News Summary for Admins — 2021-10-22

We finally got those Apple Silicon based MacBooks Pro this week. And they do look very nice! You have probably already read all about them. To prepare for the new M1 Pro and Max goodness, we will also get macOS 12 Monterey (and iOS 15.1 and siblings) on next Monday, October 25. Do you feel ready?

I have decided to call the 16″ a “MacBook Pro Max,” just to sow confusion.


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In preparation for the OS releases next week, we got not just one, but two realease candidates. Unfortunately, it does not look like there will be a full installer of either RC, so no final deployment testing workflows. (There is an IPSW for Apple Configurator, so you can test those.)

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News and Opinion

New MacBooks Pro with M1 Pro and Max

macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

macOS and iOS Updates

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Rich Trouton: “If you want an Intel processor in your new Mac, here are your options: 21.5 inch iMac, 27 inch iMac, Mac Pro. All other Mac models are now Apple Silicon Macs.” (Mac mini added in a later tweet)
  • Brian Stucki: “FYI: There was one small addition in the macOS SLA for Monterey. (highlighted in the image) It’s especially helpful for those who run virtual machines on their Mac. Thanks!” (Highlighted passage: “run up to two (2) additional copies of the Apple Software, or any prior macOS or OS X operation system software or subsequent release of the Apple Software”)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-10-15

Apple has announced the next live event for Monday (Oct 18). The expectation is they will show new Apple Silicon Macs and announce the publishing date for macOS Monterey.


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We also got a new series of betas for macOS 12 Monterey (beta 10) and iOS 15.1 (beta 4) and siblings.

MacSysAdmin concluded last week, but the sessions are still online. I still have some catching up to do. On top of that, Objective-by-the-Sea have posted their sessions on YouTube, as well!

Watch those sessions quickly, because next week is Jamf Nation User Conference, which will bring even more sessions to feel guilty because you have not watched them yet. You can still register for free. I will be in a Panel on Patch Managemet with Ryan Ball and Ben Toms, and I have a presentation on Installomator.

We also learned some dates for some of the conferences next year. I have updated my conference page, which also has links to session archives (where available).

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News and Opinion

macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Patrick Wardle: “Really seems that malware (adware) authors have no problem getting their malicious creations notarized by Apple…unless this is really a legitimate/required Flash Player update!?”
  • Patrick Wardle: “~1 hr later (on a Saturday no less), Apple has revoked the notarization/certificate!”
  • William Smith: “Attention MacAdmins: Today’s release of Microsoft Office for Mac 16.54 is the last version to support macOS Mojave 10.14.x. November’s release of 16.55 will require a minimum of macOS Catalina 10.15.”
  • Edward Marczak: “Instead of blocking the Next Major OS: – Prep, test, and be ready to roll it out day 1 – Communicate your upgrade policy If there is some breaking change, communicate this to your user base, and people that upgrade just earn themselves a trip to the re-imaging station.” (Thread)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-10-08

MacAdmins are waiting for Apple to announce another Keynote event where we expect new Macs and the release date for macOS 12 Monterey. Not this week though. Instead, Apple had a beautiful video paying tribute to Steve Jobs.

Celebrating Steve – October 5 – Apple (YouTube)


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We did get new betas for macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15.1 and a release candidate for the macOS 11.6.1 update. Also firmware updates for AirPods Pro and Max.

This week also featured MacSysAdmin Online. Every day a few videos from great presenters in the MacAdmin space were released. You can find them all here, along with links to the slides and/or resource pages. Access is free, and today is the last day you can purchase a T-shirt to support the online conference.

Many, many thanks to Patrik Jerneheim and everyone involved in making this happen. Huge kudos to all the speakers, I will have re-watch every one of the sessions to be able to process all the information and wisdom there-in. I am so proud to be a part of this. I am crossing my fingers to see you all in Göteborg next year!

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News and Opinion

macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • William Smith: “Advice to my past self… Don’t learn a device management system. Learn how to manage devices. Likewise, don’t learn an MDM. Learn MDM. Don’t learn how to support an operating system. Learn how to support your users. The rest will follow.”
  • Rands: “Ok. We’re in a meeting together. Rad. Here’s the mental checklist of what I’m doing in the first couple of minutes.” (Thread)

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News Summary for Admins — 2021-10-01

We got some really nice updates for the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps this week, across all platforms. A new beta for macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15.1 (and siblings).


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We are all looking with some envy towards Hawaii where the Objective-by-the-Sea conference is happening.

Next week Tuesday is the start of MacSysAdmin Online!. It is, yet again, painful that we cannot meet in person. The sessions will be available for free every day according to the program. You can still support the conference by purchasing a T-shirt. When you do so you will get a small surprise from Scripting OS X, as well.

And then we have JNUC later this month. This conference is also free to participate, but requires registration. It is not too late!

More links at my overview of the most important MacAdmin conferences.

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📰News and Opinion

🐟macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

⚙️macOS and iOS Updates

🐦MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Nathaniel Strauss: “iPadOS15 does not respect allowEraseContentAndSettings. Anyone can go into Settings > General > Transfer or Reset and erase the device. The option isn’t grayed out. Please file cases and feel free to reference my own case number 101500664636″
  • Rich Trouton: “TIL that Apple’s profile settings for Time Zone (timeZone) requires an underscore if something is two words: Right: America/New_York Wrong: America/New York If set incorrectly, the time zone defaults to using UTC.”
  • Andrew Laurence: “OH: “Managing macOS Software Update is like building a house with cooked spaghetti.” “

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-09-24

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8 and the other related updates were published this week. On top of that the first iPhones 13 and new iPad mini are arriving today. I only linked to two reviews – you will know where to get opinions from your favorite bloggers and streamers.


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We also got more security updates for iOS 12 and Catalina. And a new macOS 12 Monterey beta, as well as the first round of iOS 15.1 betas.

Last week’s newsletter dropped just a bit before the good news of the 11.6 full installer being available. Keep providing that feedback!

We have two major MacAdmin conferences coming up, both are online.

First is MacSysAdmin Online which will release sessions starting October 5 through October 8. You can still order a T-shirt to support the conference. The amazing speaker list is online. I will be presenting a session on Swift.

Later is Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC) which is (again) entirely online and entirely free. You can still register and already look at the session list. I will be presenting a session on Installomator and participate in a panel on patch management.

There is always my overview of the most important upcoming conferences.

Also, in personal news: I am now working at Jamf. But this should not affect this news summary at all.

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News and Opinion

iOS 15 and siblings

Apple Support

macOS 12 Monterey

macOS and iOS Updates

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Patrick Fergus: “Hey Everyone, Adobe Admin Console packages that include Acrobat should no longer fail when Safari is open.”
  • Eric Boyd: “Hi there @Apple device owners! We are mere hours away from the next major OS release for iPhones, iPads, Apple TV’s and iPods. So, what can you do to ensure the best experience with your upgrades? I have a few best practices that I follow and recommend for almost everyone.” (Thread)
  • Rich Trouton: “Every so often, I have a packaging task that I’m not sure AutoPkg can handle. I keep being wrong about that because AutoPkg just needs me to write the right recipe.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-09-17

So, we got a surprise update this week. macOS 11.6 and iOS 14.8 and despite the version numbers it does look as if they are “merely” security updates. They patch fairly serious vulnerabilities and there seem to be no other fixes or features, but the version numbering seems odd for a security update.


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Even worse, there was no full installer, even after waiting a day or so. At first the communication from Apple was that there would be no full installer. This is problematic because the full installer is the best or only way to automate updates on Big Sur. Surprisingly, that message changed, “due to overwhelming feedback.” So great job on the feedback, everyone! (And keep providing it through all your available channels.)

Also in security, a malware-laden version of iTerm2 appeared this week. Apple has since revoked the certificate in question and most Malware tools should recognize it. This is a reminder that it can be fairly easy to be tricked into installing something malevolent.

Oh, and yes, there was an Apple Event with new iPhones, Watch, and iPads. Is it weird that the new iPad mini excites me most!?

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News and Opinion

macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

macOS and iOS Updates

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Darren Wallace: “TIL if you have two Jamf Pro instances linked to the same Intune instance, and enrol a device fully via Jamf Pro ‘A’ you need to trash the computer record in Jamf Pro ‘A’ before you can register the device in Intune properly through Jamf Pro ‘B'”
  • Peter Bukowinski: “Working in a remote shell with a tool that writes binary files (e.g. tcpdump) and don’t have an easy way to transfer files locally? bzip2 -9 filename; base64 filename.bz2 Copy the resulting text. Then in a local shell, echo "[PASTED_TEXT]" | base64 -d > filename.bz2
  • Howard Oakley: “Also worth noting that, among others, SMB is updated from 3.6 to 3.6.1. How significant that might be is something Apple doesn’t seem to want to explain.”
  • Felipe Baez: “If you try installing an application that requires Rosetta on a M1 Mac, make sure you’re online otherwise you’ll get a very deceiving message from Apple. They should definitely rephrase that error.” (Image)
  • John Opdenakker: “The plural of regex is regrets.” (via Andrew Laurence)
  • Derek Parker: “I once read a tweet which explained tar commands in the form of two mnemonics: Need to untar? -xzf— “extract ze files” Need to tar? -czf— “compress ze files” And I think about it every single time I use tar. Wish I knew who to attribute this to, but it’s really great.”

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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

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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)

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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)

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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.”

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