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Overview The JAMF Distribution Server (JDS) is a distribution point that is managed by the JAMF Software Server (JSS), similar to a computer or mobile device. A JDS is a completely separate server that you install on OS X Server (10.6 or greater) or Linux. It can be used to host packages, in-house apps, and in-house eBooks that are distributed to clients. In our environment, we are running our JAMF Distribution Server's on OS X El Capitan (version 10.11.2) Server on Mac mini computers and Promise Pegasus...

Overview On our JAMF Software Server (JSS) we noticed and error occurring during scheduled JSS database backup using the JSS Database Utility. The bug is in the implementation of the MySQL binary running on OS X, and isn't seen on other platforms like Windows or other Unix servers. The Symptoms include, under heavy work loads we see the error: "Lost connection to MySQL server at 'sending authentication information', and system error: 32”. Our server is running, JAMF Software Server (JSS) 9.82, OS X 10.10.5...

Overview This post covers setting the path variable for MySQL on a JAMF Software Server running OS X 10.10.x Server & MySQL 5.6.x. The path for a user in OS X is a set of locations in the file system whereby the user can use certain applications, commands and programs without the need to specify the full path to that command or program in the Terminal. So instead of entering something like this: [crayon-59527d259f064033289535/] You could just type: [crayon-59527d259f06c291849852/] The variable is specified as a list of one or more...

December, 16th 2015 - University of Utah, Mac Managers Meeting The University of Utah, Mac Managers Meeting is held monthly at the Marriott Library @ 1 PM Mountain Time. Presentations cover Apple technology and integration in a heterogeneous university enterprise environment. Lunch is provided to the meeting, and we provide live broadcasts and archive of the presentations. If you have suggestions on presentations, questions or comments, please your the "Contact Us" option. Apple Enterprise Update - By John Daley, Systems Engineer, Apple Education This will presentation and discussion...

Overview This is a OS X GNU Bash Installer for OS X 10.5 to OS X 10.10 that addresses the Bash vulnerability, also know as Shellshock. Since Apple has released security updates for OS X Lion (version 10.7), OS X Mountain Lion (version 10.8) and OS X Mavericks (version 10.9) and newer OS X operating systems include an updated Bash that isn’t vulnerable to this exploit. We recommend using this installer on older operating systems with the exploit like OS X 10.5 and OS X 10.6...

Overview Shellshock, also known as Bashdoor, is a family of security bugs in the widely used Unix Bash shell, the first of which was disclosed on September 24th, 2014. Many Internet-facing services, such as some web server deployments, use Bash to process certain requests, allowing an attacker to cause vulnerable versions of Bash to execute arbitrary commands. This can allow an attacker to gain unauthorized access to a computer system. Apple, although notified of the vulnerability before it was made public, the company did not release a...

Introduction AirDrop is an ad-hoc service in Apple Inc.'s OS X and iOS operating systems, introduced in Mac OS X Lion (aka OS X 10.9) and iOS 7 that enables users to transfer files to another supported Mac computer and iOS mobile device without using email or a mass storage device. OS X Mavericks (version 10.9) and iOS 7 use different AirDrop protocols and are currently not interoperable. AirDrop in OS X or earlier operates over Wi-Fi, whereas the iOS implementation utilizes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth....

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/...

November, 18th 2015 - University of Utah, Mac Managers Meeting The University of Utah, Mac Managers Meeting is held monthly at the Marriott Library @ 1 PM Mountain Time. Presentations cover Apple technology and integration in a heterogeneous university enterprise environment. Lunch is provided to the meeting, and we provide live broadcasts and archive of the presentations. If you have suggestions on presentations, questions or comments, please your the "Contact Us" option. OS X Malware Monitoring & Analysis by Chris Henderson & Justin Larson, Workfront OSXcollector to help with...

During our adventures of deploying new iMacs for the labs on campus, we discovered this Reddit Post. We typically recycle all our boxes and decided to make our own sculpture. Here was the final result, we decided to showcase it at the Marriot Library's HoopPlaza event....