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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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-01-04

Happy New Year!

2018 was certainly “interesting times.” I have the feeling 2019 will not dissappoint in this regard either.

While many admins seemed to enjoy just taking a week or two off, some took the time for some very interesting posts and projects.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Jamf: “In case you missed it: @MacTechConf is now in October and JNUC is in November. We’re working together and looking forward to sponsoring the event again in 2019!”
  • MacDeployment YYC: “2019 Conf. Dates: @macaduk 26–27 March, London @acesconf June 4–6, Kansas City MO #MacDeploy June 10–11, Calgary @MacDevOpsYVR June 12–14, Vancouver @psumacconf July 9–12, State College PA MacSysAdmin 1–4 Oct., Göteborg @MacTechConf Oct. 15–18, L.A. JNUC Nov. 12–14, Minneapolis”
  • Geert Barentsen: “2019 is the final year for Python 2. No bug or security patches will be applied to Python 2 beyond Jan 1st, 2020. Time to start using Python 3 only! pythonclock.org
  • Jason Broccardo: “Apple will upgrade system python sometime in 2020.… ”
  • Joseph Chilcote: “More likely Apple will remove system python sometime in 2023.… ”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-12-21

Welcome to the last news summary of 2018. I will be taking off next week for the holidays. I don’t expect much will happen, but if it does, you will see it the first news summary of the new year, on (or around) January 4, 2019.

This was the first full year of the News Summary. I wrote 49 summaries this year. The number of subscribers more than quadrupled, which is both exciting and humbling. I am too lazy to whip up a script to get an exact count but that adds up to about 1500 links to tweets, articles, updates and posts.

I merely gather all these links. The summary would not be possible without something to summarize. My never-ending gratitude goes out to all the people who generously share their expertise and time in all these posts, on the different fora, and in person.

Thank you for writing, and thank you all for reading!

I hope you all get to enjoy a break for the holidays and New Year.

Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year!

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Arek Dreyer: “macOS Support Essentials 10.14 Supporting and Troubleshooting macOS Mojave Exam Preparation Guide was posted! It’s posted at the bottom of the course description page, but here’s the direct link. https://training.apple.com/content/dam/appletraining/us/en/2018/documents/macOS_Support_Essentials_10_14_Exam_Preparation_Guide.pdf”
  • Carl Ashley: “Dear macOS software devs. If you build apps that trigger user consent prompts – aka TCC, please thoroughly document ALL affected binaries with the file path & what PPPCP payloads are required to make the prompts go away. Make this info readily available. MacAdmins will love you.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-12-14

Lots of interesting posts this week. Jamf 10.9, MS Office now supports the Dark Side… er dark mode.

The MacAdmins Podcasts got Doug Brooks and Jeremy Butcher from Apple on the show to talk about Apple, deployment and the T2 chip!

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  • Charles S Edge: “The github.com/jamfit github.com/jamfprofessionalservices && github.com/jamfsupport accounts have now been consolidated into one @JAMFSoftware Open Source Community at github.com/jamf to make it easier to find projects that do things you might need to do”
  • John C. Welch: (Long Thread, worth reading.)
  • William Smith:
    “Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac v 16.20 drops today with Dark Mode for Mojave users! And if that’s a little too stark when using Outlook (or any other app), here’s how to turn it off. defaults write http://com.microsoft.Outlook NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool yes”
  • Patrick Gallagher Jr: “Well hello XProtect, been a while!” (Note: MRT got an update, too.)
  • Eric Holtam: “News to me so may be news to others. Firefox 63+ supports mobile config policies. Here begins the move away from the great CCK2. Example settings at https://github.com/mozilla/policy-templates”
  • Graham Gilbert: “If you are a fellow #macadmin and want to speak at a conference in 2019, let me know and I’ll try to make that happen. Whether it is making the right introduction, looking over your proposal or being someone to practice your slides on, let me know how I can help.”
  • lamby: “Symlinks.… ”

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  • Tim Perfitt: “Using a Smart Card out of the box with macOS for login authentication”
  • Tim Perfitt: “Provisioning Certificates on a Smart Card / Yubikey for macOS authentication”
  • Otto the Automator: “My session at the @JAMFSoftware JNUC 2018 showing how to manage iOS devices upon attachment to a Mac. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aSW_47rXKE ”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-12-07

We got the macOS 10.14.2 update this week, along with iOS 12.1.1 and watchOS 5.1.2. Versioning is really weird this time around. One can assume something major is planned for iOS 12.2.

For macOS 10.14.2 looks like a unified build for all current hardware. It’s been a while.

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  • Jason Broccardo: “10.12.6 + SecUpdate 2018–006 = 16G1710 10.13.6 + SecUpdate 2018–003 = 17G3025 10.14.2 = 18C54”
  • Jason Broccardo: “!!!! 10.13.6 + 2018–003 = 17G4015 !!!”
  • William Smith: “2019 calendar for Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac for 2019 monthly releases is posted. (Subject to change.) https://macadmins.software/calendar/”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-12-01

Just a brief summary this week as I am still travelling through beautiful NZ. Just as a warning: next week’s letter may also be short and late.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-11-23

Just a quick roundup this week. Because of the US Thanksgiving week it is pretty quiet, and I am travelling. I will try writing up a newsletter over the next two weeks, but no promises.

I have put together a few deals. My own books are also on sale through Monday, Nov 27 (Cyber Monday)

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  • mikeymikey: “Sounds like some Quicktime codec support changes coming again.… ”
  • Tim Hardwick: “I’ve been testing Folder Actions in macOS Mojave 10.14.1, and the results aren’t good. Apple needs to look at how new security approvals are implemented for workflows containing Apple Event scripts, because the reliability of automated actions has taken a dive.”
  • William Smith: “Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac 10.2.4 beta introduces… SCRIPTING SUPPORT! See today’s announcement in #microsoft-rdc channel on #MacAdmins Slack for details and usage. Run ”Microsoft Remote http://Desktop.app/Content/macOS/Microsoft … Remote Desktop” –script help
  • Greg Neagle: “Ralph Breaks the Internet opens today in the US and some other markets! Be sure to stay through the credits for mid-credits and post-credits scenes!”

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