Episode 90: Roundtable, with Mike Lynn

Synopsis:

Charles, Marcus and Tom talk at length about the new MacBook Pro, the T2 chip, and special guest Michael Lynn tells us what it all means for the future for Apple Admins.

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Charles Edge, Director of Marketplace, Jamf Software [@cedge318]
Tom Bridge, Partner, Technolutionary LLC [@tbridge]
Marcus Ransom, Senior Apple Systems Engineer, CompNow [@marcusransom]

Guests:

  • Michael Lynn, Client Platform Engineer, Facebook [@mikeymikey]

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Links & Notes

Benchmarks after Performance Fix

Just how much is downloaded by the os when upgrading?

Performance fix for MacBook Pro 2018 (iMore)

GitHub topics

Secure Boot

I for one welcome our new Configurator overlords

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Conference Sites
Event Name Location Dates Cost
MacSysdamin Göteborg, Sweden October 2-5 US$1400
Jamf Nation User Conference Minneapolis, Minnesota October 23-25 US$799
MacTech Conference Los Angeles, CA November 6-9 US$899
Meetups
Event Name Location Dates Cost
Macbrained SF Twitter HQ August 8th, 6pm Pacific Free
Utah Apple Admins Marriott Library, University of Utah August 15th, 11am Mountain Free
MacDeployment Meetup Market Mall Apple Store (To Be Confirmed), Calgary AB Canada September 25, 6:30 p.m. Mountain Free

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Mac Admins Flashcast Special: The #iamroot Situation

Synopsis:

Mike Lynn of Facebook and Rich Trouton join the pod’s very first Flashcast to talk about the #iamroot situation, a serious privilege escalation in Mac 10.13.0 – 10.13.2 beta 5 that allows password-free access to the root account. Solutions are discussed, as well as mitigation strategies for situations like this in the future.

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Links & Notes

The Tweet That Started It All

Blocking logins to the root account on macOS High Sierra

Developer Forums Post from 13 November 2017 Describing This Behavior

Pycreateuserpkg from Greg Neagle

Apple KBase, updated 28 November 2017: How to enable the root user on your Mac or change your root password

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Episode 44: Live at PSU Mac Admins Conference

Synopsis

Tom and Pepijn record a live episode at the PSU Mac Admins Conference to talk about careers and jobs in the Mac Admin world, as well as a discussion of current events.

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Guests

  • Jason Miller, IT Support Lead, Thumbtack [@jasonkmiller]
  • Robert Hammen, Mac Support Lead, NCBI at NIH [@roberthammen
  • Jason Broccardo, System Administrator, Forget Computers [@zoocoup]
  • Gretchen Kuwahara, Conference Committee, PSU Mac Admins Conference. [@osuterrycat
  • Special Guest Mike Lynn, Facebook [@mikeymikey]

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Links & Notes

Robert & Jason’s Presentation on Jumping off the #jobs-board

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Conference Sites


CMD-D Conference in Santa Clara, CA August 9
Macsysadmin in Gothenburg, Sweden October 3-6 17
JNUC in Minneapolis, MN October 24-26

Meet-ups


Twin Cities Mac Admins will be hosting a meetup at Target Commons in Minneapolis on Wednesday, July 19th.
Seattle Apple Admins Meetup Thursday July 20th at Nordstrom in Seattle
Auckland Mac Admins Meet up 28 July at 7pm NZST. For more information, visit #anzmac in Slack.
Melbourne Apple Admins on the 27th of July at Seek

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