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MacTech Group Agenda

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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

1) Announcements – 5 min

a OIT supports only version 10.8.5 or newer of Mac OS X after Dec 31, 2014

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 decommissioned Dec 15, 2014 and turned off Jan 13, 2015.

2) Lab Issues – 30 min

OIT has 4 new 10.10 machines deployed because of new hardware, rest remain 10.9.  OpenAFS can not be deployed on 10.10 due to no signing of kernel modules and this is an issue with liability so may not be resolved.  Also, 10.10 no longer allows weak crypto in kerberos and can not be used with current university servers.  Can use sftp software as workaround like MacFusion/MacFuse for mounted virtual disk or Filezilla/fetch for transfer. Must have MatLab 2015a. Will need to update to new JMP licenses in next 60 days. SPSS 22 remains very difficult to install or clone due to per CPU licensing, Java requirements and license tool requiring GUI console login.  Other issues?  Discussion

3) Interest in New Casper Course?  – 5 min.

The managing OS X with Casper course went very well for 2 sessions in Dec 2014 

Is there interest in a) repeat of the course and/or b) advanced casper course and what on?


4) Packaging Planning and Update- 20 min
OIT continues to work on and test AutoPKGR server.  What software do we want to automate? Already testing: 





Office 2011 14.x.x Updates















5) New Apple Hardware Predictions – 30 min

MacBook Air 12”, iPad Air 12”, Apple TV, iPhone Mini, bring you favorite rumors.

After Jan 27.



6) Q&A   – 10 min

You ask we try to answer

Next meeting – Tue. Feb 10, 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.