February 2020 – MacAdmins Meeting

February 2020 – MacAdmins Meeting

February 19th, 2020 – University of Utah, MacAdmins Meeting


The 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 English, Product Manager, Jamf

This presentation will cover an update on Jamf Pro, and new and significant integrations and partnerships. Jamf announced a number of significant Jamf Pro enhancements that will better empower IT admins and end-users, including a new enrollment experience, improved Accessibility options and single sign-on support in tandem with Jamf Connect. Jamf announced the launch of Jamf Protect, its endpoint protection solution purpose-built for Mac. Jamf Protect gives enterprise security teams unprecedented visibility into their Mac fleet and the ability to proactively block, isolate or remediate threats. Jamf announced Jamf Connect for mobile, extending end users’ ability to leverage a single corporate identity, on any Apple device, to gain immediate access to the resources they need to be productive.

  • Video – To view archived presentation video, click here.



DIY HID – By James Reynolds, Univ of Utah, Biology

This presentation will cover HID (USB keyboards) and Arduino. Keyboards are a common kind of USB HID class device. The USB HID class keyboard is normally designed with an IN endpoint that communicates keystrokes to the computer and an OUT endpoint that communicates the status of the keyboard’s LEDs from the computer to the keyboard.

Then James will show how to set up an Adafruit ItsyBitsy and a PJRC Teensy as keyboards that type preprogrammed text. It’s pretty simple so there’s not actually a lot to show. Finally, he will show some pictures of some DIY keyboards that other people have made and a few closely related tips.

  • Video – To view archived presentation video, click here.
  • Slides – To view the presentation slides, click here.


Getting Started with Google Santa – By Todd Houle, MIT

Google Santa is a kernel extension that is invoked before any application is launched. It will make a decision based on rules, assigned by you if that application should be allowed to run or not. It has a Lockdown mode, where only allowed applications are allowed to run. And it has a Monitor mode, where only blacklisted applications will be blocked. It can also be configured to log to a server any unknown or blocked application launch. Further, it locally logs actions on the computer such as file READ, WRITE, or DELETE commands, disk mounts, and more. These logs can be invaluable during an audit or even troubleshooting.

Santa Block Video

This presentation will cover how to install Santa single standalone mode and add some rules. Then we will extend that configuration by pushing rules to it from a management server via Configuration Profile. Finally, we’ll add in an event server that centrally logs Blocked Applications in Lockdown mode, and Unknown Applications in Monitor mode.

About Todd Houle
Todd Houle has been working on computers since the early 1990s focusing on management and end-user usability. He currently works at MIT managing a portion of the Desktop Engineering team providing software updates, imaging, and security to enterprise computers. Outside of the office, he can be found sailing outside Boston or enjoying board games with the family.

  • Video – To view archived presentation video, click here.
  • Slides – To view the presentation slides, click here.


Open Discussion

Questions, comments, problems, and fixes.

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The meeting will be held at the Marriott Library room 1705A located inside the Faculty Center located north of Mom’s Cafe. 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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