Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-07-23

Apple realeased iOS 14.7, with watchOS and tvOS updates as well. Later in the week, on Wednesday we got macOS 11.5 and iPadOS 14.7. iOS 14.7 brings support for the new battery pack. For MacAdmins, macOS 11.5 finally delivers an option to lock booting to Recovery and a device lock for Apple Silicon Macs.


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Anthony Reimer wrote a greate piece called “Recognition, Retirement, and Remembrance” which resonated with many other admins.

When I started out the news letter, the goal was to feature the work that so many people in the Apple Administrator community publish on their weblogs, social media, YouTube, podcasts, and open source repositories. It is really hard to keep track of everything that is going on when you are not a news junkie.

I love when people ping me on Slack to point out an interesting post (please keep them coming). I love it even more when someone sends me their first post on a new blog or their first post in a long time. (Congratulations!)

This discussion has made me even more aware of this role. When I curate the list of links I gathered over the week, I have always tried to be more inclusive, especially on the blog posts.

I have been working most of my professional career in or at least adjacent to the MacAdmin community. I have no comparison how this works in other professional communities. But this willingness to communicate and share, this notion of being in this together feels special.

This news letter would not exist without all you people willing to share their knowledge, experiences, and, yes, frustrations. You take time out of your work and volunteer it to the community, so that all our work, lives, and experiences become just a bit easier.

Thank you!


This news letter is going on vacation break! The next one will be sent out on August 27, 2021, with all the things that happened in the mean time.

So you still have something to read, I have scheduled a series of posts to be published on my website every week until I get back. The series is an excerpt from the first chapter of my upcoming book “Scripting macOS.” The first part is up already, I hope you like it!


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macOS and iOS Updates

Note: I am linking to the US support pages, as the updates may not have been published to all localized pages yet.

Reactions

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Sören: “Want old-style proxy icons and a bigger grabbable title bar back? defaults write http://com.apple.finder NSWindowSupportsAutomaticInlineTitle -bool false and killall Finder!”
  • mikeymikey: “I don’t know who needs to hear this, but shift option double click on the corner of a window makes it fill the whole screen top to bottom and left to right without going fullscreen app (or triggering “zoom”, which never does what I want).”
  • Anthony Reimer: “You don’t need Shift from my experiments today. Double-click any window edge: window expands in that direction as far as possible. Double-click any window corner: window expands in 2 directions. Add Option key when double-clicking: opposite side(s) of window also expands.”

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Updates and Releases

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-07-16

In a break from our usual blogging, Anthony Reimer and I did a product review. He will explain the background and the tracking part, and I reviewed the receiving end.


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And we got macOS 11.5 and iOS 14.7 release candidates, as well as macOS 12 and iOS 15 beta 3. Keep testing and feeding back!

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macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

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Scripting OS X — Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-07-09

Summer doldrums are here! This is a good thing, because it gives us MacAdmins more time to test the upcoming betas. You are testing and providing feedback, right?

Since I mentioned betas, macOS 11.5 and iOS 14.7 beta5 came out this week, as well!


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In other news, I got my second Corona vaccination shot today. Hooray for science and technology! You might enjoy imagining this newsletter getting loopier and loopier as I progress into immune reaction stupor… 😉

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News and Opinion

macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • mikeymikey: “Take the amount of time it would take to manually install and configure critical apps and tools for an employee role and multiply it out by how much of their payroll you’d be wasting without IT ensuring it’s in self-service”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021–07–02

We made it halfway through 2021 already… How did that happen?

If you were hoping things would calm down for the summer, we got new macOS 11.5/iOS 14.7 betas and macOS 12 Monterey beta2! Apple has also released iOS 15 and macOS 12 beta2 as in the public beta program. You are testing and providing feedback to Apple and the other software vendors, right?


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📰News and Opinion

🐟macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

🐦MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Anthony Reimer: “At the suggestion of @scriptingosx, I’ve added T2 Chip information to my Mac Obsolescence Chart for MacAdmins (useful for a number of reasons, including which macOS 12 Macs can be assigned to ABM/ASM/DEP using Apple Configurator for iPhone in iOS 15).”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-06-25

Things are settling down after WWDC and we are slowly cruising into the quieter summer weeks. (Northern hemisphere. Our southern hemisphere friends are in the deeps of winter. This week was solstice!)

We did get new betas for Xcode 13, iOS 15 and siblings yesterday. No Monterey beta 2 yet, but hopefully soon!


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News and Opinion

macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Tim Perfitt: “I am far down the rabbit hole with USB-C, MFI,lighting and smart card readers. Let me explain.” (thread)
  • William Smith: “Created a JSON Schema manifest for Microsoft OneDrive settings for Jamf Pro macOS Configuration Profiles.” (follow link to tweet for links)
  • John C. Welch: “Starting to see a lot of talk about the AppleScript/JXA parts of shortcuts. People ask what I think, and I tell them: I think the parts of Shortcuts on macOS that are portable to i(Pad)OS will get a lot of attention and care. The AppleScript/JXA stuff?” (Thread)

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Updates and Releases

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Scripting OS X — Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-06-18

While attending WWDC and MacDevOps YVR last week – or at least attempting to – I realized that you can get real jet lag from virtual conferences.

Many people are catching up to the news from WWDC last week with many posts reacting to and/or summarizing the news. We also a patch for iOS 12 and and new macOS 11.5/iOS 14.7 betas.


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News and Opinion

macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

macOS and iOS Updates

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Morten Just: “Go To Folder – ⌘⇧G in Finder got its first update in ~15 years with Monterey. Spotlight-style UI, and you can search for any folder https://t.co/jfGe1Z1RAw” (video)
  • Rich Trouton: “The more I look at macOS Monterey, the more that I’m convinced it is kindred to Mac OS X Snow Leopard – an OS focused on fixing existing issues and beneficial improvements to previously introduced features. This is a Good Thing and I look forward to the fall release.”
  • Anthony Reimer: “Reminded of the model-specific features of macOS Monterey by @howardnoakley and @TidBITS, I’ve updated my Mac Hardware/Software Obsolescence Chart (yes, for the 3rd time in a week) with info on support for Universal Control and AirPlay for Mac.”
  • mikeymikey: “Almost every scripted language in macOS provides a warning if you execute it interactively. Tcl, ruby, perl, you name it.”

Security and Privacy

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Scripting and Automation

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen

Just for Fun

Support

If you are enjoying what you are reading here, please spread the word and recommend it to another Mac Admin!

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Scripting OS X — Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-06-11

WWDC week! We got to see new iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and most importantly: the new macOS 12 Monterey.

What a week (or two). In addition to WWDC, there were and are MacDeployment last week and MacDevOps YVR this week. It is a good thing that all the sessions (including WWDC) will be made available online, because I have a lot of catching up and re-watching to do. You can find links to all the conferences and their session archives on my conferences page.


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Focus on Security
Among all the new features announced by Apple this week with macOS Monterey are a number of topics directly related to security. Let’s take a look at 12 things to know from WWDC!


The first MacAdmin reactions for macOS Monterey are (cautiously) positive. Apple introduced several new features, like an “Erase all Content and Data” option, better management features for software updates, remote lock, and better extension management, which MacAdmins had been clamoring for. We also got a preview of some technologies like declarative management. It all looks very promising and I hope the features will hold up to practical use.

AppleSeed for IT is making the beta available, along with some extra documentation for admins. You can sign up with the managed Apple ID you use to sign into Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager. The earlier you get your feedback in to Apple, the higher the chance that it can be addressed before release.

MacSysAdmin conference will be online again this year. While it is sad that we will not be able to meet in Gothenburg this year, this was my favorite virtual conference to watch and present at last year. Like WWDC, MacSysAdmin will be releasing pre-recorded presentations every day from October 5 through 8. There will be T-shirt sale to help fund the conference.

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News and Opinion

macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

Reactions

Developer Release Notes

MacAdmins on Twitter

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen

Just for Fun

Support

If you are enjoying what you are reading here, please spread the word and recommend it to another Mac Admin!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-06-04

‘Twas the week-end before WWDC…

We did get updates to the apps formerly known as iWork and the second macOS 11.5 beta with some interesting notes in the AppleSeed for IT docs.


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MacDeployment, hosted by the University of Calgary, was this week. Many thanks to the organizers, speakers, and audience. It was a fun event and a great one to kick-off the virtual conference season. They have already posted links to the three session blocks as videos on their sessions page.

Next we had the first Campfire session hosted by PSU MacAdmins. These will continue every Thursday in June and July.

Next week Monday, Apple starts off WWDC with the Keynote and State of the Union. Then they will release additional sessions over the rest of the week. You can watch with the Apple Developer app.

And then, last but not least, we will have MacDevOps YVR on June 9–11. You can still register for that.

You can also find all the info and links for the various conferences on my conference page, which is continually updated.

This will be a busy week!

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News and Opinion

macOS and iOS Updates

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Rich Trouton: “Generating remote lock or wipe commands and need a random six digit number? Run this command: ((RND=RANDOM<<15|RANDOM)) ; echo ${RND: -6}
  • Nathaniel Strauss: “macOS 11.5 beta 2 (re)introduces a couple very sought after features. Go read the release notes. Feeling a lot better about deploying M1 Macs to students in the fall. Thanks MacAdmin community for coming together to file feedback.”
  • David Smith: “Helpful Mac debugging tip You can enable super detailed UserDefaults logging with: sudo log config --subsystem=com.apple.defaults --mode "level:debug, persist:debug" (And disable again with sudo log config --subsystem=com.apple.defaults --reset)”

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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

Guides

(all user guide updates via @Schoun)

Security

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

Reactions

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

Support

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-05-21

This is the first sponsored News Summary. Some background: I left my job as a Systems Engineer earlier this year. The plan is to focus more on writing books, freelance consulting, and some other ideas. Whether you like it or not, as a freelancer you have to spend your time on things that make money. Since I want to continue this newsletter, taking on sponsors seemed like a good solution.

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In other MacAdmin news this week: we got the first reviews for the M1 iMac and the iPads Pro. Apple is starting to release news ahead of WWDC. (just a bit over two weeks left.) We got an announcement for lossless and spatial audio in Apple Music and an amazing preview for new features for people with disabilities.

On the system update news: macOS 11.4 and iOS 14.6 have not been released yet, but macOS 11.5 beta and iOS 14.7 beta have been released in the beta channels.


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News and Opinion

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • ConfiantIntel: “OSX/Bundlore Loader found (0 detections in VT) compiled for ARM (targeting the new M1 MacBook!) , and notarized by Apple.” (Thread)
  • Nathaniel Strauss: “MDM initiated software update on M1 MacBook Air. Failed twice during download phase. Restarted. Failed at the end of prepare phase. Restarted. Couldn’t get process to run at all. Will not be using MDM software updates in the short term.”
  • Tim Perfitt: “We are pretty much feature complete for MDS 4. Here are the exciting new features.” (Image with text)

Security and Privacy

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen

Support

If you are enjoying what you are reading here, please spread the word and recommend it to another Mac Admin!

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