Preconference Workshops

The LabMan 2018 committee is pleased to announce the choice of two preconference workshop tracks this year! Note that these workshops require additional registration and payment during the LabMan registration process.

Sassafras Software

Tuesday, May 22, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

1202 Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center, University of Maryland, College Park

IT Asset Management Roundtables presented by Sassafras


Lab Computer and General Hardware Asset Management
  • Learn about K2 features that track uptime, hot fixes and provide critical data for upgrade planning.
  • Do labs get used? How many computers are actually needed?
  • Which computers are used the most and why?
  • Student facing availability maps help ensure computers are used so fewer are needed.
  • Scope and role based management accounts to give staff just the information they need.


Customized Computer & Application Security
  • Use real time enforcement to quickly react to security threats and rogue applications.
  • Report on any executables, at any granularity.
  • Target individual labs, or computers within a lab.
  • Monitor hot fixes and patch levels.


KeyServer Q&A - Ask an Expert
  • The most technical session - we’ll get into some advanced configuration.
  • Come with questions - “How do I do this in KeyServer?”
  • Javascript add-ons and other methods of integration.
  • Demonstration of new features - lab map drawing tools, web application usage tracking.


SAM in the Cloud Era
  • Application functionality delivered through a web browser, as a VM, as an on demand download, or traditional application install.
  • Modern Software Licensing - subscription.
  • FTEs, student workers, knowledge workers.
  • Compliance enforcement vs. optimization.
  • Negotiate pricing and contract terms based on historical actual usage patterns.
  • Track individual suite components to understand alternate purchase options.
  • Is expensive software used enough to justify the cost?



Tuesday, May 22, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

1224 Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center, University of Maryland, College Park

Apple Device Management Discussions presented by Jamf


Jamf Pro Overview - Mobile Device Management for Apple

Give employees and students the tools they need to have more ah-ha moments at work and in the classroom. Designed to automate device management for you while driving end-user productivity and creativity, Jamf Pro (formerly Casper Suite) is the EMM tool that delights IT pros and the users they support by delivering on the promise of unified endpoint management for Apple devices.


Better Device Security - Goodbye Wild West; Hello Better Device Security

It can be rough out there for IT admins. Rogue Mac and iOS devices that quietly lurk on your network pose hidden security risks while missing patch updates and unencrypted drives roam free. What’s an IT admin to do?


Why DEP is Replacing Imaging - And Why It’s a Good Thing

A consistent computer experience is key for you and the users you support, which is why imaging has been the deployment standard for years. But, with enhanced deployment technologies from Apple, a new era is dawning as imaging begins to fade into the sunset.


APFS and DEP - We’ve Got Answers

After nearly 20 years, the Apple File System (APFS) is replacing HFS+ as the Mac file system. This is exciting stuff, but may be the cause of sleepless nights and added anxiety for IT organizations tasked with preparing their environment for the change that comes with MacOS High Sierra. Take a deep breath. This move to APFS is a good thing, and you’re not alone during this transition. We’re here to help.