Centralizing Mac Management under Microsoft SCCM

Speakers: Gretchen Kuwahara

Level: Fundamental, Lecture

Excerpt: IT managers are constantly facing the struggle of incorporating the Mac into predominantly PC environments with Microsoft SCCM. The prohibitive costs and cumbersome requirements of incorporating an additional management infrastructure is not optimal. This session will explore how to extend Microsoft SCCM to control and manage Macs, the limitations of native SCCM Mac management as well as a technical demonstration of Parallels Mac Management. Find out how to address the key requirements needed to bring rogue Mac computers under a centralized management structure including: Discovery & Enrollment, Inventory, Encryption, Software & Patch deployment, OS X Patch Management, OS X image deployment and much more.

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About the speakers

Gretchen Kuwahara – System Administrator – Penn State University (Twitter: @osuterrycat)

Gretchen has over 15 years experience deploying and maintaining almost anything Apple in a higher education environment. As a Systems Administrator at Penn State, she is working on various projects including mobile device management and managing Penn State’s Apple Deployment Programs. Additionally she maintains several Linux and Mac servers that provide critical services to the university. Previously, she worked at Oregon State University where she deployed and maintained over a thousand Mac based computers, managed iPad classroom carts, and was a sysadmin for Mac and Linux servers. When she’s not playing with technology she enjoys traveling, family time, cheering on her alma mater’s basketball teams, and exploring her new home state.

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