New for 2014, all MacIT Full-day Workshops will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014.  Please note that you must sign up to attend one of the Workshops separate from your MacIT registration.

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

WF: Apple Deployment 2014
WG: Virtualization & OS X


WF: Apple Deployment 2014
Arek Dreyer, President, Dreyer Network Consultants
Kevin White, Apple Authorized Tranier, Macjutsu, Inc.

Apple has hit their stride by continuing to release new versions of both iOS and OS X every year. Along with these major software releases, Apple continues to improve management techniques and services at a similar pace. Deployment workflows that were considered the best solution only a few months ago are now outdated, as Apple updates tools and introduces new processes.

Due to the fast-paced evolution of Apple technologies, many administrators are still unfamiliar with the best techniques for deploying and managing Apple devices. It would seem that many administrators are still trying to apply legacy PC-style management practices to contemporary Apple devices. However, just as mobile devices are heralding in the new “post-PC” era for end users, administrators likewise need to forget their PC-style management practices. It’s time to welcome the brave new world of iOS and OS X management.

This session will focus on all aspects of iOS 7 deployment from planning and initial setup to over-the-air management and app installation. You will also learn how many of the same techniques can be applied to management of Mac computers running OS X Mavericks. Throughout this session techniques will be discussed for both single-user deployments (e.g. an individual’s iPhone) and shared-use deployments (e.g. a K-12 lab of shared iPads). Further, this session will primarily focus on native Apple-sourced tools and solutions, but will also cover third-party items when appropriate.

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WG: Virtualization & OS X
Speaker: Duncan McCracken, Consultant, Trainer, Engineer, Developer, Mondada Pty Ltd

A deep-dive into the world of Virtualization and how it relates the the Apple Community. This workshop will compare Virtualization Software & Hypervisors, detailing the key features and benefits of each, more specifically when to use what and how to leverage it to provide the best results. Particular focus will be given to the VMware Platform and bare-metal Virtualization for OS X.

Participants will be guided through the process of installing and configuring an bare-metal host with shared storage, some simple tips to make the process simple and easy, pointers on pitfalls to avoid and how to maximize performance for investment. Attendees who bring a MacBook Pro with built-in Ethernet and a Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter, which can be completely erased will be able to participate and build a bare-metal ESXi system as part of the workshop.

Not only is the Virtualization of OS X important to the Apple community, but the use of non OS X Virtual Appliances or Virtual Servers (they are different) is equally important to support the OS X / iOS platform. These Virtual Machines can often be used to provide common services for  OS X / iOS which don’t necessarirly require OS X Server, or there may be restrictions / requirements which prevent the use of Apple hardware. The workshop will demonstrate the importance of these VMs, give real-world examples of varying experiences with vendor-supplied Virtual Appliances, how to configure them, when to use them, when to build your own and most importantly how to build your own, with easy-to-use tools.

A final and very important component of the workshop will look at back-up techniques for the Virtual environment, which are just as important as Virtualization itself. This will detail various scenarios including: when to back-up the Guest Operating System rather than the VM; when to back up the VM itself; how to achieve rapid restores with minimal (if any) down-time; what type of backup targets can be used and what products are effective for these tasks.

Attendees are strongly recommended to attend John Welch’s ‘Fundamental ESXi’ breakout session as a precursor to this workshop as it will provide the necessary foundations for a great deal of this Workshop.

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