Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

In case anyone missed this fact: I love to write. The nerdier the content, the better. And when I heard that the JAMF Nation User Conference had a session for InfoSec (and specifically around how we do vulnerability assessments), I knew that was my kind of session. So, the marketing team was kind enough to let me write it up. Here it is on the JAMF Software blog:

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October 13th, 2015

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Bushel gives you three devices for free. But you can get more free devices if you like the product and choose to share it with your friends and family. To do so is pretty straight forward. Simply click on the Accounts icon in the sidebar and then click on the Profile tab. Here, towards the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the Referrals section.

To Read More About Inviting Your Friends To Bushel To Get More Free Devices Forever on the Bushel Blog

October 13th, 2015

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The JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC) is coming, from October 13th to 15th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The JNUC always makes me think of all kinds of nerdy things to do. And Minneapolis is totally full of nerd culture events. So here’s some to consider (not including the Lync, Sharepoint and other not-very-mac-esque events):

There are more mini-events being added on the JNUC Mini-Event page on JAMF Nation all the time. Check that out at the Mini-Event page on JAMF Nation. There are lots of spots around town to host meetups and the such, if you’re after that. I posted a lot of breweries here (and a pedal pub if you’re feeling like getting serious about it all), but keep in mind if you’re looking for less alcohol and more quiet/professional stuffs, there’s a pretty deep set of Mac shops in the Twin Cities with spaces that might loan you some room, such as Code42.

And if you’re into Maker Spaces and the such, check out:

  • My neighborhoods makerspace:
  • The Twin Cities Maker(space):
  • Improving civic tech with Open Twin Cities:
  • Get your lego on at Brinckmania (just make sure to call and see if they’ll let you in as they’re usually only open every other Saturday – but if you want to schedule a JNUC mini-event or something I could see them opening their doors)

September 4th, 2015

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JAMF Nation User Conference

As the largest Apple IT gathering in the world rapidly approaches, we want to give you an early glimpse into the great presentations at the JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC).

We are excited to announce that we’ve added the first ten JNUC sessions to our site. With sessions for education and commercial organizations, you’re sure to find presentations to meet your needs. Highlights include best practices for preparing Macs for online testing, ways to bring Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) and Device Enrollment Program (DEP) to life in your environment, and methods for mitigating and addressing Mac security threats.

Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time, but hurry. We’re nearing our capacity. 

Secure your spot and start making your travel plansand accommodations before it’s too late. We hope you can make it!

RSVP Today

August 26th, 2015

Posted In: Mac OS X

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When you enroll devices into Bushel, you’ll be prompted for a name and email address. We use these two fields to setup the mail profile for users and display who has that device. You can see who a device is assigned to by clicking on the device in Bushel and checking out the Assigned To card, shown here.

Move Devices To New Users In Bushel

June 11th, 2015

Posted In: Bushel, iPhone, JAMF, Mac OS X

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The jamf binary comes with a lot of cool little features that you can use to script things quickly, because JAMF has already built things to help you. We’ll look at two really quick. The first is the deleteAccount verb which, surprisingly, deletes accounts. With that verb, you’ll use the -username operator to define a given user that you’d like to remove. That username is defined as the short name (or what dscl shows) of a given user. For example, if I wanted to remove the user rorygilmore, I’d run the following command:

/usr/sbin/jamf deleteAccount -username rorygilmore

You can then provide a popup on the screen that you completed that action:

/usr/sbin/jamf displayMessage -message “rorygilmore has been deleted"

You can then add a new user, using the createAccount verb. To do so, run the jamf binary using the createAccount verb. This verb provides for a number of options, including a short name (-username), a full name (-realname), a password (-password), a home directory (-home) and a default shell (-shell). If you want the user to be an admin of the system you can also add an -admin option. Below, we’ll string it all together:

/usr/sbin/jamf createAccount -username lorelaigilmore -realname "Lorelai Gilmore" -password lukedanes -home /Users/lorelai -shell bash -admin


When I do this stuff I like to run a quick recon again:

/usr/sbin/jamf recon

If you have any questions, you can use the help verb to see what all this thing can do:

/usr/sbin/jamf help

And if you need more information on a given verb, run the help verb followed by the one you need more information on:

/usr/sbin/jamf help policy


October 6th, 2014

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment

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I was super-bummed that I missed the MacAdmins conference at Penn State University. But, all is not lost as MacAdmins will be held July 8-10 in 2015 at the Penn Stater Conference Center and I’ll be able to see all those awesome people there next year!

In the meantime, something fun and new is the 2014 MacAdmins Playlist to maybe get exposed to some new stuff:

As an aside, here’s a fun pic of @derflounder and I (and others) doing a round table from a few years ago on the Penn State site:

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July 15th, 2014

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment, public speaking

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JSS-autopkg-addon Presentation from Allister Banks on Vimeo.

(Guest post by Allister Banks)

On June 26th, I had the pleasure of being invited by @Tecnico1931 to the NYC Metro JAMF user group meeting.

A worksheet I created for this event may be found here:

See also Shea Craig’s python-jss, and thanks go out to James Barclay, Sam Johnson, and all the folks mentioned in the video.

July 1st, 2014

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server

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Some time ago, I had the good fortune of reading Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment (thanks to MacTech for hooking me up with it!). It was a book filled with many of the things that are good in the business world today and how to make them better by adopting them in your own organization. Since reading that book, I’ve looked for enchantment. I’ve searched in the technology coming out of new products, in social causes that I’ve become involved with, in trips out of town and within myself.

Today (now yesterday), I was truly enchanted. At my new employer, there is a charitable foundation publicly released at the JNUC last year. I thought it was cool when it was introduced. But seeing the eyes of the person that administers the program light up as she went through all the nooks and crannies and seeing the importance placed upon it at the organization really made me take an even greater notice.

I like to give my time and whatever resources possible back to my community. I’ve never considered this charity, nor my duty, nor commendable, nor enough. Instead it’s just part of being a person. To see someone who is so enchanted with what the company is doing in that regard, that they can bring that enchantment to others and engage a room of new hires fresh off a heavy lunch (let alone keep them awake) was just… enchanting.


Thanks to all involved for the experience and I look forward to many more like it!

June 28th, 2014

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If you do deployments of Apple products, there are a few conferences to look at. Based on where you are and what industry you are in, some of these are better than others. But if you use the Casper Suite or are considering doing so, it would be really hard to beat JNUC, the JAMF Nation User Conference.


And yes, I’d of said all this and posted this even if I hadn’t of come to work here a week and a half ago! So come one, come all to Minneapolis. And if you’re really nice, we’ll hook you up with some good old fashioned Minnesota lutefisk!

June 11th, 2014

Posted In: iPhone, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment, Minneapolis

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