This week in Techno Bits vol. 60: Packaging Isn’t (Quite) Dead yet, some feedback on last week’s issue that sparked a lot of commentary. There are updates to the idea of a future without packages and why we might not be there just yet that you should catch up on. I’ve also got a download of my favorite talks from MacADUK, as well as some commentary on the nature of getting ahead vs. doing good.
This week’s newsletter contains highlights from the MacADUK conference, put on by Amsys in London, England this week. It was an incredible show where I got to talk with a lot of really great admins, kick around good ideas, ponder appropriate security changes necessary for our production environments, and plan for a better tomorrow. One particular discussion at the pub on Tuesday night lead to the longest section of this week’s newsletter: what if the end of the .pkg as we know it is upon us? What if the tool we use for deployment every day was suddenly curtailed by a change at Apple?
Chris Dawe from Wheelwrights LLC and I co-presented this deck at the Mac Admin & Developers Conference in London on Tuesday, February 9th 2016. Our focus was on leveraging native, 3rd party, and cross platform tools to help manage, troubleshoot and plan small, medium and large-scale WiFi networks across sites large & small.
Our presentation notes are available for download as a PDF file: A WiFi Toolkit – MacAdUK 2016
Some tools that we’ve mentioned include:
- Adrian Granados – WiFi Explorer (MAS and non-MAS)
- Adrian Granados – AirTool (free)
- Adrian Granados – WiFi Signal (MAS)
- Wireshark – Free & OS
- Open Source – Kismac (free)
- Etwok – NetSpot (non-MAS)
- Ekahau – SiteSurvey (Windows)
- Metageek – Chanalyzer (Windows)
- Metageek – InSSIDer Office (Mac + Windows)
Some resources that are helpful:
- Wireshark Cheat Sheet for Wi-Fi (PDF Download)
- Revolution Wi-Fi
- Wi-Fi Trek: Prague
- Apple iOS Deployment Guide (PDF Download)
- MacAdmins Slack – channels #wifi #networknerdery #meraki #aerohive
- Cisco Best Practices Guide for Apple Device Deployment (PDF Download)
- Aerohive High Density Network Design Guide (PDF Download)
- Meraki High Density Microsite
This week’s edition of Techno Bits has a bunch of detail on Office 2016, as well as a progress report on my regular use of an iPad Pro as my primary computer, as well as a bunch of useful links and articles.
In the final volume of Techno Bits for 2015, there’s a reminder of how important community is to our common interest, some news of changes afoot in Microsoft Office 2016 for the Mac, and a bunch of good links (Wi-Fi Keys! The Pixel C! Airwatch’s REST API! Craig Federighi!)
I’ll have a state-of-the-product post up next week on the future of Munki in a Box.
This week’s Techno Bits has juicy tidbits from the Infocom Era, as well as the aftereffects of security failures, a sysadmin gift guide, and some thoughts on repairability.
I have a complicated relationship with the winter months, due to seasonal affectation, but one thing I love is giving gifts. I’ve set up Sysadmin Secret Santa to help bring some fun to the Sysadmin community this time of year.
This week’s Techno Bits is up! Talking about Command Prompt Marks in El Capitan, MAS Failures, and General Security. Sign up today!
When Rich Trouton recently blogged about automating the setup of Server.app, we talked a bit about how it might apply to Munki in a Box. The idea of having a version that you could run entirely without having to have pre-loaded Server.app was attractive, as it would save steps.
On the heels of the work earlier this week with getting webappctl tamed for use at the command line, I had all the pieces necessary to complete the project, just a week after commissioning.
To use this script to its fullest, you need a copy of the AppStore Installer Package for Server.app (here’s how to grab it), as well as a good hostname to use for your server. That means the hostname needs to be ready in your DNS for the script to work. I suppose I could write a check for that, and will for beta 2.
But for now, 1.5.0 beta 1.
My appearance on Command Control Power from last week is now live! Come listen to an hour about Mac Consulting!