Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021–05–14

No new updates this week. Nevertheless, MacAdmins seem to be taking the time to catch up and get some work done, as we got many interesting posts this week. We also got beta3 for 11.4.

MacDeployment is scheduled for June 1–2 and you can register to attend for free! I will be doing “An Online Presentation on Presenting Online.” I have also updated my conference overview page.


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Kandji has commissioned Jason Snell of Six Colors to create an Enterprise Report Card for Apple. This is a chance for Mac Admins to give feedback on how they see Apple.

The deadline to add your score and comments is today May 14, 2021. The results will be compiled to run in early June before WWDC. The contact information is for the survey only and you can choose to remain anonymous.

This is a great chance for MacAdmins to provide some feedback!

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🐦MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Rich Trouton: “I learned something usefule about macOS login keychain behavior today: When you’re logged in and open Terminal, your login keychain unlocks for that Terminal session. When you’re connecting to your Mac via SSH and provide your password, your login keychain unlocks for that SSH session. When you’re connecting to your Mac via SSH and are using passwordless login, your login keychain does not unlock for that SSH session. Makes sense, right? No password, no automatic unlock. Still caught me off guard when something I was expecting to work did not work.”
  • Brent Simmons: “Right now is actually a pretty great time for Mac apps. Old faves like BBEdit, NetNewsWire, Acorn, OmniOutliner, and many others are still around — and there are amazing newcomers like Sketch and Nova and plenty of others. The best may be yet to come. :)”
  • Marco Arment: “Instead, what we keep hearing from Apple is ‘You owe us for your entire business, you should be thankful for everything we’ve done for you, we don’t need you, we’re doing you a favor by allowing you, and your apps add absolutely no value to our highly profitable hardware.’” (Thread)
  • Tim Perfitt: “M1 Mac mini arrived! I shall use this thread for my findings.” (Thread)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-05-07

After the long awaited big updates last week, Apple followed up this week with another, albeit much smaller, update. macOS 11.3.1 et al are security updates for some pretty serious bugs, that may already be exploited.

Less than one month until WWDC!

MacDevOpsYVR has started releasing their speaker list and I am proud to say that I will be doing a 15 minute talk, title ‘The Encyclopedia of Packages.’ You should check out the speaker list, it is very interesting. MacDeployment is now scheduled for June 1-2. I have updated my conference overview page!


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Kandji has commissioned Jason Snell of Six Colors to create an Enterprise Report Card for Apple. This is a chance for Mac Admins to give feedback on how they see Apple.

The deadline to add your score and comments is May 14, 2021. The results will be compiled to run in early June before WWDC. The contact information is for the survey only and you can choose to remain anonymous.

This is a great chance for MacAdmins to provide some feedback!

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  • Maxwell: “Every system library and framework is in the shared cache, and now there are 4 shared caches in system/library/dyld. x64h, arm, rosetta and x86 for that 1 trash can Mac Pro they still haven’t canned. each about a gig but they compress well.”
  • Craig Hockenberry: “One thing I’ve noticed as of late is Apple locking things down without looking at the bigger picture of how sometimes more security actually makes things less secure. Let me explain…” (Thread)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-04-30

Finally!

After a beta phase that seemed longer than the initial macOS Big Sur beta (it wasn’t) we finally got macOS 11.3 this week. And iOS 14.5 and siblings. I am sure you are all already unlocking your iPhone with a mask on and tracking the AirTags you ordered.

Lot’s of information about macOS 11.3 for MacAdmins, which I have gathered here.

Oh yes, and Apple had a another blow-out quarter…


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🐦MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Tim Perfitt: “If you use Terminal, you must use tab completion. Not so you can look fancy or be faster (which is awesome) but because it checks it while you do it and is FAR more accurate.”
  • Tim Perfitt: “Some very interesting findings for installing macOS on an M1 today by @RandomApps. As you may know, we lost the ability to run startosinstall in recovery on an M1. It turns out you can get back almost all the automation with a couple of carefully placed files.” (Thread)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-04-23

The Spring Loaded Apple Event delivered: we got a new podcast app with subscriptions, a purple iPhone, AirTags (for when we all can go out and lose things again), new Apple silicon iMacs, and a new iPad Pro. And the M1 Mac mini silently got a new option for 10GigE.

The new iMac comes in seven colors, very reminiscent of the colored G3 iMacs. It’s specs mostly match the current M1 Macs, with a few differences. The low-end model has only two USB-C/Thunderbolt ports. The higher model has two USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, two USB-c ports, and an Ethernet port in the power brick.

Overall, I consider this a promising update for the iMac. But now that Apple has transitioned all the entry level Macs, I am very curious to see how the ‘Pro’ Macs will transition and am looking forward to WWDC.


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  • tlark: “So Apple patched the Apache vuln in a Big Sur security patch, but did not list it in the security docs. Apple has not patched it for previous OSes. I only know about this b/c we collect vuln scan data. Anything older than Apache 2.4.46 is vuln” (Thread)

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Scripting OS X — Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-04-09

Another week and no update from Apple. We did get another round of betas (beta7, 20E5229a) for macOS, iOS and siblings.

But we did get an announcement of Apple Tiles… no, wait… third party support for “Find My…” tracking. Apple’s plan to keep releasing something every week continues.


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  • Tim Perfitt: “MDS 4 is coming along. The current build adds a fancy new button.” (Thread)
  • Joel Rennich: “It’s Wednesday… so that means more fun with Single Sign On Extensions! This time we’re doing a bit of an “off-label” use of the SSOE and making it authoritative for a ZTNA service instead of an IdP which lets Xcode use modern auth directly for repos.” (Thread)
  • Kelsey Hightower: “Software isn’t enterprise ready until it has a “contact sales” pricing tier.”

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  • James Thomson: “This isn’t necessarily pretty, but it does work! You can roll dice from an AppleScript, check if they are still rolling, and get the final result. All in a UIKit-based Catalyst app.”

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Scripting OS X — Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-04-02

Anther week, another beta release. Apple has released the sixth beta for macOS 11.3 (20E5224a), iOS 14.5, and siblings.

Apple has also announced the dates for WWDC 2021. It will take place June 7–11 “to a screen near you.” I have updated the conference overview on Scripting OS X. So, we have two months left before we enter the next major beta cycle. But, did we ever leave the Big Sur beta cycle?


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  • Nathaniel Strauss: “We’re 4 months into Big Sur. If your product still doesn’t have support you’ve missed 1/3 of the OS cycle. You’re not behind, you’re slipping into irrelevant.”
  • Edward Marczak: “Big thanks to everyone in the #macadmin community releasing open source solutions. So much thought and care goes into this work that’s not only needed to fill gaps, but also every bit as good as commercial products. Thank you also for sharing documentation and good example code.”
  • James Turner: “Running a mixed fleet I am confident saying that the value in the community and open source solutions available for #macadmin is immeasurable.”
  • Nathaniel Strauss: “First time a DMG has advertised at me. @ReflectorApp Hey, consider not doing this. There are admins out there using your Sparkle feed for automation. Pretty sure that’s not a valid version string.” (Image)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-03-26

No major Apple announcement either this week. We got the fifth beta for macOS 11.3, iOS 14.5 and siblings. Apple also released new versions for the apps formerly known as iWork. Is this the start of the spring release season?

Talking about spring releases, Mac OS X was released twenty years ago this week!


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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-03-19

Fairly quiet week. No major news from Apple, except for the fourth beta of macOS 11.3, iOS 14.5 and siblings.

Apple has admitted that the original ‘large’ HomePod is discontinued. You can still buy them while supplies last. This seems like release some bad news before the good news. Apple often releases new products or updates at this time of year.


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🐦MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Tim Perfitt: “I think I finally figured out how DFU in the M1 works. Apple says to: 1. Plug in to correct USB port to another mac running AC2. 2. hold power, left control option and right shift for 10 seconds 3. the release all but power button for another 10 seconds.” (Thread)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-03-12

Lots of news this week as macOS 11.2.3 and a iOS 14.4.1 dropped. Adobe is starting to ship Apple silicon versions of their software, but they are not universal apps. Git has a security issue with git clone, but no updated installer for macOS.

And I was on the MacAdmins Podcast and MacAdmins Monthly!

PSU MacAdmins have announced their schedule for another series of Campfire sessions this summer and MacDevOps YVR are calling for proposals! I have put the list I started last week on a page on my site. I plan to update that regularly.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Steve Troughton-Smith: “If you were confused by the matrix of SwiftUI, Catalyst and AppKit apps on macOS, it’s because this is what it looks like:” (Image)
  • Darren Wallace: “Mac Adobe Users seeing a new folder at ~/Documents/Library that you do not have permission to? Looks like a bug introduced for users who’s Creative cloud Desktop App (CCDA) updated from v5.3 > v5.4. Adobe are aware and a hot-fix is being worked on.”
  • Jason Broccardo: “#macadmins: Apple, please stop releasing supplemental updates that don’t change the OS build number as it creates confusion. Apple: Sure thing, we’ll require an OS update to patch Safari. Build number changes just like you asked.”
  • Nathaniel Strauss: “AutoPkg recipes updated for Google Drive 46.0.3. (AutoPkg recipes) Google is starting to ship Intel and Apple silicon versions side by side. Expect packages to be roughly double in size (~300 MB) with both included.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-03-05

Jamf is opening the registration for the virtual JNUC 2021! They are also calling prospective speakers to submit their proposals.

Because I was curious what the status of the various Mac Admin conferences was this year, I put together a list.

The list is for information only. I do not intend to shame or pressure any of the organziers of these conferences, no mattter what the status of their conference is. These are harrowing times for organizing anything, let alone a conference. My deepest thanks and respect to anyone who puts together any form of conference or meeting.

Registration open

Not certain yet

Please let me know if missed something and I will update it next week!

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Mr. Macintosh: “macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 (20D80) Full Installer is now available.”
  • Wil Shipley: “Honestly if you’re distributing software that requires me to have either python or cmake (or, worse, both cough openCV) you’ve failed everyone. Anyways, the next couple hours I’ll be upgrading python and downloading modules, because that’s a fun game that I love playing.”

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