Feb 2016 – Mac Managers Meeting

Feb 2016 – Mac Managers Meeting

February, 17th 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.

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How Packet Firewall (PF) Can Protect Your Enterprise – By Jason Miller, Thumbtack

Server and endpoint security comes in all flavors, but controlling network traffic is another strategy to enhance computer security. Starting with OS X 10.9, the packet firewall (PF) provides sysadmins the ability to manage what enters and exits a computing device. What you let in and out of the door may save you the headache of having to rebuild a system. PF can provide you with another layer of security for your enterprise infrastructure.

endpoint security

Jason prides himself on his organizational and leadership skills as well as his ability to manage and uphold policy. He specifically looks to provide quality IT solutions in a preventative and proactive way to increase everyone’s productivity. At Thumbtack, he not only performs assessments, but acquires and deploys infrastructure to meet the requirements — including the integration of different departments and special task applications. Jason actively troubleshoots client systems; installs, configures, and maintains workgroup servers; provides support and direction for using Lab institutional services; and trains and mentors interns, new employees and other support staff.


Jason is also a Board Member of Macbrained. Macbrained is a Mac and iOS-focused community for developers, engineers and administrators-alike. Through collaboration and education we help grow Mac and iOS in the Enterprise and in Education by sharing our personal experiences in supporting and managing the platforms.

Outlook 2016 for Mac In-Depth – By Jeff Kalvass, Microsoft

Get an in-depth look at Outlook 2016 for Mac. We’ll talk about new features, top requests, and common pain points, including account configuration and administration. We’ll also discuss the world of monthly releases and its impact on users and organizations.

Outlook 2016

Jeff is a Program Manager on the Outlook for Mac team at Microsoft, located in Mountain View, California. He drives several infrastructure areas for Outlook for Mac, including database, networking, and authentication, and also leads accessibility efforts for the product. Jeff has been at Microsoft for 4 years, all with Outlook for Mac.

Open File Limits on OS X – By Topher Nadauld, University of Utah, Marriott Library ITS

This presentation will cover open file limits on OS X, including what are they, why do they need to be increased, and options on increasing them. In Unix the kernel opens files places them in order to find them when needed called file descriptors. The OS naturally limits the amount that you can open. By increasing the number of file descriptors allows you to open additional files without getting errors messages like “too many files open”.  This occurs due to open file limits imposed by the OS X operating system. Depending on the version of OS X, the method for increasing the open file limits is different. For OS X Yosemite and later, we discuss options to increase the open file limits to help resolve issues with processes or scripts.

limit descriptors

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.
mac managers streams web page

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