Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-09-13

New iPhones! New Apple Watch! Even a new entry level iPad! The Apple iPhone event delivered mostly within expectations. I am not going to link all the detailed posts, you can go to Apple’s Newsroom for the official details.

We got release dates for iOS 13 (Sep 19), iOS 13.1 (Sep 30), iPadOS (Sep 30, unclear if this is iPadOS 13.0 or 13.1, but likely the latter) and macOS 10.15 Catalina (a vague ‘October’). (Check this MacStories post with all the dates, including hardware and services.)

So, there are a few extra weeks this year to test and prepare for the next macOS upgrade. It’ll be a busy fall either way. Make the most of it: Test, prepare, file bugs and feedback!

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On Scripting OS X

News and Opinion

macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 13

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Eric Holtam: “Notice: Do not try and restore BridgeOS on a machine running a beta OS with Configurator 2. Configurator doesn’t allow backward updates to previous BridgeOS versions and ”bricks“ the machine. ‘AMRestoreErrorDomain error 79 – backwards update not allowed: 17P50541b -> 16PXXX)’ ”
  • William Smith: “UltraThin Updates take 2: For tomorrow’s Microsoft Office for Mac update, Microsoft AutoUpdate will use UltraThin updates to move 16.28 > 16.29. Should be around 176 MB to update all of Office.”

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen

Support

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-09-06

You can tell from the various articles and support posts that release day is definitely getting closer.

iOS 10.13.1 beta 2 was release and it is questionable if we will see another beta of either iOS, iPadOS or macOS before release. Apple has loosened notarization requirements for macOS Catalina temporarily (until Jan 2020) to help developer handle the transition.

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Headlines

  • Rich Trouton’s and Charles Edge’s “Apple Device Management: A Unified Theory of Managing Macs, iPads, iPhones, and AppleTVs” book is available for pre-order on Amazon US, UK, DE (Affiliate Links)

On Scripting OS X

News and Opinion

macOS Catalina and iOS 13

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Mike Boylan:
    “This is true. Age != skill (in both directions). Am fortunate that most people have treated me with respect.” (Thread)
  • Jason Fried: “When Google puts 4 paid ads ahead of the first organic result for your own brand name, you’re forced to pay up if you want to be found. It’s a shakedown. It’s ransom. But at least we can have fun with it. Search for Basecamp and you may see this attached ad.” (Image)
  • Benedict Evans: “Hell just froze over. beta.music.apple.com
  • TimPerfitt: ‘Catalina “Restore from snapshot”’ (Image)

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen

Just for Fun

Support

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-08 -30

Things are heating up for September release season. We got new betas for iOS and iPadOS 13.0 and macOS Catalina beta7. Surprisingly, there also is a beta for iOS 13.1, which includes some features shown at WWDC, which were removed from the 13.0 beta. While I generally approve of this flexibility, it makes testing confusing and more complex.

We also got a second supplemental update for 10.14.6, fixing some more bugs and security holes. The newest 10.14.6 has the build number 18G95. The silver lining in all this version chaos is, that we will likely not end Mojave on a forked hardware build.

Apple sent out the invitations to the iPhone event on September 10, 10am PDT (19:00 CEST). If previous years can be used as a guide, this could mean the iOS 13.0 release will be on September 13 or 20 and the macOS 10.15.0 Catalina release on September 20 or 27.

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On Scripting OS X

The “Moving to zsh” class on September 6 is now full. Looking forward to seeing you all there! If you missed to sign up for this class, the next “Scripting macOS” beginners’ class on October 30–31 will be updated for Catalina and contain plenty of zsh, as well.

News and Opinion

macOS 10.13 Catalina and iOS 13

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Listen

Support

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-08-23

Summer vacation time is coming to an end and the beta season for macOS Catalina and iOS 13 is heating up! Another Catalina beta dropped this week, and third parties are now starting to announce their own betas and/or preliminary support.

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On Scripting OS X

The “Moving to zsh” class on September 6 is now full. Looking forward to seeing you all there! If you missed to sign up for this class, the next “Scripting macOS” beginners’ class on October 30–31 will be updated for Catalina and contain plenty of zsh, as well.

News and Opinion

macOS 10.15 Catalina

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • William Smith: “Excited for this release from Microsoft because it’ll be the first app they’ve ever released for Mac that’s fully manageable from day 1. There’s been a lot of outreach the past few years from them to MacAdmins to make something like this possible.”
  • Mike Stern: “SF Mono is now available! Also, SF Pro and SF Compact have been updated to reflect some additions and changes to SF Symbols. developer.apple.com/fonts

Bugs and Security

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 — 2019-08-16

Longer summary this week to catch up on the last three weeks of traveling!

The last post celebrating the 100th email resulted in quite a few new subscribers. Welcome!

I posted my speaking and training class schedule for the next few months. It’d be great to meet you somewhere!

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On Scripting OS X

News and Opinion

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Denise Yu: “I illustrated my three favourite binaries”
  • Pepijn Bruienne: “To my surprise we recently updated the Authorization Plugin documentation. Surprise because it’s not seen a lot of change in recent times, but you get TWO new callbacks, RemoveHintValue and RemoveContextValue!”
  • Mr. Macintosh: “2019–004 for High Sierra 10.13, Sierra 10.12 and BridgeOS have been re released! I will update the main article and reply to this post when I have the new build numbers.”
  • Rosyna Keller: “The updated Hardened Runtime docs are out! The overview includes more information on how to enable it in Xcode and explains that the hardened runtime is designed to stop certain classes of exploits.” (Thread)
  • Phil Stokes: “Thanks to @SentinelOne @patrickwardle, my free ebook of How To Reverse macOS Malware is now available. Learn to set up a safe Mac test lab, find malware samples, static + dynamic analysis. eBook is free; tools you need are free.”
  • Ronald Oussoren: “The version 6 branch of PyObjC has finally caught up with the current beta: tests pass in macOS 10.15 beta 5 with Python 3.8b3, including bindings for all new frameworks.”
  • Edward Marczak: “Support local meetups! Particularly in tech: we need more discussion between disparate teams. There’s undoubtedly a meetup near you that matches your style. Support can mean presenting, but also just showing up. Without you, these gatherings go away. With you, they get stronger.”

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen

Just for Fun

  • Timo Elliott: “How to evaluate your existing enterprise infrastructure…” (click for cartoon)
  • Ed Marczak: “We have a long way to go in exploring this medium. ” (read linked thread)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-07-26

Another Update Week. Apple released iOS 12.4 and macOS 10.14.6. There were also security updates (2019–004) for Sierra and High Sierra, which were then removed because apparently they coould cause kernel panics on wake.

Also interesting: Apple has provided updates for some older iOS hardware. iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 will make sure the “GPS”GPS, date, and time continue to work properly.” Some of the affected devices were last sold in 2012 or 2013, so that is quite an effort by Apple to support older hardware.

Note: Due to work travel and vacation time, there will be no newsletter for the next three weeks. I will return in late August with a long news summary. Hope you get to enjoy your summer as well!

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100

This is the 100th email newsletter!

The news summary actually started a bit earlier as a weekly post on the weblog. I added the email newsletter later. This is the 111th or, according to Tolkien, eleventy-first news summary, but I’ll take either cause to celebrate. Also, I missed celebrating the 100th summary blog post, the 500th and 600th subscriber, and the two-year anniversary (both of the summary and the email newsletter). At least I didn’t miss this milestone.

Back in 2017, when I started the news summary, we were all working on Sierra and iOS 10, UAMDM and APFS were still in the future, the MacAdmins podcast was on episode 31, the infamous “Mac Pro press meeting” was recent news, and the MacAdmins Slack was just about to reach 10K users.

An average summary has 38 entries, so I have sent out close to 4000 links, posts, and articles.

I want to thank all you readers for, well, reading the summary, whether it is on the website or in the email. Also, for the many kind words I have received. Sometimes posting on the web feels like shouting into a void and you never know if any one is listening. Any feedback is great. Positive feedback is just wonderful.

I am not trying to solicit praise, but want to encourage you all to send a note to one of the many MacAdmin authors whose links appear in this newsletter.

Also, thanks to all of you who have recommended the news summary to someone else and helped spread the word around. Please keep doing that!

Most of all I want to thank, again, all the MacAdmins out there who share their experience and knowledge with all of us in the Slack, on Twitter and other social media, in open source projects, at conference workshops and presentations, and, most of all, with blog posts. The MacAdmins community is something special. It demonstrates a unique culture of openness, sharing and “being in this together.” I am so proud and honored to be a small part of it.

On to the next hundred!

#! On Scripting OS X

If I ever announce an eight-part series on my website again, somebody please intervene. The next and last post will show some issues you may encounter when you move your scripts from bash to zsh and how to solve them.

Even when this series is (finally) complete. I am sure there will be more articles about zsh over the next months, there is still a lot to discover and learn.

I will be giving a half-day ‘Moving to zsh’ class in Amsterdam on September 6. We will cover the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of zsh and show lots of practical examples how using zsh will improve your Terminal productivity. More info and sign-up on the Pro Warehouse webpage.

📰News and Opinion

🏜macOS 10.14.6 Mojave and iOS 12.4 Updates

🏝macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 13 beta

🐦MacAdmins on Twitter

  • John C. Welch: “Good job by the MS Edge for Mac folks on making it a part of the MS Autoupdater mechanism so quickly. Now if the Teams folks could get on board…”
  • Patrick Fergus: “.@AppleSupport HT210216 mentions using wired data transfers for migrating between two Lightning iOS devices. What wired migration cabling setups are supported with USB-C+Lightning and USB-C+USB-C device combinations?” (HT210216)
  • Eric Boyd: “For those of you testing all the Apple things, this is an important resource: Profiles and Logs – Bug Reporting – Apple Developer

## 🐞Bugs and Security

🔨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 — 2019-07-19

Still a lot of fallout from the Zoom invulnerability. It took Apple three updates to MRT (so far) to eradicate all the differently branded varieties of the Zoom client web server. Makes me wonder how many Macs there were or are with multiple of these clients installed.

We also got new betas for 10.14.5 and 10.15 and the respective iOS versions. Some of the worst data-destroying bugs seem to be fixed or at least mitigated but I am still not comfortable moving my production devices to the betas. That’s what test devices are there for. I am getting quite excited about some of the features I have seen, both for end-users and administrators.

One of those features is that zsh will become the default shell for macOS. If you want to know what that means, how to transfer your shell configuration, workflows, and scripts from bash to zsh, and increase your Terminal productivity, we are doing a half-day training in Amsterdam on September 6. You can get more details and sign up on our webpage!

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On Scripting OS X

News and Opinion

Many,many thanks to Erik for his contributions to the Mac Admin community and I wish him all the best for the future!

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Timo Perfitt: “So it begins. We just signed up to be an MDM vendor. MDS DEP deployment coming soon.”

Bugs and Security

macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 13

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Updates and Releases

To Watch

Support

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-07-12

Apple released an unexpected update to the entry-level MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13“ this week. What the new release replaces is interesting, as well: the non-retina entry level MacBook Air, the no-Touchbar 13” MacBook Pro, and the 12″ MacBook are all discontinued.

The iMac and the (cylinder) Mac Pro are the only remaining Mac models without a T2 chip. All current Mac models except the iMac Pro and the Mac Pro now require macOS 10.14 Mojave as their minimum OS.

We also got an interesting vulnerability story with the popular videoconferencing software Zoom. The reaction from Zoom was slow, they did not address the issue until the researcher published the problem, but Apple reacted much faster, adding the problematic local web server, that Zoom installed to bypass some of the system’s user security to macOS’s Malware Removal Tool’s list of, well, malware within 24 hours.

Finally, I am going to give a half-day class based on the ‘Moving to zsh’ article series at our offices in Amsterdam on September 6. If you are wondering why Apple is changing the default shell, how it will affect you, and how you can increase your Terminal productivity with zsh, then sign up here!

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On Scripting OS X

News and Opinion

macOS Catalina and iOS 13

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Sisyphus-J: “MacOS/iOS Entitlement database now updated for MacOS 15 and iOS 13 beta 3. with over 150 more daemons and 500 more entitlements.. including such fine gems as com.apple.rootless.kext-more-securer-management http://newosxbook.com/ent.jl”
  • Mustafa Hussain: “In macOS, when you drop a Calendar event into the Terminal, the Terminal adopts the event’s color. As it should.… ”
  • Steve Troughton-Smith: “Disasters like Zoom are why the Mac gets progressively more locked-down, and why commandline tools and daemons can’t be exempt from signing & security. By default, we should trust no software, and neither should the hardware it runs on…”
  • Alex Wild: “Apparently sailors used to use a log, tied to a measured rope & thrown overboard, to periodically measure the speed of a boat. They’d then write the data in a ”log-book“ Which is why we now use the word ”log“ to record data. Things I learned. https://www.etymonline.com/word/log”
  • Isaac T.: “Confirmed with Apple: sharing with SMB is broken in macOS Mojave 10.14.5. The problem: ”smbd“ deadlocks with multiple users connected to a share. Engineering knows and is working on it. Time to resolution: unknown. Here are the options: 1/” (thread)
  • Rich Mogull: ““Shadow IT” is merely how the fearful describe the reduction of friction and democratization of technology to better enable agile business.”

PSU MacAdmins Talks, Slides and Resources

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

To Watch

To Listen

Just for Fun

Support

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-07-05

For my US readers: belated Happy 4th of July!

This is where you celebrate Jeff Goldblum hacking an alien mainframe with a PowerBook 5300, right?

Because of the US holiday week-end and, I presume, several MacAdmins ‘finishing’ their PSU conference presentations, news was slow this week.

Safe travels and lots of fun, networking, and learning to those going to PSU.

Everyone else, I hope you get to enjoy a wonderful summer week-end!

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On Scripting OS X

macOS Catalina

News and Opinion

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • The Macalope: “It’s going to be fun hearing the people who said design was dead at Apple bemoan the loss of the person chiefly responsible for designing all the things they said were so poorly designed.”

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Updates and Releases

To Listen

Just for Fun

  • ‎Dice by PCalc (I am actually off to GM my campaign right after posting this newsletter!)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-06-28

As expected, the public betas of iOS 13, iPadOS 13 and macOS 10.15 Catalina were released this week, keeping MacAdmins busy with both preventing users from installing them and starting their own testing procedures.

Together with the public betas, we get a bunch of early Catalina reviews and opinions.

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Headlines

On Scripting OS X

News and Opinion

macOS Catalina and iOS 13

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Updates and Releases

To Watch

Just for Fun

Support

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