Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-11-02

New Mac mini! We finally got a new Mac mini!

Oh, and a new MacBook Air and some iPad Pros, too. iOS 12.1 and macOS Mojave 10.14.1, as well. But seriously, did you see the new Mac mini!?

The new Macs have the T2. Now, the majority of new Mac models and quite likely the majority of Macs units sold have Secure Boot and don’t support traditional deployment workflows any more.

The Mac mini and the new MacBook Air also require Mojave 10.14.1 and will likely have a forked build of Mojave.

If you need to learn about the new installation workflows available with High Sierra and Mojave, you can buy my book: “macOS Installation for Apple Administrators

Talking about Secure Boot and T2: among all the other new around the new Macs, iPads, macOS 10.14.1 and iOS 12.1, Apple also released a whitepaper on the T2 Chip. If you don’t read anything else this week, read this. (or at at least Rich’s or David’s summaries)

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Apple October Event

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Chapin Bryce:up – cli tool that allows you to manipulate and interact with streams to prototype modification cmds (ie grep, cut, awk). It’s easier to watch the gif then for me to describe in 140 chars” (via Erik Gomez:)
  • mikeymikey: “Heads up macadmins – if you have devices in your fleet where people installed 10.14.0 ”not labeled as beta“ build 18A389 aka ”people thought it was GM but it didn’t say GM“, the 10.14.1 update does not upgrade it.”
  • mikeymikey: “Hey #macadmins This was published in June. But you should probably look at it again. Soon.”
  • Bill Amend:
    “20 years ago I did one of my favorite strips ever. #HappyHalloween… ”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-10-27

Somewhat delayed summery this week-end again. Quiet week while nearly everybody was at JNUC having fun.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Julia Evans: “New zine: Oh shit, git! It’s based on ohshitgit.com and it tells you how to get out of git messes. By me and the amazing @ksylor.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-10-19

We have a date for the next Apple Event: Oct 30! And it happens in Brooklyn and has hundreds of Apple logo designs. (Seriously, keep reloading the event page, it’s awesome.)

Will it be iPad Pro? Macs? Both?

Also, Adobe is showing off the new Photoshop for iPad. Some news on the new Adobe CC 2019 affects the Cloud Packaging tool.

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Adobe CC 2019

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Steve Yuroff: “Today I find myself wondering why the MDM is not notified when the user approves UAMDM. I have things for the MDM to do once the approval is made… let’s get on it.”
  • Adam Langley: “Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla today jointly announced a timeline for the removal of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 from their respective browsers.” (Links in tweet)
  • Adam Codega: “@gregneagle built the best way to install/update Mac software @Contains_ENG helps fill Apple’s MDM gaps @rtrouton documents it all and makes some cool utilities @ftiff makes DEP look nice…” (read the thread)
  • Brian Stucki:
    “A happy fourth birthday to this little guy today. Old enough to start preschool. But seriously, can’t wait to meet your younger sibling.” (Happy Birthday, Mac mini!)
  • William Lam: “FYI – @Apple MacOS Mojave (10.14) is now officially supported on vSphere 6.7u1, 6.7, 6.5u1, 6.5u2 & 6.5”
  • Sacrilicious: “In tribute to @Morpheus______ ‘s ‘liberal’ take on pronunciation, I propose we rebrand anything with ctl as a suffix ‘cuddle’, and anything w/suffix ‘util’ as ‘uddle’. e.g. launchctl, ‘launch cuddle’ ‘sysadmin cuddle’ scuddle discuddle fontuddle assetk’shuddle H-duddle”
  • Tim Perfitt: “Filed this bug about feedback for bugs. I get the irony.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-10-12

There seems to be some “conference hangover” this week. Or maybe it was because I was distracted by the Jamf 400 course I attended.

So enjoy the quiet week. If you think I missed anything important, send it to me and I will include it next week!

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News and Opinion

MacSysAdmin

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MacAdmins on Twitter

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Scripting and Automation

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-10-06

This newsletter is a bit late. The excuse for this is that I was attending (and speaking at) MacSysAdmin in Gothenburg all week.

Usually I gather the links to the speakers’ notes and slides. But for MacSysAdmin I don’t need to, because the event team has already gathered all those together with the session videos (!) on their website (free registration required, so worth it). The video team would have the session videos on the site within an hour. This puts them at two or three orders of magnitude faster than other conferences.

You can find the link to my session video, slides and links here. But take time to browse and watch the other sessions. MacSysAdmin has a very impressive list of high quality speakers and it is an honor to be among them.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • MacDeployment YYC: “Dates for 2019 #MacAdmins & Consultants Conferences announced so far: @macaduk March 26–29 (London) @acesconf June 4–6 (Kansas City) #MacDeploy June 10–11 (Calgary) @MacDevOpsYVR June 12–14 (Vancouver) @psumacconf July 9–12 (State College) #MacSysAdmin Oct. 1–4 (Göteborg)”
  • Keir Thomas:
    “Mojave trick. Cmd+plus or cmd+minus (the two keys left of the backspace key) will shrink or enlarge icons on the desktop, or in icon, list and gallery views of Finder.”
  • Erik Gomez: “In just three hours, we enrolled more macOS devices than I had at my entire last job. …and they had thousands of macs”
  • Chris Espinosa: “On this day 25 years ago, Apple introduced AppleScript, a system and application automation system and language. It’s still shipping in Mojave and is one of the oldest code bases in continual use in macOS. Happy birthday, AppleScript!”

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

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Updates and Releases

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Just for Fun

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-09-28

TGIF! How have you survived Mojave week?

This one is a bit shorter, because (a) I already posted a summary with Mojave links earlier this week, and (b) I am getting ready to leave for MacSysAdmin in Gothenburg next week!

Looking forward to meeting everybody else there!

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Stephen Hackett:
    “macOS Mojave has been added to the Aqua Screenshot Library. Both Light and Dark Mode have been catalogued, as has every combo of mode and accent color possible.”
  • Carl Ashley:
    “This is why TCC User Consent is rubbish. Launch VMware Fusion Pro 11, get prompted to allow ”osascript“ access. I have NO idea what Fusion wants to do & I don’t know that it’s actually Fusion wanting to do something. Dug into the app, it’s deleting a Login Item.”
  • mikeymikey:
    “Ooooo…. that’s new Neat… ” (screenshot)
  • Scripting OS X:
    “I really like the new screenshot interface in macOS Mojave. I think it is a great improvement. But decades of habit using ⌘⇧3 and ⌘⇧4 are hard to break. Might have to go to the drastic measure of deactivating the old keystrokes.… ”

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

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Support

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Mojave Links

This is the big release week for Mac Admins. I have tried to gather the relevant links from Apple and fellow Mac Admins. I will keep updating this document over the next few days, so book mark this.

If you have found something of interest you think needs to be on this list, let me know!

I will of course keep posting links in my weekly newsletter for Mac Admins. You can follow it here on this weblog or subscribe by email.

Also relevant: iOS Links

Mojave Reviews

There are many reviews out there. These are my favorites.

Books!

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Apple Support

Apple Reference

More Links

Updates and Releases

Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-09-21

iOS 12 release week! I already posted a list of relevant links for the iOS updates earlier this week.

Now, all MacAdmins are waiting for Monday, when macOS Mojave will be released. Well, most will alredy have the last version from the beta program installed. But, as with every other major release, it will be ‘interesting’ to see how well the beta testing holds up to ‘real world’ deployment.

Good luck, everybody!

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Headlines

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News and Opinion

macOS Mojave

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Arek Dreyer:
    “If you have two different versions of macOS installed on your Mac, guess which version of macOS Recovery you get when you shut down, power on, then press and hold Command-R? The version you set in Startup Disk (regardless of Startup Manager choice).”

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Support and HowTos

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iOS 12 Links

iOS 12 release week. With all new releases for the entire iOS family there is a boatload of new features, support articles, user guides and references.

Even most of the features and guides are focussed on the end user and not admins, it is often also the job of a MacAdmin or consultant to be the most knowledgeable person on the OS, so these should be useful. And, admit it, while new OSes can be a pain for admins, but are still fun as an end user.

If you have any links that I missed that should be part of this list, then let me know and I will update this post.

Reviews

There is obviously a neverending stream of reviews out there. I like the excellent reviews from MacStories.

iOS 12

watchOS 5

Apple TV

Shortcuts

iWork

More

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References

The configuration profile reference is back in HTML! Thank you to whoever is responsible for this.

User Guides

Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-09-14

We got new iPhones and Apple Watches this week. You can read all about them in all the usual places. More importantly for admins, we also got release dates for iOS 12 (September 17) and macOS 10.14 Mojave (September 24). Are you ready?

The developer releases for the iOS family (iOS, tvOS, watchOS) are now labeled GM. macOS Mojave is beta 11.

Other than the Mojave release date, there was no Mac news at the iPhone event. This shouldn’t surprise or dismay anyone. The September iPhone event has been fully focussed on iPhone and Apple Watch for the last few years. This year, there wasn’t even room for the iPad. There may be some ‘silent’ Mac hardware releases over the next few weeks or Apple may even do a second event. While Apple has had November and December releases in the past, they are rare.

Keep in mind, that any new Macs that are released after the Mojave release date will likely require Mojave. The release window for new Macs that can still run High Sierra is very, very short indeed. Next week should be interesting.

In other news, it was revealed that a number of popular apps in the Mac App Store would exfiltrate the user’s browser history. The apps in question were promptly removed by Apple, but this does cast some doubt on the effectiveness of Apple’s review process.

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News and Opinion

macOS Mojave

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • William Smith: “TOMORROW (Tuesday, September 11) Office for Mac transitions from the 2016 to the 2019 generation. Office 365 customers: Nothing to do. Volume License customers: AutoUpdate will hold apps back until the new Serializer is available September 24. Don’t push 16.17.”
  • Erik Gomez: “Apple: we don’t understand why you built umad, but okay… Me: because there’s so many MDM enrollment bugs!”
  • mikeymikey: “hey fruitco peeps Why isn’t 18A389 released on MAS? SUS feeds were updated and delta updates published – but no full installer app exists via “approved” download methods. MAS is still offering the prior product build. Kind of an important time for testing beta 11”
  • William Smith: “For #MacAdmins using MAUCacheAdmin to cache Microsoft Office for Mac updates to a local server for distribution, be sure to download v2.0 to get support for Office 2019 (16.17+) for Mac. GitHub
  • Felix Schwarz: “AppleScript support still hasn’t returned to Mojave’s rewritten DVD Player app as of beta 10. It was super-useful for remote apps to determine when a menu is shown, to eject DVDs, etc. Would make me sad if that change was permanent & something I’m working on couldn’t use it.”

Bugs and Security

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To Watch

  • William Smith: “Streamlined Microsoft Office for Mac Activation with Automatic Outlook Setup for Office 365 Thanks to @jeffreykalvass and his team for listening to #MacAdmins and making Outlook for Mac manageable with configuration profiles. Now in Insider Fast v16.18.”

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