Apple Announces New iPad for Education

Apple Announces New iPad for Education

Apple announces new iPad in it’s Education Event today along with several other new features for education. These announcements reinforce Apple’s commitment to students, teachers, and schools. New iPad Perhaps the biggest improvement in the new iPad will be its support for Apple Pencil. With a 9.7″ display, these devices are priced at $299 for education. The updated iPad will be available in stores and include Touch ID, HD FaceTime camera, extended battery life, and…

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Stories About Using Accessibility Features in K-12 Education

Stories About Using Accessibility Features in K-12 Education

The impact of engineering for accessibility in K-12 education is significant. As these features continue to evolve, more and more students can be empowered to use them to overcome obstacles to learning and collaborating with their peers. This article highlights the experience of 4 students using the accessibility features in iOS and macOS in school. While, each of these stories is true, the names have been changed. In each case, it was these features in…

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Stay Connected with the Apple Admin Community, Slack, and Local Meetups

Stay Connected with the Apple Admin Community, Slack, and Local Meetups

Apple Admin Community, Slack and Meetups The Apple Admin community is a very connected group of professionals who support one another through the MacAdmins Slack, a podcast, and local or regional Meetups. You don’t have to do this alone. There are over 14,000 of us to provide insight and support. The blend of ideas about supporting our users with Apple devices from Higher Ed, K-12, Enterprise, Healthcare, and Government will help you grow as an…

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Take Out the Trash | How to Clear Pending and Failed Commands in Jamf Pro 10

Take Out the Trash | How to Clear Pending and Failed Commands in Jamf Pro 10

How to Clear Pending and Failed Commands in Jamf Pro 10 via MySQL Jamf Pro is a powerful MDM tool. The larger your scale, the more you benefit from developing maintenance routines including clearing pending and failed commands. Even though these features are built into JamfPro’s GUI, I still like to execute the queries in MySQL to get feedback on how many commands and/or rows are affected. The path to execute these commands is intentionally…

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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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Starting and Stopping Tomcat in macOS and Linux for JamfPro Server

Starting and Stopping Tomcat in macOS and Linux for JamfPro Server

Starting and Stopping Tomcat in macOS and Linux for JamfPro Server Starting and stopping Tomcat in macOS or Linux is an essential skill when using JamfPro servers, especially in a clustered environment. Knowing these commands and having them at your fingertips are important for administrators on these systems. You may want to bookmark this page or copy and paste these to your notes for easy access. On macOS: 1. Open Terminal on the JSS host…

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Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered Jamf Pro Web Apps in macOS

Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered Jamf Pro Web Apps in macOS

You may want to increase Tomcat memory for clustered Jamf Pro web apps. By default only 1Gb of memory is allocated to Tomcat. Increasing the memory can significantly improve performance. Normally you would use the database utility to change these settings, but in a clustered environment you manually change the plist. (For Linux instructions click here.) These 6 steps have been compiled from documentation on JAMF-Nation. It is important to check memory allocation for the…

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Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered JamfPro Web Apps in Linux

Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered JamfPro Web Apps in Linux

You may want to increase Tomcat memory for clustered JamfPro web apps. By default only 1Gb of memory is allocated to Tomcat. Increasing the memory can significantly improve performance. Normally you would use the database utility to change these settings, but in a clustered environment you have to change either the catalina.sh or setenv.sh scripts on Linux. (For macOS instructions click here.) It is important to check memory allocation for the web app after each update as…

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New Apple Updates Offer Increased Security and Education Friendly Features

New Apple Updates Offer Increased Security and Education Friendly Features

Apple released a series of security updates yesterday. Updates include macOS, iOS, iWork apps, Classroom, Configurator 2, and Server. Not only do these releases contain bug fixes and security vulnerability patches, but also a number of features that will help schools and education. See detailed lists below. APPLE-SA-2017-03-27-4 iOS 10.3 New restriction to prevent a device from joining unmanaged WiFi networks New restriction for blocking dictation (useful for testing) MDM can now shut down and restart devices…

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