MacTech 02142017

MacTech Group Agenda

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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

1) Announcements – 5 min

  • OIT only supports OS X 10.11.6 and macOS 10.12 or newer
  • Status page for services see
  • OIT Macintosh Support Web Site for updates.
  • Slack group #macintosh
  • Apple Sales Rep: Paul & System Eng: Francis
  • The next Apple bulk buy February 17, 2017
  • macOS and OS X versions that shipped with Intel Hardware:
  • Vintage and Obsolete Apple Products:
  • Apple Education Support Line 800-800-2775 use this number only. Always verify Apple Care Coverage with purchase info.
  • Antivirus for campus –
  • Unity Macintosh Workflow uses Active Directory configuration with local home directory at /Users/$uid$
  • OIT supports only Apple, Intel (i386) hardware for Mac OS and software. Only unmodified iOS is supported.
  • Please remember to check prices at to verify best price with NC State Marketplace
  • 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 monthly to keep!!
  • UNC Combined Pricing Initiative (CPI)
  • JAMF Pro Enterprise service, and for details

2) Training Needs??- 5 min

  • Secure Your iOS Devices (iPhone and iPad) – Wed May 17, 2017 AFH-106-OIT-Multipurpose Room
    and Fri, Mar 3 from 12-1:30pm see
  • OIT-Managing OS X with Casper Suite – Request
  • OIT-Casper Best Practices for Packagers – Request
  • OIT-Advanced OS X Management with Casper – Request
  • Local Based Commercial Training

3) Service Updates- 20 min

Casper – Fighting 2 LDAP issues and cleaning up for Patch Titles with JCDS.  New InstallESD.dmg for 10.12.3 loaded.

CrashPlan -Looking at reported slowness issue where 5.x client is scanning for peer backup devices on 4242.

NetInstall – nuke.nbi/sh is macOS 10.12.3. 10.11.3 set (nuke10113.nbi & sh). are still available if needed.

AutoPKGR – Issue with macOS 10.12 fixed.  Looking at recipes that replace apps with current version <app>.current

Antivirus -Kaspersky contract expires ~ end of Feb 2017. No antivirus for non-university devices. Univ-Owned should
use: NCSU-Campus-System Center Endpoint Protection for macOS Installer.pkg at

DEP/VPP/Apple School – still waiting for Apple School Manger to come out of beta before updating.

Endpoint Protection – CAS is supporting Required Inventory and Configuration management requirement for macOS and iOS

4) New Standard for Endpoint Protection iOS- 20 min

New Draft Endpoint Protection standard will require both macOS and iOS university devices to comply, I wanted to talk about the needs for iOS and how the new controls might be helpful.



5) Tech Short – Bluetooth Audio Stuttering – 10 min

We are seeing some macOS devices running 10.11 and 10.12 that can not deliver good audio over bluetooth.  There is no fix from Apple but several work-arounds make the sound quality usable again. One of the easy ones is:

defaults write “Apple Bitpool Min (editable)” 53

See this link for a script and other information:

6) Q&A – 15 min

You ask we try to answer

Next meeting:

MacTech – Tue. Mar 14, 2017 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 each quarter in Feb, May, Sep, Nov.

Neither MacPolicy or MacTech will not meet in July.  Meetings usually held in B16-B Hillsborough Bld.

Please mark your calendar.