More ‘Spring Update Fallout’ this week. Users will now get warning when they launch a 32-bit app. Apple is updating older versions of OS X to install the High Sierra Installer app.
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I published the first “Weekly News Summary for Admins” a year ago on this blog. The email newsletter came later in June.
The summary now has a few hundred readers every week. They are split fairly evenly across the weblog and the email newsletter. I have gotten lots of friendly and grateful feedback both from reader and authors.
So, thank you, readers, for your attention, and thank you all the MacAdmin authors who are documenting and sharing their opinions and solutions for everyone!
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(Now back to the normal program.)
📰News and Opinion
- Apple now globally powered by 100 percent renewable energy
- 21 Years of Low End Mac
- The best text editor for macOS – K.Q. Dreger, The Sweet Setup
- MacAD.UK 2018, Video Montage – Geoff Cross
- iPhone Field Guide — MacSparky (iBooks Store affiliate link)
- The 64-bit Mac app transition: What you need to know – Rene Ritchie, iMore
🐞Bugs and Security
- rdar://39209026: Existing Kernel Extension policy not respected on update to 10.13
- “Allow” button in System Preferences does not work Mouse and trackpad drivers can look to the system as if a user is trying to approve a MDM or kext remotely…
- mikeymikey: “If you’re doing asr restores from macOS 10.13.4 to externally attached target disk mode devices – you may be running into a ”blinking folder“ error on boot of those devices. This is a bug in 10.13.4 asr. It doesn’t bless the volume at the filesystem level.” (read the whole thread)
- Heap overflow in the necp_client_action syscall – Grimm & Scythe Blog
🔨Support and HowTos
- Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) – More hidden reporting goodness – Neil Martin
- Reclaiming drive space by thinning Apple File System snapshot backups – Rich Trouton
- Managing Google Chrome on macOS with a Config Profile – David Acland, moof IT
- Installing Ubuntu 17.10 on ESXi, from a Mac Client, to the ESXi Server – Tom Bridge
- Solving update problems with softwareupdate – Howard Oakley
- Don’t lose versions: DeepTools preserve them wherever your docs go – Howard Oakley
- Securing MunkiReport with Let’s Encrypt on Synology DSM – Mike Solin
- Unwelcome Apple surprise – Greg Neagle
- Whitelisting third-party kernel extensions using profiles – Rich Trouton
- 32-bit application alert message in macOS 10.13.4 – Rich Trouton
Krypted Server Migration Posts
Charles Edge is continuing his epic series of posts on how to replace macOS Server.
- Migrate From macOS To A Synology Based VPN
- Backup A Mac With Acronis True Image
- Backup Mobile Devices To Synology With Acronis True Image
- Add Antivirus To Your Synology
- Use Backblaze to Backup Mac
- DNS: Install BIND on macOS
- Backup Macs with Carbonite
🤖Scripting and Automation
- Quickly read the length of a string in bash – Charles Edge
- Update Office 2016 for Mac by using msupdate – Microsoft Docs
- A Swift 4 ‘droplet’ scripting prototype, Dropsy – Howard Oakley
♻️Updates and Releases
- WhiteBox – Packages 1.2.3
- Fleetsmith is out of beta
- Jamf Pro 10.3.1
- Munki 3.2.1
- NoMAD Pro for Okta 1.1
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