MacAdmins Conference Sessions

We are happy to announce our 2015 MacAdmins Conference Session schedule!

The full conference schedule is available on http://psumac2015.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.


2 years after 1400+ computers in 3 weeks. Are we still nuts? – Sean Kaiser & Lucas Hall

A retrospective 2 years post a 1400+ computers deployment in 3 weeks, we’ll talk on how we did it then & how we would do it now, including what new tools, tips and tricks, if we had to do it again (which we do).

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Absolute Manage as a Management and Deployment Tool for Macs – David Knuth

In this talk we’ll look at the Absolute Manage process for managing and deploying macs, including scripted management, new system induction, and day to day hands-on work.

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AD integration and Home Folder Syncing – David Acland

A look at the techniques for integrating with AD, connecting to user home drives and synchronising their data

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Administering Office 2016 for Mac – William Smith

Get ready to deploy and manage Office 2016 for Mac

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Advanced systems monitoring with Nagios, PNP and Nconf – Josh Malone

Use Nagios add-ons to provide graphing, trending and web-based configuration.

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Apple Deployment Programs – Presented by Apple

Learn how to automate device setup, manage devices over the air, and streamline content distribution with Apple Deployment Programs.

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Apple Watch – Build Wearable Apps To Boost Student Engagement – Ben Brautigam & Justin Miller

This session will focus on the WatchKit extension so we can leverage this new toolset within teaching and learning.

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Automated testing with VMware Fusion – Joseph Chilcote

Automate your test environments using VMware Fusion

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Automating your test environment using Autopkgr and the Casper Suite – John Kitzmiller

So you’ve set up your test environment… now what? In this session, we’ll explore how to easily move new software and updates to existing software from initial testing, through user acceptance testing (UAT) and into production.

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Basic App Development with Swift – Daniel Mikusa

Want to build apps for Mac OSX? Come see how to do it with Swift.

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Connect the dots with Docker – Pepijn Bruienne & Nick McSpadden

Join us as we look at the practical applications Docker has for Mac admins.

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Customizing and Extending the Capabilities of the Casper Suite – Taylor Wolfe & Trey Bachner

Come learn about recent updates to the Casper Suite and ways to extend it’s capabilities in various types of environments.

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DeployStudio: Average Joe to Pro in an Hour – Rusty Myers & Nathan Felton

Learn how to configure DeployStudio for a myriad of purposes.

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DNS, The Inside and Out – Ben Greisler

DNS is often considered a 4 letter word, but with in this session we will help solve your DNS problems and avoid them in the first place.

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Engineers, Developers, Power Users, Oh My! – Jeffrey Compton

When your user base consists primarily of engineers, developers, and self-proclaimed power users, you HAVE to take a different approach to Mac endpoint management. Discuss strategies and lessons learned after more than 5 years in these environments, and mix in to the discussion several technical morsels.

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Entering the awesome world of SNMP – François Joannette & Manuel Deschambault

Jump starting your SNMP knowledge from nothing to harnessing full power.

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Free your NetBoot server with BSDPy – Pepijn Bruienne

Learn how to retire your OS X NetBoot server once and for all by switching to the platform-independent BSDPy, and feel good about it.

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From New to New – The lifecycle of MacBooks in MGSD – Berry Williams

See how Mooresville Graded School District manages their student one-to-one MacBooks, from cradle to grave.

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Git For System Admins – Justin Elliott

Git For System Admins

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Hands on with Docker – Paul Addicott-Evans

This session will give you all of the tools you need to get going with Docker.

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How to take a need and transform it into a service – Gretchen Kuwahara

When Apple announced the Apple Deployment Programs, IT units around Penn State were asking to use this program. Learn what we did to take this need and transform it into a university wide service.

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Integrating AutoPkg and the Casper Suite with JSSImporter – Shea Craig

Learn how to design a software testing workflow for the Casper Suite and implement it with AutoPkg and JSSImporter.

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iOS – Reconnect the cord – William Smith

Get wired: Learn what more you can do when you connect your iOS device to your Mac.

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Enhancing Medical Education with Apple – Presented by Apple

In this presentation we will talk about why Apple devices have permeated medical education and healthcare – and the continuum of education in the heath sciences, from student to medical professional to patient education.

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iOS Security Choices via an MDM / EMM – Marc Grayson

This talk will cover a majority of key iOS Security features that organizations will want to create and enforce policies around using an MDM / EMM.

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It’s Dangerous To Go Alone, Take This! – Tom Bridge

A discussion of all the cool tools you’ve ever heard about for managing Macs and iOS devices

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Let’s make some decisions: Authorization Plugin Programming – Tom Burgin & Jeremy Baker

Ever want to run some code or make authentication decisions at the Login Window? In this session we will go over the foundations of creating and using an Authorization Plugin.

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Life in a post Xserve world – Lucas Hall & Sean Kaiser

As much as many Mac Admins love the sound of the whirring aging xserves sitting in their network center, many are far past an end of life, we face the question of ‘whats next’?

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lifelong learning with lynda.com – Jennifer Jortner Cassidy & Sydney Bennington

You can learn it!

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Load Balancing for Humans 2: Electric Boogaloo – Vanessa White

After the outstanding popularity of the original Load Balancing for Humans last summer at PSU MacAdmins here comes the exciting sequel, with minimal stock footage added!

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Making the Most Out of Apple Configurator in an iPad Lending Environment – Jay Ray

Checking out iPads for short-term use to your student population with consistency can be made easier by using these Apple Configurator techniques, tested and tried at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Modern Device Management with FileWave – John DeTroye

Learn about the wide range of lifecycle deployment tasks and classroom management provided under the auspices of a unified systems management tool – FileWave – image, deploy, manage and maintain – all in one solution

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Open (and/or Free) vs Closed Source – Steel Cage Death Match – Allister Banks & Ben Toms

Between Ben Toms (of MacMule.com fame) and Allister Banks (of infamy), we let the audience decide wether vendor-provided tools and practices are more to their liking than open source or free solutions to MacAdmin problems.

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OS X operating system security at scale – Mike Arpaia & Teddy Reed

OS X host security at Facebook-scale.

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Preparing A School District For Standardized Testing On Macs – Salvador Zapien

Tools and strategies used for preparing OS X machines for the PARCC exams.

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Profile Manager, ARD, and Yosemite Server: The complete recipe for managing iOS and OS X. – David Kahn & Christopher Palian

Mac OS and iOS management: Taking a good look at how to use the power of Profile Manager, DEP, VPP, ARD, and Configurator to simplify your job.

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San Best Practices – Mario Washington

Walk through and workflow of Xsan,Quantum, Promise and general San best practices.

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Take Vacations using this One Weird Trick – DOCUMENTATION! – Vanessa White & Rich Trouton

Learn the ancient and secret art of documentation in a hands-on session!

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Technical and logistical deep dive into an iPad 1-1 initiative – Andrew Zirkel & Mark Erb

Technical and logistical deep dive into an iPad 1-1 initiative.

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The 12 Unix Commands everyone should know. – Matthew Schnittker

Get started using the Terminal on your Mac with these powerful shell commands.

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The Career Continuum – Pam Lefkowitz

Ready to jump ship? Ready to move forward? Happy where you’re at? Making the most of where you are today while you’re making plans for tomorrow.

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The Sys Admin’s Guide to Python – Daniel Mikusa

A guide to all the best parts of Python specifically tailored for System Administrators.

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Tips and Tricks for Modern Device Management – John DeTroye

If you are still trying to get that 1-1 planning done, you need to understand the workflows, VPP, DEP, and your options.

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To 12,000 macs and beyond… – Mike Dodge

Come learn how we use Chef and Munki to manage our 12,000 macs at facebook

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To ExtremeZ-IP or not to ExtremeZ-IP, that is the question. – Mike Flender

Looking at the Pros and Cons of ExtremeZ-IP and how to live without it.

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Using AutoPKG for Windows Software – James Stewart & Matt Hansen

This session will cover PSU’s use of AutoPKG to automatically ready Windows Software for deployment.

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Using Google’s Open Source Tools to Manage Macs – Edward Marczak & Russell Hancox

Learn about open source tools offered by Google’s Mac Operations team and how to use them for your Macs.

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Virtualization and OS X Server – Yoann Gini

OS X Server and vSphere, here’s to the crazy ones.

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Virtualization and OS X Testing – building your test environment using virtual Macs – Rich Trouton

This session will cover how to rapidly build OS X virtual machines to desired specifications, along with showing how you can leverage these virtual machines to test the software and configurations that you’re planning to deploy.

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What’s new with Munki – Greg Neagle

A look at some of the new features added to Munki in the last year.

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Wi-Fi Network Design for a Mobile Learning Environment – Presented by Apple

Effective Wi-Fi network design is essential for the success of any mobile learning environment.

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Working with System Frameworks in Python and Objective-C – James Barclay

Learn how to take advantage of OS X system frameworks that are useful to system administrators.

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You Suck At Email – And Other Communication Challenges for the IT Professional – Jim Rispin

“Dammit Jim! I’m an IT professional, not a communication expert!” – Well, who says you can’t be both?

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The full conference schedule is available on http://psumac2015.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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