Some interesting releases this week. Otherwise, you can tell that WWDC is approaching as the macOS/iOS wish lists are appearing.
In other news: I finished the first draft my next book “macOS Installation for Apple Administrators” and have sent it out the test-readers (thank you!). I posted an excerpt on my blog last week: macOS Installation: Strange New World
This topic has proven to be very volatile with Apple changing important parts of the workflows in nearly every update to 10.13. I don’t think this new book completely does the topic justice yet. There are many sections where I’d like to add more detail and depth.
However, I also believe it is already very useful in its current form, especially as ‘deployment season’ is approaching for education administrators, more secure boot Macs are likely to be announced at WWDC and the next macOS (10.14 or whatever) is looming on the horizon.
Like my other books, I plan to regularly update this book at least until the macOS 10.14 (or what ever it ill be called) release. When you purchase the book you will get the updates pushed from the iBooks Store for free.
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#! On Scripting OS X
📰News and Opinion
- Yubico launches an SDK that lets iOS devs add support for its NFC keys – Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch
- Razer announces entry-level eGPU enclosure with support for macOS – Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac
- CMD-D Scripting Boot Camp, October 15–17, Atlanta
- Today Mac OS X is as old as the Classic Mac OS – Jason Snell
- iOS 12: Geeky features iOS needs – Jason Snell, Macworld
🐦MacAdmins on Twitter
- mikeymikey: “Sad but true. Apple promised APFS docs. Where is our APFS equivalent of this?”
- Bill Lloyd: “Scammers gonna scam.… ” (Why we can’t have nice things…)
- Victor (groob): “Using @osquery and @kolideco to track DEP installs and MDM User approved status”
- Pepijn Bruienne: “Okay, /usr/libexec/remotectl get-property localbridge UniqueChipID could be useful. /usr/libexec/remotectl dumpstate gets all available properties for the bridge device.”
- Jonathan Levin: “#Supraudit for MacOS now allows logging to syslog/os_log in the free version – along with powerful filters, and fully compliant JSON”
- James Thomson: “Mac OS X is as old today as Classic Mac OS was when Mac OS X was first released. Clearly time for the new OS announcement at WWDC 😉”
🐞Bugs and Security
- These 299 macOS apps are so buggy, Apple had to fix them in AppKit – Worth Doing Badly (It has been pointed out, it is unfair to put the blame entirely on the app developers, as some of them were originally working around bugs in Apple’s frameworks and the workarounds required the exceptions later. Still interesting.)
- The 2018 Duo Trusted Access Report: Enterprise Remote Access
🔨Support and HowTos
- Running at startup: when to use a Login Item or a LaunchAgent/LaunchDaemon – Howard Oakley
- Using NoMAD Login With Jamf DEP Workflows – Nathaniel Strauss (Excellent blogging debut post!)
🤖Scripting and Automation
- Using the Jamf Pro API to mass-delete computers and mobile devices – Rich Trouton
- Approve UAMDM and repush KEXT Profile – Eric Hemmeter
♻Updates and Releases
- OpenTerm 2.0 (Terminal like scripting shell for iOS)
- DEPNotify 1.1.0
- VMware Fusion 10.1.2
- 1Password 7.0.1: release notes,
- Star Trek Movie Bundle 1–10 for $29.99 (off topic, US iTunes store, enjoy!)
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