Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-09-10

Quiet week… There was Labour Day in the US. Hope you all had a great and quiet week-end! I have also been distracted preparing my presentation for MacSysAdmin 2021.

Apple did announce their first event since WWDC for next week Sep 14! I guess everyone is holding their breath for this.


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With the event next week, the release of the next major Apple OS upgrades is imminent and the beta season is coming to a close. (Though, not really. Apple will continue to release betas of the updates through out the year, some of which will add more new features, and Apple admins will should keep testing and filing feedback continously.) This year was a strange beta season, with a three week break in macOS releases, and an even longer break in Xcode releases. It will be interesting to see how this reflects in the timing of the releases. Remember, last year macOS 11 was not released until November.

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macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

Security and Privacy

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Updates and Releases

To Listen

Just for Fun

Support

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-09-03

It is September now, and we finally got Monterey beta 6!

It is unclear when exactly iOS 15 (and siblings) and macOS 12 Montery will be released, but it might be less than a month now. How is your testing and feedback going?


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News and Opinion

I moved the last post up to the news section, because I think it is very relevant for MacAdmins. The Mac App Store is still fundamentally broken for macOS developers and vendors, but also for MacAdmins. Managed deployment and updates through VPP (sorry, “Apps and Books”) is still fundamentally unreliable. There may be improvement in sight with the new declarative MDM, but it is still uncertain when that may roll out to all kinds of deployments and include App Store deployment.

Even when the actual deployment eventually becomes reliable, there are so many applications, like Fission, that are not available in the Mac App Store because of the restrictions, rules, and their seemingly arbitrary enforcement by Apple review. Other applications might be in the Mac App Store, but VPP (sigh… “Apps and Books”) cannot be used to purchase, manage, and deploy in-App-Purchases or App Store subscriptions.

There is certainly some “Catch 22” situation here. Since deployment through VPP (grrr… “Apps and Books) is so horrible, no-one is using it, so there is likely little feedback, and hence no resources are put towards it by Apple. But VP… “Apps and Books” is the only method to deploy apps to iOS, and there you cannot manage in-App-Purchases or subscriptions either.

Until these problems are fixed on the developer and the deployment side, the Mac App Store is not a valid tool for MacAdmin purposes.

The new features, fixes, and updates for macOS Monterey are encouraging that Apple is listening to the issues that MacAdmins have with Apple’s vision of deployment. But not everything is good yet, there is still a lot of improvements to be made.

macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Thomas Reed: “We’re starting to see the inevitable angry customer support tickets from people wanting to know why “Malwarebytes” is blocking their legitimate software. (For those unaware, some old apps are causing this due to macOS no longer trusting an old certificate authority.)”
  • mikeymikey: “Important call out in beta 6 on Monterey for macadmins” (Installation of PAMs now require user authorization or PPPC-approval)

Security and Privacy

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Listen

Support

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-08-27

Welcome back! Hope you had a good vacation break.

While the news was slower than usual, a lot of great posts accumulated over five weeks, so this is a long news summary. Settle down for some extended reading.


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(I learned that there is a limit to how many links you can add to a single note in Notes.app, which is where I gather the links for this newsletter. In case you are wondering, the limit is 100 links or “attachments” per note.)

The beta process continues. iOS 14 and siblings are now on beta 7. macOS 12 Monterey has stalled on beta5 for a while now. SharePlay has been pushed to a later update release. iCloud Private Relay will start with as a public beta in the fall. We also got some security updates for Big Sur, 11.5.1 and 11.5.2.

In case you missed it: I published an excerpt of my upcoming book “Scripting macOS” on my weblog as a series of posts over the break. You can catch up by starting at the first part: “First Script” (There will be one more installment next week.)

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News and Opinion

macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

macOS and iOS Updates

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Ryan Moon: “TIL about “Allow full disk access for remote users” and that solved the mystery of why I couldn’t access folders via SSH. A sneaky add to 11.5 that I hadn’t heard about previously.” (Image)
  • Ben Bajarin: “I have long held an Apple Mac in the enterprise growth story. Apple has slowly chipped away at barriers around deploying and managing Macs in the enterprise. With M1 Macs, Apple is better positioned than ever to grow Mac enterprise share.” (Thread)
  • Csaba Fitzl: “The most useful feature I learned this month: CMD+K in Terminal clears everything, including all output, it’s like opening a fresh, new shell.”
  • mikeymikey: “If you’re having RSA SecureID issues, please contact RSA via support contract & let them know their QtCore 5 bundled framework inside stauto32.framework is verifying a signature chain in QtCore.cire that passes through a Symantec CA- they need to update it” (Thread)

Security and Privacy

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Listen

I will only link to those podcasts that I found most interesting over the past few weeks. Please lookup all missed episodes in your favored podcast application or on their websites.

Just for Fun

Support

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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.”

Security and Privacy

Support and HowTos

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen

Just for Fun

Support

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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

Security and Privacy

Support and HowTos

Updates and Releases

To Listen

Just for Fun

Support

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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”

Security and Privacy

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Updates and Releases

To Listen

Just for Fun

Support

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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).”

🔐Security and Privacy

🔨Support and HowTos

🤖Scripting and Automation

🍏Apple Support

♻️Updates and Releases

🎧To Listen

🎈Just for Fun

📚Support

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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)

Security and Privacy

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen

Just for Fun

Support

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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

Support and HowTos

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!

If you want to support me and this website even further, then consider buying one (or all) of my books. It’s like a subscription fee, but you also get a useful book or two extra!