June 2017 – Mac Managers Meeting

June 2017 – Mac Managers Meeting

June 21st 2017 – 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 11 AM Mountain Time. Presentations cover Apple technology and integration in a heterogeneous university enterprise environment. This months meeting will be held on Wed, June 21st 2017, and we will provide live broadcasted and archives that will be made available 2-3 days after the meeting.

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What’s New  – By Todd McDaniel, Marriott Library, University of Utah

This presentation will cover new information pertaining to Apple administration including operating system & application updates, security, hardware and other notables like WWDC 2017.

To view archived presentation, click here.

Amanda/Bacula Overview – By Steven Backus, Genetic Epidemiology, University of Utah

This presentation will cover an overview of Amanda & Bacula backup solutions and using tools with supported clients like macOS.

Amanda is a popular open source backup and recovery software. Amanda protects more than a million servers and desktops running various versions of Linux, UNIX, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems worldwide. Easily set up a single server to back up multiple networked clients to a tape or disk based storage system. It provides the unique capability of writing backups to tape and disk simultaneously. Amanda is very secure, it supports up to 4096-bit keys with public-key cryptography as well as 256-bit AES encryption.

Bacula is a set of open source computer programs that permit you or the system administrator to manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds. Bacula is relatively easy to use and very efficient, while offering many advanced storage management features that make it easy to find and recover lost or damaged files. Bacula stores backup data in an open and documented yet unique volume format; there are Bacula standalone tools to read/write the backup data (bls, bcopy, bscan, bextract), these tools are not compatible with other Unix backup utilities such as tar or dump. Since the Bacula format is open and has a clear separation of data and metadata, even cross-OS restores from Windows to Unix and vice versa have been possible – as long as extended filesystem ACL data can be ignored on backup.

  •  Amanda – For more information about Amanda, see web site.
  •  Bacula – For more information about Bacula, see web site.

To view archived presentation, click here.

Configuration Profiles – By Richard Glaser, Marriott Library, University of Utah

This multi-part presentation will cover in-depth information on managing settings on Mac systems including property lists format, naming, preference search paths, file system locations and structure and parts. Tools and methodologies to view, edit compare and discover property list files to aid in managing configurations on a fleet of Mac systems. Then next months presentation will continue with in-depth presentation on configuration profiles.

To view archived presentation, click here.

Open Discussion

Questions, comments, problems and fixes.


Note, due to scheduling conflicts with our usual meeting location, we will be meeting 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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