Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-03-27

Update week! As they had announced last week Apple released the ‘Spring Updates’ this week. As has been standard in the last two years, these updates contain new behaviors and features, many of which are relevant to MacAdmins.

Frederick Abeloos, aka ‘Traveling Tech Guy,’ has published a book with all his great research on FileVault:

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macOS Catalina 10.15.4 and iOS 13.4 Updates

News and Opinion

Coronavirus and Remote Work

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • William Smith: “Just learned a handy little command to query security information on macOS: sudo /usr/libexec/mdmclient QuerySecurityInfo This is a fantastic overview!”
  • Brian Stucki: “Confirmed: the updated Mac mini will still identify as “Late 2018” in software, etc. Also confirmed: We’re on pace for the biggest Mac mini signup week ever. Feels good to give people access to build servers, remote desktops, etc while working from home.”
  • Tim Perfitt: “reply with a Mac keyboard shortcut you wish everyone knew. I’ll start: Control-a jumps to start of line (a is the start of the alphabet to remember) Control-e jumps to end of line (e for ”end“ to remember)” (Read the replies, there are some real good ones.)

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Most of these are via Mr Macintosh – thanks!

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen


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