February 2021 – MacAdmins Meeting

February 2021 – MacAdmins Meeting

February 17, 2021 – 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 27th, 2021 at 11 AM MT and we will provide live broadcasts 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.

iPad Management – By Topher Nadauld, Univ of Utah, Marriott Library

Recently, we received CARE Act Funding to purchase additional iPads for student checkout bringing our total number to 100 devices. Due to scaling issues and the need to have a more commercial version for iPad Management. AEiOS was retired and iMazing was chosen to control and image the Student Checkout iPads. iMazing is a product from DigiDNA, which is a Swiss company. iMazing has a feature called Configurator that allows blueprints to be built. The blueprints automate the process of onboarding iPads, rather it is a brand new iPad or one that was recently checked in. The blueprints supervise the device and enroll them with DEP through our Jamf Pro server. iMazing installs a WiFi profile to allow the iPad to connect to the Jamf Pro server. Jamf Pro’s Prestage Enrollment deploys our configuration, completes all the setup assistant screens, and returns control to iMazing. iMazing deploys the most up-to-date versions of the Applications we selected to be installed and can update iOS too. The iPad is now ready to be checked out to the next patron for use with all the Apps and configurations. iMazing is a true Zero-Touch deployment since Jamf Pro and iMazing perform all the actions without having the need for user intervention. Topher will give an overview of our hardware, software, and network setup to manage our iPads used by students. iPad Imaging Workflow.png
  • Video – To view the archived presentation video, click here.
  • Slides – To view the archived presentation slides, click here.

Docker for Beginners – By James Reynolds, Univ of Utah, Biology

Docker was released in 2013. In 4 short years, it became a phenomenal success and has been adopted by almost all the major tech companies and can be credited with accelerating cloud computing growth and adoption. It’s now been out 8 years and it’s here for good and it’s revolutionized how web and server applications are written and deployed. It’s permanently changed the server room. Everyone who has anything to do with web and server development or deployment needs to understand Docker and figure out how to exist in the inevitable Docker future. If you didn’t know the future was Docker consider this a wake-up call. I believe Docker is either the reason Apple left the server market or it was the final nail. The goal of this presentation is to get you to use it during the presentation. I am hoping you will install Docker Desktop before the presentation.
Image result for Docker Desktop for mac
Please check the system requirements and make sure you have enough disk space. It would be good to run `docker pull ubuntu` before the presentation.
Image result for docker pull ubuntu
I will also talk about how Docker Desktop works on the Mac, how containers are different from virtual machines, the state of Windows and containers, the state of macOS and containers (e.g. Orka and AWS), Orchestration (e.g. Kubernetes), and then I’ll discuss and show how to run Jamf Pro in a container. If you have a Jamf license and download the Jamf ROOT.war file you can follow along as well.
  • Video – To view the archived presentation video, click here.
  • Slides – To view the archived presentation slides, click here.

Open Discussion

Questions, comments, problems, and fixes.


Due to the coronavirus (aka Covid-19) crisis, this meeting will not be meeting in person but will currently be done virtually using Zoom video communications architecture.

With Zoom we will implement the following security best practices:
  • Require a Password to Join This meeting will require a password to join the meeting. Information will be emailed via a campus internal lists, but if you are external and want to attend the meeting, please use the contact us form to receive details. Else, the archive of the meeting will be available 2-3 days after the live meeting.

    • Waiting Room When joining the meeting you will be placed in the Waiting Room by default and the hosts will give you access to the live meeting.

  • Miscellaneous We will also implement other settings and safeguards to secure the meeting.

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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