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General Overview jamfHelper is a nifty little utility included with Jamf's Casper Suite that can be used to display information, get user input, or even trigger custom events all from the command line or your own custom scripts. There are a number of useful options that can be used to customize the look, feel and functionality of the jamfHelper window. From heads-up notifications, to user selected delay options, to locking the screen, I will do my best to demonstrate some of these uses as well as how each of jamfHelper's options work. The jamfHelper...

Introduction The University of Utah, Mac Managers Meeting is held monthly the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The meeting focuses on administration & managing, supporting & integrating Apple technology in a heterogeneous enterprise environments. Presentations cover any topics like automation, administration, authentication & directory services, integration with non-apple services, networking, programming & scripting, security, and system deployment and maintenance. This meeting is open to anybody that would like to attend and we welcome your participation through suggestions, comments or contributions. Getting to University of Utah From the I-80 Eastbound/...

Sept, 21st 2016 - University of Utah, Mac Managers Meeting The 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, Sept 21st, and we 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 your the Contact Us option. Pacifist by Charles Srstka - CharlesSoft Pacifist is a shareware...

Overview System Integrity Protection or "SIP" is a new security measure implemented in 10.11 "El Capitan". SIP protects access to system locations and restricting runtime attachment to system processes, this security policy guards against compromise — whether accidental or by malicious code. SIP protects file system locations that we are managing with our current client management system called Radmind. Radmind operates as a tripwire with the ability to detect any modifications to the file system and reverse those changes to a known state. System Integrity Protection To protect the...

Overview Casper Remote is an application from JAMF Software that allows you to immediately perform remote management tasks on computers, such as installing packages, running scripts, and binding to directory services.  All of these tasks can be performed via policy in the JAMF Software Server (JSS), however Casper Remote allows you to initiate them immediately. Details In some environments, you might implement custom Secure Shell (SSH) ports for additional security measures, some argue that this is "security through obsurity", but if you follow the best practices in securing SSH, this...

July, 20th 2016 - University of Utah, Mac Managers Meeting The 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, July 20th, and we 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 your the Contact Us option. Managing Apple Clients with FileWave by Robert...

Like a loyal droid, your JSS wants to help! JAMF Software's Casper Suite provides an Application Programming Interface, or API, to communicate with the JAMF Software Server (JSS) database. This allows an enterprise to customize specific areas of the JSS as needed. This is the first in a series of articles that will discuss these APIs and walk through building Python scripts that take advantage of the data available in the JSS. Future articles will show how to upload data to the JSS, building Extension Attributes...

June, 15th 2016 - University of Utah, Mac Managers Meeting The 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, June 15th, and we 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 your the Contact Us option. Python Objective-C Bridge Overview by Michael Lynn, Dropbox Python is...

May, 18th 2016 - University of Utah, Mac Managers Meeting The 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. If you have suggestions on presentations, questions or comments, please your the Contact Us option. Testing & Automation with VMware Fusion by...