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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

9.00 - 9.55

Riding Your Next Mac Admin Wave

Tim Sutton, Sauce Labs

Restoring system disk images, binding to directory services, and the ease of installing kernel extensions.. fewer of these seem relevant with every macOS release. And yet, the Mac admin community is always hard at work. Technical skill with the Mac is as important as ever, but those who are most successful also understand concepts and patterns from the rest of the computing space: REST APIs, logging and event processing, encryption, containers, the move to mobile, and modern web and systems programming languages.

It's with skills in these areas that we're able to put together new solutions, either by coding from scratch or adapting tools and examples from other environments and communities. In this session we'll discuss how solutions like these are developed. What does it look like to approach a problem with nothing but an idea and a few lines of Bash, and turn it into something that brings value to your organization? What tools and services can we leverage? Also importantly, are they Mac-specific or are they portable into other areas of expertise? You might find that it's easier than you think to become an "accidental expert" in something!

We'll try to answer a bigger question: What will it look like to be "managing" a Mac platform in the years to come, and what career paths are adjacent for those who are looking to broaden their horizons?

10.10 - 11.05

APFS deep internals

Jonathan Levin, Technologeeks

APFS has become the de facto file system for MacOS and iOS as for 10.13/10.3- but what do we really know about it? Apple has promised the spec would be released "later this year" ... over two years ago!

Reversing the complex filesystem structures, container blocks, snapshots and trees is a lousy job, but someone had to do it. Jonathan will present the unofficial APFS specification as it appears in Volume II of the "*OS Internals" trilogy, and present a free tool for inspecting and traversing APFS partitions and disk images for MacOS, iOS - and Linux.  



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11.20 - 12.15

Under the Bridge(OS)

Jonathan Levin, Technologeeks

BridgeOS, originally introduced with the 2016 MacBook Pro as the driving force behind the Touch Bar, has considerably evolved since, and looks as if it will play a dominant part in MacOS physical security - with the iMac Pro and beyond. Apple, however, shares little to no detail about what it is and how it works - because It Just Works (TM).

Under the hood, BridgeOS is an iOS variant, bringing the two ecosystems closer than ever be fore. Join Jonathan, author of "MacOS and iOS Internals" as he explains the structure of BridgeOS and its integration into the host MacOS - documenting the undocumented interfaces, frameworks and components that make up a critical part of the future of both systems.

12.15 - 13.00

Lunch

13.00 - 13.55

Getting started with Amazon Web Services

Rich Trouton, SAP

With macOS Server on its way out, many are moving their Mac and iOS support services out to cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS). Learn how to get started with AWS and how you can use Amazon to provide robust highly available services for your Mac and iOS users without having to build it all yourself.

14.05 - 15.00

Discussion

All speakers and the audience

We’ll gather all the speakers to a panel for a free debate on everything Mac related. But not enough with that! We invite you, and everybody else to take part of the discussion too.