MacAdmins Conference Sessions

We are happy to announce our 2019 MacAdmins Conference Session schedule!

The full conference schedule is available on http://psumac2019.sched.com/. 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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macOS Security Compliance Project

Speakers: Bob Gendler & Dan Brodjieski & Allen Golbig

Level: All Levels, Lecture

Excerpt: The macOS Security Compliance Project is an open source effort that can be used to create customized security baselines of technical security controls, which are mapped to various compliance frameworks.

Description: In this session, Mac Admins will learn more about the macOS Security Compliance Project and how they can leverage the project to build their own security compliance guidance.


About the speakers

Allen Golbig (Twitter: @golby) – Mac Systems Engineer – NASA GRC

Allen has worked as a Mac admin in healthcare, education and now in the federal space at NASA Glenn Research Center. Yes, NASA is in Cleveland.


Dan Brodjieski (Twitter: @brodjieski) – Senior Macintosh Engineer – DISA – JSP


Bob Gendler – IT Specialist – NIST

IT Specialist in the Apple world. Jamf guru, wizard of Mac Management, and mastermind of Apple trivia.

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Moving to zsh

Speakers: Armin Briegel

Level: All Levels, Lecture

Excerpt: Apple has switched the default shell in Catalina from bash to zsh. What does that mean? How does that affect you and your users? Your management tools and scripts? We will explore the reasons and consequences of this change, how to move to zsh, and what benefits you can gain from “Moving to zsh.”

Description: “The default interactive shell is now zsh.”
You have probably seen this message since upgrading to Catalina when opening Terminal. In this session we will explore the history and possible reasons for this change. We will look at how it affects users and admins. We will look at some of the useful new features you can gain when switching to zsh, such as command prompts, powerful completions, and auto-suggestions. And we will look at how this might affect your management tools and scripting workflows.


About the speaker

Armin Briegel (Twitter: @scriptingosx) – Mac Admin, Consultant, and Author – Scripting OS X – Pro Warehouse

Armin Briegel has been managing Macs and their users for over twenty-five years and probably held most existing technical job titles at one time or another. He worked for nearly ten years at Apple in Germany and the US as a Systems Engineer, Consulting Engineer, and Solutions Architect. Then, he put theory into practice as a System Administrator at University of California. He currently works as a System Engineer at the Apple Authorized Enterprise Reseller Pro Warehouse in the Netherlands. He writes on his weblog, scriptingosx.com and has published four books scriptingosx.com/books

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Why Fi 6? EEEEEEEEEEEE! Upcoming Changes in Wireless Networking

Speakers: Chris Dawe

Level: All Levels, Lecture

Excerpt: 802.11ax was finally starting to ramp up when the FCC came along and opened another 1200 MHz of radio frequency spectrum for unlicensed use. What does all this mean for your network planning, design, and troubleshooting?

Description: Discussions of:
1. WiFi 6/802.11ax technology
2. Spectrum expansion into the 6 GHz band
3. Vendor responses


About the speaker

Chris Dawe (Twitter: @ctdawe) – Principal Systems Engineer – Wheelwrights

Chris Dawe is a consultant focused on macOS, iOS, and networking. He handles a wide variety of work, including system assessment, design, deployment, and support. Chris holds the Certified Wireless Network Administrator and the Ekahau Certified Survey Engineer certifications, and is working toward several others. Chris co-founded and helps manage Apple Admins of Seattle, a monthly administrator’s meetup based in Seattle. When not working, Chris dabbles in American history, cooks when he can, and appreciates both whiskey and whisky. Chris lives with Emily in Seattle, Washington.

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Supplementing Jamf’s Reporting with MunkiReport

Speakers: Alexander Smith & Louise Radifera & John Eberle

Level: All Levels, Lecture

Excerpt: In need of a board reporting tool to supplement Jamf’s built in reporting? Tired of finding, creating, testing extension attributes? Try the open source route by using MunkiReport, Munki no longer required. In this session we’ll go in-depth with how to setup and use MunkiReport to augment Jamf’s native reporting. We’ll touch upon some of the many things MunkiReport can gather and how it can be presented. Learn how to expand its functionality by using your Extension Attributes from Jamf and integrate MunkiReport into Jamf using the Jamf API. All of MunkiReport, but without the Munki.

Description: In need of a board reporting tool to supplement Jamf’s built in reporting? Tired of finding, creating, testing extension attributes? Try the open source route by using MunkiReport, Munki no longer required. In this session we’ll go in-depth with how to setup and use MunkiReport to augment Jamf’s native reporting. We’ll touch upon some of the many things MunkiReport can gather and how it can be presented. Learn how to expand its functionality by using your Extension Attributes from Jamf and integrate MunkiReport into Jamf using the Jamf API. All of MunkiReport, but without the Munki.


About the speakers

John Eberle (Twitter: @tuxudo) – –

A native of the Pittsburgh area and graduate of Penn State. Currently a Mac admin at a non-profit in the Pittsburgh area web apps, fixing hardware of all kinds, and supporting everything IT.


Louise Radifera (Twitter: @vazhalemur) – Manager Client Services & Support – CBS

Louise entered the world of geekdom after seeing her first tech movie where she watched HAL refuse to open the pod bay doors and then seeing the “old” Duotronic computers not only work, but provide answers by voice on starships on TV. She has been fascinated by computers ever since.
Currently, Louise is responsible support for CBS interactive’s US east coast support and for starting the Women in Tech group at CBS.


Alexander Smith – Senior Helpdesk Analyst – Sprinklr

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What’s new with Adobe 2020 in Education

Speakers: Darren Wallace

Level: All Levels, Lecture

Excerpt: Covering Adobe 2020 deployment workflows, rollouts and updates to Shared Device Licensing

Description: Over a year has passed since Adobe announced the new Shared Device Licenses. What’s changed? What hasn’t? How many bottles of [beverage] will you need to get you through it?
In this session we’ll look to cover the changes since that first release of CC 2019, SDL and now 2020. We’ll revisit the various deployment workflows and suggestions for taming this beast. Based on experiences from the front line and real world examples.


About the speaker

Darren Wallace (Twitter: @Daz_Wallace) – Lead Systems Engineer – dataJAR Ltd

Darren has been tinkering with Macs on a professional level for more than 15 years. He started as a fresh-faced hardware repair trainee and has fond memories of iBook G4 Logic Board repairs! Over the years, he progressed on to executive relations and eventually consultancy.
In the latter part of his career, he worked with directors at Amsys (now Moof IT) to expand and develop their professional services department, delivering and managing technical projects. He’s finally moved onto his new role as Lead Systems Engineer for dataJAR Ltd, providing elegant and simple solutions for Apple customers worldwide.
Along with Ben Toms (Technical Director) and other pillars of the Apple community, Darren helps to run London Apple Admins, and is keen to share his technical knowledge through a range of blogs.
During downtime, he is your typical geek and can be found with his head in books, both of the comic and traditional variety, video games and television shows.
When he does venture out, you’ll find him happy in his local, ale in hand.

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