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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

Fold, spindle, and mutilate
Network printing, like much of IT, is simple in concept with devilishly difficult details your users will have no problem stumbling over. You've discovered lpadmin and config profiles for installing printers, but what about pushing or locking down features on them? Explore techniques for doing so along with things like discovering AD published printers on not-AD bound Macs and getting the Mac to hunt drivers for a printer hiding behind a server rather than making your users do it.

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Speakers
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Joshua See

Campus Technology Support Engineer, UW-River Falls
Head of care and feeding of Mac and iOS devices at a small midwestern university for over a decade, I've watched hardware, software, management tools, and concepts come and go, getting a feel for what works, what doesn't, and that "obsolete" ideas that might work again.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
208 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

9:00am EDT

Linters, Hooks, and Pipelines — Automation to Save Your Bacon
I'll introduce you to three tools from the dev ops world that seamlessly fit into the Mac admin toolkit: linters, pre-commit hooks, and CI/CD pipelines. When used properly, these tools can act as guard rails for your code as it goes from development into production. AutoPkg recipes, Munki repositories, MDM profiles, Jamf extension attributes, package builds: I'll show you examples of how each of these benefit from strategic dev ops automation.

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Speakers
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Elliot Jordan

End-User Platform Security, Nordstrom
Elliot has secured and automated Mac management at a diverse range of companies over the past 15 years. A frequent open source contributor and collaborator, Elliot co-created Recipe Robot, led the AutoPkgr development team, and maintains over 1,000 public AutoPkg recipes. Elliot works... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Deans Hall 1 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

9:00am EDT

Santa in the Summer: Getting Started with Google Santa
A whitelist/blacklist application can keep your environment secure and log activity for audit purposes. Google developed a free tool called Santa for internal use and shared it with the world. This session will demonstrate how to create basic rules about what programs are allowed to run. We'll also setup a basic server to receive alerts of unauthorized application launches and monitor events.

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Speakers
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Todd Houle

Engineer, MIT
Command line junkie


Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Deans Hall 2 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

10:45am EDT

Patch and You: Exploring External Patch Sources with Jamf Pro
Are you a Jamf Pro customer and wanting to learn more about leveraging "External Patch Sources" for your own patch definitions? Learn about the open source tools aiding others in setting up custom patch reports and patch policies, and then hear from a current Jamf customer on how they have put this to use within their environment.

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Speakers
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Bryson Tyrrell

Systems Development Engineer II, Jamf
Bryson Tyrrell is an IT professional from the Twin Cities. He works at Jamf on the Cloud Engineering team on automation and services for Jamf Cloud. In past years he has presented at the Jamf Nation User Conference, Atlassian Summit, Penn State MacAdmins, and MacADUK. You can normally... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
205 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

1:30pm EDT

Deploying Macs from the Recovery Partition with MDS
Quickly set up and provision Macs with MDS. Within minutes of a Mac pulled out of the box, it will be set up, configured, and ready to deploy. MDS works with all Macs, including new Macs with Secure Boot and System Integrity Protection. MDS sets up all the resources for booting from the recovery partition or an external drive, wiping and installing macOS, and installing required packages. Come to this session and learn how to admins are using MDS, how MDS works, and get your questions answered.


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Speakers
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Timothy Perfitt

Founder, Twocanoes Software
Timothy Perfitt is founder and CEO of Twocanoes Software. He started the company in 2012 in Naperville, IL in an effort to build best of breed Mac and iOS software and hardware. Taking advantage of Apples iBeacon and the excitement around close-proximity sensors, Twocanoes has created... Read More →
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Kitzy

Senior IT Engineer, Fastly


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

1:30pm EDT

Make your MDM Proactive and solve issues before they are problems
Finding ways to utilize cloud services to extend your MDM and make it an automated part of your workflow without needing developer skills. Get an easy glance of the state of your network's devices quickly, and parlay that into a help-desk ticket that will let you proactively solve issues before they have a chance to become problems. No matter which systems you use, the roadmap for connecting systems through APIs will hold up and give you tools to manage your department/school/business.

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Speakers
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Jon Goldman

Director of Technology, Playbill
Jon is a former Broadway Stage Manager and has been back in IT for about 9 years. He has been working with Apple Products since his first Apple ][. He lives in Westchester (North of NYC) with his wife, 2 daughters and big fluffy white dog.


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

3:15pm EDT

Threat hunting and Malware Analysis on Mac OS X with osquery
In this talk, we share the experience of the Threat Intelligence team at Uptycs, a SaaS EDR solution provider for Mac OS X and Linux cloud workloads based on osquery, in effectively hunting for threats on the Mac OS X platform. An innovative approach to using advanced system monitoring capabilities of osquery instead of an instrumented virtualization environment for analysis and hunting will be described.

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Speakers
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Milan Shah

CTO, Uptycs, Inc
Intrusion Detection, Incident Investigation, Threat Hunting, Vuln Mgmt, Compliance, Linux, Containers, OSX


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
208 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803
 
Thursday, July 11
 

9:00am EDT

Getting Started With the Jamf API (Part 1)
Are you intrigued by the Jamf API but not sure how to get started? Learn how to interact with the Jamf API using real world examples.

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Speakers
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Kitzy

Senior IT Engineer, Fastly


Thursday July 11, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Deans Hall 2 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

9:00am EDT

A Journey From Bugs To SecureTokens
A story about two bug discoveries that led me to a clearer picture about the inner workings of SecureTokens. SecureTokens have been characterized in various ways, but the predominant viewpoint seems to be that they are a pointer.

Speakers
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Simon Carlson-Thies

Macintosh SME, mPower
I am a long-time Macintosh consultant and System Administrator. I currently put my skills to work at NIH, providing Macintosh desktop support escalation and desktop engineering services via an IT contractor. In a previous life I spent a significant amount of time as a writer. One... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
208 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

10:45am EDT

The Unusual Suspects: Existing Tools and Harvesting Knowlege
When the CIO's edict for Mac support doesn't come with a new budget, you use the tools you have. Follow a Windows-based unit's journey to Mac support, through errors, misguided assumptions, and trials that didn't work out, to success by embracing the tools already on hand. We rediscover old truths and embrace the practical aspects of Mac management while thinking differently.

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Speakers
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Andrew Laurence

Systems Analyst, University of California, Irvine
Andrew Laurence wrangles endpoints at the University of California, Irvine's Office of Information Technology. He has been a systems analyst and administrator for longer than he cares to admit. His career includes being "the Mac guy", a linux/Solaris sysadmin, product owner for an... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
207 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

10:45am EDT

A Year on the Client Platform Engineering Team at Uber
It's been a busy year for the Uber Client Platform Engineering team! Come share the lessons learned from globally deploying MDM to tens-of-thousands of devices globally during a time of hyper-growth. This session will focus on procurement considerations, as well as Workspace ONE cross-platform architecture, provisioning options and enrollment for currently deployed devices.

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Speakers
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Danielle Di Bella

Senior Client Platform Engineer, Uber
Danielle is a Senior Information Technology Engineer experienced in cross-platform systems architecture, procurement, automated provisioning, management, security and monitoring for computers and other mobile devices. She has been an Apple Certified Trainer since 2012 and ran her... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
206 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

10:45am EDT

Getting Started With the Jamf API
Are you intrigued by the Jamf API but not sure how to get started? Learn how to interact with the Jamf API using real world examples.

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Speakers
avatar for Kitzy

Kitzy

Senior IT Engineer, Fastly


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Deans Hall 2 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

10:45am EDT

Notarization and macOS, what it does, why you need it, and how the OS handles things when you don't have it.
Beginning with macOS 10.14.5, macOS will be more aggressive about requiring notarization of some application binaries. What is notarization for? What does it ensure that developers do? How does it benefit you as a user? How do you need to prepare your environment to check for notarization, provide exceptions for critical utilities, and plan fo the future? This session will take you through the basics of what it means to have a notarized binary, how notarization occurs during the build cycle, what it can mean if an application isn't notarized, and how to handle whitelisting applications with UAKEL and UAMDM.

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Speakers
avatar for Tom Bridge

Tom Bridge

Partner, Technolutionary LLC
Tom Bridge is a partner at Technolutionary LLC, providing IT support to dozens of Mac-focused businesses with more than 600 endpoints, from organizations as small as two to as large as two hundred. He is the producer of the Mac Admins Podcast. He lives in Brookland, District of Columbia... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Deans Hall 1 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

10:45am EDT

Hands On with DNS Security
Get familiar with the techniques used to attack and break DNS.

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Speakers
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Ben Greisler

Owner, Kadimac Corp
This is the place I am supposed to be telling you how long my history is in the IT/Apple world but AARP decided to send me a membership card today and that is a bit of a buzzkill so let's just say that I've had an opportunity to learn from and stand on the shoulders of some really... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
208 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

1:30pm EDT

Installer Package Scripting: Making your deployments easier, one !# at a time
Use the power of installer packages and scripting to solve your deployment problems!

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Speakers
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Rich Trouton

IT Technology Senior Consultant, SAP
Rich Trouton has been doing Macintosh system and server administration for over twenty years and has supported Macs in a number of different environments, including university, government, medical research and advertising. His current position is at SAP, where he works with the rest... Read More →


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

1:30pm EDT

Impractical Python file and data for today's Mac admins
Learn why you might want to choose Python to process data on macOS and how you can get started.

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Speakers
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Jeremy Reichman

Macintosh Systems Engineer, Tamman Technologies, Inc.
Jeremy Reichman is a Lead Macintosh Systems Engineer with Tamman Technologies in Philadelphia and a resident of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He presented or co-presented at Penn State MacAdmins Conferences in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016 on topics such as packaging, scripting/automation... Read More →


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

1:30pm EDT

Balancing User Security and Privacy with Device Management and how Addigy can help
One of the things that separates Apple from others is their emphasis on privacy and security for the device user. This emphasis can make it seem that Privacy and Security are contradictory to supporting your organizations goals with Device Management, but the two are complementary. In this session we will discuss the privacy and security measures that Apple is building and how they will help you get your job done. And, how Addigy and the Addigy community can further help!

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Speakers
avatar for John Sutcliffe

John Sutcliffe

Senior Product Manager, Addigy
John is part of the Product Management team at Addigy. Addigy is a multi-tenant web app for managing your your Macs and iOS devices. John has been working with the Apple eco-system for the last decade. He lives in Minnesota despite the long never ending winters with his better half... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
205 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

3:15pm EDT

Fast macOS Management with Chef
A hands-on session where you will learn how to use Chef to manage your macOS machines. We will cover the basics of using API Cookbooks and testing changes.

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Speakers
avatar for Nate Walck

Nate Walck

Sr. Client Platform Engineer, Uber
Nate has been involved in the MacAdmin community and in various open source projects since 2010, including Munki, Puppet and Chef. Nate is part of the Client Platform Engineering team at Uber.


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
208 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803
 
Friday, July 12
 

10:45am EDT

Zero Touch Deployment on a budget
Not everyone is using modern deployment methods yet, and still run internal directories and manually deploy devices. 
  • What are the options for a cloud directory service ?
  • Do I really need an MDM ?
  • What do I need the MDM to do ?
  • What about other tools ?
  • What about Single Sign on ?
  • What is the client budget ?
What is Zero Touch Deployment ?
Once committed what is the process and how do we test the new workflow ?
  • Pick a Directory
options: AzureAD, Google & JumpCloud
  • Configure other infrastructure
  • Procure devices for deployment
  • Shortlist MDMs that fit client requirements 
We chose to investigate SimpleMDM, Mosyle & Fleetsmith.
  • Deploy test devices and compare

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Speakers
avatar for Dave Weale

Dave Weale

Consultant, IT Dept
Serial Conference Attendee, Apple Certified Trainer & Consultant. Dad. A milestone birthday, along with gentle encouragement from colleagues in the UK provided the motivation to talk this year.


Friday July 12, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
207 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

10:45am EDT

Slack CPE and Chef
Learn how Slack's CPE team uses Chef's methodology to develop, test and deploy configuration management against its clients and infrastructure.

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Speakers
avatar for Lucas Hall

Lucas Hall

Client Platform Engineer, Slack
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Ryan Moon

Sr Client Platform Engineer @ Slack, Slack Technologies Inc.
"I stepped out onto the midway."I've always wanted to use that in a biography.One of the thousand aspiring audio engineers who found it easier to stick with computers.I ride a ferry to work, so that I can say: "I've been at sea."


Friday July 12, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Deans Hall 2 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803