X World Sessions

Keynote Speakers

We’re thrilled to announce two special guests this year – Joel Rennich and John Kitzmiller.
Joel RennichJoel is the General Manager for Trusource Labs Enterprise Services in Austin, Texas providing Apple device management and help desk to customers around the globe. Previously he was an Enterprise Systems Engineering Manager at Apple doing all kinds of fun things with lots of cool people and solving crazy problems to allow for integrating Macs and iOS devices into enterprise environments.

Recently Joel has been greatly enjoying himself working on projects to help people get into a casual binding environment and removing the need for binding to AD at all.

Prior to Apple Joel was frequently seen speaking at Macworld, WWDC and other conferences and gatherings of Apple-minded admins. Joel has traveled the world helping customers adopt OS X and in 2002 he setup afp548.com and had a lot of fun with that too.

Joel is a classically trained journalist and plied his trade as a paparazzi chasing Monica Lewinsky before rising to become the Director of Photography for United Press International in Washington DC. If you’re lucky he’ll even tell you some of his Monica stories, as the stories are better than the photos…

John KitzmillerJohn Kitzmiller has helped organizations big and small deploy Apple devices all over the globe. As a Professional Services Engineer for Jamf Software, he deployed Apple devices on 5 continents in some of the largest and most complex environments. As a Senior IT Consultant for The Linde Group, John helped some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest and fastest growing companies design their Apple deployments.

John has now taken his skills in house at Fastly, a content delivery network in San Francisco. With some of the tightest security restrictions and privacy concerns he’s ever encountered, John has designed a deployment strategy to support a global user base based on his agile deployment manifesto.

Jamf Software Sessions

sudo jamf arrrrr: An Update on Jamf Patch Management
Erin Miska, Jamf Software

JamfWay 2017
Erin Miska, Jamf Software

Introduction to Apple Device Management
Justin Krisko & Vasko Kirovski, Jamf Software


Community Sessions

How to Make Squanch Happen!
Ben Greiner, Forget Computers

MDM – the Magic of Device Management
Carrie Irvine, NorthTec

Munki Hacking for Fun and Profit
Bart Reardon, CSIRO

NoMachine – The secret ‘source’ for a ‘big Mac’
Maurie Bascunan, University of Technology Sydney

Onboarding in a Culture First Environment
James Smith, Culture Amp

Practical Troubleshooting
Duncan McCracken, Mondada

Self Service Means Better User Guides
Peter Wells, UNSW Australia

Simplifying L1 Tasks to Reduce Escalations
Stuart Lamont, Ivanhoe Grammar School

Trigger – A JSS Splash Screen Utility
Tania Dastres

You Won’t Believe These 4 Techniques to Make Your Macs More Secure
Jon Rhoades, St. Vincent’s Institute



Charming The Snake – Python and IPython for System Administration
Tony Williams

Introduction to Apple Device Management
Justin Krisko & Vasko Kirovski, Jamf Software

Managing Macs with Munki and Friends
Jon Rhoades, St. Vincent’s Institute

Screencasting for dummies IT Professionals
James Smith, Culture Amp

Proactive Support Professional Course & Certification
Allen Hancock and Michael Thomsen

Best practices gathered over 20+ years’ consulting – this is an independent event being run by X World 2017 sponsor Watchman Monitoring.

Social Events

Wednesday 6:00 – ‘X World Eve’ Sydney Mac Admins Meetup
Thursday 6:00 – Conference Dinner
Friday 5:00 – Happy Hour drinks with Jamf