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You Oughta Check Out AutoPkg Slides and Video

July 28, 2014

Slides and video are now available from my recent presentation at Penn State Mac Admins Conference 2014.

Slides: http://macadmins.psu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1567/2014/07/GregNeagle_YouOughtaCheckOutAutoPkg.pdf

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqK-MAEZekI

If you didn’t go this year, check out the slides and videos here: http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/resources/ and make plans to attend next year!

MacSysAdmin 2014

May 2, 2014

Gothenburg
I’m excited to be presenting once again at MacSysAdmin 2014 in Gothenburg, Sweden!

https://macsysadmin.se/2014/Home.html

The current plan is that I will talk about what’s new in Munki (so I’d better finish a lot of the stuff I’m working on before then!) and, together with Tim Sutton, a detailed talk on AutoPkg.

MacSysAdmin is September 16th through September 19th, 2014 – hope to see you there!

Penn State MacAdmins Conference 2014

April 24, 2014

This year, the Penn State MacAdmins Conference is from July 9 – 11 with pre-conference workshops on July 8th.

http://macadmins.psu.edu

I’ll be leading a pre-conference workshop (with my colleague Matt Schnittker) on Python for the Systems Administrator, and talking about AutoPkg (http://autopkg.github.io/autopkg/) along with Tim Sutton.

Hope to see you there!

Reporting on Bluetooth Mouse/Keyboard battery status

April 23, 2014

On the MacEnterprise list (http://lists.psu.edu/archives/macenterprise.html), Michael Edwards posed an interesting question:

Anyone know of a handy way to monitor the status of bluetooth keyboard/trackpad battery levels on remote machines? We have several Mac Mini’s that use them, that are machines with no primary individual user – so it would be handy to get notified (email or similar) when the batteries need to be changed.

So I thought it might be fun to figure out how to answer this.
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OS X Beta Seed Program

April 22, 2014

Mavericks

I’ve always advocated that Mac admins join the Mac Developer Program in order to get early access to OS X builds for testing and deployment planning.

I still think that’s a good idea. But if for whatever reason you can’t, Apple has a new program of interest:

OS X Beta Seed Program

I think it’s unlikely this will get you access to early builds of 10.10 (or whatever it’s numbered), but you can test 10.9.3…

MacTech Conference 2013

November 5, 2013

MacTech_Conference_2013-Gradient-logo-200x073My colleague, Matt Schnittker, and I will be leading a workshop on “Python for Systems Administrators” on Wednesday at MacTech Conference 2013.

If you are planning on participating in the workshop, please visit here first to get your class materials: http://gregneagle.github.io/mtc2013_python/

Hope to see you there!

Adobe Flash Player 11.9

October 8, 2013

Flash Player 10Since I’ve complained about the various installers for Adobe Flash Player in the past, I feel honor-bound to compliment Adobe on this release:

Today Adobe released Flash Player 11.9.900.117, and this release includes a new package that does all the right things this time:

  1. It installs all needed components
  2. It installs silently from the command-line
  3. It installs properly at the loginwindow
  4. It installs on non-boot volumes

You can extract the package from the Install Adobe Flash Player application, or if you apply to redistribute Flash Player (which you should), you’ll find a link “for Systems Administrators”, which contains just the installation package.

The individual user installer can be obtained here.


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