More BigFix.me missing functionality:
At one point everything submitted into bigfix.me automatically replicated into a custom site on a sandboxed BigFix infrastructure and work was being done to allow automatic syncronization into any arbitrary infrasctructure you wanted very similar to bigfix labs.
In fact, one feature of BigFix.me that is gone now that I would love to see return is that there were VMs for a bunch of different types of operating systems in this infrastructure that contained all relevance content from BigFix.me and the results of all relevance posted to BigFix.me from each of these VMs would be listed on the webpage of that relevance. It was like a fully automated Continuous Integration for relevance, which was super neat.
My workflow often was that I would get something new and functional in the fixlet debugger, then immediately post it to bigfix.me for versionsing before I went too far down the path of optimizing and tweaking so that I would have a record of the working state of the relevance in case I broke it. The really neat thing about this automated testing of relevance BigFix.me used to have is I could quickly see what worked and what didn’t on Windows XP vs Windows 8 when I was writing my relevance against Windows 7. These results often lead me to tweak and optimize my relevance based upon the results listed in BigFix.me
Similarly this automated relevance testing was a really great way to be writing relevance in the Windows Fixlet Debugger and then see the results on Mac OS X & Linux when trying to write cross platform relevance. There isn’t really a great way to test relevance quickly across many platforms, especially if you don’t spin up a bunch of VMs of your own.
It should be entirely possible to implement the sandboxed infrastructure and VMs completely on a Mac Mini running ESXi in a vLAN that is only able to be accessed by the BigFix.me servers. ( I suggest a Mac Mini and ESXi as that is the only real option to virtualize OS X )