17 Nov 2015 by pepijn
Just the facts? Go here!
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.
15 Sep 2015 by pepijn
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.
12 Jul 2015 by pepijn
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!
06 Jun 2015 by pepijn
Pardon the pun, but I’ve been meaning to use that Shamen reference ever since MDM became A Thing.
It is not for a lack of Mobile Device Management solutions that I wanted to figure out the process of setting up my own MDM server of course. Quite the opposite as there are many vendors out [there] (https://meraki.cisco.com/solutions/mobile-device-management) offering MDM solutions with varying levels of customer satisfaction. It’s fair to say that often MDM solutions tend to nudge over to the far ends of the spectrum capped by “Overly complicated” on one end and “Checkbox feature” on the other. Barring a few free ones most are also pricey, further lowering one’s sense of getting bang for one’s buck. Another issue can be integration with existing systems, which often leads to companies deciding to buy into complete solutions from one vendor. Not a perfect situation by any stretch of the imagination for those of us who have perfectly functional management tools just looking to enhancement their toolset with the benefits of Apple’s OS X MDM integration. There have been previous flurries of interest and activity in the Mac Admin community around creating a true OSS MDM solution. These attempts mostly fizzled due to uncertainty about the exact process of creating an MDM service and lack of sources of information. After some asking around it was determined that Apple keeps certain key bits of information behind the iOS Enterprise Developer paywall, such as the Mobile Device Management Protocol Reference document. Even more importantly the ability to sign the required MDM CSR for such a service is also only available to organizations subscribing to the same $300/year program.
03 Jun 2015 by pepijn
As we have been ramping up the BSDPy coverage in our environment it became clear that it was spending a lot of its time making API calls for clients that were checking in and not getting enough time to respond back to clients with boot acknowledgments. To offer some background to this problem the following are the steps that the BSDP client and server go through in the process of successfully Netbooting.