MacTech 11082011

MacTech Group Agenda

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2:30 to 4:30 pm   Room B3 Hillsborough Bld.

1) Announcements – 5 min

    1. OIT will support only version 10.5.8 or newer of Mac OS X after Dec 31, 2011
    2. OIT will support only version 10.6.8 or newer of Mac OS X after Dec 31, 2012 
    3. Apple Education Support Line 800-800-2775 use this number only. Always verify Apple Care Coverage with purchase info.
    4. OIT  does not have a  support policy for Boot Camp. & OIT  does not support Classic mode at all.
    5. Mac Collection Licenses and Media info at
    6. Trend Micro Office Scan for Macintosh – Managed antivirus for campus.
    7. OIT Macintosh Support Web Site for updates.
    8. NC Casper User’s Group –
    9. Unity Macintosh Kit uses /Users/$uid$ in the Active Directory configuration to create a local home on each machine at login
    10. Modified Unity Macintosh Installs are supported by the unit which has made the modifications.
    11. OIT supports only Apple, Intel (i386) hardware for Mac OS and software. Only unmodified iOS is supported.
    12. Please remember to check prices at to verify best price with NC State Marketplace
    13. Anyone wanting to get access to training and tools for Apple Certified Technician should register at   Email for Sold-to Account number and approval.
    14. UNC Combined Pricing Initiative (CPI)
    15. Casper Suite Server Beta 

2) UNC GA Apple Bulk Purchases  – 5 min.

UNC GA has committed to collecting bulk orders on a quarterly basis in order to get deeper discounts beyond the current educational discounts. The “new” discount we will get from Apple will be *in addition* to the standard education discount (4-9%) you see on their education store webpage. How much the final discount will be will depend on the total number of orders we receive. In the September Quarter, we averaged an additional 8.98% discount over standard educational pricing.

The December order dates are:  Monday, November 28 – UNCGA will start collecting web proposals from campuses

Tuesday, December 6  – deadline for submitting web proposals to GA (will be sent to Apple at close of business)

Thursday, December 8 – expected day to deliver Apple’s pricing “re-quote” to campuses

Friday, December 16 – deadline for campus to submit campus PO to Apple – must be in Apple’s hands on this day!

Web Proposals, with the requisition ID of the order referenced, should be sent to  Discussion.  


3) Spring 2012 Software Needs – 40 min.

Will go around the room to get needs from each unit.  OIT is working hard to move to 10.7.  Freeze date is December 9, 2011.  Discussion


4) Casper Suite Changes  – 20 min.  

Information about the 8.3.1 update agent issue, GSX2 support, and move to enterprise deployment in December 2011. Discussion.


5)10.7.2 NetBoot Issues – 20 min.  NetBoot over subnets has changed in Lion.  Here is a new bless command that works with 10.7.2:

bless –netboot –booter tftp:// 

–kernelcache tftp://

–options ‘rp=nfs:’  –nextonly 

Install of 10.7.2 with NBAS does not work and JAMF is working on the issue.  Discussion


6) Workflow Words: Software Trickling with Lion – 20 min.

Work flows in Casper can make software just appear and disappear with constant planned updates but no “Reformat & Reinstall”.  This is a new way of thinking about delivery which requires planning and coordination of multiple policies. Discussion


7) Q&A   – 10 min.  You ask we try to answer. 


Next meeting – Tue. Dec 13, 2011 in Room B3 Hillsborough from 2:30-4:30 pm.

MacTech – 2nd Tuesday each month: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun,  Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

MacPolicy – 2nd Tuesday of every other month: Jan, Mar, May, Aug, Sep, Nov.

Neither MacPolicy or MacTech will meet in July.

All meetings will be held in B3 Hillsborough Bld unless otherwise announced.