July 2016 – Mac Managers Meeting

July 2016 – Mac Managers Meeting

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

mac_mgrs_crowdThe University of Utah, MacAdmins Meeting is held monthly at the Marriott Library on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1 PM Mountain Time. Presentations cover Apple technology and integration in a heterogeneous university enterprise environment. This months meeting will be held on Wed, July 20th, and we provide live broadcasted and archives that will be made available 2-3 days after the meeting.

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Managing Apple Clients with FileWave by Robert White & Jim Cannon – CECE

An overview of our experience using FileWave Multi-Platform Management with a focus on macOS and iOS clients. We use FileWave for disk imaging, package deployment, patches/updates, and pushing profiles to clients. We’ll cover what we like about the product and a few issues we have experienced.

FileWaveFor more information about FileWave, see this web site:


Robert White has worked for University of Utah CECE’s IT department since 1997 covering a wide range of responsibilities and has been the IT Manager for the past 8 years. Jim Cannon has worked for CECE’s IT department since 1998 and his current role is the primary Server Admin covering Active Directory, Linux servers and Network Security.


To view archived presentation, click here.

OS X Malware Threat Landscape by Thomas Reed – Malwarebytes

An overview of the OS X threat landscape, with specific examples and information on how to avoid infection. For those who do get infected, a demo will be given of Malwarebytes tools in action and how they remove threats. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is an application that runs under the OS X and Windows operating system that finds and removes malware. Made by Malwarebytes Corporation, it was first released in January 2008 and OS X version was released 2015. It is available in a free version, which scans for and removes malware when started manually, and a paid version, which additionally provides scheduled scans, real-time protection and a flash memory scanner.
Blog Malwarebytes for Mac

For more information about Malwarebytes, see web site:


Malwarebytes Web Site

Thomas Reed is the Director of Mac Offerings at Malwarebytes, and formerly the owner of The Safe Mac and creator of AdwareMedic. He’s been a Mac user since 1984, and tries to limit his exposure to “that other system.”

To view archived presentation, click here.

Bug Reporting Best Practices by Clayton Burlison – Birdville ISD

No one likes bugs, however they are the unfortunate reality that we must deal with in the Digital Age. When issues do arise in software it is often your job, as an administrator, to provide these details back to developers. Bug reports are your direct line of communication to developers for issues and regrettably when this process is done incorrectly it can leave both parties dissatisfied. This presentation takes a quick look at the importance of bug reports, the lifespan of a report and provides general tips that are useful for submitting future reports.

Bug ReportFor more information about Apple Bug Reporting, see this web site:


Clayton Burlison is a Apple Administrator for Birdville ISD, which is an independent school district located in a K-12 public school district based in Haltom City – Texas consisting of 20 elementary schools, 7 middle schools and 4 high schools. He takes an active part in the Mac Admin community and can often be found on online in the MacAdmins Slack group. In his spare time, he enjoys running to escape from his bright screen devices.

To view archived presentation, click here.

Centralizing Mac Management under Microsoft SCCM by Parallels, Inc

IT managers are constantly facing the struggle of incorporating the Mac into predominantly PC environments with Microsoft SCCM. The prohibitive costs and cumbersome requirements of incorporating an additional management infrastructure is not optimal. This presentation will explore how to extend Microsoft SCCM to control and manage Macs, the limitations of native SCCM Mac management as well as a technical demonstration of Parallels Mac Management. Find out how to address the key requirements needed to bring rogue Mac computers under a centralized management structure including: Discovery & Enrollment, Inventory, Encryption, Software & Patch deployment, OS X Patch Management, OS X image deployment and much more.

Parallels Mac Management for SCCM

For more information about Parallels Mac Management for SCCM, see the following web page:


Craig Peterson is a Sr. Sales Engineer with Parallels and has also been with the company for over 8 years supporting enterprise customers and reseller partners with technical support, training and consultation. Craig works with customers to identify technical requirements and determine the best solutions for their IT environment.

Danny Knox is a Sales Engineer for Cross Platform Sales with Parallels Software. Having been engaged with IT support and sales for over 24 years, Danny has worked in a number of technical and sales positions as a consultant and senior systems administrator, supporting enterprise operations and end users globally. Currently part of a dedicated team on a global initiative for driving the adoption of Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM, Danny works with IT professionals who need to govern and administer Apple hardware in Windows-centric environments.

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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  • SByrnes - BMRT
    Posted at 16:33h, 08 March Reply

    I’ve personally used Malwarebytes even during my Windows days, even preferring it from ESET and Kaspersky. The meeting you held looks exciting and the venue itself looks very high-end. Nice!

    • Richard Glaser
      Posted at 17:15h, 08 March Reply

      Thanks for the feedback we appreciate it.

      An archive of the “OS X Malware Threat Landscape” presentation is available here:


      Along with slides. Also, note at our next weeks meeting (Wed, March 15th @ 1 PM MT) we will have another similar presentation from Patrick Wardle on “State of Malware/Hacking on Macs”. He is the Director of Research at Synack, where he leads cyber R&D efforts. Currently, his focus is on automated vulnerability discovery and the emerging threats of malware on OS X and mobile devices. Wardle previously worked at NASA, the NSA and Vulnerability Research Labs (VRL). Should be a great presentation. The blog post with details will be coming soon.

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