Introduction to Packaging

Speakers: Greg Neagle

Level: Fundamental, Hands-on (BYOD for attendees)

Excerpt: We’ll explore Apple’s command line tools and some third-party command-line and GUI tools as we build Apple packages for large-scale deployment. We’ll look at some of the common pitfalls and how to avoid them. We’ll also discuss “best practices” and recommended workflows.

Description: An understanding of Apple packages is an essential skill for OS X administrators. This is a hands-on session where you are encouraged to follow along as we use tools included with OS X to examine packages and to build your own packages. Conference session materials will be published at the week before the conference so you can download them in advance.

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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