Preference Management with Profiles

Speakers: Greg Neagle

Level: Intermediate, Lecture

Excerpt: A look at what configuration profiles can do, how you can create them, and how you can deploy them to machines you manage.

Description: With the introduction of OS X Lion, Apple started deprecating the use of MCX for client preference management. Instead, Apple turned to a technology borrowed from iOS: Configuration Profiles. With OS X now at version 10.11, (and 10.12 around the corner), if you are still using MCX (or if you aren’t using any preferences management) you might want to be investigating the use of configuration profiles. We’ll look at the capabilities of configuration profiles, tools and techniques for creating configuration profiles, and methods and tools for deploying configuration profiles to the Macs you manage.

About the speakers

Greg Neagle – Sr. Systems Engineer – Walt Disney Animation Studios (Twitter:

Greg is the engineer primarily responsible for deploying and managing OS X machines at Walt Disney Animation Studios, a studio with a long history of family entertainment reaching back to “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” and forward to our latest films, “Frozen”, “Big Hero 6” and “Zootopia”. Disney Animation has released as open source several Mac management tools developed by Greg. Among those are Munki, a software deployment framework, Reposado, a platform-agnostic replacement for Apple’s Software Update service, and the “createOSXinstallerPkg” tool set. Greg is also a contributor to the popular AutoPkg tool. Greg has presented on various aspects of OS X management at Macworld, Apple’s WWDC, the MacTech Conference, Penn State Mac Admins, and MacSysAdmin. He is a frequent contributor to MacTech Magazine.

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