Meeting Notes 2013-18-June


Penn State MacAdmins 2013

East Coast, IT-focused conference for Mac and iOS admins. Web Site [http://macadmins.psu.edu/]. Conference videos have been released here [http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/resources/]


Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's conference. It did not fail to impress. New versions of iOS (v7) and OS X (Mavericks, 10.9) were released as developer previews, and are scheduled to ship this Fall. [http://www.apple.com/wwdc]

For those with access to the ADC forums (even available with a free Safari developer account), Rich Trouton posted notes on most of the sessions he attended.

Maximizing Apple Development Resources session notes - [https://devforums.apple.com/message/827483]

Protecting Your Users' Privacy session notes - [https://devforums.apple.com/message/827268]

Notes from Thursday's Security Lab - [https://devforums.apple.com/message/827574]

OS X Automation Update session notes - [https://devforums.apple.com/message/826096]

AirPrint session notes - [https://devforums.apple.com/message/825948]

Protecting Secrets with the Keychain session notes - [https://devforums.apple.com/message/825326]

Managing Apple Devices session notes - [https://devforums.apple.com/message/823470]

Filesystems Lab notes - [https://devforums.apple.com/message/826796]

Mavericks changes the default file sharing protocol from AFP to SMB2 (but don't panic - AFP is still available, but considered deprecated). As a joke, afp548.com is also accessible at smb445.com.

One of the Mavericks-announced features in Apple's Keynote, Timer Coalescing, is also coming to other platforms, ex: Windows 8: [http://anandtech.com/show/7047/the-haswell-ultrabook-review-core-i74500u-tested/3]

New MacPro

The new MacPro is pretty much what people predicted: a super-mini - non-expandable (internally), souped-up graphics cards and 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports. This will likely kick up sales of external expansion chassis (For example: [http://www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpressiii.html]

AppleTV Updates

While some of us didn't get the API access we were hoping for, there is a new Conference Room Mode for AppleTV: [http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/06/17/apple-tv-gets-itunes-radio-conference-room-display-option-in-beta-update]

"The update also adds a Conference Room Display mode meant mainly for sharing content in meeting rooms. The display mode gives attendees on-screen instructions telling them how they can connect their iOS devices to the Apple TV using AirPlay. "

MacTech Conference

A three-day technology-focused conference that touches on all aspects of Apple technology. Looking for speakers/presenters and attendees. [http://www.mactech.com/conference]

Support Items

From [http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5308]: "Workgroup Manager is not included with OS X Server. If you used Workgroup Manager in a previous release of OS X, the installer removes Workgroup Manager when you upgrade. To administer iOS and OS X systems, use Profile Manager included with OS X Server. Profile Manager delivers configuration profiles and Mobile Device Management (MDM) for Macs running OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, and iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch." WGM for 10.8 can be downloaded from [http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1567]


OpenBSM is a great auditing tool. Rich Trouton has a good blog post on it here: [https://derflounder.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/openbsm-auditing-on-mac-os-x/]

Also, see praudit if you plan on using OpenBSM: [http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#documentation/Darwin/Reference/ManPages/man1/praudit.1.html#//apple_ref/doc/man/1/praudit]

Todd Heberlein is looking for people to help test his new Free Audit Aggregation System (FAAS): [http://www.netsq.com/Tools/betas/]. He's posted an intro video [here - http://www.netsq.com/Podcasts/Data/2013/FAASIntro/]