MacAdmins Conference Sessions

We are happy to announce our 2017 MacAdmins Conference Session schedule!

The full conference schedule is available on http://psumac2017.sched.org/. From there you can create a free account which will allow you to make your own custom conference schedule and download the schedule as a web app to your mobile device.

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NoMAD: Leave Directory Services in the Dust

Speakers: Joel Rennich

Level: Fundamental, Lecture

Excerpt: This session will cover how to use NoMAD, the open source tool for interacting with AD and other directory services, to make your existing environment better and remove the need for binding to directory service at all. In addition, Joel will show off how NoMAD will soon be able to interact with other SAML-based directory solutions, smart card authentication, and our newest product NoMAD Helper.

NoMAD Helper allows you to configure users, admins and even authentication mechanisms for users over MDM with no directory service involvement. Scope users to machines by adding that machine to a configuration policy in your favorite MDM management tool. Allow your users to elevate themselves to admins without involving someone from the Help Desk. NoMAD Helper will even allow you to fully provision local accounts on DEP systems in a programmatic fashion. And when you don’t want the account on the machine anymore all you have to do is remove the configuration profile.

Description: This session will cover how to use NoMAD, the open source tool for interacting with AD and other directory services, to make your existing environment better and remove the need for binding to directory service at all. In addition, Joel will show off how NoMAD will soon be able to interact with other SAML-based directory solutions, smart card authentication, and our newest product NoMAD Helper.

NoMAD Helper allows you to configure users, admins and even authentication mechanisms for users over MDM with no directory service involvement. Scope users to machines by adding that machine to a configuration policy in your favorite MDM management tool. Allow your users to elevate themselves to admins without involving someone from the Help Desk. NoMAD Helper will even allow you to fully provision local accounts on DEP systems in a programmatic fashion. And when you don’t want the account on the machine anymore all you have to do is remove the configuration profile.

(This session will not be recorded.)


About the speaker

Joel Rennich – – TruSource Lab

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Securing & Enabling the Mac-Empowered Enterprise

Speakers: Eric Hall

Level: Fundamental, Lecture

Excerpt: As the demand for the Mac OS increases from end users across the enterprise, IT staffs need to prepare to deploy and protect these devices as effectively as they do their Windows machines. A common misconception is that Mac devices are not susceptible to malicious attacks; however as the ransomware industry (and the preference for Mac) continues to grow, inevitably, Macs will be targeted. IT teams globally need to be prepared to protect the vital data stored on these devices and ensure the policies and procedures are in place to recover from catastrophic events. Code42 will share how IT can protect data with complete visibility and integrated management while delivering the self-service capabilities and uninterrupted productivity that end users demand.

Description: TBA

(This session will not be recorded.)


About the speaker

Eric Hall – Customer Success Systems Engineer – Code42

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Imaging with Ivanti

Speakers: Steve Goodrich

Level: Fundamental, Lecture

Excerpt: Whether you are onboarding a new employee or resetting an entire lab, imaging your Macs can be a large part of your job. Come learn how Ivanti Endpoint Manager can help. We will also take some time to introduce you to other services provided by Ivanti software and give you a chance to ask questions about recent changes in the company.

Description: This session will focus on provisioning and imaging Macs using Ivanti Endpoint Management. We will try to keep the session fairly practical and technical. We also recognize that with the recent mergers and such, people are curious about where the company is going. We will take some time to help attendees understand our vision for future Mac administration.


About the speaker

Steve Goodrich (Twitter: @zepedebo) – Software Engineer, Apple Technologies – Ivanti

Steve is an Apple technologies specialist at Ivanti (or as his team like to say iVanti). Steve has been a professional software developer for over 30 years. He has written embedded systems, telecom engineering software, warehouse management systems, and integrated medical practice management and EHR software. Steve has extensive experience teaching and has taught a wide variety of classes including AI, database, UNIX system and network programming, compilers, Java, and software quality for Weber State University.

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Adobe Creative Cloud – You have been doing it wrong

Speakers: Karl Gibson

Level: Fundamental, Lecture

Excerpt: Aha! moments are rare these days. What’s more is that societal pressure has resulted in fewer people openly acknowledging that they have just experienced an Aha! moment when in the company of others. That’s the beauty of a certain voice assistant, she doesn’t judge me. Of course, considering she is always listening for the wake command and sending data back for “improvements” I don’t have that much confidence that somebody somewhere is not judging me but that was happening even before my best friend, i mean voice assistant came in to my life.

In this session let’s all have the Aha! moment together, don’t be afraid by it, embrace it.

See you there
Adobe employee

Description: Aha! moments are rare these days. What’s more is that societal pressure has resulted in fewer people openly acknowledging that they have just experienced an Aha! moment when in the company of others. That’s the beauty of a certain voice assistant, she doesn’t judge me. Of course, considering she is always listening for the wake command and sending data back for “improvements” I don’t have that much confidence that somebody somewhere is not judging me but that was happening even before my best friend, i mean voice assistant came in to my life.

In this session let’s all have the Aha! moment together, don’t be afraid by it, embrace it.

See you there
Adobe employee

(This session will not be recorded.)


About the speaker

Karl Gibson (Twitter: @Adobe_ITToolkit) – Senior Product Manager, Creative Cloud for Business – Adobe Systems

Senior Product Manager on the Creative Cloud Business team with specific responsibilities for the IT Packaging and deployment tools which include Creative Cloud Packager & AAMEE. Karl represents the voice of the IT admin inside Adobe. He is always honest and upfront about the current state of play and where things are going. Karl has presented at many conferences including JNUC, MacTech and MacIT. Karl is a former IT admin and one of the first Apple Certified Trainers in Ireland.

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Filewave Deep Dive: Engineering walk through on how to manage all macOS, Windows, iOS, ChromeOS, and Android Devices

Speakers: Patrick Longo & Jonathan Kane

Level: Intermediate, Lecture

Excerpt: System Engineers (Jon Kane & Patrick Longo) will take you through an “IN-DEPTH” overview of how FileWave continues to simplify Multi-Platform Device Management and introduce you to our newest V12 release, further increasing our functionality and adding ChromeOS to the FileWave Family. Since 1992, FileWave has lead the marketplace providing education, enterprise, and government institutions around the world with enterprise level, multi-platform systems, and mobile endpoint management software to assist IT teams throughout the lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, tracking and maintenance. FileWave’s all-inclusive, highly scalable software solves the many challenges of managing a diverse and growing population of users, devices, and content by ensuring IT teams have a comprehensive solution that supports both client (desktop/laptop) and mobile devices across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS.

Description: System Engineers (Jon Kane & Patrick Longo) will take you through an “IN-DEPTH” overview of how FileWave continues to simplify Multi-Platform Device Management and introduce you to our newest V12 release, further increasing our functionality and adding ChromeOS to the FileWave Family. Since 1992, FileWave has lead the marketplace providing education, enterprise, and government institutions around the world with enterprise level, multi-platform systems, and mobile endpoint management software to assist IT teams throughout the lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, tracking and maintenance. FileWave’s all-inclusive, highly scalable software solves the many challenges of managing a diverse and growing population of users, devices, and content by ensuring IT teams have a comprehensive solution that supports both client (desktop/laptop) and mobile devices across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS.


About the speakers

Jonathan Kane – Systems Engineer – FileWave

Jon is a Systems Engineer for for Filewave. He has been been active in the Apple community for over 20 years. He was a network manager for the Natick Public Schools for many years, where he used Filewave to manage a large base of machines. After that, he has also worked for various service providers, delivering services for Apple, HP Networking, Aerohive, and many other technologies before joining Filewave in 2016.


Patrick Longo – Systems Engineer – Filewave

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