March 2019 – MacAdmins Meeting

March 2019 – MacAdmins Meeting

March 20th 2019 – 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 month’s meeting will be held on Wed, March 20th 2019, and we will provide live broadcasted and archives that will be made available 2-3 days after the meeting.

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VMware Fusion In-Depth – By Michael Roy, VMware, Product Manager

VMware Fusion is a software hypervisor developed by VMware for Mac systems. VMware Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris on virtual machines, along with their macOS operating system using a combination of paravirtualization, hardware virtualization and dynamic recompilation. Securely connect with vSphere, ESXi and Workstation servers to launch, control and manage both virtual machines (VMs) and physical hosts.

Thanks to the common VMware platform, VMs can be easily transferred from the vSphere data center to the Mac desktop and then run in VMWare Fusion. Build and test apps in a sandbox while securely sharing local source files and folders. View your resources by VM, Host or Cluster to get a better look at your sphere inventory right from Fusion.

Fusion Pro now includes a RESTful API to integrate with modern development tools like Docker, Vagrant, Ansible, Chef, and others to fit the power of VMware into today’s Agile and DevOps-oriented production pipeline. You can send standard GET, PUT, POST, and DELETE requests through HTTP and HTTPS to control configuration and deployment options. For example, you can use the Fusion REST API to perform clone and power operations. You can perform network-related operations, such as to create and update virtual NIC configurations and to retrieve IP addresses from the virtual machine. You can also configure shared folders. Response payloads are delivered in JSON format.

This presentation will give you an in-depth overview of VMWare Fusion features and examples of implementations followed with time for questions & answers.

About Michael Roy
Michael Roy manages the Desktop Hypervisor product group at VMware which covers the VMware Workstation and Fusion product lines. Prior to joining VMware in 2009 Michael was the sysadmin for a small Linux and open-source driven data center in downtown Toronto, Canada.

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

ProfileCreator In-Depth –  By AP Orlebeke

Configuration Profiles in Mac managed environments are the best way to natively enforce the desired settings and preferences across your macOS fleet.  For years, the existing options available for creating profiles via a GUI (Profile Manager, Apple Configurator 2, and MDMs) have been limited in functionality – only allowing you to manage macOS preferences -, but also lacking in features, like native third-party application preference support.
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In this presentation, you’ll learn how ProfileCreator is trying to address the current challenges and limitations with existing tools, how it’s giving the Mac Admin community a central place to contribute to a growing library of both native macOS and third-party profile payloads, and as a result, how it’s making the process of creating profiles better than ever.

About AP Orlebeke
An integrator and Mac Admin at The Masters School in NY, a private 5-12 boarding school ~45 minutes north of NYC, AP Orlebeke recently took on the primary management of the companion ProfileManifests project, which supplies all the payloads and manifests that ProfileCreator uses.  AP has spent the last 4 years managing the challenges of deploying software, licenses, and configurations in a predominantly Mac EDU environment, as well as serving as level 2 support.  Most recently, he’s been the academic lead and primary support on The Masters School’s transition from on-prem Blackbaud to the K-12 “ON” products.  An Illinois native, an avid member of the #MacAdmins Slack community, and begrudgingly a “cat dad”, AP spends much of his time working, documenting, and and blogging to try and help make other people’s lives easier and so that others don’t have to.

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

Replacing NetBoot –  By James Reynolds, Biology, University of Utah

Mac Deployment Stick (MDS) from Two Canoes works by booting from the recovery partition (holding command-R at boot) and restoring from an external drive or web server and then installing optional packages. In the past, administrators used NetBoot or booting from an external volume, but currently shipping Macs do not support NetBooting or booting from an external drive without changing security settings.
James will discuss a few of the details behind Mac Deployment Stick (MDS) and what it took for him to get this setup as a working replacement for NetBoot.
  • Video – To view archived presentation video, click here.
  • Slides – To view the presentation slides, click here.

Open Discussion

Questions, comments, problems and fixes.


The meeting will be held 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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