Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-05-28

Less than two weeks to WWDC and we got the macOS Big Sur 11.4 and iOS 14.6 updates with siblings.

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Even without the updates this would have been a long summary as we have many interesting posts and updates.

Apple has published a new set of interactive tutorials: Deployment and Management. These look very interesting. I have only been able to briefly skim over it—Apple claims it will take close to 12 hours (!) to work through them all.

The tutorials are based on using Profile Manager in macOS Server, which is… well… They also focus on iOS clients, with very little macOS specific information. But they should still be able to give a good introduction to several concepts and workflows.

Definitely a promising new offering from Apple and I am looking forward to working through this and hope there will be more like this coming for Apple Adminstrators!

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News and Opinion

Upcoming Conferences

We have four (!) virtual conferences coming up! Each with a different format and approach, but I am sure all will be interesting.

I will be speaking about “Presenting Online” (very meta) at MacDeployment and about “Packages” at MacDevOps YVR. Looking forward to seeing you there.

(Continually updated list of MacAdmin related conferences.)

macOS and iOS Updates


(all user guide updates via @Schoun)


(Perma-list of relevant Apple Support pages..)


MacAdmins on Twitter

  • mikeymikey: “Hey. You. Vendor for macOS that is trying to rely on python. … you do know that python3 is not -actually- part of macOS, right? Like … it -only- works if the user also has Xcode / the developer command-line tools installed (neither of which are included by default in macOS)”
  • John C. Welch: “If you want to see if a company really cares about details, their installer/uninstaller is the fastest, most reliable thing to check.”

Security and Privacy

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen

Just for Fun


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