Mac OS X, Technology, SCCM/ConfigMgr, Linux, Jamf, Windows, Personal

A Shift in Focus

It’s been nearly two years since I last updated… a lot of things have changed in that time.  As mentioned in in my last post, I relocated to a new city for a job and that is going great.  We built a house and got out of the rental, and into a more permanent home.  That was certainly a welcome change.  It also means that I have my wood shop set up in the garage again. 

I don’t remember if I mentioned it in any of my previous posts from before the move, but I was starting to have pain in my wrists that I assumed was carpal tunnel.  Considering I’ve been doing IT work for the last 20+ years, I figured this was a pretty sound conclusion.  However, it consistently got worse, and spread to my elbows as well.  Once we were settled in, I went and saw a doctor and proceeded to get bounced around through various specialists.  It has spread pretty much throughout my whole body at this point, and I’m in near constant pain.  I feel like I’m 100 years old.  The current guess is that I have some sort of arthritis… it’s currently just classified as inflammatory polyarthropathy since tests for more specific types like Rheumatoid and Psoriatic have come back negative.  I’ve been cycling through various drugs for treatment, and so far nothing is working.  It’s been a long and arduous process.

My new work is centered around SCCM administration, so there will likely be a shift in topics from mostly Linux to more of the ConfigMgr/Windows side of things.  I still maintain a multitude of Linux servers at home performing various tasks, and have recently gotten into home automation using Home Assistant.  This  led me down the path of deciding to learn Python, so there should still be plenty of Linux related content around here.  I’ll just be mixing in some SCCM administration, OS Deployment, software packaging, etc.  I also have the responsibility of Mac OS X management now, which involved standing up JAMF from scratch and learning the differences between shell scripting in Linux and OS X which proved quite interesting at times.  A ton of the knowledge is fully transferable however and it hasn’t taken me long to become accustomed to it.

There is also a new focus around the shift to cloud technologies, looks like I’ll be getting involved with O365, Azure, InTune, Autopilot and integrating the JAMF side of things with all of this as well.  Looks like the next couple of years are going to be quite busy indeed.  Hopefully I’ll be able to document some of the challenges I’ve faced and how they have been solved here, and maybe help some other folks along the way.


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