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MacAdmins is the premier East Coast conference for anyone who deploys and manages Macs and iOS devices. We are featuring 69 sessions and seven workshops with top notch speakers in the macOS and iOS deployment community. MacAdmins offers an incredible level of expertise, value, entertainment, and a great opportunity to network with your fellow admins! Visit our website.

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Wednesday, July 10
 

9:00am EDT

Starting from Scratch with Munki
Are you a new Mac admin exploring management options? Thinking about switching from another tool? Or maybe just want to learn about munki for the first time? This session will teach the basic terminology and concepts around getting started with Munki.

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Speakers
avatar for Rick Heil

Rick Heil

IT Director, MERGE Atlanta | Boston | Chicago
Rick is the IT Director for MERGE, a full-service marketing communications firm in Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago with deep domain expertise in health sciences, technology, and financial services. As the leader of a four-person IT team, Rick's goal is to automate himself out of a job... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
206 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

10:45am EDT

5 Years Later: Plexify Your Classrooms!
VHS tapes are a dead technology. DVDs are dying a rapid death. But your teachers still need access to this media in their classrooms. Learn how can you future-proof your school with a digital streaming solution.

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Speakers
avatar for Damien Barrett

Damien Barrett

K-12 Mac System Administrator, Montclair Kimberley Academy
Damien has been supporting Macs for more than 20 years in corporate, small business, and education environments. Hes worked as an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician, Apple Certified Trainer, Interim IT Director for a cable access television station, and ran his own consulting business... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
206 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

10:45am EDT

Python 101
Scripting aptitude is a fundamental tool in your typical Mac admin's utility belt. This session will go over the basics of scripting in python, offer some examples of how python can help you with your day to day work, and will finish up with an interactive session to build prototype automation tools.

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Speakers
avatar for Joseph Chilcote

Joseph Chilcote

Client Platform Engineer, Facebook
Client Platform Engineer at Facebook.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Deans Hall 1 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

10:45am EDT

Breach -> ATT&CK -> Osquery - Learning from breach reports to improve endpoint monitoring
Large breaches like SingHealth's resulted in detailed public reports.
Using those, we will map portions of the attacks to ATT&CK, then see how to monitor for them using qsquery.
Though most of these public reports address breaches that touched Windows environments, we will translate the Windowsness into "what would that same technique look like on Mac?".

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Speakers
avatar for Guillaume Ross

Guillaume Ross

Principal Security Researcher, Uptycs
Guillaume is a security consultant, working for his company, Caffeine Security, responsible for providing Information Security Program development, security architecture, incident response and other services.With a background in IT and Security Architecture, he advises clients on... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
208 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

1:30pm EDT

Get in tune with Intune
In this session we will go over the basics of device compliance, registration, and troubleshooting with Microsoft Intune and Jamf Pro for macOS.

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Speakers
avatar for Bryce Carlson

Bryce Carlson

Senior Support Engineer, Jamf
Bryce is a Senior Support Engineer working on macOS and service integrations escalations at Jamf in Support. Before coming to Jamf in January of 2016 he was the Mac Admin and Manager of Housing IT at UW - Green Bay. He has been breaking and then fixing Macs ever since he got an iMac... Read More →
avatar for Shonda Hodge

Shonda Hodge

Sr. Support Engineer, Microsoft
Shonda Hodge is a Senior Support Engineer at Microsoft where she focuses on Microsoft Intune mobile device management solution. Shonda is known as the partner integration subject matter expert for Jamf, Saaswedo DatAlert, Sandblast, SEP Mobile, LookOut, and Cisco ISE. She's also responsible... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
208 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

1:30pm EDT

The Mythical CLI (Command Line Interface), OHH My!
In this session we will take a look at the command line interface for some of todays modern operating systems. Primarily looking at the unix based command lines of Linux and macOS. We will look at some basic commands that can make the life of a systems administrator a lot easier both on the machine and in your deployment systems.

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Speakers
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Todd Echterling

Campus IT Security Specialist / Systems Administrator, Millersville University
I am currently the Campus IT Security Specialist / Systems Administrator at Millersville University. I have been on the IT staff at MU for 20 years. In my role as Security Specialist I manage our layers from vulnerability scanning to endpoint protection. I also hold other roles on... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
207 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

1:30pm EDT

Identity management, the step after device management
You're managing your fleet with an EMM? Great! Now what about your identities? How do you handle all those cloud-based services? The accounts on each? What about UX when we've to connect many times to multiple services with same or different credentials for work?

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Speakers
avatar for Yoann Gini

Yoann Gini

CEO, Abelionni
Yoann is CEO of Abelionni, a consulting working anywhere on the planet, on anything related to a SMB information system, highly experimented on scenario with intellectual property to defend. You might already have used one of his tools made for system administrators like the Admin... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
206 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

3:15pm EDT

Welcome to Slack aka What does the dolphin mean?
Starting out as a new Mac admin? Not sure where to go to get answers to questions? Come learn about the MacAdmins Slack, the best resource for all things Apple administration and support. And best of all, you'll finally learn what the dolphin means.

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Speakers
avatar for John Eberle

John Eberle

Mac Desktop Engineer
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.
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Louise Radifera

Manager Client Services, 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... Read More →
avatar for Alexander Smith

Alexander Smith

IT Engineer, Sprinklr


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
206 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

3:15pm EDT

To MDM or Not To MDM - Is that a Question?
(This session will not be recorded.)

Is MDM a requirement for managing your MacOS and iOS fleet? We were able to get by without it for a long time. However, we recently moved our organization to using MDM. This talk will cover our rationale for implementing MDM as well as how we were able to make the change with minimal impact to our users. We will touch on MDM, SKEL, DEP, and some security projects we implemented at the same time.

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Speakers
avatar for Matthew Schnittker

Matthew Schnittker

Manager, Technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Matt Schnittker began his association with Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1998, and currently serves as a Manager in the Systems department. His first film contribution was on Disneys ambitious 2000 animated feature, Dinosaur, and he most recently worked on the Studios feature release... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
207 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

3:15pm EDT

The Joy of Semicolons
SQL is everywhere, and Mac admins are going to need some fluency with it. I want to help get you started even if I still can't write a proper JOIN statement.


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Speakers
avatar for Jason Broccardo

Jason Broccardo

Lead Systems Engineer, Glassdoor
Doing my best to not successfully automate my mistakes across the entire fleet.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
Deans Hall 2 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803
 
Thursday, July 11
 

9:00am EDT

From Flooded Server Room to 100% Cloud: Making your K-12 (or Business) Modern, Distributed, Resilient, Secure, and Scalable
Could your organization communicate and operate in the event of a total site shutdown? Are you leveraging all the benefits of modern cloud computing, or following the status quo? Can you operate from the coffee shop down the street as easily as the IT office?

We'll examine the total communications failure and rapid expansion imperative that motivated The Winston Preparatory School to decentralize every technology component and go 100% cloud. Part case study, part retrospective, we'll discuss not just the technology choices, but the motivation, debates, culture shifts, false starts, and pivots that led to where we are today.

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Speakers
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Pax .

Chief Technology Officer, Winston Preparatory School
Mac IT, educational technology, lifelong learning, social media, photography, music, travel, being 80/20.


Thursday July 11, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
207 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

1:30pm EDT

From Mac Servers to NAS: The Great Migration
In this session, I will give an introduction to Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers. The session will include information on what a NAS server is, what one can do, how you might be able to replace a Mac server with a NAS server, potential limitations, and some tips and tricks for managing a NAS server.

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Speakers
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Bryan Heinz

IT Manager, Simantel Group, Ltd.
Bryan Heinz is the IT Manager for the ad agency Simantel in Peoria, IL. He works on everything from resetting user passwords to managing server infrastructure. When not at work, you can find Bryan hanging out with his spouse and friends, playing video games, programming, or watching... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
207 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

3:15pm EDT

Empowering Teachers: A Classroom Centric Approach to iPad Management
How do we know students aren't using their iPads to goof off?
"We can just lock the iPads down, right?"

If your students use iPads, you've probably been asked some variant of these questions by your teachers. Learn how Canisius High School has implemented Apple Classroom, Schoolwork, and other management tools to give teachers control of their classroom without sacrificing the student learning experience.

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Speakers
avatar for Nikki Lewandowski

Nikki Lewandowski

Systems Administrator, Canisius High School
Nikki joined the Canisius High School (Grades 9-12) IT staff in 2011 to provide support and assist in developing educational resources for their 1:1 iPad deployment for both teachers and students. In addition to the continued development of the iPad program, Canisius has three student... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
206 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

3:15pm EDT

Moving to the Future of macOS Deployment (a little late)
We knew macOS changes were coming, we knew imaging was dying, but now we really need to make changes to our workflow to deploy new machines. These are the steps it took to get DEP "imaging" working from signup to deployment.

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Speakers
avatar for Adam Wickert

Adam Wickert

Desktop System Administrator, Hamilton College
A computer enthusiast who went to school for digital video and ended up supporting the Macs he worked on. Currently working in higher education in upstate New York, with experience in .gov. Also, a former Genius.


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
Deans Hall 2 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803
 
Friday, July 12
 

9:00am EDT

Going full cloud with Azure AD or Google Cloud Identity
Going full cloud for an information system can be challenging, especially when it's time to think about identity and device management. During this talk, we will walk through the Azure AD and Google Cloud Identity services to discover how to use them with any kind of device management solution that support LDAP.

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Speakers
avatar for Yoann Gini

Yoann Gini

CEO, Abelionni
Yoann is CEO of Abelionni, a consulting working anywhere on the planet, on anything related to a SMB information system, highly experimented on scenario with intellectual property to defend. You might already have used one of his tools made for system administrators like the Admin... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
207 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

9:00am EDT

iPad Evolution at Gateway School District
A case study of the iPad Deployment at Gateway School District covering mistakes learned from our first 1:1 deployment back in 2014 to our second change deployment in 2017 and covering our Shared iPad mass deployments in Elementary this year with all the craziness that came with it.

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Speakers
avatar for Jesse C. Smillie

Jesse C. Smillie

Mac & Linux Adminstrator, Gateway School District


Friday July 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
206 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

10:45am EDT

Manage Software in Computer Labs on a Budget
Want to manage software on Macs in a shared, computer lab environment, but your resources (budget) are limited? There is an option! This session will cover Munki and other complementary tools that can be used to manage software on your shared macOS lab devices.

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Speakers
avatar for Brian Davis

Brian Davis

Desktop Engineer, East Carolina University
I have worked in higher education for the past 15 years supporting computer labs on the campus of East Carolina University, with the past 3 years supporting roughly 400 Macs. Apple Certified Mac Technician


Friday July 12, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
208 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803