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MacSysAdmin Google+ group

September 17, 2014

As the MacSysAdmin conference continues in Gothenburg, Sweden, check out this Google+ group:


Munki 2 Released

September 17, 2014

As announced today at MacSysAdmin 2014 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Munki 2 is now officially available!

Munki 2 features an all-new user interface designed to mimic Apple’s App Store.

MacSysAdmin: What’s New in Munki 2 links

September 17, 2014

Here are links from my MacSysAdmin 2014 presentation: “What’s New in Munki 2?”. Munki itself:

GUI tools:

Web interfaces/Web reporting consoles:

Alternative servers:

Update management:


Managed Software Center help page link:

Munki 2 documentation:

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.



If you didn’t go this year, check out the slides and videos here: and make plans to attend next year!

MacSysAdmin 2014

May 2, 2014

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

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.

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

Hope to see you there!

Reporting on Bluetooth Mouse/Keyboard battery status

April 23, 2014

On the MacEnterprise list (, 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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