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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 220: WWDC Roundup

Episode 220: WWDC Roundup

2021-06-1401:47:53

With WWDC 2021 in the rear view mirror, Tom, Charles, Marcus, & James have gotten back together to discuss what they learned after taking a deep dive into the management and development track sessions of this year's World Wide Developer Conference. Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom James Smith - @smithjw Links: WWDC 2021 - What’s new in managing Apple devices WWDC 2021 - Discover account-driven User Enrollment WWDC 2021 - Manage devices with Apple Configurator WWDC 2021 - Manage software updates in your organization WWDC 2021 - Improve MDM assignment of Apps and Books WWDC 2021 - Meet declarative device management What is Apple Declarative Device Management? Sponsors: Kandji Secureframe Alectrona Patch 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 05: WWDC 2021

Flashcast 05: WWDC 2021

2021-06-0801:34:59

Apple held WWDC’s First Day on 7 June 2021 and this is our commentary on how we survived it all! Here’s what we know about iOS and iPadOS 15, macOS 12 Monterey, and more. Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Emily Kausalik-Whittle - @emilyooo James Smith - @smithjw Links: WWDC 2021 Labs AppleSeed for IT James' Mac Blows Up After macOS Monterey Sponsors: Kandji 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
Home automation is a thing. It’s been here for a long time, it’s crossed the chasm as tech, and it’s ready for the masses. In today’s episode we chat with Stuart Lamont, host of the Hive Mind YouTube channel. We chat about home automation, YouTube channels, automation, and all the things! Guests: Stuart Lamont - Creator/Host of Hive Mind Automation - @HiveMindAuto Hosts: Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Links: Hive Mind Automation on YouTube https://www.hivemindautomation.com.au/ Home Automation Lightning Talk @ X World 2019 Sponsors: Kandji Halp Secureframe 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
Our friends at Kandji commissioned Jason Snell of Six Colors to put together an Enterprise Report Card for Apple. We’re here to talk about how Mac Admins feel about Apple’s Enterprise technologies. Guests: Jason Snell, Editor, Six Colors - @jsnell Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Links: Six Colors: 2021 Apple Enterprise Report Card Sponsors: Kandji Halp Secureframe 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
Yoann Gini joins the pod to talk about his new product, Credentia - a new Login Window plugin for the Mac. Guests: Yoann Gini, CEO, Abelionni Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Links: Six Colors: 2021 Apple Enterprise Report Card https://www.credentia.app https://auth0.com/blog/how-saml-authentication-works/ https://auth0.com/docs/protocols/openid-connect-protocol https://www.wired.com/story/the-full-story-of-the-stunning-rsa-hack-can-finally-be-told/ Sponsors: Kandji Halp Secureframe 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
Episode 216: Cat Self

Episode 216: Cat Self

2021-05-1701:20:52

MITRE ATT&CK is a framework to explain how networks get penetrated and the techniques attackers use to move laterally and attack other devices. What does this mean for Apple devices? How can we best protect Macs and iOS devices? What are the philosophies? In this episode, we’ll chat with an Adversary Engineer at MITRE ATT&CK, Cat Self, who takes us through what MITRE ATT&CK is and what the framework means for administrators. Guests: Cat Self - @coolestcatiknow Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Links: Six Colors: 2021 Apple Enterprise Report Card MITRE ATT&CK Framework Attack Navigator Hackers (1995) The Prodigy MAD training  Defcon CRXcavator ThiefQuest SANS Haunted West and Harlem Unbound Sponsors: Kandji Halp Secureframe 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
SwiftUI is making it even easier for admins to build sleek, beautiful tools for the Mac. And one of those admins has been helping to bring us some pretty rad stuff for a long time. In this week's episode, Erik Gomez of Uber joins the pod again to talk about Nudge, SwiftUI, and the state of Mac management. Guests: Erik Gomez - @Contains_ENG Hosts: Tom Bridge - @tbridge777 Charles Edge - @cedge318 Marcus Ransom - @marcusransom Links: Six Colors: 2021 Apple Enterprise Report Card Nudge Sponsors: Kandji Halp Secureframe 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
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!
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