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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-5e898371212cc975303717/]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...

OverviewBBEdit is primarily designed for use by software & script developers, web designers, etc. It has native support for many programming languages and custom modules can be created by users to support any language. The application contains multi-file text searching capabilities including support for regular expressions. BBEdit allows previewing and built-in validation of HTML markup and also provides a model for most HTML code that can be entered into a dialog box.It also includes FTP and SFTP tools and integrates with code management systems. It...

OverviewAt the University of Utah, all employees required to use Duo two-factor authentication (2FA) when logging in to use certain online university applications and information technology systems. For example, how employees access Box, CIS, and Kronos, VPN, Citrix, and ePrescribe, etc.Two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security by requiring a user to log in with a username/password combo plus a second method of verifying the user's identity. The second method is something the user has physical access to, like a cell phone or tablet. This ensures that even if a...

November 20th, 2019 - 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, November 20th, 2019, 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, Marriott...