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A rotating panel of Mac admins and consultants are joined by members of the Mac admin community to discuss the latest news, issues, and challenges of managing Apple devices. New episodes weekly. Join the community at macadmins.org.
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Episode 214: New Jobs

Episode 214: New Jobs

2021-05-0301:38:00

We changed things up this week and thought it would be interesting to interview Tom and Emily on their new roles! What is it like going from a technical role to a product role? What’s a better way to say “that’s stupid?” about a product feature? All that and more! Guests: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Emily Kausalik-Whittle - @emilyooo Hosts: Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Links: Six Colors: 2021 Apple Enterprise Report Card Sponsors: Kandji VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast! The Mac Admins Podcast has launched a Patreon Campaign! Our named patrons this month include Weldon Dodd, Damien Barrett, Justin Holt, Chad Swarthout, William Smith, Stephen Weinstein, Seb Nash, Dan McLaughlin, Joe Sfarra, Nate Cinal, Jon Brown, Dan Barker, Tim Perfitt, Ashley MacKinlay, Tobias Linder Philippe Daoust, AJ Potrebka, Adam Burg, & Hamlin Krewson
We can see a light at the end of the tunnel. We’re going back into the office. But, what does that really mean now? There’s a new normal coming and the more deliberate we are about what it is, the more we’ll be ready for it. So what broke? What worked great? What’s missing? What technical changes are two forward in need of one step back? What happens to business travel? We’ll ponder all of this and more in this episode! Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Sponsors: Kandji VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast! The Mac Admins Podcast has launched a Patreon Campaign! Our named patrons this month include Weldon Dodd, Damien Barrett, Justin Holt, Chad Swarthout, William Smith, Stephen Weinstein, Seb Nash, Dan McLaughlin, Joe Sfarra, Nate Cinal, Jon Brown, Dan Barker, Tim Perfitt, Ashley MacKinlay, Tobias Linder Philippe Daoust, AJ Potrebka, Adam Burg, & Hamlin Krewson
Flashcast 04: Spring Loaded

Flashcast 04: Spring Loaded

2021-04-2101:13:57

Apple’s Event on April 20th brought new iMacs, AirTags, an Apple TV upgrade, and more. The gang is here to help you make sense of all of it, and geek out on the new colors.
Alcyr Araujo of Mosyle joins the Macadmins Podcast to talk about how the past year of remote work went and the amazing results - upgrades to Mosyle Business, FUSE, all the security and identity and the Mac in the enterprise in general! Guest: Alcyr Araujo, Mosyle Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Links: Mosyle FUSE macos_security Sponsors: Kandji VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
Episode 211: Round It Up

Episode 211: Round It Up

2021-04-1201:20:40

Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Emily Kausalik-Whittle  - @emilooo Links: Nanoleaf Panel Mmhmm App HARO Sponsors: Kandji VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
Arek Dreyer and Adam Karneboge join the podcast to talk the latest and greatest edition of the Peachpit’s “macOS Support Essentials 11 - Apple Pro Training Series: Supporting and Troubleshooting macOS Big Sur” - what went in, what got cut, how long it takes to assemble 992 pages of screenshots, and what they think is most important for a Mac Admin to take away from Big Sur! Guest: Arek Dreyer Adam Karneboge Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Links:   macOS 11 Support Essentials Save 35% on your purchase of macOS Support Essentials 11. Enter code MACOS11 during checkout to apply discount. Offer expires April 18, 2021. John McIntyre - Baltimore Sun Sponsors: Kandji VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
Apple released the Apple Network Server in 1996. Nearly a decade after having thrown down the gauntlet with IBM in the personal computer ads, such as the now infamous 1984 ad, Apple and IBM were nice and cozy and Apple had taken a number of lumps in the market. Since the desktop operating system wasn’t made with the type of threading required for increasingly large centralized workloads, they partnered with IBM to get AIX running on a Network Server 500. Must have been quite the shiner. Guest: Chuck Goolsbee “just some guy, you know” Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Links: Marathon Apple Fritter AISS Nanoraptor ANS Xserve Eulogy: May It Rack In Peace System X Chuck’s Review of the 1965 E-Type Chuck's Road Trip Blog Post Cannonball Sponsors: Kandji VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
Han Su Kim talks how IT managers are planning for the rest of 2021 and what makes a workplace the best in Boston! We get a little technical, talk budgets, and, well, what tools would make the next best place to work in Boston! Guest: Han Su Kim Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Links: Michael McIntyre on Passwords “Very Bad Day” at Victoria University of Wellington Sponsors: Kandji VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
The macOS security architecture continues to evolve. We have new boot modes, fallback recovery operating systems, sealed key protection for Filevault, revive. The new security documentation is a solid read. So we’re curious, what does a security researcher see when looking at that! What new green fields of hackerationing opportunity lie in front of us? In this episode we chat with Patrick Wardle to see what he’s been up to and to talk about the evolving security footprint of Apple devices. Guest: Patrick Wardle Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Links: The Art Of Mac Malware Apple’s security documentation Objective-See Github Safari Extension nerderation Sponsors: Kandji VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
COVID has a lot of us sitting at home twiddling our thumbs. But some have chosen to do a bit more than that. In this episode we’ll have Armin Briegel back on to discuss his latest book on the command line! Guest: Armin Briegel Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Links: macOS Terminal and Shell Terminal Primer macOS User Groups SSH for Mac Admins Obscure Terminal Features Installomator Mac OS X Command Line Book (2008) Sponsors: Kandji VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
It’s been about a year since most workers and students started getting sent home from organizations to slow the spread of COVID. Some environments were well positioned and others needed a much larger lift. Actually, it seems like a lot of things needed to change. In this episode we’ll look at a few things that had to change and a few that didn’t, and the novel concept of the Technology Drivers Test. Guest: Damien Barrett, Systems Administrator, Montclair Kimberley Academy Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Charles Edge - @cedge318 Sponsors: Kandji VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
Episode 204: School Life

Episode 204: School Life

2021-02-2201:05:05

John Wetter joins the pod to talk through moving from the technical side to doing more and more with policies, budgeting, and governance. These lessons in schools aren’t as far off the lessons in enterprise companies as you might think! Guest: John Wetter, Technical Services Manager, Hopkins Public Schools, Hopkins, MN Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Charles Edge - @cedge318 Sponsors: VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
Patch management is one of the most time consuming aspects of any admin. There have been a number of projects that have sought to make this easier for admins. Some of the earliest tools we used to admin devices such as Filewave’s File Sets were replaced with the package format at many a shop when we moved to PackageMaker and the early Casper Suite. But those meant each organization needed to do the same work on the 10 to 1,000 software titles. Then tools like AutoPkg, Jamf Patch, and Kinobi came where the community could share recipes for making packages automatically. This is mostly for software that isn’t yet on the App Store. These days we see a lot of hybrid approaches. AutoPkg with Autopkgr going to munki or Jamf through JamJar or Kinobi picking up a feed. We’ve had people from each of those tools on in the past, so today we have Ryan from Alectrona here to talk about what he’s been doing in this space! Guest: Ryan Ball Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Charles Edge - @cedge318 Sponsors: VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
Apple is a bit of a lifestyle brand. We’ve found that over the years our customers as consultants and users as engineers ask us more questions about the consumer ecosystem and company news than most any other gig in IT. So today we’re going to get caught up on the latest news coming out of Cupertino (and beyond). Music Remix: Graham Pugh - @GrahamRPugh Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Charles Edge - @cedge318 Links: Six Colors Report Card Buy Apple M1 Packet Captures Apple Car Gartner UEM Contact Tracys Sponsors: VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
Episode 201: NoMAD 2

Episode 201: NoMAD 2

2021-02-0101:27:49

In this episode, Joel Rennich joins to explain what went into NoMAD 2, why it happened, and what that means for the future of Jamf Connect. Guest: Joel Rennich, Jamf - @mactroll Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Charles Edge - @cedge318 Links: NoMAD 2 Joel on Twitter Carthage Sponsors: VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
Johnny Brown joins the MacAdmins podcast to talk about a common first step in getting the M1 and Rosetta into an environment, the splash screen. In this case, depnotify. We’ll go through the process and look at how that impacts the rest of the deployment. Guest: Johnny Brown, Apple Administrator, Kennesaw State University Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Charles Edge - @cedge318 Links: Graham’s Scripts Packaging Universal applications for M1 Filevault differences between Intel and M1 Sponsors: VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
Richard Glaser has been in the Apple management space as long as anyone. His work on radmind helped shape the direction many management platforms took and he (and the excellent team he works with) continue to make lives better for MacAdmins everywhere. Guest: Richard Glaser, Assistant Head for Client Platform Services, University of Utah Hosts: Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Charles Edge - @cedge318 Links: Building a custom set of tools that bridge the support gap SLC Punk revrdist MacAdministrator PodcastProducer Radmind Auto Image Creator AEiOS (Automated Enterprise iOS) Enterprise Streaming Services Application Management Best Practices - WWDC 2004 Session 630 White Paper: Mac OS X Enterprise Application Management - Best Practices Presentation: Mac OS X File System Maintenance with Radmind Poorly Made Apps Application Management Best Practices - WWDC 2004 Session 630 #jctl - MacAdmins Channel python-jamf jctl Sponsors: VMWare Workspace One Halp Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
Jason Meller of Kolide joins the pod to talk about why good security looks like good medicine: informed consent, two-way streets, and transparency of action. Check out honest.security for more on this emerging trend. Guest: Jason Meller, CEO, Kolide Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Charles Edge - @cedge318 Links: Honest Security OSQuery Christmas Bonuses That Were Phishing Training Promised a Raise, Given a Phishing Test User Adaptive Security: Christina Camilleri House Bill 1668 on IoT Modern Macs Still Need FileVault Apple Location Services White Paper, November 2019 Device and Data access when personal safety is at risk Sticker Pack - The ABCs of Programming Sponsors: VMWare Workspace One Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
Guest: Rebecca Latimer, IT Technician, Hibbing Public Schools Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Charles Edge - @cedge318 Sponsors: VMWare Workspace One Watchman Monitoring If you're interested in sponsoring the Mac Admins Podcast, please email podcast@macadmins.org for more information. Get the latest about the Mac Admins Podcast, follow us on Twitter! We're @MacAdmPodcast!
The final episode of the year is just with your loving hosts bringing you their thoughts from the year. We bounced between the M1 processor to Big Sur to the latest and greatest iOS.
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