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June 17th, 2020 - University of Utah, MacAdmins MeetingThe University of Utah, MacAdmins Meeting is held monthly at the Marriott Library on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 11 AM Mountain Time. Presentations cover Apple technology and integration in a heterogeneous university enterprise environment. This month's meeting will be held on Wed, June 17th, 2020, and we will provide live broadcasted and archives that will be made available 2-3 days after the meeting. If you have suggestions on presentations, questions or comments, please use the Contact Us option. Basics of Wi-Fi Leads to Optimizing Home...

APP PLAYPEN - PYTHON WITH XCODE UI What is App Playpen?App Playpen is designed to be used as a convenient automation tool for building a disk image launcher in which to place an application with exceptional requirements beyond an average application. The outputted launcher application limits modifications to a mounted shadow image that can be discarded on logout in shared system environments like a student lab or can be retained in single-user systems but preventing modifications to sensitive and secured areas of the Mac file system.Here are...

We have posted to our GitHub repository, App Playpen. App Playpen is a python GUI application that provides a framework & automation to secure macOS applications with exceptional requirements. We have developed a methodology of managing enterprise and/or shared environment unfriendly applications that have evolved over the years at the Marriott Library or other locations on campus that we support. We affectionately call it the “Crappy App” model which we use sanitize applications with exceptional requirements.Originally, we developed this methodology to better secure the Classic...

We have implemented multiple forms of kiosks throughout the years at the Marriott Library or other locations on campus that we support. Initially, we implemented web kiosks that provided anonymous users at the Marriott Library quick access to limited library & campus resources like the catalog system, databases, etc. These web kiosks needed to be secure, resilient, and easy to use for the public but at the same time prevent anonymous access to resources we do not allow. This expanded to “exhibit” kiosks that would...

February 19th, 2020 - University of Utah, MacAdmins MeetingThe University of Utah, MacAdmins Meeting is held monthly at the Marriott Library on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 11 AM Mountain Time. Presentations cover Apple technology and integration in a heterogeneous university enterprise environment. This month's meeting will be held on Wed, February 19th, 2020, and we will provide live broadcasted and archives that will be made available 2-3 days after the meeting. If you have suggestions on presentations, questions or comments, please use the Contact Us option. Jamf State of the Union - By Katie...

OverviewFirmware Password Manager is a Python script to help MacAdmin programmatically manage the firmware passwords of their Mac systems. The firmware password is one of the three interlocking methods used to secure Mac systems. The other two are: using strong passwords (and password policy) on user accounts and FileVault to apply full disk encryption (FDE). Strong account passwords are always the first line of defense. FDE effectively scrambles the information written a storage device and renders it unreadable by unauthorized persons. Using all three methods...

OverviewIf you are using Jamf Pro to manage your macOS client systems, the "default" option to upload, delete & modify properties of software installer packages & disk images, printer configurations, dock items, directory bindings, and scripts to your Jamf Pro infrastructure is using the native macOS Graphic User Interface (GUI) application called Jamf Admin. With Jamf supporting (and promoting) using and moving your Jamf Pro infrastructure to the cloud, some of the functionality of Jamf Admin application has moved to the web interface. And they...

OverviewThis is a quick post that was discussed at the January 2020 MacAdmin meeting in reference to Oracle Java licensing.Finding Java on your Mac Systems To scan your Mac client systems to discover Java and applications bundling Java (i.e. JRE, JDK, etc.) with the application. [crayon-5f012ea03c30c005315699/]Example Applications that Bundle Java Adobe Animate CC 2018 Adobe CC/Adobe Animate CC 2018/Adobe Animate CC 2018.app/Contents/jre/jre1.8.0_121.jre/Contents/Home/bin/java java version "1.8.0_121" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_121-b13) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.121-b13, mixed mode)Mathematica Mathematica.app/Contents/SystemFiles/Java/MacOSX-x86-64/bin/java java version "1.8.0_161" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_161-b12) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server...

January 15th, 2020 - University of Utah, MacAdmins MeetingThe University of Utah, MacAdmins Meeting is held monthly at the Marriott Library on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 11 AM Mountain Time. Presentations cover Apple technology and integration in a heterogeneous university enterprise environment. This month's meeting will be held on Wed, January 15th, 2020, and we will provide live broadcasted and archives that will be made available 2-3 days after the meeting. If you have suggestions on presentations, questions or comments, please use the Contact Us option. What's New  - By Todd McDaniel, Univ of Utah,...

December 18th, 2019 - University of Utah, MacAdmins Meeting CanceledThe University of Utah, MacAdmins Meeting is held monthly at the Marriott Library on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 11 AM Mountain Time. Presentations cover Apple technology and integration in a heterogeneous university enterprise environment. This month's meeting will be canceled due to holidays, etc.Next month, the meeting will be held on Wed, Jan 15, 2020, at 11 AM MT. The agenda details will be posted when it is finalized. If you have suggestions on presentations or interested...