Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-03-15

Lot’s of news for important conferences this week. JamfNation User Conference, MacSysAdmin, and WWDC are getting obviously closer. Also, MacADUK has sold out of tickets! (10 days and counting…)

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  • Tim Perfitt: “Version 1.4 of MDS is going to be awesome. How awesome you ask? Glad you asked. 1/” (Thread)
  • Steve Troughton-Smith: “I like to remind myself sometimes that the current Mac Pro was announced before iOS 7…”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-03-08

Steve Troughton-Smith gave us all a glimpse of the future this week as he documented how to already use the “Marzipan” framework that allows UIKit (iPad) apps to run on macOS. Even if you don’t develop it is worth browsing through those posts. You will get an interesting look at the features and limitations that ported apps will have.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Akshay Bakshi: “Coming soon to a Dock near you. New app icons in Office for Mac.… ”
  • Jeff Johnson: “The Mac App Store has put price pressure on Mac apps, but not as bad as in the iOS App Store. Mac app prices are still generally much higher on average than iOS app prices. Marzipan could change that though.” (Thread)
  • Timo Perfitt: “MDS was just approved in the app store. Didn’t expect this. I’m going to need a minute.… ”
  • Steve Troughton-Smith: “I had another go at making this work, and I got somewhere: here is AppleScript in a Marzipan app… ”
  • Otto the Automator: “Steve, that’s a beautiful thing to see. Thank you for making my day.… ”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-03-01

This week we got great posts from MacAdmins on bash, snapshots, bootstrappr, MDS, Fleetsmith, Intune with Munki, AutoPkgr with Jamf Cloud and more.

I am always intrigued at how diverse the MacAdmin community can be. Of course, all our lives rotate around the Apple platforms, but the approaches and tools today are more varied than they have ever been.

Apple may be drastically changing how we deploy Macs, but there are so many tools, both open and commercial, that are being created to fill the gaps or improve on existing tools. It is an exciting time to be a MacAdmin!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-02-22

Some more rumors this week, which keep foreshadowing an “interesting” year for Mac Admins.

We also have mandatory two-factor authentication, some audio bugs, interesting documentation from Microsoft, lots of great posts from fellow admins (as usual, many thanks!), and a few updates and releases.

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  • Allen Golbig: “If you use smartcards in your environment, the latest Insider Fast build of Microsoft Outlook 16.23 (190212) supports CryptoTokenKit! ”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-02-15

Lots of interesting posts this week.

But most interesting for MacAdmins fighting with SecureToken, read Rich Trouton’s two posts which might help you get out of situations that were so far considered dead ends.

MacRumors points to the week of June 3 for WWDC this year (no big surprise) and Bloomberg (the other Mac rumors site) points to March 25 for a ‘subscription service’ event. Since MacADUK starts on March 26, this event could lead to some last minute slide shuffling.

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🐦MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Kyle Crawford: “Why does Apple need a sysdiagnose for a feature enhancement? Don’t they know the features of their own software? startosinstall should warn if Internet connection is needed before running. How is a having a sysdiagnose going to add any value?”
  • Jordan Rose: “Command-line tip: sftp -a is a mostly drop-in replacement for scp that allows resuming an interrupted download.”
  • Mike Boylan: “TIL about the “HP Easy Admin” tool. If you’re a school, large org, or enterprise and are looking for the HP driver package for a printer v the home/single-use Easy Setup app, you can use Easy Admin to go get the pkg-based driver installer to be used at scale.”
  • Graham Pugh: “The clear and reliable world of DEP enrollment…” (click to see full tweet)
  • Graham Pugh: “Regex of Mojave-compatible Mac model identifiers: ^(iMac1[3-8]|iMacPro|MacBook[8-9]|MacBook10|MacBookAir[5-7]|MacBookPro9|MacBookPro1[0-5]|MacMini[6-7]|MacPro[5-6])

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-02-08

Another busy week with lots of security related news, including an update to last week’s FaceTime problem. Also, Jamf acquires Zuludesk.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Tim Perfitt: “Setting up a room full of dual boot macs with MacDeployStick fast at IETA. Arrived in room after 7:30 am and by 8 am this was the scene. macOS with windows 10, office, boot runner and more.”
  • Paul Hudson: “A few people have asked if it’s too late for them to start my #100DaysOfSwift challenge. Definitely not! You can start whenever you want, as long as you’re able to stick at it consistently. Make today your day.”
  • Kitzy: “Hard to believe it’s been over 3 years since we started MacAdmins.org, and how much the community has grown since then.”
  • Tim Perfitt: “I finally got a call from the app review team about my macOS app.” (Thread)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-02-01

Following right after the release of the iOS 12.1.3 and macOS Mojave 10.13.3 updates last week, members of the developer/beta/seed programs got access to iOS 12.2 and macOS Mojave 10.14.4.

Even though the release notes are still quite thin, these will probably be the “Spring Updates” with some major changes, so they are worth watching and testing. The release notes for Xcode 10.2, which brings Swift 5 and Safari 12.1 are already quite interesting.

Other than that, we got Apple’s quarterly numbers, a weird FaceTime bug, which made Apple shut down the Group FaceTime servers, and a kerfuffle on dubious VPN/data gathering apps which led Apple to block the Facebook and Google Enterprise Developer certificates.

On the MacAdmin side, some great and timely posts on Mac App Store Office apps and Adobe’s new Shared Device Licensing.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Julia Evans: “curl… ”
  • Tim Perfitt: “I am told by marketing people that showing you this nice photo of the MDS Automaton will convince you to buy one.”
  • Tim Perfitt: “I created this fine video on using Mac Deploy Stick to install macOS, MS Office 2016, 2 browsers, and a forking Boot Camp partition with Windows 10! How long? Holy shirt! 21 minutes from start to finish. Grab some popcorn.”
  • Jason Broccardo: “#macadmins looking for lightweight monitoring for Jamf Pro, I’ve started using JavaMelody. Just need to drop a couple jars into the WEB-INF folder and restart your app to get going. Get nagios-like graphs and data.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-01-25

This was a busy week with many important updates.

However, all this news has been overshadowed by the news of the death of Tycho Sjögren.

My condolences to his close friends and family.

Tycho was probably best known as the organiser of the MacSysAdmin conference in Gothenburg. But he had been working as an admin and trainer for decades, influencing the career of many in the Apple Admin field. You should go and read the reactions and stories on Twitter and in the #macsysadminconf channel on the MacAdmins Slack to see how far his influence reached.

Even though I have only been at MacSysAdmin for the last two years, I was immdiately struck by the atmosphere of the conference. For a speaker, Tycho’s suggestions and criticisms during preparation were helpful and spot-on, as was his praise afterwards. You could feel his deep experience and passion for the conference and, even more, the community. He would build the conference he himself wanted to experience, and as a speaker, you wanted to impress him.

Then Tycho would sit in the first row for every presentation, eagerly paying attention. MacSysAdmin is a single-track conference, because then all the attendees see the same presentations and the hallway conversations are based on the same topics. MacSysAdmin also had many chances for conversations among the participants with many breaks, good food and fun evening activities. This is a great chance to meet friends, old and new, thank people whose presentations or blog posts have helped and inspired you, share solutions, and to discuss the last session.

Tycho was able to share his interest and passion with the entire conference, and his stye and method has influenced others around the world. It lives on in all the big conferences, small local meetings, and in the online meeting places.

We will miss Tycho, but we will keep sharing his interest and passion.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Anthony Reimer:
    “#MacAdmins: I’ve updated my article from last September that lists the AutoPkg repos that cannot be seen by AutoPkgr (we’re up to 13).”
  • Carl Ashley:
    “So, #macadmins, if you need to generate a PPPCP profile to let kickstart work on macOS 10.14+, Apple KB article: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT209161 The binary if you want to keep this in your version control is: ”/System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ScreensharingAgent.bundle”
  • Josh Braun: “I just found out that TextWrangler, which I’d previously thought defunct, lives on as the freemium version of BBEdit and I’m way more psyched about this than I would’ve anticipated.”
  • Mac Justice:
    “Kind of annoyed at how both Google and Apple photos went whole-hog on fancy AI nonsense but trying to do a collaborative family vacation photo album (a pretty typical scenario!) is still full of UX pain.”
  • Daniel Jalkut: “macOS 10.14.4 will include the stable ABI Swift libraries!… ”
  • Miles Leacy: “The status item “Device Enrollment Program” covers any and all components and hosts required to deliver device enrollment services.…”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-01-18

Apple has repeated their strong position on data privacy and security with an op-ed by Tim Cook in Time. Ironically, I cannot read the original op-ed, because of European data privacy laws…

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  • Bob Gendler: “I’m pretty stoked. While we’re not supposed to do work during a furlough I’ve used this time to catch up on some skills that would be useful for work. I created a macOS app in Swift that interacts with a JamfPro server to toggle some settings for use at NIST. This is my first GUI based app I’ve built in Swift with Xcode.”
  • Victor (groob): “Did you know that on macOS 10.14.x launchd has its own plist parser and requires self closing tags for booleans? Bug here (OpenRadar) Thanks to @twseph for patching”
  • Fraser Speirs: “Re: the discussion on @_connectedfm about the 9.7” iPad rising in price to make room for a new mini 5 below it – such a move would be a clear signal that Apple is ceding K–12 education to Chromebook and wants out of the market.” – Thread!
  • Neil Martin: Imaging is dead. Take an hashtag#Apple hashtag#Mac (or a lab full). Add a dash of awesome hashtag#NoMAD Login with upcoming DEPNotify functionality. (video)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-01-11

Slowly emerging from the post-holiday and vacation swamp. CES was this, and even though Apple had no official presence, they did gather some headlines from smart TV support of AirPlay 2, HomeKit and iTunes videos. Also they got some attention for this banner ad.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Mac Mule: “TIL: https://help.apple.com/businessmanager/#/apd1d81e5169 The timescale for processing app licences depends on how many you purchase: 5,000 licences or less are processed straightaway. 5,001 to 19,999 licences are processed after 13:00 PST daily. 20,000 licences or more are processed after 16:00 PST daily.”
  • Erik Gomez: “InstallEnterpriseApplication is broken and I’m really hoping Apple fixes this by 10.14.3, or the next few months are going to be extremely painful.”
  • Kyle Crawford: “SecureToken is broken and I’m really hoping Apple fixes this by 10.14.3, or the next few months are going to be extremely painful.…”
  • Eric Holtam:softwareupdate is broken and I’m really hoping Apple fixes this by 10.14.3, or the next few months are going to be extremely painful.…”

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