Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-04-12

One of the key takeaways from my MacADUK presentation on “Modern Delpoyment Workflows” is that MacAdmins now have to expect new, rules-changing ‘features’ in macOS at any time during the release cycle. (Video is not available yet, I will post when they release it.)

Apple is proving this advice with the announcement that thrid party kernel extensions and certain applications have to be notarized, starting with macOS 10.14.5 beta2.

In typical Apple fashion this announcement is brief and to the point and leaves many questions open for interpretation, especially for MacAdmins. Thankfully, the MacAdmin community has, once again, leapt to action and filled in a few of the critical missing pieces.

Also, we have updated our EraseInstall app! And yes, it is notarized.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-04-05

Since I assemble and publish this news summary on Friday mornings (European Time), I sometimes just miss interesting news dropping on Friday afternoon in US. Usually, Friday afternoon news in bad news for the organisation releasing it.

Exactly this happened last Friday. After two weeks of seemingly non-stop releases, on Friday afternoon Apple cancelled the AirPower charging mat which was pre-announced at the iPhone X event in September 2017.

On the other hand, a different pre-announcement made at WWDC last year was fulfilled this week. BBEdit is back in the Mac AppStore! (No secret that BBEdit is my favored text editor, I wrote a bit about why last year.)

Also, the email version of this summary broke through 500 subscribers! Thank you all! (And keep spreading the word.)

We also got a lot of great posts with helpful advice from various MacAdmins. As usual a huge thank you to everyone who so willingly shares their experience.

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  • MacDeployment YYC: “Last night at our MacDeploy Meetup, we were pleased to announce our plans for this year’s Conference, June 10–11 here in #yyc. 1/” (Thread)
  • Nigel Kersten: “I don’t think I’ve ever really told the story on Twitter about the time Steve Jobs sent me a polite but dismissive email and then proceeded to make my life at work rather hellish.” (Thread)
  • Eric Holtam: “Munki admins: Apple SUS update testing requested.”
  • Libbi Garret: “Do you use Apple School Manager? Great News! Our amazing F3 Legal Council has worked with Apple Edu and determined that ASM is FERPA & Ed Code 49073.1 (AB1584) compliant! You can view/download the letter and terms on our CETPA page studentprivacy.net
  • Eric Holtam: ‘VMWare Fusion needs a feature to say “Snapshot on the next reboot because I’m going to forget and waste hours of prep time”’
  • Tim Perfitt: “Work is progressing on #MDS 1.6. You can specify variables when creating workflows that causing techs to get prompted and the values are passed to your scripts. This is so awesome you might need to sit down for a bit.”
  • Rene Ritchie: “Apple has dropped its #HomePod price to US$299 (down from US$349). Similar cuts internationally.”
  • Suzana Ilić: “This is really neat! You take a screenshot of an equation, it gives you the LaTeX code, you can directly modify in the taskbar, copy, paste, done. mathpix.com

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-03-29

We did get the long awaited Apple Event this week. Since Apple unloaded many of their releases last week already the event could focus entirely on new subscription services. Apple showed subscription services for magazines (Apple News+), games (Apple Arcade), credit card (Apple Card), and tv series (Apple tv+). Only Apple News+ is available now, the rest will come “later this year.” 10.15 release should be interesting.

More interesting for Apple Admins, the updates for macOS Mojave 10.14.4, iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2 and tvOS 12.2 were released as well. Since these are the “Spring Updates” they bring with them some new user facing features: Apple News+, dark mode for Safari content, AirPods 2 support. Also some new features for administrators which I already outlined in a post.

Overall, not as big an update as 10.13.4 was, but still quite the event.

Also this week was MacAD.UK, where I presented on “Modern Delpoyment Workflows for Business.” I had a wonderful time meeting everyone at the conference. My thanks to the organizers, speakers and attendees for making this a great event.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-03-22

Apple flooded us with new releases this week. We got a new iPad Air and new iPad mini, a long-awaited update to the iMac, new Airpods, changes to the BTO pricing for iMac Pro and MacBook Pro, Apple School Manager Federated authentication, and some software updates. As Steven Troughton-Smith pointed out, there have been keynotes for less news.

Not everyone is happy about the “new” iMacs, though: No T2 System Controller and 1TB 5400rpm spinning disks in the base models. I will have some thoughts about the “new” iMacs in my presentation at MacADUK next week! (See you there, if you are going, there may be a few tickets left.)

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  • Zachary Cutlip: “Illustrated: talking to a VMware Fusion guest’s serial port… ”
  • Anthony Reimer: “The surprising thing about today’s iMac update: the bottom, non-Retina 21.5″ model was left completely untouched. Budget model, I guess.”
  • Alex: “The T2 cannot interface with Fusion Drives and Apple doesn’t seem to want to spend the time to make it work. My guess is that next year we will see the end of HDD. I was hoping maybe a redesign would have made it happen this year but no luck.”
  • Steve Troughton-Smith: “iPad Air, iPad mini, iMacs, iMac Pro BTO bump, iPod touch, AirPods, AirPower and Watch bands as press releases — we’ve had full-blown keynotes for less”
  • Charles S Edge: “The contracts are signed and about half the pages are written, so pleased to announce that @rtrouton and I will be turning in the first draft of a new book called “A Unified Theory of Apple Device Management” to @Apress in July of 2019! Rich, you’ve been awesome to work with!!!”
  • Fraser Speirs: “Apple is continuing to cede the K–12 identity, data and workflow space to Microsoft. Maybe the right call but puts them at enormous weakness and disadvantage in the sector.”
  • Laura Rösler: “We finally reached the 20k Mac clients at @SAP. Let‘s open a bottle of #champagne”

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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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  • 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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  • 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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