Basic Apple TV Deployment Tips

Basic Apple TV Deployment Tips

Basic Apple TV Deployment Tips In our school district we’ve deployed over 540 of the 4th gen Apple TVs. All in all the initiative has been fairly straight forward, but like anything, we’ve learned a few helpful tips along the way. Currently these devices can be managed with MDM, but the payloads and functions are somewhat limited. The list of possible payloads can be viewed here (click here). We have some additional steps that have been useful in classrooms across the district (click…

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Having fun with MAU4 or How to Lose a Day of Productivity

Having fun with MAU4 or How to Lose a Day of Productivity

Having fun with MAU4 or How to Lose an Entire Day of Productivity | This post was inspired by a Slack conversation with Dr. Emily Kausalik. Like all good distractions, once she suggested the emoji idea đź’ˇ, work came to an immediate stop 🛑! The Microsoft Auto Updater 4 Beta (click here) is a great utility for macOS deployments using MS Office. It only updates changes to the binary which is a significant improvement over the current updater as the packages…

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Open Firewall Ports in Ubuntu

Open Firewall Ports in Ubuntu

How to open firewall ports in Ubuntu These notes are a personal reference on how to check open firewall ports in Ubuntu using CLI. I reserve the right to be slightly inaccurate and will update this as it become functionally helpful to do so.   Use the ufw command to open firewall ports in Ubuntu. The syntax is as follows: sudo ufw allow port See the examples below and apply specific ports for the services you need to open. Remember, you don’t want to…

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macOS Security Update to StorageKit

macOS Security Update to StorageKit

macOS Security Update There is a macOS security update to StorageKit. This vulnerability was announced on the MacAdmins Slack earlier and has been addressed by Apple. See information below released by Apple Product Security. APPLE-SA-2017-10-05-1 macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update is now available and addresses the following: StorageKit Available for: macOS High Sierra 10.13 Impact: A local attacker may gain access to an encrypted APFS volume Description: If a hint was set in Disk…

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How to check Linux OS and version using CLI

How to check Linux OS and version using CLI

How to check Linux OS and kernel version using CLI These notes are a personal reference on how to check Linux OS and kernel version using CLI. I reserve the right to be slightly inaccurate and will update this as it become functionally helpful to do so. Kernel Version If you want version information, use uname. For example: $ uname -a Or type the following command: $ uname -mrs Distribution Information If you want distribution information, it will vary depending on your distribution and whether your system…

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Avoid using Ethernet with tvOS if DFS Wifi Channels are Used

Avoid using Ethernet with tvOS if DFS Wifi Channels are Used

Avoid using Ethernet with tvOS if DFS wifi channels are used Normally, when deploying Apple TVs, you want to connect them to the network via ethernet. Like all hard and fast rules, there is one big range of exceptions. According to Apple’s recommendations, Apple TV should be connected to the network over Wi-Fi instead of Ethernet when using DFS channels on the Wi-Fi network and peer-to-peer AirPlay is desired. I still have a big question mark about this recommendation. In our environment…

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MDM Payloads for tvOS

MDM Payloads for tvOS

Apple allows certain MDM payloads for tvOS. Though, currently these devices can be managed with MDM, the functions are somewhat limited. We have a list of additional set up procedures (click here) based on our deployment of over 450 Apple TVs across our school district. These go hand in hand with MDM payloads listed below. MDM Payloads for tvOS Pre Stage Enrollment LDAP Authentication   AirPlay Disable AirPlay Require Passcode on first AirPlay pairing Disable using Remote App Allow Keyboard…

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iOS 11 Addresses Important Security Updates

iOS 11 Addresses Important Security Updates

iOS 11 addresses important security updates. Launching today at noon, CST, iOS 11 has some amazing new features that have been well documented elsewhere. In addition to new features, iOS 11 contains security updates as well.   Reposted from APPLE-SA-2017-09-19-1 iOS 11 iOS 11 is now available and addresses the following: Exchange ActiveSync Available for: iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to erase a device during Exchange…

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Password Headaches (Part I)

Password Headaches (Part I)

  Reach for the Tylenol; which password did I use here again? Is this a site where I can answer security questions? Get a text message? Or do I have to reset completely? And – oh, no – if I have to reset completely, does it have to be utterly different from any one I’ve used in the last twelve months? How does a regular person go about solving the password puzzle? Is there even a solution? Experts recommend having passwords with 12-16+…

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Apple iWork Has Awesome New Features | Pages, Keynote, Numbers

Apple iWork Has Awesome New Features | Pages, Keynote, Numbers

Apple Pages, Keynote, Numbers Have Awesome New Features Apple has announced some awesome new features in Pages, Keynote and Numbers. The information below is copied from Apple’s recent update release notes. KEYNOTEWhat’s new in Keynote for Mac – Apple Supporthttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207247Keynote on the Mac App Storehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keynote/id409183694?mt=12What’s New in Version 7.2• Enhance your presentations using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes• Reply to comments and join threaded conversations• New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing• Scroll anywhere with new pan and zoom options• Edit…

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