Taming rf Unicorns and Other Fantastic Beasts

Taming rf Unicorns and Other Fantastic Beasts

Taming rf Unicorns and Other Fantastic Beasts – Resources from PSU MacAdmins Conference 2018 session on using the Ekahau Sidekick’s spectrum analysis to identify and troubleshoot problems with Wi-Fi. Click here for official conference page: http://macadmins.psu.edu/2018/05/01/psumac18-277/ Description: Wi-Fi Muggles rejoice! Your time has come. The wonderful world of wireless and wizardry is magical indeed, but what’s a MacAdmin to do when things go awry? Many sources of non-802.11 noise impact your Wi-Fi. Finding these gremlins and…

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9 macOS Security Features Protect Your Privacy and Data

9 macOS Security Features Protect Your Privacy and Data

What 9 macOS security features are unique to how Apple approaches security? The foundation of macOS is formed by integrated and secure software that protects critical system resources while sandboxing applications and other processes. As you read, be sure to check out the links to different Apple KBs to gain a deeper understanding of how these different macOS security features help keep your Mac, your privacy, and your data safe. 9 macOS security features include: •…

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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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