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MacTech Group Agenda

Tuesday, August 11, 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. Must login each month to keep!!

n UNC Combined Pricing Initiative (CPI)

o Casper Suite Enterprise service  (, for details)

p JNUC is Oct 13-15, 2015 Everette attending.

2) Various Quick Updates – 10 min

  • Loss Recovery Practices:Everette is still trying to get with S&C and/or OGC to have someone give presentation on what is practical and legal.Best practices for loss recovery using tools that could be installed on OS X.  
  • Casper updated to 9.73.1438183906.c  Now have 7452 devices in 
  • Expect a 10.10.5 before the release of 10.11.  
  • Note active security exploits on various packages and update using UNCWide-AutoPKG-* packages.
  • MacAdmin Videos – Discussion.

3) Office 2016 – 10 min

OIT is working on a package for office 2016.  Will need some work based on  How soon is this needed? Discussion

4) Training for Casper Suite- 10 min

Everette will teach the beginning  Managing OS X Yosemite with Casper Suite course on Thursday Sept 17, 2015 at 9 am.

Sign up at:  Discussion.

5) Giving Up Extension Attributes- 20 min

The UNC System Wide Casper Administrators group is discussing how to reduce the number of Casper Extension Attributes on since they run every hour on all OS X devices attached to that service.  Since JAMF stated intentions to release their Software Subscription feature last Oct, we do not see reason to create new EAs.  We are looking for people who will quite using their own EAs and delete them.  The UNC- EA’s are suggested as replacements.  Discussion.

6) Tech Short: “Enrollment Method: PreStage enrollment” Smart Groups— 20 min

Demo of Enrollment Method groups with DEP.  Discussion

8) Q&A   – 10 min

You ask we try to answer

Next meeting – Tue. Sep 8, 2015 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 each quarter in Feb, May, Aug, Nov.

Neither MacPolicy or MacTech will not meet in July.

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

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