Workshops

The MacAdmins Conference registration includes a day of workshops, held on June 27, 2016. Breakfast, lunch, light snacks, and dinner will be served during the day. These workshops are built to help attendees gain a solid foundation in a focused aspect of system administration.  This year we are pleased to be offering 5 workshops sessions to choose from.

Introduction to offensive security – SOLD OUT
Speakers: Yoann Gini
Level: Intermediate, Hands-on (BYOD for attendees)
Length: Full Day Workshop

Keeping IT services secure is a day-to-day task. Like in many other domains, being able to protect a computer-based system means being able to attack it. During this full-day workshop, you will learn about the most popular steps used in an attack. The main idea behind this process is to allow you to better understand how an attacker thinks.

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Packaging Workshop – SOLD OUT
Speakers: Greg Neagle
Level: Fundamental, Hands-on (BYOD for attendees)
Length: Full Day Workshop

A hands-on workshop where you will learn how to tear apart and inspect third-party Apple installer packages and to build your own packages.

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Mac Deployment Options
Speakers: Balmes Pavlov, Vaughn Miller & Daniel McCullough
Level: Fundamental, Lecture
Length: Full Day Workshop

This workshop will focus on the deployment of Macs and all the different methods admins can use to get a computer ready for the end user. In discussing different deployment solutions we will cover the pros and cons of each method. Areas that will be touched upon will include workflows on image creations and the tools to create and deploy them, software deployment options covering tools both free and commercial, and lastly managing computer and user preferences. Hopefully you will come out of this workshop with new ideas on how to deploy your Macs in your environment.

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Deploying iPad and Mac in Education
Speakers: Presented by Apple
Length: Full Day Workshop
Level: Fundamental, Lecture

Learn how to automate device setup, manage devices over the air, and streamline content distribution with Apple Deployment Programs. At this event, you’ll get details about the Device Enrollment Program, Volume Purchase Program, Apple ID, and mobile device management.

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This workshop session features 2 half day workshops:
Build your own pocket Netboot Server and Munki/Reposado repo with a Raspberry Pi
Speakers: Timothy Perfitt & Pepijn Bruienne
Level: Intermediate, Hands-on (BYOD for attendees)
Length: Half Day Workshop – AM

Get ready to dive into Raspberry Pi hacking. During this 1/2 day workshop, build a working netboot server with a Munki/Reposado repository from start to finish. Learn the basics of setting up the Raspberry Pi, installing software, and tweaking the settings. No soldering required, but you do have bring your own Raspberry Pi to the session (we will have a limited number that you can purchase if needed).

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Goooooooaaaaaaaaallllllll!
Speaker: Pam Lefkowitz
Level: Hands-on (BYOD for attendees)
Length: Half Day Workshop – PM

Trouble getting off the mark? Too much to do and not enough time? Too many interests and don’t know how to get it all done? Learn to make this year a year or productivity.

Workshop Details


 Workshop Details

Introduction to offensive security
Speakers: Yoann Gini
Level: Intermediate, Hands-on (BYOD for attendees)
Length: Full Day Workshop

Abstract: Keeping IT services secure is a day-to-day task. Like in many other domains, being able to protect a computer-based system means being able to attack it. During this full-day workshop, you will learn about the most popular steps used in an attack. The main idea behind this process is to allow you to better understand how an attacker thinks.

Description: Nowadays, security issues leading to big data leak are common. Big and small companies are target of different kind of attacker for corporate spying or deny of services. Education isn’t in rest, this area can be targeted to steal personal data about students or to diffuse false informations in a campaign of harassment.

Finding a reason for someone to trying to break into your network is not a problem.

This full day workshop as a simple goal, giving you a quick look of how an attacker think. During the day, you will be leaded to all big steps needed to execute an attack on a demo setup. You will discover how common mistake can open a small crack on your defense leading an attacker to success.


Packaging Workshop
Speakers: Greg Neagle
Level: Fundamental, Hands-on (BYOD for attendees)
Length: Full Day Workshop

Abstract: A hands-on workshop where you will learn how to tear apart and inspect third-party Apple installer packages and to build your own packages.

Description: A hands-on workshop where you will learn how to:

  • Inspect the contents of Apple packages
  • Recognize common problems in third-party packages (and strategies for dealing with these)
  • Build your own packages:
    • simple packages that just install files
    • more complex packages that also run scripts
    • “payload-free” packages
    • “distribution” packages that install multiple component packages.

We’ll look at packaging utilities and tools provided by Apple and some free and/or open source third-party tools for working with Apple packages. We’ll also discuss packaging “best practices” to make sure packages you build work as expected in the widest range of environments.

Basic familiarity with the command line will be helpful, but not required.


Mac Deployment Options
Speakers: Balmes Pavlov, Vaughn Miller & Daniel McCullough
Level: Fundamental, Lecture
Length: Full Day Workshop

Abstract: This workshop will focus on the deployment of Macs and all the different methods admins can use to get a computer ready for the end user. In discussing different deployment solutions we will cover the pros and cons of each method. Areas that will be touched upon will include workflows on image creations and the tools to create and deploy them, software deployment options covering tools both free and commercial, and lastly managing computer and user preferences. Hopefully you will come out of this workshop with new ideas on how to deploy your Macs in your environment.

Description: This workshop will focus on the deployment of Macs and all the different methods admins can use to get a computer ready for the end user. In discussing different deployment solutions we will cover the pros and cons of each method. Areas that will be touched upon will include workflows on image creations and the tools to create and deploy them, software deployment options covering tools both free and commercial, and lastly managing computer and user preferences. Hopefully you will come out of this workshop with new ideas on how to deploy your Macs in your environment.

Some of the specific topics we hope to cover in this workshop include:

Imaging Workflows

  • Golden/Monolithic imaging
  • Modular imaging
  • Compiled/Common modular image
  • Thin image
  • No image / DEP

Imaging tools

  • Disk Utility
  • DeployStudio
  • Imagr
  • asr
  • AutoDMG

Image Delivery

  • Netboot
  • Target disk mode
  • Internet Recovery

Packaging

  • pkgbuild
  • Packages
  • Composer
  • Other handy tools when it comes to packaging

Software deployment & maintenance

  • Munki
  • Casper
  • VPP
  • AutoPkg
  • Discussion regarding other commercial deployment tools

Preferences

  • Determining what settings and preferences to set and some of the methods to do so
  • Configuration Profiles
  • Scripts

There will be mention of other tools and tricks that may help you fill in the gaps. Audience feedback and interaction will be highly welcomed in this workshop.


Deploying iPad and Mac in Education
Speakers: Presented by Apple
Length: Full Day Workshop
Level: Fundamental, Lecture

Abstract: Learn how to automate device setup, manage devices over the air, and streamline content distribution with Apple Deployment Programs. At this event, you’ll get details about the Device Enrollment Program, Volume Purchase Program, Apple ID, and mobile device management.

Description: Learn how to automate device setup, manage devices over the air, and streamline content distribution with Apple Deployment Programs. At this event, you’ll get details about the Device Enrollment Program, Volume Purchase Program, Apple ID, and mobile device management.

  • Get a technical walkthrough of the Apple Deployment Programs.
  • Learn how to distribute apps and books using the Apple Volume Purchase Program and managed distribution.
  • Receive technical information and guidance from Apple experts.
  • Get project management tips for your entire team.
  • Discover best practices and develop a deployment roadmap for your institution.
  • Engage your instructional staff with new tools to manage content, workflows, and assessments

This workshop session features 2 half day workshops:

Build your own pocket Netboot Server and Munki/Reposado repo with a Raspberry Pi
Speakers: Timothy Perfitt & Pepijn Bruienne
Level: Intermediate, Hands-on (BYOD for attendees)
Length: Half Day Workshop – AM

Abstract: Get ready to dive into Raspberry Pi hacking. During this 1/2 day workshop, build a working netboot server with a Munki/Reposado repository from start to finish. Learn the basics of setting up the Raspberry Pi, installing software, and tweaking the settings. No soldering required, but you do have bring your own Raspberry Pi to the session (we will have a limited number that you can purchase if needed).

Description: During this 1/2 day workshop, participants will learn about the capabilities of the Raspberry Pi, set up the OS, and install the required software to turn the device into a working netboot server with a Munki/Reposado repository. The Netboot server uses BSDPy to provide the netboot functionality, and Munki/Reposado for package installation. The workshop will be broken into short presentations about the Raspberry Pi, Netboot, BSDPy, Munki/Reposado, and the Mac, followed by hands on exercises installing and configuring the Raspberry Pi.

Participants will be required to bring a Raspberry Pi, power supply, SD card, ethernet cable, and a Mac that can Netboot over ethernet.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaallllllll!
Speaker: Pam Lefkowitz
Level: Hands-on (BYOD for attendees)
Length: Half Day Workshop – PM

Abstract: Trouble getting off the mark? Too much to do and not enough time? Too many interests and don’t know how to get it all done? Learn to make this year a year or productivity.

Description:Make this year your most productive year yet. Get organized and inspired to set and achieve your goals – personal or professional. Bring a paper notebook or an iPad Pro/Apple Pencil – we’ll be using our hand-eye coordination in this workshop. Leave all your preconceived notions of success at the door and come prepared to dream big. This will be a judgment free zone.


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