MacTech 09142021

MacTech Groups Agenda
Tue, Sep 14, 2021
3:00 to 4:30 pm
Hillsborough B16-B  &

Announcements – 5 min 

OIT only supports macOS 10.14.6 or newer
Status page for services see
OIT Macintosh Support Web Site for updates.
Slack group #macintosh
Apple Sales: Paul & Sys Eng: Dave
macOS versions that shipped with Intel Hardware:
Vintage and Obsolete Apple Products:
Apple Education Support Line 800-800-2775 use this number only. Always verify Applecare Coverage.
Antivirus for university owned devices –
Unity Macintosh MultiUser Workflow uses NoLoAD configuration with local home directory at /Users/$uid$
OIT supports only Apple branded Intel (intel64) and Apple Silicon(arm64) hardware for macOS and software. Only unmodified iOS/iPadOS/tvOS is supported.
Please remember to verify prices at with NC State Marketplace
Authorized NC State personnel wanting to get training and tools for Apple Certified Technician should request an invitation by opening a help desk ticket at Must login to GSX monthly!!
JAMF Pro Enterprise service, and for details
JAMF Pro Cheat Sheet at for details on common configuration management tasks
Virtual JNUC 2021 October 19–21, 2021 –

Training – 5 min

Virtual Quick Start Jamf Pro at NCSU course – 1 Hour – available by scheduling Everette at

Hands On only:

OIT-Managing Apple Devices with Jamf Pro – Sep 23 – 1:30-4:30 pm Hillsborough B3

OIT-Jamf Pro Best Practices for Packagers – Oct 26 – 1:30-4:30 pm Hillsborough B3

OIT-Advanced Apple Device  Management with Jamf Pro – Nov 16 – 1:30-4:30 pm Hillsborough B3

CrashPlan for Sub-Org Administrators – Request –

Local Based Commercial Training –

JAMF Pro Training –

Service Updates – 30 min 

Configuration Management  -Jamf Pro production is currently 10.31.1, test on nccloudtest is 10.32.1, and there is no current beta.  Date for the production update to 10.32.1 is Sep 22, 2021 depending on final testing.  Jamf Pro is the only approved Configuration Management system for macOS, iOS/iPadOS, and tvOS.  See

Patch Definition Management –
A custom patch server is now available as part of Jamf Pro at no extra cost. The patch server is enabled on both test and production servers but no custom patches have been created.

Backup for Endpoints – No changeThe Code42  production service is at version 8.7.1 Existing clients are automatically updated from the cloud server.  For NEW installs only the package in JAMF is “NCSU-Campus-Install Code42-870.pkg”. The “NCSU-Campus-Install Code42CrashPlan License and Config.pkg” is required in the policy as before for new installs.

Internet Recovery –
Also see:
Apple Silicon devices running macOS are more like iPads now and have several recovery options including:
macOS Recovery
System Recovery – Will boot automatically if macOS Recovery is unavailable
macOS Big Sur USB Installer Drive – External boot for macOS Installers is enabled by default on ASi
Apple Configurator 2 REVIVE – reinstalls macOS Recovery retaining user data on the drive
Apple Configurator 2 RESTORE – reinstalls macOS Recovery, ERASES drive!! and reinstalls macOS

Software Packaging – no change

AntiMalware – No change.  DetectX Swift (intel) is still available and should be installed see

Apple School Manager – No change. REMINDER Make sure you *unassign* any devices you have sent to surplus.

Endpoint Protection Standard  – Phase 2 deadline- Was Dec 31, 2020.
See Jamf Pro Cheat Sheet at:

Apple Security Updates including macOS 11.6 Update – 5 min
Fixes PDF exploits known to be in the wild.

VPN Update Cisco Secure AnyConnect 4.10 – 5 min
OIT is testing the 4.10 series of Cisco AnyConnect for release in late September 2021.  The software is in the Jamf Pro distribution as NCSU-Campus-Cisco_Secure_AnyConnect_4.10.02086.pkg.
So far testing on macOS 10,11, and 12B6 has been positive.  Please test and update.

Adobe Quarterly Updates – 15 min
OIT has releasee quarterly updates to all Adobe apps for both intel and arm64(Apple Silicon) The package names will be like “NCSU-Campus-Adobe_<product_name>_2021_Installer-<version.number>.zip.  The new autopkg recipes from JamJar also upload an uninstaller but these usually don’t work unless you have only that product installed and want to remove it.   Discussion

Jamf Pro Update to 10.32 – 10 min
Jamf Hosting will update our production Jamf Pro service to version 10.32.1 on Wed Sep 22, 2021 between 1800 and 2345 pm eastern time.  This update fixes 3 security issues and completes support for the latest Apple OSes.  See release notes at –

Apple Announcements and Updates Today – 30 min
Recap of the Apple Event Sep 14, 2021

Q&A – 15 min
You ask we try to answer

Next meeting:

MacTech – Tue. Oct 12, 2021  In person/Zoom hybrid
MacTech – 2nd Tuesday each month: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
MacTech does not meet in July.
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