Recommendations for Optimizing Wifi for Apple Devices

Recommendations for Optimizing Wifi for Apple Devices

The recommendations for optimizing wifi for Apple devices resulted from a series of conversations with a good friend of mine, Alby*, who works with schools in Texas.  All comments were specifically made in relation to tuning 802.11ac gen 2 APs from Aruba. However, this list provides some excellent guidelines when tuning or optimizing other networks too. We certainly found them to be helpful. Please take any recommendations with a grain of salt and review pertinent…

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Demystifying iOS Deployment in K-12 Edu

Demystifying iOS Deployment in K-12 Edu

Demystifying iOS Deployment in K-12 Edu – TCEA 2018 Presentation The resources from my session at TCEA 2018 will help you get started with iOS deployment, novices and veterans alike will benefit from materials linked in this article. This session on iOS deployment will give participants a hands on overview of using Apple School Manager, DEP, and Jamf Pro MDM. Important: Please be sure to bring a Mac laptop with the latest version of Safari….

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Is NetInstall Dead in Future Releases of macOS? A Discussion for Edu IT

Is NetInstall Dead in Future Releases of macOS? A Discussion for Edu IT

Is NetInstall Dead in Future Releases of macOS? In a recent article, ScriptingOSX posted new features in the iMac Pro which verify observations from the MacAdmins community about the future of imaging Macs. This article is important for my Apple IT peeps advising schools and EdTechs. Summary Traditional imaging and now NetInstall imaging appears to be phased out on macOS systems with the new T2 processor (iMac Pro for now). Touchbar MacPros have the T1…

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Resources for Apple TV Deployment Article

Resources for Apple TV Deployment Article

Resources for Apple TV Deployment Article Below is a list of useful resources I considered while writing various articles about deploying Apple TV. Some of the information comes directly from Apple. Some of it is in direct contradiction of information and advice I received, but has made sense after observing these devices in the field. I am not a wifi engineer, but do have years of practical experience with Apple products in various Aerohive, Cisco…

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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…

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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 💡, 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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