May 2016 – Mac Managers Meeting

May 2016 – Mac Managers Meeting

May, 18th 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, May 18th, and we provide live broadcasted and archives that will be made available 2-3 days after the meeting.

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Testing & Automation with VMware Fusion by Joe Chilcote, Splunk

Overview of tools and technologies to test OS X environments and how to integrate them into your automation workflows. We will cover tools such as VMware Fusion, vagrant, and vfuse.


VMware Fusion is a software hypervisor developed by VMware for computers running OS X with Intel processors. Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris on virtual machines, along with their OS X operating system using a combination of paravirtualization, hardware virtualization and dynamic recompilation.

Vagrant is computer software that creates and configures virtual development environments. It can be seen as a higher-level wrapper around virtualization software such as VirtualBox, VMware, KVM and Linux Containers (LXC), and around configuration management software such as Ansible, Chef, Salt, and Puppet.

vfuse is a project hosted on GitHub that takes a never-booted DMG and converts it to a VMware Fusion virtual machine (VM).


Joe Chilcote is a Senior Systems Engineer at Splunk, and has been managing Macs with varied degrees of sanity since 2000.

To view archived presentation, click here.

OS X Analytics & Monitoring with osquery by Allister Banks

osquery allows you to easily ask questions about your OS X infrastructure. Whether your goal is intrusion detection, infrastructure reliability, or compliance, osquery gives you the ability to empower and inform a broad set of organizations within your enterprise.

intrusion detection

After getting over a small learning curve, it can be used for purposes like operating system analytics and monitoring or for taking a basic inventory of OS X computers. The open source project, which has several full-time developers dedicated to it at Facebook, was reviewed by the NCC Group as secure for use on all of there 5-digit Macs and their production server infrastructure all around the world.

Since there are many security benefits that can be gained by putting it in production, we’ll go over common regulated standards touched upon in the community-contributed white paper on its security, and contrast it with comparable tools it either complements or directly interacts with. Guidance for basic workstation hardening like CIS, NIST, PCI and HIPAA relate directly to the functionality osquery can perform, so we’ll give an updated accounting to tell you where we are and where we still have left to go.

Allister makes podcasts for AFP548, is active in the MacAdmins Slack, and contributes to various open source projects.

To view archived presentation, click here.

Bootstrapping OS X with Open Source MicroMDM Server by Victor Vrantchan, Pratt Institute

See what’s involved in standing up your own Mobile Device Management (MDM) infrastructure and how you can integrate MDM and Device Enrollment Program (DEP) with your existing Mac deployment. The session will cover setting up an MDM server, bootstrapping Munki during DEP enrollment and an overview of OS X specific MDM extensions like scheduling OS Updates.


MicroMDM is a library for managing MDM Command Payloads and responses.

Victor has been managing Macs in education for the past 5 years. In his free time he helps students with robotics and programming.

To view archived presentation, click here.

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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