MacAdmins are gearing up for the summer imaging… er… installation season and we have a bunch of interesting and useful articles to prepare us!
Apple is releasing some of the software they didn’t have time for at WWDC. New Numbers, Pages and Keynote updates dropped last Friday just after I had finished up the last newsletter, and GarageBand 10.3 dropped yesterday. Can we have at least some new Macs next!?
Also, a few new security related posts and remember to catch up with all the WWDC sessions and MacDevOps YVR videos before PSU MacAdmins Conf posts theirs!
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📰News and Opinion
- New MDM Features in Apple macOS 10.14, iOS & tvOS 12 – SimpleMDM
- LaTeX and MathML equations come to iWork, as well as iBooks Author – Howard Oakley
- What is Apple Business Manager? – SimpleMDM
- Thanks to Apple for Sponsoring MacAdmins 2018! – PSU MacAdmins Conf
- Fleetsmith now supports Microsoft Office 365 – Fleetsmith
- Apple Delays Major macOS Server Upgrade – Kirkville
- Apple releases GarageBand 10.3
🐦MacAdmins on Twitter
- Ken Case: “WWDC didn’t bring any news regarding the Volume Purchase Program and in-app purchases, so we’re planning to work out an alternative solution. For those out there looking to make a VPP purchase, would you prefer separate B2B apps, or MDM-deployed unlock logins for existing apps?”
- Graham Pugh: “I think MacRumors may need to refactor their expected update cadence.… ”
- Anthony Reimer: “I know it’s a small thing, but the iCloud.com version of Keynote now supports presenter notes!”
- Stephane: “Custom background image for dark mode in .pkg distributions.… ”
- Eric Holtam: “This is what a regular users are faced with when security is rushed out the door. Questions and doubt.… ”
- Zachary Cutlip: “Detecting what defaults get set when changing Mission Control hotkeys.… ”
- Victor (groob): “A important PSA from @mikeymikey that more #macadmins and @osquery users should know about.… ”
🐞Bugs and Security
- Creating signed and customized backdoored macOS applications by abusing Apple Developer tools – Adam Toscher Not really anything groundbreaking or new. He unwraps a pkg and rejoins it with an additional (possibly malicious payload. This will require a new signature to pass GateKeeper. But still something to be aware of. Why does he use PackageMaker and not Packages.app or
productbuild? I guess he hasn’t read my book.
- HomePod Hardening and AirPlay / AirPlay 2 across subnets and firewalls – Guillaume Ross bit sensational headline, but some interesting configuration options in the post
- Cache Me Outside – Objective-See
- Attacking Private Networks from the Internet with DNS Rebinding – Brannon Dorsey
🔨Support and HowTos
- Imaging Boot Camp with SCCM – Tim Perfitt, Twocanoes Software
- Upgrading to High Sierra: “You may not install this volume because the computer is missing a firmware partition” – Alan Siu
- Latest MacKeeper File Paths – Phil Stokes
- Advanced defaults(1) Usage – Zachary Cutlip
- Inject Drivers, Import WIM and Package Customization with Winclone 7 – Tim Perfitt, Twocanoes Software
- Backing up database data from a Crypt server – Alan Siu
- awesome-macadmin-tools (now updated with new info and more detail)
- How much is that external SSD cable? – Howard Oakley
- Inject Drivers into a Winclone Image – Tim Perfitt, Twocanoes Software
- What I learned upgrading from MunkiReport 2 to MunkiReport 3 – Alan Siu
🤖Scripting and Automation
- Updated MigrateADMobileAccounttoLocalAccount script now available to fix migration bug – Rich Trouton
- Checking Web Pages with AutoPkg – Anthony Reimer
- Defining the Jamf API options – James Felton, Jamf Blog
- Working with Azure blob md5 digests – Duncan Davidson
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