March 2018 – MacAdmins Meeting

March 2018 – MacAdmins Meeting

March 21st 2018 – University of Utah, MacAdmins 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, March 21st 2018, 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 support & how-to’s and other notables.


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


Unified Logging – By Howard Oakley, The Eclectic Light Company Blog

This presentation will be covering how the macOS unified log works, strengths and weaknesses for the sysadmin; access and tools – Console, log command, Consolation, Woodpile; making a logarchive, Predicates, subsystems, and other command options; key events – startup, wakening, sleep, dispatching of activities such as backups, Logd statistics and their value; and updates and software installation, including the install log.

About Unified Logging
The unified logging system provides a single, efficient, performant API for capturing messaging across all levels of the system. This unified system centralizes the storage of log data in memory and in a data store on disk. The system implements global settings that govern logging behavior and persistence, while at the same time providing fine-grained control during debugging via the log command-line tool and through the use of custom logging configuration profiles.

Unified logging is available in iOS 10.0 and later, macOS 10.12 and later, tvOS 10.0 and later, and watchOS 3.0 and later, and supersedes ASL (Apple System Logger) and the Syslog APIs. Historically, log messages were written to specific locations on disk, such as /etc/system.log . The unified logging system stores messages in memory and in a data store, rather than writing to text-based log files.

About Howard Oakley
Howard is a retired medical practitioner who specialised in survival medicine. He started commercial development of software in 1987, working first with maths co-processors (8×87) and parallel processors (Inmos Transputer). Since 1989, he has developed for, supported, and written about Macs. Early products were CAD/CAM apps to support laser and other specialist cutting systems. He has written about Macs over the same period, running the Q&A section in the British MacUser magazine from then until its closure three years ago. He now writes the Genius Tips section for MacFormat, and contributes to MacLife too. He has run The Eclectic Light Company blog for over three years, specialising eclectically on Macs and fine art painting. He currently develops in Swift, but just loved Object Pascal, Mac Common Lisp, and APL, and nearly, oh so nearly, went to work running Douglas Adams’ computer network.

For more information, about Unified Logging:

Apple Developer – Logging

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


Nexthink Overview – By Seth White, Nexthink

This presentation will provide a high-level introduction to Nexthink and their unique approach to Digital Experience Management using Analytics, Automation and Engagement.

About Nexthink
Nexthink is the innovator of End-user IT Analytics for security, ITSM and workplace transformation. Nexthink maps all the IT services, how they are being consumed, and how the IT infrastructure is operating, from the only perspective that matters most, the end-users (workers).

About Seth White
Seth White is Nexthink’s Strategic Accounts and Large Enterprises Consultant. Seth is responsible for solveing problems impacting End-User’s and their productivity. Seth has worked across multiple verticals and sees challenges that manifest themselves in different ways with digital transformation, large scale migrations, acquisitions, service delivery and security compliance & governance initiatives.

For more information, see web site.


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