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MacTech Group Agenda

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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

1) Announcements – 5 min

a OIT will support only version 10.8.5 or newer of Mac OS X after Dec 31, 2014 Current Version 10.7.5 

b OS X versions that shipped with Intel Hardware:

c Vintage and Obsolete Apple Products:

d Apple Education Support Line 800-800-2775 use this number only. Always verify Apple Care Coverage with purchase info.

e OIT does not have a  support policy for Boot Camp. & OIT  does not support Classic mode at all.

f Mac Collection Licenses and Media info at

g Kaspersky Endpoint Protection for Macintosh – Antivirus for campus.

h OIT Macintosh Support Web Site for updates.

i Unity Macintosh Workflow uses /Users/$uid$ in the Active Directory configuration with a local home on each machine

j Modified Unity Macintosh Installs are supported by the unit which has made the modifications.

k OIT supports only Apple, Intel (i386) hardware for Mac OS and software. Only unmodified iOS is supported.

l Please remember to check prices at to verify best price with NC State Marketplace

m 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.

n UNC Combined Pricing Initiative (CPI)

o Casper Suite Enterprise service  (or

p Old Casper 8 server will be decommissioned Dec 15, 2014.

2) Casper Issues Resolved – 15 min

There were several updates of to reach the current version 9.61.29751.c.  These updates fixed the issues we were seeing where 1) not all Smart Groups were working all the time and 2) Site Admins could not add Departments, Buildings, Network Ranges, and iBeacons as Limitations or Exclusions to Policy Scopes. Additionally the JSS was patched for several security issues including the most recent SSL v3 (POODLE) threats. Some known issues do remain at: .  Discussion

3) OS X security: Wire Lurker and Masque- 20 min
Recently there have been more new malware that effect OS X and iOS.  These exploits have been seen in the wild but require special circumstances to be transmitted.   Antivirus alone is not effective to defend against these!
Wire Lurker

Fire Eye recommends that users can protect themselves from Masque Attacks by following three steps:

1 Don’t install apps from third-party sources other than Apple’s official App Store or the user’s own organization

2 Don’t click “Install” on a pop-up from a third-party web page, as shown in Figure 1(c), no matter what the pop-up says about the app. The pop-up can show attractive app titles crafted by the attacker

3 When opening an app, if iOS shows an alert with “Untrusted App Developer”, as shown in Figure 3, click on “Don’t Trust” and uninstall the app immediately

4) New Apple Hardware – 30 min

iMac Retina




5) Managing OS X Yosemite with Casper Course  – 5 min.

OIT is offering a best practices course at next MacTech meeting on Dec 9, 2014.  Please register at: Discussion

6) Software Provisioning and Auto-Update-Magic testing – 30 min.

OIT is working on automating software provisioning via  There is a new best practice techniques for automating package creation called Aut-Update-Magic  Discussion

7) Q&A   – 10 min

You ask we try to answer.  

Next meeting – This a change for the training course only in Dec 2014
Tue. Dec 9, 2014 in Room B16-B Hillsborough from 2:00-4:30 pm .

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

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

Neither MacPolicy or MacTech will not meet in July.

All meetings will be held in B16-B Hillsborough Bld unless otherwise announced. 

Please mark your calendar.