At least two MDM vendors are going to be supporting the `InstallApplication` verb in the MDM Specification for the Mac. Why does this matter? As Apple encourages the adoption of MDM and DEP together for configuring user machines, the Munki community (and for that matter, the Puppet and Chef community) saw a path forward that didn’t include our favorite open source software installation agent. No longer.
Techno Bits vol. 97: Your Imaging Workflow Is Probably On Fire
Also included: Rackmount refrigerators, why decrypting TLS traffic may make your users less secure, and the arrival of spring.
This week’s Techno Bits Newsletter is all about reading the tea leaves, and how the work of Erik Gomez and others is looking promising for leveraging DEP and MDM with existing management systems like Puppet, Chef and Munki. Are we finally seeing the light on the horizon? Could well be.
This week’s Techno Bits focuses on my Summer Engineering Project: using Raspberry Pis for fun and profit! It was a lot of fun to do some hardware stuff for once, and I’ve ordered some extra kit goodies to try and do some other fun stuff with the Raspberry Pi with cameras and sensors and stuff. I also explain how to buid a RetroPie machine for retro gaming.
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What’s the sane way to make sure that you’re not aggressively stupid with Munki changes? How do you maintain an orchestra of munki servers without relying upon a source control scheme?
This Week’s Newsletter has a doozy:
Conferences also show you exactly how much work you have left to do. And that’s okay, work isn’t a bad thing. It just sometimes puts that workload in stark relief and that can feel a little bad sometimes. Technical Debt is difficult to overcome because it requires a change in understanding – and often times training – but it serves to make your organization stronger.
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We got the chance recently to sit down with Arek Dreyer, author of so, so many books, in time for the release of his new 3rd Edition of Managing Apple Devices. We talked about WWDC, writing books like Managing Apple Devices, as well as nearly getting arrested in a Chicago Server Room, and the first apps we bought. Co-hosts Charles Edge and Emily Kausalik were awesome, as was our mixing engineer Aaron Lippincott, who made us sound amazing.
I suppose we could’ve made that “tails” and had a good laugh about how cute the puppy was. Episode 5 saw us talking with Andrew Seago of MacBrained, as well as Miles Leacy of Walmart. We had some audio drama, but we learned a lot in the process. Listen in for discussions of WWDC’s rumor mill, single sign-on as it stands today and in the future, and a whole segment on the importance of communities like the awesome MacBrained.
This week on Techno Bits: WiFi Signal 4.0, Mapping & Understanding the Internet, Server Room B and the Spider Queen, and skilling up this summer.
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While I was in London for MacADUK, Charles Edge and I started talking about adding a Podcast to the MacAdmins community, and as it happened, we weren’t the only ones who wanted to start something new. Adam Codega from Upserve, Dr. Emily Kausalik, Jason Miller from Thumbtack, Marcus Ransom from RMIT, Pepijn Bruienne from University of Michigan, and John Kitzmiller from Fastly all wanted to chip in, and we’re going to rotate through hosts on the show as we go.
First episode is now posted, and it’s Adam, Dr. Emily, Charles and myself, talking a bit about iOS 9.3, Apple’s Ethernet Drivers, and Google SSO, before we sat down for an interview with the Organizing Committee of the Penn State University Mac Admins conference.
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This week’s edition of Techno Bits is now out in the wild, and this week I’ve written about the ransomware trojan that was embedded in Transmission 2.90 by an unknown party who both had an Apple code-signing certificate and access to Transmission’s web server. That’s a huge threat vector, so it might be time to start thinking about using Extinguish on a full-time basis.
Also included are the latest update to Munki-in-a-Box, and some thoughts about the nature of web security, and the state of my iPad Pro fascination.