Profile Manager and Networking Security

Joseph Bazzano, I.T Wiz Australia Part of XW18

In complex school networks apple devices have led to many challengers especially with apple traffic. Pushing out applications to 500 iPads throughout the day even with Apple Cache enabled has many times caused high congestion on our main internet connection. My solution was to use a network security device such as the Endian Firewall to route Apple traffic through an alternative internet link to ease congestion.

  • Apple Configurator 2
  • Installation and basic configuring of Apple Server
  • Profile Manager installation and configuration
  • Basic Device Enrolment and new features
  • Allowing Apple traffic through the Endian Firewall and web filter
  • Apple internet traffic routing using the Endian Firewall
  • Analysing apple traffic on the Endian

Joe has worked as an I.T professional for over 10 years in both business and educational environments. He has a solid background in both Windows and Apple server environments and has worked in many Magic Triangle environments over the years. Joe has a passion with regards to Apple server technology and network security.

Filling the Gap

Duncan McCracken, Mondada Pty Ltd Part of XW18

Sometimes what you want simply doesn’t exist… or it may not exist in the form you want it to.

This is the technical story of how something was created to fill a need, then grew far beyond that. From the planning through to initial release, all decisions, roadblocks, start-overs, headaches, and celebrations.

Not to mention a few technical tips along the way.

Duncan is the Technical Director of Mondada Pty Ltd, an organisation leading the way in creating installation packages for macOS deployment solutions.

With over 20 years working with Apple and associated products Duncan as a consultant and has worked with some of the leading integration companies at home in Australia and around the world. He is known for his willingness to adapt to new playing fields through embracing different technologies, and his knack for creating modular, re-usable solutions.

Duncan has spoken at various Apple-centric conferences around the world, including MacSysAdmin and MacWorld.

Securing your Local Admin account with Password Randomisation

Bart Reardon, CSIRO Part of XW18

Creating a known local admin account across all managed devices is a common way to ensure that when the worst happens, you have a way to service a clients Mac.

Whether its 10 or 1000 devices though, keeping track of local admin passwords can be problematic and the usual outcome is all machine have the same account name and the same password, creating a security problem if the password were to ever be leaked out and an administrative problem changing passwords on all your managed devices to something else.

Microsoft introduced the concept of the Local Administrator Password Solution, or LAPS for Active Directory bound Windows workstations. Individual randomised local administrator passwords for each device, stored in a secure location.

This session will explain how LAPS works in general and introduce some open source tools to achieve the same outcome for macOS for AD environments and other managed systems.

Bart has worked for the CSIRO in their IT department for over 16 years and is based in Canberra.

Bart currently works for CSIRO’s desktop infrastructure team and leads development for the Mac and Linux Desktop SOE’s and manages 900 macOS workstations using Munki and other open source tools.

He has contributed to Munki and macOSLAPS open source projects.

/dev/world Announced for 2018

We’re excited to confirm that /dev/world is back for its eleventh year, at RMIT Melbourne from June 26-28, 2018! /dev/world is our community event for anyone developing for Apple platforms. Check out the archives of earlier events or learn about this year’s event and consider submitting a presentation as part of the CFP on the main /dev/world site!

Women of X World Breakfast Meetup

At this year’s X World, speaker Tania Dastres will be running a ‘Women of X World’ breakfast, as a chance for women attendees to get to know each other outside of the bustle of the conference crowd. If you would like to attend, and identify as a woman, please fill out this form by June 15th, and Tania will get back to you with further details.

Bash Programming for Beginners

Tony Williams Part of XW18

This workshop will start with understanding, setting up and using the command line before moving on to simple shell programming. Along the way we’ll cover the flow control and looping, command results, chaining commands, and regular expressions among other topics.

It is open to anyone with or without experience using the command line.

Attendees should bring a laptop along with macOS 10.12 or 10.13 installed and connected to the conference WiFi.

Tony is currently a systems engineer and responsible for managing over 9,000 iOS devices and 300 Macs. With over thirty five years in the industry he has had a myriad of roles including C programmer, Unix systems administrator, IT Manager, support specialist and Associate Editor of Australian Macworld. He has presented at X World a number of times including workshops on bash and python and presentations on using netBoot and DeployStudio and iOS programming.

An Introduction to Docker

Stuart Lamont Part of XW18

No doubt you’ve heard about Docker, but do you know what it is and how to leverage it for your needs?

In this Workshop, I’ll take you through some Docker Basics to get you up and running, figure out the difference between VM’s and containers, and give you some ideas for what to use it for in your environment.

In preparation for this workshop, delegates should install Docker Community Edition from:

It is also advisable that attendees be comfortable with working in command line.

Stuart is a Mac SysAdmin from Melbourne, with an interest in Automation and Simplification.

JamfYourCloud in 44 Minutes or Less

James Smith, Culture Amp Part of XW18

I’ll be setting up a fully functional, and highly-available Jamf instance in AWS in under 40 mins utilising as much built-in AWS functionality as possible. Some of the AWS services will include:

  • EC2
  • RDS
  • ElastiCache
  • S3
  • VPC
  • ELB

Will also cover why you might want to host your own rather than JamfCloud, etc.

James is a dad to an awesome five-year-old and previously lead the glamorous life of a Barista by day and DJ by night. He’s now squarely focussed on enabling employees to do their best work as a SysAdmin for Culture Amp, a 200-person startup founded in Melbourne with offices in San Francisco, New York, and London, who work to change the way companies think about employee engagement.

Quit Your Job – Learning from New Environments

Peter Wells, Swinburne University Part of XW18

We all know how much we learn from this community, but the best way to learn is to go somewhere new, see what works that you never thought of, what is missing that you used to rely on. What I’ve learnt moving form universities, and why everyone here should quit their job.

Peter Wells is Mac Sys Admin and technology commentator, currently working with Swinburne University, and writing for The Age and  Sydney Morning Herald. He was the former weekend host for  The Daily Tech News Show, and the Reckoner Australia podcast, and was previously the front page editor for MacTalk, Australia’s largest Apple Community.

This is Peter’s third time speaking at X World. He has previously spoken at its sister AUC conferences /dev/world and CreateWorld, as well as South By Southwest, Ad:Tech, Swipe Conference, and was MC at One More Thing.

Loan iPads – Killing the COW

Carrie Irvine, NorthTec Part of XW18

With budget constraints looming we couldn’t justify additional spend on iPads, so we looked for a way to better utilise the devices we already had. CoW’s (Carts on Wheels) based in programme areas have been slaughtered and replaced with a centralised pool of loan iPads maintained by our Service Desk using JAMF Pro, DEP & VPP.

As part NorthTec’s Desktop Support & Quality Learning teams Carrie has been configuring and supporting Apple devices in a predominantly Windows environment since 2012. Carrie’s passion lies in automation, facilitating improvements to the user experience and supporting ongoing research into adoption of emerging technologies to improve student outcomes.