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    2012 - InstaDMG and LocalMCX with Lion... and the State of the Imaging Onion

    2012 - InstaDMG and LocalMCX with Lion... and the State of the Imaging Onion

    Delivering machines in a consistent state provides a foundation we can depend upon and build from. Between the OS, set of software, and its configuration, less is actually necessary for Apple's customers now that the big cat is out of the bag. SysAdmins, on the other hand... never take anything for granted. We'll talk about the working changes for tools old & new, command line & GUI, and pre-fab vs. 'some assembly required'. Hopefully some of the confusion regarding new advanced topics(like profiles and restore partitions) will be cleared up as well. Starting from zero, we'll take time to review how things were done previous to Lion, and point out the wins and curveballs to tackle when you lead your fleet into this bright future.

    • 2 hr 47 min
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    2012 - Apple Remote Desktop: Best Practices, Tips, and Real World Examples

    2012 - Apple Remote Desktop: Best Practices, Tips, and Real World Examples

    Learning how to manage Macs and PCs (yes we said PCs) with Apple Remote Desktop can be one of the most useful tools in your administration arsenal. We'll go over best practices, tips and tricks, as well as some real world examples, all of which will help you make the best of your tools at hand. If you've never used Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) we'll show you how easy it can be to remotely update software, install packages, and help users in real time. For those seasoned ARD users, we'll touch on how to organize you're terminal commands, setup Task Servers, show examples of ARD integrated with Deploy Studio and demo some new features in the latest release of ARD. This session will go in depth on key new features, tools, and how to achieve the best end-user experience. If you're using ARD to manage faculty/staff workstations, general access computer labs, or classroom environments - We're sure you'll take something away from this session.

    • 2 hr 15 min
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    2012 - Dual Boot Labs at Goucher College, 5 Years Later

    2012 - Dual Boot Labs at Goucher College, 5 Years Later

    Goucher College is small liberal arts college in Baltimore, MD that started with a medium-size dual boot lab 5 years ago as part of a pilot program to bring student, faculty, and staff the most complete, flexible, and cost effective computer lab experience available. Early results with the process were discouraging. Better tools and more practice have made the process successful and productive. The session will look at past, present, and future methods of delivering Mac OS X and Windows on Apple computers in a multi-user lab. This will include discussion of past tools, current best practices and tools, and future directions. We will discuss challenges we faced and lessons we learned from the process.

    • 1 hr 18 min
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    2012 - Roundtable: Real-world Management Options and Experiences

    2012 - Roundtable: Real-world Management Options and Experiences

    This roundtable will discuss the relative strengths and weaknesses of CAP (configuration, asset, patch) management systems widely used by the Macintosh support community. Speakers will discuss their hands-on experiences with systems such as Absolute Manage, JAMF Casper, Munki, Reposado, Deploy Studio, and offer insights, "gotchas", work arounds and other useful tidbits of information. This interactive session will allow audience members to opine, discuss, ask questions and generally help provide a good picture of the tools and best practices available to administrators overseeing centralized management platforms.

    • 1 hr 15 min
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    2012 - Pull your Macs strings in two hours with Puppet & MCollective!

    2012 - Pull your Macs strings in two hours with Puppet & MCollective!

    So now that your mind harnesses the power of the Borg in your very best Ewok costume, it's probably a good idea to practice what you've learned. We'll go hands-on to solve a few real-world scenarios in two short hours with Puppet and MCollective. When you're done, you can hire an intern to press a button in 'the hatch' to discover & manage your infrastructure. "Automate and Discover with Puppet and MCollective!" session attendance strongly encouraged if you're not familiar with Puppet and MCollective.

    • 2 hr 4 min
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    2012 - Automated Boot Camp Installer using BitTorrent

    2012 - Automated Boot Camp Installer using BitTorrent

    A walk-through of the process and planning of building an automated Boot Camp installer that leverages the BitTorrent protocol for deployment. Information covered would include the use of PackageMaker, Command Line utilities, scripting, BitTorrent software and various Apple Server-side services (web server, MAMP, Torrent server, etc.). Also, various Microsoft Windows deployment information will be covered including Windows Automated Installation Kit, Sysprep, Regedit, etc. There will also be a detailed discussion on the choice to use the BitTorrent protocol and the benefits from both the server and client perspectives.

    • 2 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

bethany169 ,

Excellent series

Excellent work by some good people. I've been a Mac admin for 25 years. This is a resource is great for those with less experience, but if you are an old hand like me you are still going to benefit from comparing notes with others and maybe learn some things you never knew before. There's always more to learn. Speaking of audio quality as the previous reviewer did, he sounds like a bit of a jerk. Manners are not a new discovery. Please avail yourself of them.

McMacGuy ,

Well....

Nice try, but truly AWFUL audio, totally unprofessional.
Close mic'ing technique is not a new or expensive technology, please avail yourself of it.

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