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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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-11-03

Another big week: Apple sent out their *OS *.1 updates this week, Jamf 10 dropped, Apple Financial calls and iPhone X ships.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-10-27

Back from vacation, back into work. JamfNation User Conference was this week. Looks like everyone had a great time!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-10-13

Squeezing in so much work between a week of conference and a week of vacation. I will be mostly offline next week and there will be no posts, updates or news summary next week. (Sorry!) Me and the summary will be back in the week after!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-10-06

Bit late today because of MacSysAdmin. Thanks again to the organizers and speakers. Such a great conference!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-09-29

Welcome all the new readers and subscribers. My post summarizing High Sierra News for Admins certainly caused some extra traffic. Yesterday was the busiest day on this website ever, beating even the book launches by a good margin.

I will repeat some of the links from the High Sierra post here, so they don’t drown completely in that long list. A huge thank you to everyone in the MacAdmin community who share their time and knowledge, so we can all be better admins.

Next week, I will be attending and speaking at MacSysAdmin in Göteborg. I am really looking forward to meeting everyone there (again and for the first time). Feel free to say “Hi!” and introduce yourself.

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High Sierra News Summary

There have been many post regarding High Sierra and iOS 11 over the past few weeks in my weekly news summary. And more arrived this week after the release. I thought it might be helpful to aggregate them all in one place.

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