or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Drink From The Firehose
On 9th-10th February 2016, the Mac Admin and Developers Conference UK took place in London's St. James Theatre. While gatherings of Mac Admins are nothing new (see the sterling work of London Apple Admins), this is the first time an event on such a scale has been attempted in the UK. Hat tip to Amsys for the taking the bull by the horns and ensuring that Penn State and Gothenberg don't get all the fun.
There will doubtless be a ton of resources posted online in the coming days, so there's no need for me to recount events here. The MacAdUK website and Twitter feed are the best places to see what went on, and to keep track of videos, slides etc. as they are published.
In the meantime, here's what I learned:
- I like Puppet.
- DEPy looks great. I will use it and be happy.
- Google have a lot of Macs.
- All UI should be designed under the influence of music.
- Rich Trouton makes encryption look easy(ish).
- You sure can do some bad things with AutoPkg. (You can also do lots of good things)
- Baby monitors kill wi-fi.
- Finnish Nightmares are funny.
Specific takeaways? Fine:
- Google MacOps' Plan B, for when the curious user borks your management tools.
- Munki Admin's pre and post save scripts, which can be leveraged to run a
git commiton your Munki repository.
- Let's Encrypt running as a Docker container, for auto-renewal of self signed certificates. Thanks Pepijn.
...and countless other command line tricks, apps and advice. Cool event, nicely done. See you in 2017?