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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.

MacSysAdmin 2013 links

September 17, 2013

Here are links for the things I’m talking about today at MacSysAdmin 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden:

aamporter:
    https://github.com/timsutton/aamporter

Adobe Enterprise tools:
AUSST:
    http://download.macromedia.com/pub/developer/creativesuite/AUSST/AUSST_3_0.dmg

    http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/devnet/creativesuite/pdfs/AdobeUpdateServerSetupTool.pdf

RUM:
    http://download.macromedia.com/pub/developer/creativesuite/AAMEE/mac/RemoteUpdateManager.dmg

RUM Channel IDs:
    http://forums.adobe.com/docs/DOC-2434

AAMEE:
    http://download.macromedia.com/pub/developer/creativesuite/AAMEE/mac/ApplicationManagerEnterprise_3_1_all.dmg
    http://download.macromedia.com/pub/developer/creativesuite/AAMEE/mac/ApplicationManagerEnterprise_2_1_all.dmg

AutoPkg:
    http://autopkg.github.io/autopkg
    https://github.com/autopkg/autopkg

AutoPkg recipes:
    https://github.com/autopkg/recipes
    https://github.com/keeleysam/recipes
    https://github.com/Jaharmi/autopkg_recipes
    https://github.com/hjuutilainen/autopkg-recipes

AutoPkg documentation:
    https://github.com/autopkg/autopkg/wiki

AutoPkg discussion:
    http://groups.google.com/group/autopkg-discuss

Jenkins:
    http://jenkins-ci.org

Other cool stuff from Tim:
    mcxToProfile: https://github.com/timsutton/mcxToProfile
    Brigadier: https://github.com/timsutton/brigadier

Other cool stuff from MagerValp:
    https://github.com/MagerValp/Create-Recovery-Partition-Installer
    https://github.com/MagerValp/CreateUserPkg

Other automatic Munki importing things:
    https://github.com/jamesez/automunki
    http://neographophobic.github.io/autoMunkiImporter/index.html
    https://github.com/neographophobic/autoMunkiImporter

10.8.3

March 14, 2013

Mountain Lion image

Today Apple finally released OS X 10.8.3.

This release has been awaited by many Mac admins as the hope was that this version would support all Macs capable of running Mountain Lion. Prior to this release, the Late 2012 Macs (iMacs, 13″ Retina MacBookPros and Mac minis) required a different build of 10.8.2 than did other Macs.

This required having multiple restore images or OS installer pkgs and possibly multiple NetBoot disks to support all the Macs in your organization.

The hope (and assumption) was that 10.8.3 would unify the Mountain Lion builds, and that all recent machines would be able to use the new version.

How, though, to be sure? One way is to look at what Apple says. Mount the InstallESD.dmg disk image inside the 10.8.3 Install OS X Mountain Lion.app and take a look at /System/Library/CoreServices/PlatformSupport.plist.

One of the keys in this plist looks like this:

	<key>SupportedModelProperties</key>
	<array>
		<string>MacBookPro4,1</string>
		<string>Macmini5,3</string>
		<string>Macmini5,2</string>
		<string>Macmini5,1</string>
		<string>MacBookPro5,1</string>
		<string>MacPro4,1</string>
		<string>MacBookPro5,2</string>
		<string>MacBookPro5,5</string>
		<string>MacBookPro5,4</string>
		<string>Macmini4,1</string>
		<string>iMac11,1</string>
		<string>iMac11,2</string>
		<string>iMac11,3</string>
		<string>MacBook7,1</string>
		<string>MacBookPro3,1</string>
		<string>MacPro5,1</string>
		<string>iMac9,1</string>
		<string>Macmini3,1</string>
		<string>MacBookPro6,1</string>
		<string>iMac12,2</string>
		<string>iMac12,1</string>
		<string>MacBook5,1</string>
		<string>MacBook5,2</string>
		<string>iMac10,1</string>
		<string>MacBookPro7,1</string>
		<string>MacBookAir4,1</string>
		<string>MacBookPro5,3</string>
		<string>MacBookPro6,2</string>
		<string>iMac8,1</string>
		<string>MacBookAir3,1</string>
		<string>MacBookAir3,2</string>
		<string>Xserve3,1</string>
		<string>MacBookAir2,1</string>
		<string>MacBookPro8,1</string>
		<string>MacBookPro8,2</string>
		<string>MacBookPro8,3</string>
		<string>iMac7,1</string>
		<string>MacBook6,1</string>
		<string>MacPro3,1</string>
		<string>MacBookAir4,2</string>
	</array>

If your Macs are in this list, they should be supported by 10.8.3.

UPDATE: There are some Macs NOT in this list that are also supported by 10.8.3 — those are the “Late 2012″ Macs. See the follow-up post.

Adobe CS6 Serialization problem links

January 17, 2013

adobe-logo
Here are some links related to the Adobe CS6 Serialization issue:

http://forums.adobe.com/message/4979720

https://twitter.com/Adobe_ITToolkit

http://work.mikeboylan.com/adobe-cs6-serialization-fun-er-hell

https://jamfnation.jamfsoftware.com/discussion.html?id=6275

https://jamfnation.jamfsoftware.com/discussion.html?id=6289

Still more on Flash Installers

January 8, 2013

A follow up from today’s earlier post: some commenters mention that the disk image they downloaded contains a package like “normal”.

I’ve found at least five versions of the 11.5.502.146 installer:

Downloads

All of these were downloaded today. Which version you get seems to depend on which browser you use!

Safari may lead you to one (if you decline the suggestion to also install Chrome you get a different one); Chrome returns another, and Firefox returns still another! And if you register to redistribute Flash and use the special URL you are given if/when you are approved for redistribution, you get yet another version.

And yet none of these are simply Apple packages. Sigh. They are either disk images that contain an application that contains a package, or disk images that contain an application that downloads another disk image that contains an application that contains a package.

On a related note, I recently watched Inception.


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