MacTech 05082012

MacTech Group Agenda

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

2:30 to 4:30 pm   Room B16-B 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. OS X versions that shipped with Intel Hardware:
    4. Vintage and Obsolete Apple Products:
    5. Apple Education Support Line 800-800-2775 use this number only. Always verify Apple Care Coverage with purchase info.
    6. OIT  does not have a  support policy for Boot Camp. & OIT  does not support Classic mode at all.
    7. Mac Collection Licenses and Media info at
    8. Trend Micro Office Scan for Macintosh – Managed antivirus for campus.
    9. OIT Macintosh Support Web Site for updates.
    10. NC Casper User’s Group –
    11. Unity Macintosh Kit uses /Users/$uid$ in the Active Directory configuration to create a local home on each machine at login
    12. Modified Unity Macintosh Installs are supported by the unit which has made the modifications.
    13. OIT supports only Apple, Intel (i386) hardware for Mac OS and software. Only unmodified iOS is supported.
    14. Please remember to check prices at to verify best price with NC State Marketplace
    15. Anyone wanting to get access to training and tools for Apple Certified Technician should register at   Email for Sold-to Account number and approval.
    16. UNC Combined Pricing Initiative (CPI)
    17. Casper Suite Enterprise service  (Admin
    18. UNC GA Bulk Buy Open now, Deadline at GA May 15!!

2) Security Threats – 10 min.

a) With JAVA patched and Casper monitoring available for Flashback we seem to be seeing infections drop off.  Note that Oracle has taken over provision of JAVA and the JRE/JDK providing the 1.7.0_04-b21 update at  This java is pre-release but works. Everyone should minimize the java applications deployed for production as Apple moves toward more iOS-like (no java at all) versions of OS X.  

b) Security flaw in legacy FileVault on 10.7.3  see:  Discussion 


3) Casper Suite 8.52 Update Planned – 10 min

The Casper Suite 8.52 update is scheduled for Monday May 14, 2012.  As discussed last month we are updating for security patches and for additional functions for E-Book delivery on iOS and OS X profile management. Discussion 


June MacTech will be Tech Short on Managing with Casper 8.5+.

4)  Software Suite for Summer 2012 and Fall 2012- 10 min.

Freeze date was Friday May 4, 2012. Feed back on software needed for Summer or Fall semesters?  Discussion.


PythonXY – includes Vphton

AutoDesk/AutoCAD – on license? Any MacVersions.

Adobe CS 6


Google Earth Pro?

Google Drive


Sketch Up Pro – spun off from Google.  License??

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


Next meeting – Tue. June 12, 2012 in Room B16-B 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 B16-B Hillsborough Bld unless otherwise announced.