The week after a major macOS release, and we got a whole bunch of interesting posts by MacAdmins, clarifying or explaining features and aspects of the the upgrade.
Once again, many thanks to all who write and share their knowledge!
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News and Opinion
- Syncro Has Acquired Watchman Monitoring – SyncroMSP
- Apple Discontinues Intel-Based 21.5-Inch iMac – Sami Fathi, MacRumors (this leaves the Intel Mac mini, 27″ iMac, and the Mac Pro when you require an Intel Mac)
- Advancing security, management and employee productivity with Google and Jamf – Philippe Rivard, Google Cloud Blog
- Top 5 things to know about Jamf’s App Installers – Jamf Blog
- Imposter Syndrome – Pam Lefkowitz, JumpCloud
- Kandji Announces Passport, Enabling Secure Mac Authentication with Cloud-Based Identity Providers – Kandji Blog
macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15
- AppleScript Much Faster in Monterey – Michael Tsai
- Software update profile keys demystified – Patrick van Nerum
- Monterey, python, and free disk space – Scripting OS X
- Easy Erase – Michael Rieder
- macOS Monterey Erase All Content and Settings for companies – Michael Rieder
- Xsan Big Sur to Monterey upgrade – Erik Hemmete
- Mr. Macintosh: “Great news! Apple just added the Monterey 12.0.1 IPSW to the Apple Configurator 2 XML file. This means that AC2 will now download the latest OS instead of 11.6 I’m still waiting on Apple for the Big Sur 11.6.1 IPSW. Hoping that 11.6 is not the last one”
macOS and iOS Updates
- Mr. Macintosh: “Heads up! Big Sur 11.6.1 & Catalina 2021-007 Security Updates are having problems with the 19.16.10548 T2 BridgeOS Update This affects a small number of Macs (<5%) The BridgeOS update fails = Mac stuck on a black screen” (Thread)
MacAdmins on Twitter
- Craig Cohen (LinkedIn): Apple: Mac Evaluation Utility 4.0 available in AppleSeed Go to AppleSeed for IT Use your Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager Managed Apple ID. Head to the downloads tab. Wonderful update Apple.
- Tim Perfitt: “I saw on Monty that fn-q brings up a new note. So what other shortcuts use the fn key? fn-a: activates item in dock so you can arrow around and space to launch app, fn-n: open sidebar, fn-c: open control center, fn-h: show desktop, fn-q: new note”
Support and HowTos
- Use of FileVault Institutional Recovery Keys no longer recommended by Apple – Rich Trouton
- Kerberos Single Sign-On (SSO) app extension for macOS – Hubert Maslowski
- DFU Apple Silicon Macs with macvdmtool – Brandon Kurtz
- Memory leaks – Howard Oakley
Scripting and Automation
- krypted/Shamirs-Secret-Sharing-Swift: Ported Shamirs Secret Sharing Into A Swift Package
- William Smith: “I’ve updated my macOS Monterey compatible Mac models regex to include some additions to the supported list of hardware models made in late October.”
- Running Jamf Pro actions from outside Jamf Pro – Rich Trouton
- Shortcuts: flow control, filters, sorting and iteration – Howard Oakley
- Kerberos SSO Dirty DNS – Michael Rieder
- Shortcuts User Guide for Mac
- Import shortcuts and Automator workflows on Mac
- Free Apple eBook Resources – Bart Reardon
- Kerberos Single sign-on extension with Apple devices (via Rich Trouton)
- Security Certifications and Compliance Center
Updates and Releases
- waydabber/BetterDummy: Software Dummy Display Adapter for Apple Silicon/Intel Macs to Have Custom HiDPI Resolutions
- scriptingosx/diskspace: macOS command line tool to return the available disk space on APFS volumes
- The Office experience on Mac and iPad, and the new Outlook for Mac – Microsoft Tech Community (via William Smith)
- Kevin M. Cox on AxM – Mac Admins Podcast
- Interview With Dan Monge Of Mac IT Pros — Command-Control-Power
- SRE Book Club Planning – MacDevOpsYVR
Just for Fun
- Mac Wallpapers
- Photographers create Monterey landscape wallpaper for macOS – Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac
- MacOS Monterey — Vyncher
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