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Advanced Deployment 10.12

£950.00 (+VAT)

This three-day course for advanced users is led by an Apple master trainer and teaches delegates advanced techniques for deploying fleets of Mac devices using both Apple and 3rd party tools. The course grows your theoretical and your practical knowledge because the lessons are built around real-world examples and practical exercises.

Anyone wanting to learn how to streamline installing and configuring a large number of computers running Apple's OS X operating system is highly recommended to take this course.

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Course Overview

Advanced Deployment 10.12 is a three-day course, led by our Apple master trainers, which teaches experienced IT professionals to deploy a fleet of Macs devices using Apple and 3rd party tools. This course gives you the skills, knowledge and hands on experience in streamlining the installation and configuration of a large number of computers running OS X including Apple’s latest release, 10.12 Sierra.

Each day of the course is packed with in-depth lessons interspersed with hands-on labs providing you with a valuable learning experience. Your master trainer is on-hand throughout the course to answer any questions and discuss how you can best apply your newly gained knowledge and skills to your own working environment. This course offers a lot of advanced technical concepts and dives deep into the command line, boosting both your theoretical and practical knowledge.

What the Advanced Deployment 10.12 course will teach you

  • How to plan and develop a comprehensive, stable Mac Deployment strategy including customising deployed systems and implementation of all methods of deployment, from deploying single files to multiple macOS Systems.
  • Create a comprehensive Deployment Planning Checklist and Service-Level Agreement (SLA)
  • How to create, deploy and enforce Usage Policies on Apple devices.
  • Understand how the macOS Sierra file system functions and how it handles file, folder and package installation.
  • Learn new deployment features and techniques available with macOS Sierra.
  • Archiving and compressing techniques, Zip compression, macOS Disk Image (.dmg) features, creation and deployment.
  • Understand installer Packages. Creating, customising, securing and deploying installer packages  using GUI and Command Line tools.
  • How the Mac App Store works. Ownership of Apps, downloading Apps and utilising the Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP).
  • Managed Distribution of Apps, Updates and leveraging an MDM (Mobile Device Management) solution  to streamline the deployment of new devices.
  • How to use a range of Apple tools, including NetBoot & NetInstall Service, Remote Desktop, Software Update Server, Caching Service, Profile Manager, and much more.
  • Understand the built-in security features of macOS (such as GateKeeper and FileVault) and how to work with these during Deployment.
  • DeployStudio Deployment package, which offers some great features to optimise Mac Deployment.
  • Use Munki open-source deployment tool, Munki to deploy packages and settings.
  • Techniques to automate post deployment settings and configuration including macOS Scripting techniques
  • macOS Command Line configuration and file system manipulation.
  • How to make use of Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP) solution.
  • Plus much more!

Prerequisites?

  • An understanding of macOS.
  • Basic troubleshooting experience or macOS Support Essentials certification.
  • Basic macOS Server experience or macOS Server Essentials certification.
  • Experience with macOS in a network environment.
  • Experience using the command-line interface with macOS.

If you’re in any doubt about your suitability for this course, please call our training pros on 020 8645 5806 who will be pleased to discuss your training needs in more detail.

Who should take Advanced Deployment?

  • OS X system administrators
  • Anyone wanting to learn how to streamline installing and configuring a large number of computers running OS X
  • Existing Mac support techs wanting to upgrade knowledge and skills
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Overview

  • How to plan and develop a comprehensive and stable Mac deployment strategy: customising deployed systems and implementation of all methods of deployment from deploying single files to multiple OS X systems
  • Create a comprehensive deployment planning checklist and service level agreement
  • Understand how the OS X Sierra file system functions and how it handles file, folder and package installation
  • Third Party imaging and deployment tools including, DeployStudio, Iceberg, Packages, AutoPkg, Munki and Casper

Detailed Agenda

Deployment Planning: The course starts with an overview of what planning is required to develop a strategy for a deployment scenario. How best to integrate new Macs into your existing infrastructure.

Deploying Individual Items: Deployment can often involve just single files, archives and containers that need to be installed or updated to an macOS system.

We will look at how to use Apple’s Remote Desktop software and macOS Server for this purpose. We will look at App deployment options including VPP and managed app distribution via an MDM solution.

There is also an explanation of the differences between packages, bundles and archives as well as handling legacy OS resource forks. The GateKeeper security feature is also covered here.

Containers and Installation Packages: How Apple’s installer technology works for software distribution, including how to create custom installation packages using GUI tools and the command line. Third-Party imaging tools such as Iceberg, Packages and AutoPkg also also discussed.

There is also a dedicated lesson covering two alternative installation solutions, the open-source project Munki.

Munki: will teach you how to use the popular open-source deployment tool, Munki. This course offers an intensive and in-depth exploration and will teach you the key concepts and skills to help you get started with Munki.

Post Imaging Deployment Considerations: Command-Line Configuration is covered along with scripting techniques. MDM solution management such as Profile Manager and scripting post deployment settings will be discussed. Learn how to make use of Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP) solution to streamline the deployment of new devices. Discover how to keep your macOS clients updated via the Apple Software Update sever or the Caching Service. Additionally, a range of features available through Apple Remote Desktop are discussed.

Creating Entire System Images: Learn how to create full system images for a complete deployment of macOS Sierra. Understand the differences between cloned/monolithic systems and modular systems. How to completely customise system images is a useful tool in your arsenal when deploying macs. This chapter provides students with the knowledge to achieve this.

Deploying System Images: Install and configure Apple’s NetInstall service for Deployment. Creating and managing NetBoot, NetRestore and NetInstall System Images.

Dealing with security configuration and FileVault deployment is also covered.

Deploying Macs with DeployStudio: Finally, we will take an in-depth look at the DeployStudio deployment package for additional Deployment features which work perfectly with Apple’s NetInstall service. Through a collection of hands on labs you will be able to configure pre and post imaging scripts to perform common tasks such as naming computers, binding to a Network Account Server such as Active Directory and configuring other computer specific settings.

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Important detail about the course

Level

Advanced

Course Length

3 days

Training hours

09:30 – 17:30 with one hour for lunch

Class size

Maximum eight delegates

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