Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-01-19

New Office! New remote control solution for Macs! New ‘Apple at Work’ pages!

Lots of new and interesting things this week to read up and keep up with.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-01-12

Things have quieted down a bit after the Meltdown and Spectre turmoil last week. Apple has pushed updates for iOS, High Sierra, and Safari for older macOS versions.

There also was another macOS password bug, but this one is more specific and less dramatic than the #iamroot bug was.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-01-05

Happy New Year, everyone!

For those who follow the Gregorian way of counting trips around the sun, anyway.

2018 is certainly not starting slowly. We got a good look at Secure Boot in the iMac Pro thanks to Tim Perfitt. And then we got two major security problems, endearingly called ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-12-22

Happy Holidays!

We made it! This is the last news summary for 2017. Presumably, much of the industry will take a break over the holidays and new year’s. Either way, I will and I hope you can, too.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-12-15

Apple certainly had a lot more stuff to deliver before the holiday break. This week we got an update for the Airport base stations, a(nother) minor bug fix for iOS 11 (fixing a HomeKit security hole) and, finally, the iMac Pro.

The iMac Pro is of course the new flagship Mac, outshining even the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro, at least for a while. While the price is definitely daunting, remember the “normal,” non-Pro iMacs are still around and you can still buy a decent retina screen iMac starting at around $1500. (I refuse to consider any Mac without an SSD do be “decent.”)

Interestingly for admins, the iMac Pro, comes with the predicted Secure Boot. There is a UI to disable it, though how you manage that setting is yet to be determined. Also, you can “restore” an iMac Pro over a Thunderbolt 3 cable with Apple Configurator 2.6. This is presumably to fix a broken firmware for the T2 processor, which controls (among other things) the Secure Boot process. There will be more interesting discoveries when MacAdmins will actually get their hands on these.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-12-08

Another Update week. Apple rushed iOS 11.2 to pre-empt a(nother) weird date releated bug. Then later that week we got the other related updates for watchOS, tvOS and macOS (10.13.2).

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-12-01

What a ride this week!?

If you were living under a rock, here is the quick rundown: someone notified AppleSupport on Twitter of a major security hole in High Sierra. You could get root access to a Mac by following a few simple steps at a login pane or window. It also worked remotely. Thankfully the MacAdmin community jumped right onto it and we had a workaround available very quickly. Also a nickname: “IAmRoot” Apple then provided a patch in just about 24 hours… and then another one a few hours later. (The first one broke the Local KDC file, prohibiting file sharing access.)

The patch is being (interestingly) pushed automatically without user interaction to Macs with 10.13.0 and 10.13.1.

Excellent Summary from MacMule

You can (justifiably) make arguments that errors like this are inexcusable. However, they do happen, and I learnt a lot from MacAdmins Slack about the issue, this kind of security and more about how passwords and accounts work. So thanks (once again) to the MacAdmins community for everyone who put their time into this. And also thanks to the Apple engineers involved I can only imagine what a task it must be to push a fix like this within a day.

Because of this, most other news seems to have been swamped, but you should also not miss an updated support article by Apple, where they describe the upcoming ‘User Approved MDM.’

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-11-24

Happy Thanksgiving week to the readers in the United States. To everybody else: happy last week-end of November.

I put a few Black Friday Deals I found at the end of the summary.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-11-17

Another productive week. If you have to no time to read anything else, at least take a moment to bookmark Charles Edges list of tools for Apple Administrators.

Also, greetings to everyone at MacTech Conference this year! And the JNUC sessions are available on YouTube. Much to read/watch/listen and catch up to!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-11-10

After a few weeks of many updates, things are quieting down a bit. You can tell because this newsletter has less on the news and updates sections and more in the how to. People are figuring out how to make the new updates work and are sharing their findings.

Well, not entirely without updates. iOS 11.1.1 dropped, which fixes a weird but annoying auto-correct bug.

As always, many thanks to all those who document and share.

Especially Rich Trouton, whose weblog “DerFlounder” – which is regularly featured in this newsletter – celebrates its eleventh year!

Congratulations, Rich! You are truly an inspiration to us all. Thank you!

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