Workshops

The MacAdmins Conference registration includes a day of workshops, held on July 9th, 2019. 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 seven workshops sessions to choose from.

Best Practices Deploying Apple Devices – SOLD OUT
Speakers: Apple Inc
Level: Fundamental, Lecture
Length: Workshop – Full Day

Apple devices can transform your organization and how your employees and students work. They can significantly boost productivity and give your employees and students the freedom and flexibility to work in new ways, whether in the classroom, the office, or on the go. Embracing this new way of working leads to benefits across the entire organization. Users have better access to information, so they feel empowered and are able to creatively solve problems. By supporting macOS and iOS, IT departments are viewed as solving real-world problems, rather than fixing technology and cost-cutting. Ultimately everyone benefits

Workshop Details


Fundamentals of Wi-Fi: Physics Always Wins
Speakers: Tom Bridge and Chris Dawe
Level: Fundamental, Lecture
Length: Workshop – Full Day

This workshop will provide an overview of the fundamentals of Wi-Fi networking, particularly as it relates to the Apple device ecosystem. Attendees will learn the fundamental principles of Wi-Fi, how Wi-Fi differs from the wired networking, and how Wi-Fi client devices and networks behave (or don’t) in the real world.

Workshop Details


It’s dangerous to go alone, take this: A Treasure-filled Workshop for New Mac Admins
Speakers: Lisa Davies, Jamie Piperberg, Caroline Bodager, and Jennifer Unger
Level: Fundamental, Lecture
Length: Workshop – Full Day

Calling new MacAdmins: Welcome to a foundational workshop for new or new-to-the-platform Mac admins. This workshop will provide an overview on managing Macs from the “boots on the ground” perspective. Attendees will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of macOS, specific tactics to improve their workflows, and the confidence and resources to continue learning.

Workshop Details


Learn Incident Response for Mac – Almost SOLD OUT
Speakers: Thomas Reed,
Level: Intermediate, Lecture
Length: Workshop – Full Day

Learn how to analyze a Mac post-infection to identify what was done (or if it was even infected). Get practice analyzing data collected from infected systems.

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Packaging Workshop – SOLD OUT
Speakers: Greg Neagle
Level: Fundamental, BYOD
Length: Workshop – Full Day

Explore the anatomy of Apple Installer packages on macOS and learn how to create your own packages for mass deployment.

Workshop Details


Swift, Xcode, an App and You – Almost SOLD OUT
Speakers: Joel Rennich
Level: Intermediate, BYOD
Length: Workshop – Full Day

Take some basic Swift skill from creating a Command Line application, to putting a UI on it all in this workshop. Some basic Swift knowledge is all you need, we’ll help you go the rest of the way.

We’ll start by discussing command line applications in Swift and how to make them, including the use of Process() to leverage other shell commands. Then we’ll create a GUI application in Xcode that incorporates your command line tool.

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Don’t even think about doing this work alone! – Finding, Building and Maintaining Partners in IT
Speakers: Vi Lynk
Level: All Levels, BYOD
Length: Workshop – Half Day

IT work is hard. You need partners. Regardless of your role, finding support within and outside your organization is essential to moving forward. Through deliberate communication with others, you can begin to locate goals within the vision of the larger community leading to increased support and a more effective team.This workshop will explore the importance of partners, allies and confidants. We’ll take time to articulate a framework of support. We will begin to identify partners, allies and confidants to accompany you. In small groups and dyads, we’ll explore ways to seek, build and maintain these relationships using meaningful conversations.

Note: This workshop is presented in the afternoon only, perfect for those traveling in that morning.

Workshop Details


Best Practices Deploying Apple Devices
Speakers: Apple Inc,
Level: Fundamental, Lecture
Length: Workshop – Full Day

Abstract: Apple devices can transform your organization and how your employees and students work. They can significantly boost productivity and give your employees and students the freedom and flexibility to work in new ways, whether in the classroom, the office, or on the go. Embracing this new way of working leads to benefits across the entire organization. Users have better access to information, so they feel empowered and are able to creatively solve problems. By supporting macOS and iOS, IT departments are viewed as solving real-world problems, rather than fixing technology and cost-cutting. Ultimately everyone benefits

Description: Apple devices can transform your organization and how your employees and students work. They can significantly boost productivity and give your employees and students the freedom and flexibility to work in new ways, whether in the classroom, the office, or on the go. Embracing this new way of working leads to benefits across the entire organization. Users have better access to information, so they feel empowered and are able to creatively solve problems. By supporting macOS and iOS, IT departments are viewed as solving real-world problems, rather than fixing technology and cost-cutting. Ultimately everyone benefits


Don’t even think about doing this work alone! – Finding, Building and Maintaining Partners in IT
Speakers: Vi Lynk
Level: All Levels, BYOD
Length: Workshop – Half Day

Abstract: IT work is hard. You need partners. Regardless of your role, finding support within and outside your organization is essential to moving forward. Through deliberate communication with others, you can begin to locate goals within the vision of the larger community leading to increased support and a more effective team.This workshop will explore the importance of partners, allies and confidants. We’ll take time to articulate a framework of support. We will begin to identify partners, allies and confidants to accompany you. In small groups and dyads, we’ll explore ways to seek, build and maintain these relationships using meaningful conversations.

Description: IT work is hard. You need partners. Regardless of your role, finding support within and outside your organization is essential to moving forward. Through thoughtful and deliberate communication with others, you can begin to locate individual goals within the vision of the larger community leading to increased support and a more effective team. In this workshop we’ll begin by exploring the importance of partners, allies and confidants. Using examples pulled from over a decade of tech work and leadership development in various sectors (small business, educational, nonprofit, etc.) we’ll look at different ways to connect and engage with the people around you. Within the workshop, we’ll take time to articulate the framework of support you need to continue and grow the work you are doing. We will then begin to identify potential partners, allies and confidants to accompany you in this work. In small groups and dyads, we’ll explore ways to seek, build and maintain these relationships through deliberate and meaningful conversations.

Note: This workshop is presented in the afternoon only, perfect for those traveling in that morning.


Fundamentals of Wi-Fi: Physics Always Wins
Speakers: Tom Bridge and Chris Dawe
Level: Fundamental, Lecture
Length: Workshop – Full Day

Abstract: This workshop will provide an overview of the fundamentals of Wi-Fi networking, particularly as it relates to the Apple device ecosystem. Attendees will learn the fundamental principles of Wi-Fi, how Wi-Fi differs from the wired networking, and how Wi-Fi client devices and networks behave (or don’t) in the real world.

Description: In the beginningfor most Mac Admins, anywaythere was the Airport Base Station, the Airport Card, and a wide-open spectrum…20 years later, it remains rare that one hears “The Wi-Fi at this conference is *great*!” Why?

In this workshop, Tom Bridge and Chris Dawe use their growing experience in the world of Wi-Fi to build on their 2015 and 2017 to provide an understanding of a network technology that simultaneously manages to be ubiquitous, critical, and misunderstood.

This workshop will provide a basic introduction to Wi-Fi technology, describe basic Wi-Fi operations, provide an overview of Wi-Fi network design an troubleshooting, and discuss Apple-specific device behaviors that will make Wi-Fi network management more interesting than it was before.

In the course of the workshop, attendees will encounter the tools required for designing, building, and troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks, and receive a list of resources to continue their Wi-Fi education.

Topics covered in this workshop will include:

1. Radio Frequency and Wi-Fi Technology Basics
2. Basic Wi-Fi Client and Network Operations
3. Introduction to Wi-Fi Network Design
4. The Wi-Fi Engineering and Troubleshooting Toolkit
5. Introduction to Network Security
6. Apple Devices in the Wi-Fi World


It’s dangerous to go alone, take this: A Treasure-filled Workshop for New Mac Admins
Speakers: Lisa Davies, Jamie Piperberg, Caroline Bodager, and Jennifer Unger
Level: Fundamental, Lecture
Length: Workshop – Full Day

Abstract: Calling new MacAdmins: Welcome to a foundational workshop for new or new-to-the-platform Mac admins. This workshop will provide an overview on managing Macs from the “boots on the ground” perspective. Attendees will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of macOS, specific tactics to improve their workflows, and the confidence and resources to continue learning.

Description: This workshop will review the basics from initial setup, resources and tools, DEP, VPP, MDM, Config Profiles, Security, Risk management, Troubleshooting, Patch management, and scripting basics. We will review what we wish we had known starting out as a MacAdmins and lessons learned over our shared experiences. Attendees will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of macOS, specific tactics to improve their workflows, and the confidence and resources to continue learning.


Learn Incident Response for Mac
Speakers: Thomas Reed,
Level: Intermediate, Lecture
Length: Workshop – Full Day

Abstract: Learn how to analyze a Mac post-infection to identify what was done (or if it was even infected). Get practice analyzing data collected from infected systems.

Description: Got a Mac that you suspect may be infected? Learn how to do incident response on a Mac, so you can identify not just what was installed but also where it came from, what files the malware is touching, what network connections it has open, and other details about what the malware has done. The information will start with the basics, but will also venture into lesser-known areas, so should be appropriate for a variety of experience levels. The class will include hands-on analysis of data collected from infected systems.


Packaging Workshop
Speakers: Greg Neagle
Level: Fundamental, BYOD
Length: Workshop – Full Day

Abstract: Explore the anatomy of Apple Installer packages on macOS and learn how to create your own packages for mass deployment.

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

Build your own packages:s in third-party packages (and strategies for dealing with these)

  • simple packages that just install files
  • more complex packages that also run scripts
  • payload-free” packages

Examine and verify package signatures and sign your own packages.s.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.


Swift, Xcode, an App and You
Speakers: Joel Rennich,
Level: Intermediate, BYOD
Length: Workshop – Full Day

Abstract: Take some basic Swift skill from creating a Command Line application, to putting a UI on it all in this workshop. Some basic Swift knowledge is all you need, we’ll help you go the rest of the way.

We’ll start by discussing command line applications in Swift and how to make them, including the use of Process() to leverage other shell commands. Then we’ll create a GUI application in Xcode that incorporates your command line tool.

Description: Learn the basics of creating Command Line applications with Swift. We’ll include some fun things to do with System APIs and other reasons why you may want to do this in Swift instead of in another language.

Then we’ll walk you through how to take the code that you just made and add a user interface to it.

  • Some basic Swift knowledge. Enough to know the difference between String and Int, and how to combine two Strings.

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