MacTech 04092013

MacTech Group Agenda

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

2:30 to 4:30 pm — Room B16-B Hillsborough Bld.

1) Announcements – 5 min

  1. OIT will support only version 10.7.5 or newer of Mac OS X after Dec 31, 2013 
  2. OS X versions that shipped with Intel Hardware:
  3. *Vintage and Obsolete Apple Products:
  4. Apple Education Support Line 800-800-2775 use this number only. Always verify Apple Care Coverage with purchase info.
  5. OIT does not have a  support policy for Boot Camp. & OIT  does not support Classic mode at all.
  6. Mac Collection Licenses and Media info at
  7. Trend Micro Office Scan for Macintosh – Managed antivirus for campus.
  8. OIT Macintosh Support Web Site for updates.
  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. Authorized NC State personnel 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 Enterprise service  (Admin

2)  Casper 8.6.4 upgrade – 15 min.

OIT has updated the Casper Enterprise Service to 8.6.4.  . Discussion.

3) Casper 9.0B testing and hardware – 15 min

OIT continues to test the new casper betas in a hosted environment.  We have also purchased equipment for NetBoot and Distribution servers consisting of 4 MacMinis and 4 Datoptic hardware RAID 5 1Ru Thunderbolt disk arrays with capacity of 12 T each.  Two of hese will be added to the current NetBoot server pool June 1, 2013 and the rest by Sept. 1, 2013.  Discussion.

4) Office 2008 EOL – 10 min

Microsoft has announced end of life for Office 2008 (today!)  There may be many users still running the 2008 version that should be moved to 2011. For the curious:


All MS Life Cycles – – Discussion.

5) Needs for Fall 2013 Software again- 15 min.

Round the room request for new software, changes in workflows, and other needs related to software on OS X for Fall 2013.  OIT is working towards having the final Casper workflow for fall 2013 finalized by July 1, 2013 to allow for testing in units.

6) Tech Short: GateKeeper from command line- 15 min.

Demo of command line tools to control GateKeeper security.


7) Rumor Rodeo   – 10 min.  We recap our favorite new product rumors.  Bring your own.  Discussion 

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

Next meeting – May 14, 2013 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.