October 2019 – MacAdmins Meeting

October 2019 – MacAdmins Meeting

October 16th, 2019 – University of Utah, MacAdmins Meeting


The 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, October 16th, 2019, and we will provide live broadcasted and archives that will be made available 2-3 days after the meeting. If you have suggestions on presentations, questions or comments, please use the Contact Us option.


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-tos and other notables.


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


macOS & iOS Automation – By Adam Tow, tow.com

This presentation will cover thoughts, techniques, and examples of automating macOS, iOS, and digital cameras. There will be a demonstration of several of automation workflows, including:

  • Getting your macOS windows and apps organized with one click using Keyboard Maestro.
  • Taking control of your Downloads folder and Desktop with Hazel.
  • Automated DSLR Wireless Photo Workflow.
  • Using Shortcuts to automate repetitive tasks on iOS.
  • Reveal and demo of an exciting new automation product for iOS.
About Adam Tow
Adam Tow has been using Apple products since the Apple ][ days. His first Mac was the Macintosh SE/30 and first laptop was the PowerBook 180. He forsaw the immense benefits of mobile computing back in 1993 with Apple’s first personal digital assistant, the Newton MessagePad. In 1998, he led the protest at Apple headquarters over the cancellation of the Newton, which incidentally was current-CEO Tim Cook’s first day on the job. Today, Adam’s using iPads, iPhones, and Macs together to automate and streamline his personal and professional life. Adam graduated from Stanford University in 1997 with a degree in Symbolic Systems. He is currently the Tech Lead for the team responsible for producing the Code Conference for Vox Media. Previously, he ran engineering at AllThingsD.com, the former tech news site founded SwisherSwisher Mossberg and Kara Swisher.


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


Preparing for the Next macOS Release – By Robert Hammen, NIH

Apple’s annual OS releases, and frequent, fundamental changes to macOS, have caught some Mac admins unprepared. User Approved Kernel Extension Loading. User Approved MDM. APFS (Apple File System). SecureToken. Transparency and Consent Control (TCC). In the last two macOS versions, there have been multiple, fundamental changes to the way that the OS functions. These changes have directly impacted how Mac admins must deploy and support these new OSes. More changes are ahead. It’s never been more essential that you take the time to test future OSes in your environment before they are released. In this presentation, we’ll discuss considerations, offer advice, as well as testing methodologies, and highlight key areas of changes in macOS Catalina that Mac admins may want to focus on.


About Robert Hammen
Robert Hammen, Senior Mac Admin, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health – Washington D.C. Metro Area. Robert has been a Mac admin for over 20 years, going back to the days of Mac OS 8. Prior to joining NIH in 2016, Robert worked as an enterprise Mac consultant for more than 10 years. He has numerous Apple and Jamf IT certifications, going back to OS X 10.4 and Jamf Pro 6.


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


Jamf Pro Policy Editor Lite – By Dan K. Snelson, LDS Church

This presentation will cover “Jamf Pro Policy Editor Lite” which is a script that is designed to quickly update Jamf Pro policies with software updates. This script was designed to be run interactively in Terminal and allows you to use the API (along with valid API credentials) to update a policy’s version number. To utilize this script, a API account must have the following privileges to modify Jamf Pro policies (i.e. create, read and update). Because of the need to use API credentials with create privileges, the script allows you to interactively enter the credentials so they don’t need to be stored within the script. Lastly, the script performs only minor error checking; please ensure proper API credentials or you will encounter errors.



About Dan K. Snelson Dan K. Snelson is a senior system engineer with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with more than 20 years of experience in Enterprise Mobility Management. Dan has multiple Apple and Jamf certifications and has presented at JNUC 2017, How to: Extension Attributes, and is scheduled to present at JNUC 2019, Your Internal Beta Test Program: Opt-in / Opt-out via Self Service.

  • 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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