Jamf Pro Kubernetes Reference Build

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At dataJAR we migrated from multi-context Jamf Pro deployments to Kubernetes the January after Jamf Pro 10 was released. Migrating & updating customer Jamf Pro instances at the same time.

During our JNUC 2019 talk we detailed why we did this, & we have a repo showing the raw files which allow the how to happen. These can be found, here.

However, that repo has a large explanatory gap.

As such, if containerising Jamf Pro is something that is of interest, I’d recommend Jamf’s own Kubernetes Manifests repo.

Ours can be used to cross reference, & we update ours periodically.

Jamf Switcher

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During our JNUC 2019 talk, another item James & I detailed was how we at dataJAR easily switch between the 100+ Jamf Pro instances we host.

Enter Jamf Switcher, the app to bring the word faff to the Jamf Marketplace!

For details on how this came to be, see below.

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Analysing JAMFSoftwareServer.log Messages

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Within a few posts here & during our JNUC 2019 talk, James & I detailed how we at dataJAR deal with managing 100+ Jamf Pro & released a few repos with various items we use day-to-day.

This blog post is concerned with one of those repos, which is titled: JAMFSoftwareServer.log Messages.

The repo can be accessed via the hyperlink above.

This repo contains a list of messages which can appear in the JAMFSoftwareServer.log, with a note as to what action might be required due to the messages being generated.

For more details see below, else click the link & PR’s are welcomed to expand the repo.

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datajar.mobi: A story of Jamf And…

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During JNUC2019, I had the honour of once again presenting alongside my colleague, friend & founder of dataJAR James Ridsdale.

The talk was on some of the methodologies dataJAR employs to fully manage 100+ Jamf Pro instances as a distributed team whilst maintaining a high standard throughout.

During the talk we released a few GitHub repos with items that we use day-to-day to help our fellow admins. These will be covered in further detail over the few weeks.

A link to the talks video can be found below, alongside the talks main GitHub repo.

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Because Jamf Nation

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Jamf Nation is a community that is very dear to my heart, & over the past decade it’s grown from a small mailing list to over 100k accounts registered on Jamf Nation.

During JNUC2019’s day one keynote, 10 years of Jamf Nation was celebrated & Jamf Nations Hall Of Fame was announced.

I was inducted into the Hall Of Fame, alongside some fellow admins. Below is some history on why Jamf Nation holds a special place for me.

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An Evening with the Mule

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As mentioned in my last post, the good folks over at the MacAdmins.org Podcast allowed me on to prattle on about things including AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI.

This was actually some weeks ago, but things have been busy. Apologies for the delay but the details can be found below.

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Farewell AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI

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It has been 5 years since AutoCasperNBI was released, with AutoImagrNBI coming soon afterwards.

However, 5 years is a long time in the world of Apple. And as such, much has changed when it comes to deploying macOS.

NetBoot & Imaging are no longer viable methods for modern macOS deployment, especially when we look at booting off of a network volume to block copy an OS.

As such, today I am ceasing development on both projects & setting their respective GitHub repos as read-only.

In a future episode of the Mac Admins Podcast I go into more detail about the history of how these apps came to be, & I’ll be at JNUC2019 next week raising a glass to both apps.

macOS Software Update custom catalog URL deprecation

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At the recent London Apple Admins, I mentioned that with macOS Catalina setting a custom Software Update catalog URL is now noted as deprecated.

This took some folks by surprise, despite setting a custom Software Update catalog URL.

Below is more details on this deprecation.

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Blocking macOS Catalina with Jamf Pro

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Tonight, Apple released macOS Catalina.

See below on how to block this upgrade with Jamf Pro.

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More DEP Sync Errors

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A week after the recent updated Terms & Conditions, we saw DEP sync errors reappear in our datajar.mobi deployments.

Below is some detail on what has caused these new sync errors & how to resolve.

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