Techno Bits vol. 60: Packaging Isn’t (Quite) Dead

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.

Techno Bits vol. 59: What if Packages Went Away Tomorrow?

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?

Read up and see why it might not be as awful as you think.

MacAD UK: A WiFi Toolkit

Mad Admin & Developers Conference UK

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:

Some resources that are helpful:

Techno Bits vol. 53: 2015 Finale

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.

Munki-in-a-Box 1.5.0 Beta 1

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.