MacTech 03082022


MacTech Groups Agenda
Tue, Mar 8, 2022
3:00 to 4:30 pm
Hillsborough B16-B  &

Announcements – 5 min 

OIT only supports macOS 10.15.7 or newer after Dec 31, 2021
Status page for services see
OIT Macintosh Support Web Site for updates.
Slack group #macintosh
Apple Sales: Paul & Sys Eng: Dave
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
Required Jamf Pro Implementation of Endpoint Protection Standard –
JAMF Pro Cheat Sheet at for details on common configuration management tasks
JNUC 2022 – Everette will attend live –  NOTE there is a cheaper (not free) virtual option that avoids travel and lodging costs.

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 – Feb 24 – 1:30-4:30 pm Hillsborough B3

OIT-Jamf Pro Best Practices for Packagers – Mar 15 – 1:30-4:30 pm Hillsborough B3 

OIT-Advanced Apple Device  Management with Jamf Pro – Apr 19 – 1:30-4:30 pm Hillsborough B3 

CrashPlan for Sub-Org Administrators – Request – 

Local Based Commercial Training – 

JAMF Pro Training – 

Service Updates – 20 min 

Configuration Management  -Jamf Pro production is currently 10.36.1, test on nccloudtest is 10.36.1, and current beta is 10.37.0B2.  Jamf Pro is the only approved Configuration Management system for macOS, iOS/iPadOS, and tvOS.  See

Patch Definition Management
In the next version of Jamf Pro, Jamf appears to be set to release their “Mac Apps” feature allowing automated installation and patching of a curated list of app installers.  The installation would be controlled by Smart Groups where criteria like “does not have app name” would cause installation on newly provisioned devices.  Ongoing, automatic updates could be accomplished using a Smart group that has the criteria  “does not have app name”  -OR- “has app name” to cover the initial installation and patch updates.

Backup for Endpoints – The Code42  production service is at version 8.8.3.
For NEW installs only, use the package in JAMF is “NCSU-Campus-Install Code42-871.pkg”(will be updated when available as a universal install). The “NCSU-Campus-Install Code42CrashPlan License and Config.pkg” is required in the policy as before for new installs.  

Internet Recovery –
Also see:
No change

Software Packaging – No change to autopkg yet.
– Next quarterly Adobe updates will be Universal install packages and only 1 per app will be needed.
– Latest Cisco Secure AnyConnect VPN package is available in Jamf Pro as:
— NCSU-Campus-Cisco_Secure_AnyConnect_4.10.04071

AntiMalware – No change.  DetectX Swift 1.0982 (universal) is still available and should be installed. See  
The Jamf Pro Extension Attribute “DetectX Issues” was rewritten in zsh and deployed Jan 2, 2022. 
The scanning script is rewritten in zsh and is available to deploy as (replaces  

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

Endpoint Protection Standard  – Required Jamf Pro Implementation of Endpoint Protection Standard is at  


Reminder: Python is going away in macOS 12.3 – 5 min
As widely announced, macOS 12.3 will not have python2 installed in  /usr/bin/python (or anywhere else) and calling python3 prompts the user to install Xcode command line tools (admin access required). 
Here are details and resources to deal with the change:

OIT CrowdStrike Update – Bill Rodriguez, OIT S&C  – 15 min
Update on the new deployment of CrowdStrike using MCNC’s hosted deployments. Bill will talk about the current state and intended use.

Cisco Secure AnyConnect VPN “Head End” update – 5 min
Please note that some time in late March 2022 the VPN  “head end” will begin automatically updating all vpn clients to version 4.10.04071 as they connect. Watch the Announcements section of for details.  Discussion

Apple Hardware and Software Announcements – 45 min
Discussion of the announcements made by Apple Mar 8, 2022. What are the impacts on NC State?

Q&A – 15 min
You ask we try to answer 

Next meeting: 

MacTech – Tue. Apr 12, 2022  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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