Apple has announced the next live event for Monday (Oct 18). The expectation is they will show new Apple Silicon Macs and announce the publishing date for macOS Monterey.
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We also got a new series of betas for macOS 12 Monterey (beta 10) and iOS 15.1 (beta 4) and siblings.
MacSysAdmin concluded last week, but the sessions are still online. I still have some catching up to do. On top of that, Objective-by-the-Sea have posted their sessions on YouTube, as well!
Watch those sessions quickly, because next week is Jamf Nation User Conference, which will bring even more sessions to feel guilty because you have not watched them yet. You can still register for free. I will be in a Panel on Patch Managemet with Ryan Ball and Ben Toms, and I have a presentation on Installomator.
We also learned some dates for some of the conferences next year. I have updated my conference page, which also has links to session archives (where available).
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News and Opinion
macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15
MacAdmins on Twitter
- Patrick Wardle: “Really seems that malware (adware) authors have no problem getting their malicious creations notarized by Apple…unless this is really a legitimate/required Flash Player update!?”
- Patrick Wardle: “~1 hr later (on a Saturday no less), Apple has revoked the notarization/certificate!”
- William Smith: “Attention MacAdmins: Today’s release of Microsoft Office for Mac 16.54 is the last version to support macOS Mojave 10.14.x. November’s release of 16.55 will require a minimum of macOS Catalina 10.15.”
- Edward Marczak: “Instead of blocking the Next Major OS: – Prep, test, and be ready to roll it out day 1 – Communicate your upgrade policy If there is some breaking change, communicate this to your user base, and people that upgrade just earn themselves a trip to the re-imaging station.” (Thread)
Security and Privacy
Support and HowTos
- The Mac admin’s guide to managing Microsoft Office updates – James Ridsdale, dataJAR
- Installer package identifiers and the mystery of the missing Java 11 files – Rich Trouton (I’d like to point out that this behavior is described in my book Packaging for Apple Administrators)
- Popping a Munki optional install to the top of Managed Software Center – Alan Siu
Scripting and Automation
- krypted/URIBlockNE: A network extension app to block a user input URI. Meant as a network extension filter proof of concept
- Automating Mac Automated Device Enrollment Status – Twocanoes Software
- Using AutoPkg to create an installer package for SAP GUI – Rich Trouton
Updates and Releases
- Jamf Protect 126.96.36.1996
- Munki 5.6 Release Candidate 1
- MAUCacheAdmin 3.0
- VMware Fusion 12.2.0
- Installomator v0.7
- In the Garden With Ashton Rodenhiser – MacDevOpsYVR
- Shipping New Versions Of Jamf Products – Jamf After Dark
- Notes from Blackhat – Attacking Device Management – Mac Admins Podcast
- Interview With Jon Brown CEO of Grove Technologies – Command-Control-Power
- Building a multi-cloud environment with Backblaze – Apple @ Work Podcast, 9to5Mac
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