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2016 holds unique challenges for Apple techs — with many changes taking hold now, the MacTech Pro sessions line up addresses the hottest topics, with the most impact for you, the professional Apple tech.

Each MacTech Pro event has these sessions:

  • Managing and User-Proofing Security as Malware Threat Grows
  • Mac Admins Approach to Linux Servers Administration.
  • Networking: Discover, Map and Reporting Essentials
  • Backing up Cloud Servers, and Remote Storage
  • IT, Workflow and Personal Automation.
  • Deploying Devices: State of the Union and How you select an MDM
  • Why every Apple tech, IT Pro and consultant should think like a MSP.
  • Creating the Ultimate Diagnostic Drive
  • IoT and Home Automation: What you need to know.




  • Managing and User-Proofing Security as Malware Threat Grows In today’s environment, users are often convinced to install software that is a security breach we are trying to prevent. Worse yet, they will "do things" that will make us all just cringe. Managing security with the growing threat of malware on both OS X and iOS, as well as managing Virus protection software, have become both more of a challenge, and more important at the same time. What does real protection look like? Does it impact the performance of the computer? What are some of the offerings out there, and how do you choose the right one?

  • Mac Admins Approach to Linux Servers Administration. You use Apple solutions, but are now finding that OS X Server may not be the best solution for many of your needs. You know you need to go to a Linux cloud host for some things. How you do bring up a LAMP server and have it feel more "Mac-like" and avoid becoming a full time Linux sysadmin? And, what the heck do you do about file servers? This session is about options available to deploy reliable server technologies in a way that extends your knowledge instead of having to re-invent yourself.

  • Networking: Discover, Map and Reporting Essentials Networks are not an option -- you depend on them everywhere. Whether it’s troubleshooting, enhancing, or a complete redesign, you need to start with understanding what you have. In so many cases, techs inherit a network and, often, the lack of documentation with it. How do you discover, map and report on your network? We’ll take a look not only at tools like nmap and snmp, but also the command line tools and utilities that come built into OS X. We’ll then look at additional open source tools and commercial products that you may want to consider.

  • Backing up Cloud Servers, and Remote Storage You know that you need to backup your client machines, or at least their data. What about all the data that you have on servers? Cloud storage? What are some of the things that you need to consider when the worst happens: your cloud provider disappears, a Sony hack, a natural disaster, or more? How you should be using tools like rsync, and mysql, in an automated fashion? What commercial products are available for you that do well with live server files and data?

  • IT, Workflow and Personal Automation. Automation. Whether you’re doing “personal automation” or workflow and IT automation, built-in tools like AppleScript and Automator make OS X a great platform to replicate processes without adding more work to your schedule. In addition, there are productivity automation tools that can extend productivity even further. In this session, we’ll go beyond the basics and show you some things that accomplish real work, in really helpful ways, by using the powerful features of OS X’s automation.

  • Deploying Devices: State of the Union and How you select an MDM As the increase of mobile devices floods into Education and Enterprise, the need for consultants to deploy iOS devices increases with it. Security, restriction, BYOD controls, information access, application and deployment, and so much more. What is the current state of Apple’s tools? Do you have to use them? What is the latest on Apple’s volume programs? What are the third party looks out there and, more importantly, how do you go about selecting or re-selecting -- because you’re revisiting the topic -- an MDM solution for your organization.

  • Why every Apple tech, IT Pro and consultant should think like a MSP. You may or may not know what an MSP is -- it’s not a common phrase in the Apple community. In large part, most Apple consultants, IT Pros, and techs already fall into the category of “Managed Service Providers.” After all, it simply means that you manage, support, or provide services; that you help determine the services someone needs; and that you do so either proactively or reactively. But, in doing all this, what are the things that you should be thinking about for your organization, or your clients, that will help you do an even better job?

  • Creating the Ultimate Diagnostic Drive Whether you’re an IT Pro, consultant, or tech, having a diagnostic drive is something that is not only something that’s required, it’s something that requires some thought. Which versions of OS X? What third party utilities? How do you handle Core Storage (and non) volumes? And more. Everyone’s situation is different, and not only are there a number of variables, there are hard limitations to contend with. This session reviews first-hand experiences and best practices for creating the most valued tool in your arsenal.

  • IoT and Home Automation: What you need to know. You're a tech, and you presumably like technology. You know that the world of “Works with Apple HomeKit” is coming your way. And, you're seeing Nest, Amazon, smart lighting, power devices, IoT and more. You may not only want to play with these technologies yourself, but people are going to ask you for guidance, recommendations, and insight. Come learn about what a smart home is, and what these technologies mean to techs and consultants — not just for yourself, but for your clients and possibly your organization.

Special thanks to our entire curriculum council in helping to define these sessions.