MacTech 03102023

MacTech Groups Agenda
Tue, Mar 14, 2023
2:30 to 4:30 pm
In person Room B16-B Hillsborough Building

Announcements – 5 min 

OIT only supports macOS 11.6.7 or newer after Dec 31, 2022 
NOTE: Many vendors are dropping support for 10.x versions of macOS.  If there is hardware that can not update to macOS 11 or newer, it is time to plan for replacement.
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 MultiUser Workflow uses XCreds with local home directory  See
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 2023- will be held in Austin, TX- Sep. 19 – 21
Jamf Spring Event –

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 TBA HLB B3

OIT-Jamf Pro Best Practices for Packagers Mar 23, 2023 1:30-4:30 HLB B3

OIT-Advanced Apple Device Management with Jamf Pro Apr 27, 2022 1:30-4:30 HLB B3

Local Based Commercial Training – 

JAMF Pro Training – 

Apple Training – New Apple training courses that now cover iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura are live for Certified IT Professional and Certified Support Professional


Service Updates – 30 min 

Configuration Management  – Jamf Pro production is currently 10.43.1, test on nccloudtest is 10.44.1, and the beta is 10.45B1. 
The next update of Jamf Pro production is Mar  15, 2023 after 1800. This update fixes a cross site security issue.  See release notes at
Jamf Pro is the only approved Configuration Management system for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS.  See

Patch Management – No Change to the Jamf App Catalog which has 119 titles.

Jamf Connect Updates – the latest version of Jamf Connect, 2.21.0.  See the release notes at
NOTE: Jamf Connect 2.20.0 is last version that supports macOS 10.x

XCreds Project – Release version – NCSU-Campus-XCreds_Build-3347_Version-2.2.pkg.
Dev version – PreBeta-XCreds_Build-3448_Version-2.3.pkg
See and for implementation details.

Backup for Endpoints – We are waiting on CrashPlan version 11 to be released to our service instance likely before the end of Mar 2023.  Installers for 11.0 will be available when they are released to NC State.
macOS PPPC profiles will need to update to the new CrashPlan developer Id. For details see:                                                                                                                          
NOTE: All updates to existing clients are pushed from the web service.
For NEW installs only, use the package in JAMF is “NCSU-Campus-Code42_CrashPlan-10.4.0.pkg” The “NCSU-Campus-Install Code42CrashPlan License and Config.pkg” is required in the policy as before for new installs. 

Internet Recovery – No change
Also see:

Software Packaging
New M1 Autopkg servers are in production.

AntiMalware – No Change
DetectX Swift 1.0983 (universal) is still available. See   
For Sites that have paid for a Crowdstrike Falcon license use NCSU-OIT-Crowdstrike- for new installs.  Patching is done directly from the MCNC Crowdstike server.   Note that a PPPC configuration profile is needed for silent installation on devices with non-admin users.  See details at:

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  


Standard Users (i.e. non-admins) can now update MacOS 13 – 10 min
As of  Mar 13, 2023 Standard, non-administrative users can update to macOS 13.2.1 via System Settings.
Going forward, new versions of macOS can be deferred for up to 90 days (with Configuration Profile).  This is very good for security but be prepared for Vendor Lag.  We expect all versions of macOS, including Major Releases (ie 14.x) but upgradable by Standard Users. 
A good discussion of the issue is here:
To setup deferral with Jamf Pro see:
Remember to use an Apple School Manager login at to get the latest test versions of macOS. 

Tech Short: Terminal command you should know –  1 min
Everette talks about a few unix command line tools that can help.  Find out about:
du -hd1
( )
ipconfig getifaddr en0
system_profiler SPHardwareDataType (SPSoftwareDataType, -listDataTypes)
defaults read /Library/Managed\ Preferences/ “Site Name”
softwareupdate –list
lpstat -a
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Print :lastUserName” /Library/Preferences/
dscl . read /Users/$(/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c “Print :lastUserName” /Library/Preferences/ ) NFSHomeDirectory

Rumor Roundup – 10 min
What are your favorite predictions for the next Apple Products? MacPro M3 Ultra? MacBook Air 15”? M3 iPad Pro? Should it fold? How much would you pay for built-in satellite internet?

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

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MacTech – Tue. Apr 11, 2023  In person/Zoom hybrid
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MacTech does not meet in July.
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