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August 9th, 2016

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Casper 9.93 is now available, with a host of new features. These include:

  • Fixed a lot (and I mean a lot) of product issues!
  • Added Single Sign-On (SSO) with SAML 2.0: Logging into the JSS without clicking on anything is just awesome.
  • Added Webhooks: Scripted, triggered access to the events API.
  • LDAP Proxy Server: Can run on our new Infrastructure Manager service on Linux and creates a tunnel between a customer location and a JSS if the JSS doesn’t have LAN access to a directory service.
  • Patch Reporting for Computers: Now, Casper includes automatically generated reports for some common third-party OS X software packages, so you can better scope policies around machines with out-of-date software packages. These can be exported into a variety of formats.
  • Self Service Mobile for iOS: Automatically remove apps that are installed option.
  • New Localization options for French, German, Japanese, and Chinese. Enhanced Language Support in Self Service
  • Import multiple classes from Apple School Manager.
  • OS X Configuration Profiles: Added IKEv2, Disable Apple ID setup during login, enabling proxies in the Proxies payload.
  • iOS Configuration Profile Enhancements: Added Allow screenshots and screen recording, Allow voice dialing while device is locked, Allow Apple Music, Allow Radio, Accept Cookies, Google Accounts, and OS X Server Accounts.
  • Smart group and advanced search criteria were added for iOS 9.3 lost mode status, length of time a device has been in lost mode, and applications in the catalog for patch management.

And of course, there’s moar scalability! 🙂

For more, see https://jamfnation.jamfsoftware.com/featureRequests.html?releaseID=138

Congrats to everyone involved in this one, it’s a pretty massive update and required a lot of work!

August 2nd, 2016

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Apple has defined some best practices to be taken when using Profiles. Obviously these don’t cover every situation, but they cover all but edge cases and lay out a pretty good description of why you should do the things we’ve mostly figured out to do by trial and error thus far. Great job to the OS X Server documentation team! https://help.apple.com/profilemanager/mac/5.1.5/#/apdE3493-C50A-4E9E-A1B6-CBCBC8C73507

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August 2nd, 2016

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August 1st, 2016

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Sometimes, your job gets old. Here’s a little article on when it’s time to look for other spots in your company or new jobs altogether http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-edge/signs-its-time-to-level-u_b_11210086.html

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July 29th, 2016

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Published a bit of a different article with SellingPower than my usual stuff. This one is on Sales Methodologies, published with SellingPower.com at http://blog.sellingpower.com/gg/2016/07/the-top-10-sales-methodologies-you-should-consider-for-your-business.html.

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Hope you enjoy, if you’re into the salesy types of things!

July 28th, 2016

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Early fall is a great time to visit Gothenburg, Sweden. The students are back at the local universities, which gives any city a certain energy. You’ll also find fewer crowds than other times of the year, agreeable weather, some of the best people in the world, and plenty of serious awesomeness to see and do.

Sweden’s second largest city is an important port city, quickly growing in popularity due to a variety of attractions including of course, MacSysAdmin. In addition to popular tourist destinations, there are special events held in September, charming canals that stretch through the city and beautiful neo-classical architecture everywhere you look. Great food at every corner, a vibrant shopping scene, and all the nature you can ask for right at your doorstep are just a handful of reasons that make Gothenburg so unique.

Walk and Ride Around the City

Much of Gothenburg can be explored by walking. I usually register at least 10 kilometers a day when I’m there, but longer distances can be covered via the simple public transportation provided by the city. I recommend the Gothenburg Card that allows you to use all public transportation, and gets you free admissions to museums, parks, and a number of entertainment venues. The card is 40 Euro for 24 hours, 56 Euro for 48 hours, or 72 Euro for 72 hours.

Explore Gothenburg’s Canals by Boat

Just arrived in Gothenburg? A trip through the seemingly endless canals and moats is the best way to get a good overview of the city. Ride in a Paddan boat underneath dozens of bridges, along famous sights, and through scenic waterways while learning all about the city’s exciting history. Boats depart 2-3 times per hour from Kungsportsplatsen right in the center of Gothenburg. Walking along the Canals is also a wonderful way to see the city, especially so you can catch a sunset during your travels!

Visit the Archipelago of Gothenburg

Just outside of Gothenburg lies a breathtaking chain of islands that are home to fantastic beaches, seals, and romantic villages. Several boats drive along the car-free islands, where you can hop off and go for walks. This unique little trip is definitely worth including in any Gothenburg itinerary. You can also easily get there on tram 11 from Gothenburg to the Saltholmen boat terminal.

Shop Till Ya’ Drop

Gothenburg provides a veritable cornucopia of shopping outlets. You’ll find everything from large modern shopping malls like the Nordstan to designer boutiques to vintage shops. Candy, crafts, fashion, electronics, and even toothpaste. Stroll around trendy neighborhoods like Haga and Magasinsgatan that are packed with cool cafés and bistros or, if you’re looking for a broader selection of shopping and nightlife options, walk around the Avenyn Boulevard that stretches from Kungsportsplatsen to Gotaplatsen and along several side streets.

Try the Food

With direct access to the North Sea, it’s no wonder that fresh seafood can be found at every corner – nothing beats fresh fish, oysters, lobsters, shrimp, and of course brilliant salmon. If waking up early isn’t an issue for you, head down to the fishing port where Sweden’s largest fish auction kicks off at 06:30. And while you’re out, try the Tunnsbrödsruller, the Swedish answer to hot dog – sausage, mashed potatoes and lettuce rolled in soft flat bread. If you find yourself in a cafĂ© make sure to try the Swedish cinnamon rolls, but do yourself a favor and stay away from the salted licorice!

Pet Some Animals

You can pet some animals, visit with woodland creatures like deer and owls, and try and get a donkey to clear out of the road while you’re walking by at Slottsskogen. Stunning woodlands that have been protected as a park since 1874, with plenty of trails, spaces, animals, and Pokéstops, it’s a must!

Visit a Museum

Although Gothenburg offers so many things to do outdoors (and by September I want to spend most of my time outdoors – Winter Is Coming after all), the weather sometimes turns and we retreat indoors. One lovely way to spend some time in Gothenburg is in their wonderful museums. If you love you some science then Universum (https://www.universeum.se/en/) is your answer. Want to know more about the city’s history and its culture? Head off to the Gothenburg City Museum (http://goteborgsstadsmuseum.se/en) for interesting facts and insights – by the way, the museum is home to a real Viking ship, Sweden’s only surviving one. Love cars & machines? Whether you’re young or old, you will love the Volvo Museum (http://www.volvomuseum.com/) that will show you everything you ever wanted to know about Volvo and more. Want to check out some fine art? Visit the Museum of Fine art. It’s cool. But check out the others first, as they’re some of the more unique museums you’ll visit.

Catch Some Sportsball

Sports fans won’t want to miss the Gothenburg Basketball Festival, where young players from 20 different nations come together for the largest basketball tournament in the world. Every competitor is under the age of 20, and games are played at more than 30 courts throughout the city. Who knows, maybe you’ll get to see the next Jonas Jerebko before they end up at the Celtics!

Visit the Book Fair

Bibliophiles will enjoy the Goteborg Book Fair, which features many celebrated authors. Here you can attend seminars, exhibitions, and enjoy a variety of activities geared towards book lovers. The fair is held in the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre.

Check Out Other Beautiful Nordic Destinations

If you’re coming through Gothenburg, you’re in Sweden. Stockholm is the largest city in Sweden and easily accessible by trains that take you through stunning countryside while you swipe away at those elusive Charmanders. Oslo, Norway is close, as is Copenhagen. But as with many places, more important than the big cities in the region are the plethora of adorable small cities and towns that dot the landscape.

Get Your Rollercoaster On

Opened in 1923, Liseberg Amusement Park is home to roller coasters (41 rides!), a beautiful garden, and all the craptastic fair food you can stomach (and a vegetarian menu btw). There’s also The best wooden rollercoaster in the world, which is the name of the coaster, not an award it’s been given. And if you’ve got any energy left, you can catch a show at the Stora Scenen, an attached concert venue. If you get there in later October, you can also catch the Halloweeeeeeen festivities there!

Grab a Drink

Gothenburg also has a vibrant night life. If you happen to be in Gothenburg for MacSysAdmin, which is when I make my annual pilgrimage there, chances are you can easily find me at the Bishop’s Arms, the Dubliner, or the bar in whatever hotel you’re in. And there are plenty of night clubs if you want to go dancing (Glow and Parken), cafes for lounging, and of course, McDonald’s for getting a few calories back in your system after hours of cavorting with friends.

I have a lot of friends that visit Gothenburg frequently, or live there. What did I miss, what are some of your favorite spots, or stories of Gothenburg?

July 27th, 2016

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There’s a new JSS companion tool, called JSS MUT, which allows you to perform mass actions based on a CSV. Basically, set fields and enforce mobile device names (becoming a very common need out there). If you’re a JSS admin, it’s a nice tool, and a big should out to Michael Levenick for making it free!

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Official website is at http://jssmut.weebly.com.

Hat tip to Trey Howell for clueing us in! 🙂

July 18th, 2016

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Looks like Sal et al posted a suite of Automator Actions to link the Casper Suite to Apple Configurator at https://configautomation.com/jamf-actions.html. In my limited tests so far they work pretty darn well!

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Some pretty cool things here, like having the JSS rename a mobile device when managed through Apple Configurator, having Apple Configurator instruct the JSS to remove a device from a group, clear passcodes, update inventory, and other common tasks involved in workflows when leveraging Apple Configurator for en masse device management. Good stuff!

July 14th, 2016

Posted In: Apple Configurator, iPhone, JAMF

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While I’ve only gotten to Level 16 in PokĂ©mon Go so far, I have taken a decent amount of notes and thrown them at http://krypted.com/pokemon-go-tutorial/. Thanks to the others at JAMF Software for getting me started on documenting this stuff, and if anyone sees anything I missed please feel free to comment!

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July 9th, 2016

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