3 Ways Apple Can Better Support K-12 IT Departments

3 Ways Apple Can Better Support K-12 IT Departments

Apple provides excellent support for education customers, including services like Apple School Manager, the Device Enrollment Program, Apple Professional Learning, new apps like SchoolWork, Apple Classroom on macOS, and even a ClassKit framework for developers. However, there are a few things they could do to improve support for K-12 IT departments. Identity Management Identity management is a significant factor in securing and deploying resources in enterprise environments including K-12 education. Though macOS devices can be bound to directory services, additional native support for LDAP, Active…

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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 documentation from your wireless vendor regarding best practices….

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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. For part of the training, we will be…

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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 server. 2. To unload the Tomcat web application process: sudo launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.jamfsoftware.tomcat.plist 3. To reload and launch the…

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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 web app after each update…

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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 some releases will reset them back to default….

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Firewall CLI Commands for Centos 7 Brief Reference

Firewall CLI Commands for Centos 7 Brief Reference

Centos 7 Firewall CLI Commands | This post is mostly a reference of cli commands to use on Centos 7 for working with firewall rules.   Cents 7 uses Firewalld instead of iptables. Firewalld is a complete firewall solution available by default on CentOS 7 servers. In this reference will cover how to set up various firewall rules for your server using the firewall-cmd administrative tool. You can find out more by reading the guide from DigitalOcean.   What are Zones? The firewalld daemon…

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XProtect Plist Contents macOS 2-5-2017

XProtect Plist Contents macOS 2-5-2017

XProtect Plist Contents macOS from 2-5-2017 are listed below. Files and executables listed below are identified as malware and blocked by macOS. <?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC “-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN” “http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd”> <plist version=”1.0″> <array> <dict> <key>Description</key> <string>OSX.Hmining.C</string> <key>LaunchServices</key> <dict> <key>LSItemContentType</key> <string>com.apple.application-bundle</string> </dict> <key>Matches</key> <array> <dict> <key>MatchFile</key> <dict> <key>NSURLTypeIdentifierKey</key> <string>public.unix-executable</string> </dict> <key>MatchType</key> <string>Match</string> <key>Pattern</key> <string>554889E54157415653504C8B7F484C8B7750488B5F584889DF{5}4C89FF4C89F64889DA{5}4889C74883C4085B415E415F5D</string> </dict> <dict> <key>MatchFile</key> <dict> <key>NSURLTypeIdentifierKey</key> <string>public.unix-executable</string> </dict> <key>MatchType</key> <string>Match</string> <key>Pattern</key> <string>554889E5415741564154534189CE4889D34889DF{5}4889DF{5}4889CB4889C74889D64889DA4489F1{5}4989C64989D74989CC4889DF{5}4C89F74C89FE4C89E2{5}4889C75B415C415E415F5D</string> </dict> </array> </dict> <dict> <key>Description</key> <string>OSX.Hmining.B</string> <key>LaunchServices</key> <dict> <key>LSItemContentType</key> <string>com.apple.application-bundle</string> </dict> <key>Matches</key>…

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Apple iOS Security Guide – A Must for Read for Any Admin Managing iPads

Apple iOS Security Guide – A Must for Read for Any Admin Managing iPads

Apple iOS Security Guide was last published in May 2016. Though there have been many advancements, the information contained in the guide is fundamental to enterprise admins interested in keeping iOS devices secure. To get your copy, click here. Every iOS device combines software, hardware, and services designed to work together for maximum security and a transparent user experience. iOS protects not only the device and its data at rest, but the entire ecosystem, including everything users do locally, on networks, and with key Internet services. This iOS…

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Apple TV Settings for Deployment in Schools

Apple TV Settings for Deployment in Schools

At Eanes ISD, we have a standard set of Apple TV Settings for schools that we prefer to use. The goal is that teachers will be able to use the device without having to do any configuration. Ideally, teachers get to concentrate on teaching and not “futzing” with setting up technology. There are a number of ways to configure these, but the list below seems to work well for our teachers. Setting these up involves a couple of stages. Apple Configurator 2 allows us…

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