Skipping Wifi setup in Setup Assistant

Introduction

A question came up in the Mac Admins Slack #general channel regarding skipping the Wifi setup pane in Setup Assistant. The user “tuxudo” wondered if any methods exist to skip the Wifi setup pane during a Setup Assistant run. The main use for suppressing the Wifi setup pane is to avoid confusion when deploying Macs that lack active wired networking and receive their Wifi configuration through a profile. Unfortunately the Wifi setup pane will still appear in this scenario as Setup Assistant has no knowledge of installed Wifi profiles. This can lead to support calls and changes being made that diverge from the desired Wifi configuration.

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Introducing DEPy - a DEP Python module

Introduction

Apple has been heavily promoting the use of its Device Enrollment Program (DEP henceforth) for almost two years now since its introduction in February 2014. The promise of the program is “zero-touch” deployment of iOS and OS X devices directly to the customer, bypassing the common pitstop with an IT department for the required initial setup and preparation of the device before passing it on to the user. Most major MDM players quickly integrated the DEP functionality into their products while generally maintaining the feature’s black box status.

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Installing OS X PKGs using an MDM service

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Introduction

With each annual iteration of OS X Apple improves the capabilities of its tightly integrated MDM, DEP and VPP trinity which has also made it increasingly compelling for Mac admins to take a look at what these management options could mean for them.

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Disable Spotlight indexing of network volumes

Introduction

Based on a user request a question came up today regarding disabling the automatic Spotlight indexing of network volumes. While users can manually add local and network volumes to the Spotlight Privacy exception list this is not a very obvious process and it requires a tech to walk them through the process, usually more than once. When left unconfigured, Spotlight and its mds family of tools will continuously index network volumes, putting extra strain on network infrastructure and further degrading the already less-than-stellar SMB performance in OS X.

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Penn State MacAdmins Conference 2015 slides available

The slides for the two talks I gave at this year’s PSU Mac Admins Conference are now available as PDFs at these links:

Free your Netboot server with BSDPy
Connect the dots with Docker

Thanks to all attendees that showed up for either one or both of my talks, hope to see you all again next year!

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