November 2018 – MacAdmins Meeting

November 2018 – MacAdmins Meeting

November 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 month’s meeting will be held on Wed, November 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, Univ of Utah, Marriott Library

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.

Time Management for MacAdmins – By William Smith , Jamf

Thirty years ago my boss told me, “You don’t find time. You make time.” Unless we’ve learned the skills for time management, we may feel parts or all of our workdays are out of our control.

• We have too many interruptions that cause us to miss deadlines.
• Our plates are so full we forget to follow through on commitments.
• We’re overworked, stressed and receive low scores on our performance reviews.

Taking three sections from my MacAdmins Conference at Penn State presentation “Time Management for Mac Admins“, I’ll loosely cover ideas from the O’Reilly’s book “Time Management for System Administrators” while adding my own experiences and revelations with managing my workload over the past 30 years, across seven jobs.

About William Smith
Bill has worked in the IT field for nearly 25 years as and enterprise administrator, a consultant and trainer. He is currently a Senior Professional Services Engineer with Jamf, headquartered in Minneapolis, working with education, enterprise and government clients.

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


Managing Outlook for Mac – By Jeffrey Kalvass, Microsoft

Get an in-depth look at new capabilities recently added in Outlook for Mac to help administrators configure mailboxes and manage in-app settings. We’ll also review new features added this year and the latest product roadmap. Lastly, you’ll learn about how new features and improvements are rolled out to users based on license, audience, mailbox type, and more.

About Jeffrey Kalvass
Jeff is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft on Outlook for Mac, where he drives several infrastructure areas, including authentication, sync, and database. He also leads accessibility and privacy efforts for the app. Jeff represents Outlook in the MacAdmins Slack community, collaborating with Microsoft colleagues and Mac admins to improve the app and how it is managed.

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


Automating iPad Deployment – By Sam Forester, University of Utah, Marriott Library

Automating iPad deployment has been a difficult challenge for Mac SysAdmins for many years. With the advent of Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP), Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions, things have gotten easier, but are still nowhere close to perfect.

I’ll be going over how we’ve created a quick-turnaround, truly Zero-Touch Student Checkout iPad Station. Erased, Managed, and fully deployed with Apps without any user interaction. I’ll also be discussing the underlying tools, requirements, and process to setup your own station with equipment you, more than likely, already have (even without MDM).

  • 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.
mac managers streams web page


1 Comment
  • David
    Posted at 03:42h, 21 March Reply

    We too have an Scalefusion Apple MDM in our school to manage our students iPads and Mac devices. It’s very easy to integrate with Apple school manager and secure all those devices.

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