January 2021 – MacAdmins Meeting

January 2021 – MacAdmins Meeting

January 20th, 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, January 20th, 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.

Kinobi 2 and the Future – By Duncan McCracken, jamf

It’s been a very big year for all, with the global landscape changing for all and many other things happening.
Mondada, the company behind Kinobi has become part of Jamf, and the team is now finding their feet moving into the next phase. The company’s Kinobi patch management solutions integrate with Jamf Pro, allowing organizations to extend Jamf Pro’s built-in patch management functionality to include all Mac applications within an environment. The Kinobi solutions aim to help organizations stay secure while taking away the headache of manually monitoring patch updates. By automating the monitoring and maintenance of application updates, Kinobi frees up IT to deliver the rich Apple experience that end users expect and focus on other strategic initiatives. Kinobi is an external patch server (or patch source) for Jamf Pro. It provides a simple interface for creating and editing patch definitions, as well as the appropriate endpoints for Jamf Pro to connect to.
Kinobi 2 was released during the middle of that process. We’ll have a look at the new features, and cover some future directions for the product in conjunction with Jamf Pro, with time for feedback and questions.

About Duncan McCracken

Duncan was the Technical Director of Mondada, an organisation that had its beginnings in macOS packaging services, and subsequently has created Kinobi. Recently Mondada was acquired by Jamf, and now Duncan is a Principal Architect for a forthcoming product based on Kinobi.

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

Center for Internet Security 20 Critical Controls – By Dustin Udy, ISO, University of Utah

Dustin will provide an overview of version 7.1 of the Center for Internet Security 20 Critical Controls. The CIS Critical Security Controls (CSC) are a proven, prioritized list of 20 controls that can be used to minimize security risks to enterprise systems and the critical data they maintain. He will discuss what the controls are, how they are organized, the implementation groups, and how we can implement the controls in our environment.

About Dustin Udy

Dustin Udy is the Security Assessment Team Lead for the Information Security Office at the University of Utah. His coworkers consider him a grey beard and a University IT historian due to his 24 years of University IT experience.

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

Intro to Python & Marriott Library Tools – By O’Ryan Hampton, Marriott Library

Python is a widely-used general-purpose, high-level programming language. Its design philosophy emphasizes code readability, and its syntax allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code than would be possible in languages such as C++ or Java. Pair that with its excellent cross-platform support and the “batteries included” approach of the Python standard library, and you have a fantastic language for writing scripts and automating tasks on your systems. This presentation will cover the Marriott Library’s Apple Infrastrucuture’s use and development of python scripts, and an introduction to python. 

  • Video – To view the archived presentation video, 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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