infects Macs, so you can spot the signs.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Reed

Thomas Reed

Director of Mac & Mobile, Malwarebytes
Mac user since 1984 and self-taught Mac security researcher. Founded The Safe Mac and created AdwareMedic, and am now working for Malwarebytes on development of their Mac products.


Thursday July 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Deans Hall 2

9:00am

New ways Watchman Monitoring can make your life easier.
(This session will not be recorded)
From support for the latest Mac, Windows, and Ubuntu/CentOS, to Beacon offline reporting, to a new pricing plan for in-house IT, see whats new with Watchman Monitoring.

We will go over new features which help save you time and effort as you take even better care of your users.

Certified Proactive Support Professional is an initiative Watchman Monitoring started with a goal of making this abstract concept a bit more real. Well review the certification and its benefits.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Allen Hancock

Allen Hancock

Founder, Watchman Monitoring
I started using the Mac platform in high school, then got my first paying Mac Admin job at the University of Missouri's Biology Department, where Alan Marshall got me off on the right foot. Since then, I took my one-person consultancy up to a full Apple Specialist reseller. Now... Read More →
avatar for Jack-Daniyel Strong

Jack-Daniyel Strong

Documentation, Watchman Monitoring
Former reseller and service provider, JD maintains a small consultancy and joined the team of Watchman Monitoring to help with documentation and support.


Thursday July 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
205

10:45am

Staying Relevant As A Manager
(This session will not be recorded)
Have you ever had a manager who didnt understand your job? Did you feel that this person was still effective? If you became a manager, would you feel the need to be a technical expert in every part of the organization? Would this make you a good manager?

In this talk I'll discuss some ways for managers to stay relevant on cross discipline teams by focusing on a core culture, structure, and relationships. I'll also propose some basic structure that can apply to any IT team.

See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Schnittker

Matthew Schnittker

Manager, Technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Matt Schnittker began his association with Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1998, and currently serves as a Manager in the Systems department. His first film contribution was on Disneys ambitious 2000 animated feature, Dinosaur, and he most recently worked on the Studios feature... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
208

10:45am

macOSLAPS - Randomized Local Admin Passwords
Are you required to randomize the local admin password like the Windows clients? Look no further than a small python script that was developed to do just that. This session will highlight the use case of LAPS in our current environment and go over the customizations you can make to tailor to your environment.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller

Systems Administrator, The Pennsylvania State University
Josh, a former Windows System Administrator has fully embraced the world of Mac and the vibrant MacAdmin community. Currently, he works at Penn State for the College of Education where they have a 50/50 split of Macs and PCs. He works exclusively with OS X and iOS devices and des... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Deans Hall 1

10:45am

Demystifying MDM: open source endeavors to manage Macs
Want to know how MDM works under the hood? Curious whether you should use a vendor's MDM product or deploying a custom solution is right for your organization? Want to enroll some devices into an Open Source MDM? Not sure how MDM (with DEP) can be useful in managing Macs amongst a plethora of other Mac management tools? Want to roll your own MDM? Worried about the future of Mac management? Then this talk is for you.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
JP

Jesse Peterson

MacTechs
Jesse has been working with technology for most of his life. Consulting, start-ups, and hobbies with a healthy portion of open source served in all three.Most of his professional career has included supporting and managing Macs and Apple devices in one fashion or another. As an I... Read More →
VV

Victor Vrantchan

Devops Engineer, Kolide
Victor is a DevOps engineer at Kolide. He's an active member of the MacAdmin community and loves writing tools that improve the reliability and security of IT infrastructure.


Thursday July 13, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Deans Hall 2

10:45am

Reporting with MunkiReport
What is MunkiReport, and how does it work? Is it easy to install? Extensible? Do I really need Munki to use it? In this session we'll cover all those questions and more as we demonstrate the power of data through Mac reporting. We'll cover the process of installing MunkiReport and demonstrate how easy it is to use out of the box, as well as how to make your own custom modules to report back data from a client.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for John Eberle

John Eberle

University of Pittsburgh
A native of the Pittsburgh area and graduate of Penn State. Currently a MacAdmin at the University of Pittsburgh
avatar for Rick Heil

Rick Heil

Senior IT Manager, Partners
Rick is the Senior IT Manager for Partners & Simons, a full-service marketing communications firm with deep domain expertise in health sciences, technology, and financial services. As one of a two-person Mac Admin team, Rick's goal is to automate himself out of a job so he can re... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
207

10:45am

macOS and Smart Cards
2FA is of increasing concern with modern day IT practices and security. Learn a little about smart cards, where they came from, how to use them with macOS, a little on system integration with your environment and some of the pitfalls. Followed by a Q A session.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Richard Purves

Richard Purves

Senior Apple Administrator, Many!
I'm a not quite 6ft tall ape descended British Mac Admin who can't decide which country to live in. Started in the UK, then Saudi Arabia, now Switzerland and aiming for the USA in 2017! I've worked in three IT business units (publishing, education and finance) since 2004 and only... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
206

10:45am

Filewave 'Deep Dive': Engineering Walk Through on How to Manage all Devices
(This session will not be recorded)
System Engineers (Jon Kane & Patrick Longo) will take you through an IN-DEPTH" overview of how FileWave continues to simplify Multi-Platform Device Management and introduce you to our newest V12 release, further increasing our functionality and adding ChromeOS to the FileWave Family. Since 1992, FileWave has lead the marketplace providing education, enterprise, and government institutions around the world with enterprise level, multi-platform systems, and mobile endpoint management software to assist IT teams throughout the lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, tracking and maintenance. FileWaves all-inclusive, highly scalable software solves the many challenges of managing a diverse and growing population of users, devices, and content by ensuring IT teams have a comprehensive solution that supports both client (desktop/laptop) and mobile devices across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS.
See a full description abou this session on our website

Speakers
JK

Jonathan Kane

Systems Engineer, Filewave
PL

Patrick Longo

Systems Engineer, Filewave


Thursday July 13, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
205

12:01pm

Lunch
Lunch for all conference participants.

Thursday July 13, 2017 12:01pm - 12:30pm
Presidents Halls 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

12:30pm

Want to Present at MacAdmins? Q&A with Conference Team and Past Speakers
Join the conference team for a talk on what they look for in a good session proposal.

Get advice from past speakers at MacAdmins, and bring your questions on presenting for the first time.

Speakers
avatar for Rusty Myers

Rusty Myers

Systems Administrator, Pennsylvania State University
Rusty is an Apple systems administrator in the Classroom and Lab Computing group at Penn State. He has been involved in systems management at Penn State since 2004. Rusty is responsible for managing the deployment and maintenance of Apple systems for the public labs at Penn State... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Deans Hall 2

12:30pm

Lunch and Visit our Sponsors
Lunch for all conference participants. After lunch, visit our sponsors in the lobby!

Thursday July 13, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Presidents Halls 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

1:30pm

It's Incredible This Works At All
Get your geek on with a technical exploration of the core technologies that enable our WiFi networks, including QAM levels, MIMO and CSMA/CA. If that sounds like alphabet soup, Don't Panic: you'll leave knowing what they mean, and how they team up to allow WiFi to do its magic.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Steve Yuroff

Steve Yuroff

Network and System Administrator, Hiebing
Steve works as the lead of a 2 person IT team at a leading midwest marketing and creative agency, where they're responsible for 90 end user machines, servers of many platforms, the network, WiFi, remote workers, security, databases, firewalls, and everything else that might poten... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Deans Hall 2

1:30pm

Imaging in 50 locations
Simply Mac needed a better way to image customer computers in their service department and standardize imaging files across 50 different stores using Mac mini servers. Using Imagr, AWS, and Jamf, we built a workflow to deliver a reliable Imagr repo and custom NBI files to take the pain out of managing file versions and deliver new content overnight. Imagr Server, deployed to AWS Lambda and AWS RDS, plays a big role in reporting status across all locations.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Chase Thompson-Baugh

Chase Thompson-Baugh

Division Senior Technician, GameStop Technology Brands
After getting Apple Certified in OS 10.5 support on my own, I applied to work for an Apple Authorized reseller and service center, Simply Mac, in 2008. I performed many roles there from sales, in-store customer technical support, and business technical support when Simply Mac had... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Deans Hall 1

1:30pm

Bringing bash to Xcode
Bring an existing bash script into Xcode to enhance the end user experience. Gain additional control of the GUI and functionality by utilizing features available in Xcode.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
LH

Leslie Helou

Senior Professional Services Engineer, JAMF
Leslie Helou currently finds himself working at Jamf as a Professional Services Engineer. For about the past 4 years he has been helping Jamf enhance the end user experience, along with making things easier for the IT staff.


Thursday July 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
207

1:30pm

Digging Through System Data With Swift
This session will talk about processing the results of system tools like system_profiler and ps using the Swift programming language. While we will touch briefly on launching the processes, the focus of the session will be on using map, reduce, and filter to dig through the results. We will also look at the real performance impact of using these functions over traditional looping structures.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Steve Goodrich

Steve Goodrich

Software Engineer, Apple Technologies, Ivanti
Steve is an Apple technologies specialist at Ivanti (or as his team like to say iVanti). Steve has been a professional software developer for over 30 years. He has written embedded systems, telecom engineering software, warehouse management systems, and integrated medical practic... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
206

1:30pm

BeyondCorp for Mac Admins
Learn important lessons from Google's BeyondCorp and how to use its teachings to your advantage.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Pepijn Bruienne

Pepijn Bruienne

R, Duo Security
Pepijn Bruienne is a Research and Development Engineer at Duo Security in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He breaks Macs to help his employer's customers be more secure. With more than a decade and a half of experience in a variety of Mac Admins areas, his skills include Systems Administrat... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
208

1:30pm

NoMAD: Leave Directory Services in the Dust
(This session will not be recorded)
This session will cover how to use NoMAD, the open source tool for interacting with AD and other directory services, to make your existing environment better and remove the need for binding to directory service at all. In addition, Joel will show off how NoMAD will soon be able to interact with other SAML-based directory solutions, smart card authentication, and our newest product NoMAD Helper.

NoMAD Helper allows you to configure users, admins and even authentication mechanisms for users over MDM with no directory service involvement. Scope users to machines by adding that machine to a configuration policy in your favorite MDM management tool. Allow your users to elevate themselves to admins without involving someone from the Help Desk. NoMAD Helper will even allow you to fully provision local accounts on DEP systems in a programmatic fashion. And when you dont want the account on the machine anymore all you have to do is remove the configuration profile.
See a full description abou this session on our website

Speakers
JR

Joel Rennich

TruSource Lab


Thursday July 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
205

3:15pm

Your Boss May Suck, But It's Probably Your Fault
There are only three certainties in this life: death, taxes, and bad management. While we cant help you live forever or join the tax-free ranks of the 1%, we can definitely help you stop bad management. You may have a horrible boss, but maybe all they need is a little "management" from you. In this session we'll dive deep into the subtle, but invaluable art of Managing Up. We'll explore everything from what makes a bad boss bad, to what you can do to help them suck less and work better for you!
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Jim Rispin

Jim Rispin

Director of ITS, Fuller Theological Seminary
I've been an Apple Sales Rep, a webmaster, a tech support grunt, a dishwasher, a radio disc jockey, and even the backup singer of an a cappella Twisted Sister cover band made up of tone deaf Canadians (we were almost on Star Search #alt-fact). These days I'm mostly interested in... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Deans Hall 1

3:15pm

Packet Filtering: Mac OSX Under the Hood with Apple PF
You will learn the basics of setting up the Apple PF firewall and how to maintain it.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
JH

Johnny Himes

IT Consultant, Penn State University
Johnny currently works as an IT Consultant for the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State. He has worked as a Mac Administrator for 8 years. He enjoys writing bash scripts and loves the challenges set before him in his current role at PSU.


Thursday July 13, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
206

3:15pm

How Docker-Compose Change My Life
If you haven't given Docker a look yet, or haven't touched on using Docker-Compose, come to this session and hear about what life was like writing internal apps and services before and after I embraced the trend of containerization. Deploying my code went from a multi-page documented process for installing all the components needed for a host virtual machine to a few lines in a Bash shell.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Bryson Tyrrell

Bryson Tyrrell

System Administrator, JAMF Software
Bryson Tyrrell is an IT professional from the Twin Cities. He works at Jamf as a System Administrator in the Cloud & Delivery team (Jamf Cloud). In past years he has presented at the JNUC (2011, 2015), Atlassian Summit (2015), Penn State (2016) as well as presenting on various t... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
207

3:15pm

Reverse Engineering the OS: A Practical Guide
Let Mike Lynn (frogor/pudquick/mikeymikey) take you on a tour of figuring out how the OS does something - and then making new tools to take advantage of it.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Mike Lynn

Mike Lynn

Client Platform Engineer, Dropbox
Mike Lynn is a Client Platform Engineer at Dropbox in Seattle, Washington. He is obsessed with python and macOS.


Thursday July 13, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Deans Hall 2

3:15pm

Continuous Integration: An automation framework for Mac Admins.
In recent years there has been an increase in automation tools for Mac administrators, such as munki, autopkg, Puppet, Chef, and Salt. In this talk we'll discuss how you can automate these tools with continues integration to save even more time and perform more accurate tests to get the best results in your environment.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Wesley Whetstone

Wesley Whetstone

Mac Operations Engineer, Square
Current lead of the Mac Operations team at Square, where we use a variety of open source and in house tools to manage our fleet of thousands of Macs..


Thursday July 13, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
208

3:15pm

'ARD In the Cloud': Introducing TCM from Twocanoes Software
(This session will not be recorded)

A class is starting in 10 minutes and you need to install an app on 100 Macs but your client management agent doesn't check in for another 30 minutes. No one is paying attention to what you are saying because they are staring at the screen in front of them. TCM from Twocanoes Software solves these problems and more. Think of it as "ARD in the Cloud" where you can trigger actions from a browser instantly to a large number of Macs and get feedback that these actions completed. You can trigger your client management agent to do a check-in, lock the screen so people pay attention, restart the machines or do a screenshot to see how machines are being used. Learn how TCM leverages WebSockets to securely send messages regardless of where the machine is located and how to create new actions to accomplish things that need to happen right away. Attend this session and learn how to use TCM to turn the next IT fire drill into your next raise.

Speakers

Thursday July 13, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
205

5:00pm

Stump the Experts and MacAdmins on Ice!
Start the evening with dinner and the 2nd annual Stump the MacAdmins Experts - back for more punishment! It’s a game show of experts vs the audience on a wide-ranging variety of Apple, Mac, and other IT puzzlers. Egos will be crushed, teeth will be gnashed. Who will be the victor?

After dinner, join us on the ice at the beautiful Pegula Ice Arena for free ice skating till 9 PM! Skates will be provided, or bring your own. Shuttles will be looping to the Ice Arena, Creamery, the Nittany Lion Inn, and the Penn Stater till 9:30 PM.

Thursday July 13, 2017 5:00pm - 7:45pm
Presidents Halls 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803
 
Friday, July 14
 

7:30am

Breakfast, Hack-A-Thon Presentations, and Sponsor Drawings
Breakfast for all conference participants. Hack-A-Thon projects will be presented for voting. The sponsor drawings will start at 8:15am. Winners do not need to be present to win!

Friday July 14, 2017 7:30am - 8:45am
Presidents Halls 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

9:00am

Advanced Munki Infrastructure: Moving to Cloud Services
Want to depend less on your server room? Have a few branch offices to keep in sync? Consider moving your Munki infrastructure to the cloud! We'll talk about Munki's powerful middleware feature, hosting your repo on S3 or a similar cloud files service, leveraging the power of continuous integration, and using caching proxies to reduce cost and bandwidth. Add a sprinkle of AutoPkg, a dash of git, and viola - Cloud Munki!

This intermediate session assumes that attendees have some basic knowledge about how to use Munki, but does not require in-depth knowledge of git or programming.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Rick Heil

Rick Heil

Senior IT Manager, Partners
Rick is the Senior IT Manager for Partners & Simons, a full-service marketing communications firm with deep domain expertise in health sciences, technology, and financial services. As one of a two-person Mac Admin team, Rick's goal is to automate himself out of a job so he can re... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Deans Hall 1

9:00am

Peeling Back the Bark: Demystifying `log`
How Apple's Unified Logging changes the way we create, discover, gather, and analyze logs in macOS.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Chilcote

Joseph Chilcote

Sr Systems Engineer, Splunk
Sr. Systems Engineer at Splunk.


Friday July 14, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Deans Hall 2

9:00am

Apple DEP and your MDM Server: How to manage devices over the air
Many Universities and Colleges have really embraced portable tech. When they opt to purchase Apple products, there is a powerful way to manage these devices. Using Apple's DEP and an MDM Server makes sure that IT can keep track of the devices, update software, manage profiles, and most importantly let the end users feel like they're using their own device. This gives the end user a huge sense of ownership, and as a result the end user is more productive, and takes better care of the device.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
CS

Christopher Scalise

IT Operations Specialist, Wayne State University
I started my tech career at Apple in 2005 as a Genius. I learned quite a bit at Apple, and I took that knowledge to Wayne State University. I work at the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts where I have a BFA Degree with a Concentration in Photography. I manage all... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
206

9:00am

Turbocharge your scripting with PyObjC
Give your Python scripts amazing new abilities by utilizing Apple frameworks via the PyObjC bridge. Basic familiarity with Python or a similar high-level scripting language will be assumed.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Greg Neagle

Greg Neagle

Sr. Systems Engineer, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Greg is the engineer primarily responsible for deploying and managing OS X machines at Walt Disney Animation Studios, a studio with a long history of family entertainment reaching back to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and forward to our latest films: Zootopia and "Moana".Disne... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
207

9:00am

Wait, Are We Doing This Right? Auditing Your Operations
Did you ever wonder what's holding your department back from being highly effective? Have you ever felt like there's a list of things your department *should* be doing, but aren't? Even if you have a few ideas for improving your operations, it can be hard to know where to begin! Based on "The Operations Report Card" by Thomas Limoncelli and Peter Grace, we'll show you 32 areas to consider and how you can implement each one.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Brian Meehan

Brian Meehan

Director of Information Technology, Allendale Columbia School
Rescued from the world of IT consulting in 2011, Brian currently evangelizes technology and education for the staff, faculty, students and parents of this N-12 school in Western NY. And when he's not doing that, he might be playing guitar, cycling or flying kites. But probably no... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Wurster

Dennis Wurster

Associate Director of Computing Services, Eastman School of Music
Dennis Wurster prides himself as a user-advocate, and constantly works to untangle complexity and establish efficiency. By day, he is the Associate Director of Computing Services at the Eastman School of Music. By night, he consults with small businesses in his hometown of Roches... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
208

9:00am

Mac User and Device Management for the Cloud-Forward Enterprise
(This session will not be recorded)
The modern office looks decidedly different than it did a decade ago. Since 2000, Microsoft has been synonymous with managing the enterprise - from the workstation an employee used, access to applications and networks, to the central identity their Active Directory manages. But todays office structure has evolved past workstations under desks, large monitors and ethernet. Mobility, a wide range of cloud-based apps and services and new, non-Microsoft, operating systems like Mac OS, are changing the way employees are working, and evolving the way IT professionals need to think about managing.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Greg Keller

Greg Keller

Chief Product Officer, JumpCloud
Greg is JumpCloud's Chief Product Officer, overseeing the product management team, product vision and go-to-market execution for the company's Directory-as-a-Service offering. The SaaS-based platform re-imagines Active Directory and LDAP for the cloud era, securely connecting and... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
205

10:45am

Diving Off the #jobs-board
You want a new job. Youve gotten the new job. How are you going to make it through the new job?
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Jason Broccardo

Jason Broccardo

Systems Administrator, Forget Computers
Doing my best to not successfully automate my mistakes across the entire fleet.
avatar for Robert Hammen

Robert Hammen

Mac Team Lead, National Center for Biotechnology Information, NIH
I've been managing Macs since before the days of OS X. As a consultant, I've performed OS X and iOS integration and support for a diverse group of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to education to small and medium businesses. I now help deploy, manage, and secure the Mac... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
206

10:45am

Easy macOS Management with Chef
Thanks to community contributions and the CPE team @ Facebook, managing macOS with Chef has never been easier. Come check out the awesome progress made in the last year!
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Nate Walck

Nate Walck

Systems Engineer, Facebook
Nate has been involved in the MacAdmin community and in various open source projects since 2010, including Munki, Puppet and Chef. Nate is part of the IT Core Automation Team at Facebook, along with Mike Dodge and Dan Sedlacek.


Friday July 14, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
208

10:45am

Administering Office 2016 for Mac, Part III: Outlook and Updates
Learn about security changes and supporting new features in Outlook 2016 as well as management controls introduced in Microsoft AutoUpdate 4.0.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
VK

Vivek Kumar

Product Manager, Outlook for Mac, Microsoft Corp
Vivek is a Senior Product Manager in the Outlook for Mac team at Microsoft. Vivek primarily looks after the core mail experience within Outlook as well as Office Add-ins for Outlook. Vivek has been at Microsoft for over sixteen years, with a career spanning Services, Xbox, Exchan... Read More →
avatar for William Smith

William Smith

Professional Services Engineer, Jamf
Bill has worked in the computer technology field for more than 20 years in the enterprise as well as a consultant and trainer. He is currently a Professional Services Engineer with Jamf headquartered in Minneapolis and serving education, enterprise and government clients.In April... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Deans Hall 2

10:45am

1-to-1 with basically 1 man
From unboxing the laptop to putting it in the hands of a student, faculty or staff member, discover how one person completes this process for hundreds of laptops in just a matter of days. Learn a workflow that makes this a one-touch, automated process that mixes configuration profiles, scripts and policies. Come see why it does not require a large IT department to handle a 1-to-1 Apple program.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Bob Gendler

Bob Gendler

Apple Platform Engineer/1-to-1 Coordinator, St Andrews Episcopal
Bob Gendler is an Apple fanatic using Apple products as far back as the Apple //gs. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Information Technology and has been in the technology field ever since. He was previously the Technology Coordin... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Deans Hall 1

10:45am

Intro to GitLab: DevOps tools on a shell script budget
An overview of GitLab, an open source, self-hosted GitHub alternative. GitLab is an attractive option for smaller or non-tech industry organizations without dedicated code development infrastructure. Features include git repository hosting, permissions management, an in-browser editor, git-lfs support, continuous integration and deployment, issue tracking, a container registry, and even a Slack clone. Includes a demo of Imagr and Munki workflows.
See a full description about this session on our website

Speakers
avatar for Mac Justice

Mac Justice

Sr. Support Specialist, Synapse Product Development
Mac does all kinds of IT things at Synapse in Seattle, supporting a bunch of super talented hardware engineers.


Friday July 14, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
207

10:45am

Sponsor Session: Centrify
(This session will not be recorded)

A session presented by a MacAdmins Sponsor.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
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12:01pm

Lunch, Hack-A-Thon Winners, and Conference Wrap-Up
Lunch for all conference participants.
Hack-A-Thon winners will be announced.
Closing remarks and that important URL to the conference music playlist!

Friday July 14, 2017 12:01pm - 1:15pm
Presidents Halls 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803