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O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference
Mac Troubleshooting Dog.


Deploying and Maintaining Mac OS X in the Enterprise
Gabriel Benveniste, Pixar Animation Studios
Bethany Jane Hanson, Pixar Animation Studios

Track: Sys Admin and Networking
Date: Tuesday, October 28
Time: 10:45am - 11:30am
Location: Lafayette/San Tomas/Lawrence

Evaluate Session


Learn how Pixar utilizes Mac OS X's UNIX core and scriptability (Applescript, Perl, Python and Ruby) to deploy and maintain both desktops and laptops, keeping them up-to-date and stable while allowing users control over their own environment.

Build A Standard

Creating a standard Mac OS X system and keeping a database of its evolution can help with maintenance and compatibility. This is exceedingly important when there are unexpected changes to Apple's software and hardware.

Develop Administrative Tools

With the ability to interface with both applications and shell commands, AppleScript Studio provides a level of automation not previously available to Mac users and administrators. We'll demonstrate how we've automated things such as machine build-outs, machine configuration, LDAP updates and application installs.

Implementing UNIX infrastructure

By using UNIX tools such as ssh, RPM and cfengine with Mac OS X, it's easier to keep applications and systems up to date, as well as make changes to machines on a massive scale.

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