April 2016 – Mac Managers Meeting

April 2016 – Mac Managers Meeting

April, 20th 2016 – University of Utah, Mac Managers Meeting

mac_mgrs_crowdThe University of Utah, Mac Managers Meeting is held monthly at the Marriott Library @ 1 PM Mountain Time. Presentations cover Apple technology and integration in a heterogeneous university enterprise environment. Lunch is provided to the meeting, and we provide live broadcasts and archive of the presentations.

This months meeting will be held on Wed, April 20th @ 1 PM Mountain Time and presentations will be live broadcasted and archives will be made available 2-3 days after the meeting.

If you have suggestions on presentations, questions or comments, please your the Contact Us option.

Free Your NetBoot Server with BSDPy – By Pepijn Bruienne, University of Michigan

BSDPy is an open source project that aims to offer the same functionality as Apple’s NetBoot server without relying on (Mac) OS X as its host OS. It is compatible with NetBoot Image (NBI) bundles as created by Apple’s System Image Utility, DeployStudio Server Assistant Casper Imaging or another home brew solution and those created by AutoNBI , AutoCasperNBI or other solutions.


In this presentation we will look at the difficulties involved in developing BSDPy and matching all of Apple’s NetBoot functionality, best practices when deploying large scale NetBoot services and how to best deploy, manage and monitor them with BSDPy.

For more information about BSDPy, see the following web page:


Pepijn is a Senior Mac Development and Operation Specialist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He specializes in OS X and Linux server and client deployment. With more than a decade and a half of experience in a variety of Mac Admins areas, his skills include Systems Administration, Operations Management, Mac/Linux/Windows Server and Desktop integration, software deployment, configuration management and process improvement.

To view archived presentation, click here.

OS X Sandboxing Overview for MacAdmins – By Erik Schwiebert, Microsoft

Get the scoop on OS X’s Sandbox, how it affects Office 2016 for Mac, and how you can deploy content for your users in ways compatible with the sandbox. We’ll cover the architectural changes between Office 2011 and 2016 for Mac, where Office looks for content such as add-ins and templates, and changes to the Visual Basic language to accommodate sandbox restrictions.

os x sandbox
Erik Schwiebert is a Principal Software Engineer in the Apple Platform Experiences (“APEX”, formerly “MacBU”) team at Microsoft Corporation. He has worked on all versions of Office for Apple platforms since he started at Microsoft in 1996. Thankfully, that excludes Mac Word 6. Erik’s current role includes driving broad technical and architectural improvements across all aspects of Office for Mac and iOS, as well as being the primary technical liaison between Microsoft and Apple. Having programmed for the Mac since 1991 on a Mac SE/30, Erik shudders in horror when he sees someone use the term “MAC” to refer to a Macintosh computer.

To view archived presentation, click here.

Recipe Robot – By Elliot Jordan, Linde Group

Recipe Robot is a new tool for easily and quickly creating AutoPkg recipes for basic Mac apps. In mere seconds, you can create download, munki, pkg, and JAMF Software Server (JSS) recipes based on an app, a download URL, or a Sparkle feed. In this presentation, I’ll show you the basics of Recipe Robot, create some example recipes, and show you one or two time-saving tricks. Whether you’re an expert recipe writer or a total newbie, you’ll be writing consistent, reliable AutoPkg recipes in minutes. Recipe Robotconsists of two components:

A Python script that takes various types of input and automatically outputs AutoPkg recipes.


A native Mac app that puts a friendly face on the Python script and makes it as simple as dragging and dropping.

recipe robot

mountee-app-demoThis two-pronged approach allows AutoPkg novices to easily create recipes that follow community-accepted guidelines, and still provides a command-line tool for more advanced AutoPkg users. Also, using Python for program logic fosters community contribution to this project.

For more information about Recipe Robot, see this web page:


Elliot Jordan is a senior consultant at the Linde Group in Emeryville, California. He has been a professional Mac geek for 15 years (and an amateur Mac geek for 15 years before that). Elliot has worked on and led projects large and small for San Francisco Bay Area companies who are in the headlines as well as those yet undiscovered. Elliot is a member of the core AutoPkgr and Recipe Robot development teams, and maintains over 1000 public AutoPkg recipes. He lives with his wife Jacqueline in Oakland, California.

To view archived presentation, click here.

Open Discussion

Questions, comments, problems and fixes.


For directions to the University of Utah monthly Mac Managers Meetings see the following web page.


Archive & Live Presentation(s)

  • A live broadcast of the presentations will be available from this web page.
  • Archives of the presentations will be available from this web page.
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