Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-08-24

As we are getting closer and closer to the iOS 12 and Mojave release, more information is being released and discovered.

Mojave will disable Find-My-Mac, so the application Screens from Edovia has been “reverse Sherlocked!”

Scripting will become much harder for MacAdmins with the new privacy controls in Mojave.

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  • Thomas Reed: “There appears to be an issue in macOS where removing the ‘restricted’ flag from /Library/StagedExtensions/ causes installation of kernel extensions to always fail.”
  • Guillaume: “If you’re part of a IT or security team managing Mac, make sure you watch at least one of these talks before every Mac out there has a T2 Chip! https://t.co/1MGo5zqPk1 by @gregneagle And https://t.co/kIdpnP5xwh by @grahamgilbert”
  • Laurent Guigo:
    “after .local now .dev extension not enable for localhost develop built in server (no ssl)”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-08-17

Days are getting shorter, summer is starting to wane, and the Apple System release date is getting closer and closer.

Apple released new betas and finally updated the MDM and Configuration Profile References, leaving MacAdmins little time to test and file bugs to be fixed. MacAdmins took to Twitter to complain.

Also Twitter finally turned off many API features, thus crippling third party Twitter apps TweetBot and Twitteriffic.

If you are considering moving away from Twitter – there certainly enough reasons, technical and non-technical – Scripting OS X and this newsletter are available on many other channels, including Micro.blog, Mastodon.social, and Apple News. You can find all ways to follow at the end of this post.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Objective-See: “Announcing ”Objective by the Sea“ a new Mac Security Conference: Nov 3rd/4th in Maui Hawaii @ the stunning Wailea Beach Resort Talks by @thomasareed @iamevltwin @patrickwardle @rrcyrus @jbradley89 & more! …and free for Objective-See patrons”
  • Federico Viticci: “Nice to see a new Shortcuts beta on Aug. 10th”
  • Guilherme Rambo:
    “They AirPlay2’d Group FaceTime…”
  • Erik Gomez: “Apple releases MDM changes on beta 7 and asks for feedback/regression testing. The reports wont be fixed in 10.14.0. Remember when you warned people to get tickets in before beta 2 to ensure they make it into the GM? These changes should be delayed to the Spring Release”
  • Erik Gomez:
    “#macadmin #macadmins – if you’re interested in testing some important changes coming to Mojave, please join the #tcc channel on macadmin’s slack Also here is a google doc for tracking this, much like we did with kexts/32-bit apps https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sai3Q8qj9HdyDJfcSAchRELD0mOpik1NPYxr0F9AJRc/edit#gid=0”
  • Tim Sutton: “If you would ever like the automated creation of a macOS Mojave system image to be possible – (asr imaging or creation of VMs via vfuse or similar).. you may want to dupe Mike’s rdar quoted below, and/or mine: http://www.openradar.me/radar?id=5004136198176768”
  • Per Olofsson:
    “I posted a new beta of AutoDMG with a couple of Mojave workarounds”
  • mikeymikey: “Honestly – between you and me – with what this bug does and what beta 7 just added, 10.14 feels like it’s shaping up to be “10.13 Part 2” / “The Revenge of 10.13” for #macadmins”
  • William Smith: “New installs of Office for Mac 16.16 (this month’s release) and higher will install Microsoft AutoUpdate 4.2. Going forward, it will default to Automatically Download and Install. #MacAdmins, if you need to manage this, the best method is use a configuration profile.…”
  • Rich Trouton:isnetbootdead.com

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-08-10

Summer is progressing. Fall is nigh. Mojave beta 6 dropped. The first Mojave posts are appearing.

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  • mikeymikey: “This thread contains a good reminder of one of the few things I’ll tell you mobileconfig profiles are great at… ”
  • Scott Knight: “I created an osquery extension so #MacAdmins could query 32-bit usage across their fleet once 10.14 is released. Hopefully this makes it even easier to identify software that needs to be upgraded prior to 10.15.”
  • macshome: “Oh cool! The Apple developer docs now go all the way back to 1985! Presenting Technical Note OS01”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-08-03

Briefly resurfacing from vacation. Much has happened in the last three weeks. This is a long one: find a nice sunny (or shady) spot to settle down, read, and enjoy.

(Vacation time isn’t over. Updates will remain irregular until the end of August.)

Mojave and iOS 12 are now at beta 5. There may be Photoshop on iPad. Apple had a record quarter (once again) and is the first company to be traded at a market cap of 1 trillion USD. They also cancelled the affiliate program for Apps on iOS and macOS.

About the last topic: I use affiliate links for apps and books in this newsletter and other posts on the weblog. I don’t make much money from them – it adds up to be enough to afford a movie on iTunes every month or so. The affiliate rate for books remains unchanged (for now). Only Apple has the full insight to the numbers involved, but this still seems like a petty move from Apple.

In this time of free services and apps, writing a review or article that convinces someone to part with their money is not easy. If you can pull that off, affiliate links can be a way to earn money from writing (or podcasts, or videos) without filling up your site with obnoxious ads that are not under your control.

Doing so on a scale that the payout is actually worth the effort is incredibly hard. You have to build up a reputation and trustworthiness with your writing (or videos or podcasts). This takes a lot of time and effort. In the end, Apple and the producer (developer, author, etc.) profit from a good review or recommendation. This should have been a win-win-win situation.

Of course, Apple can do what they want and is not and has never been obliged to provide or continue this program. But I am sad that the affiliate program for Apps is going away, as many sites that I enjoy and appreciate will suffer from it. I believe this is a wrong step for the community and eco-system.

If you want to support this newsletter and my weblog (so I can keep buying new movies), buy my books!

In other book- and milestone-related news: This week I sold my 1000th book on the iBooks Store.

A huge “thank you” to everyone who put enough trust in my writing to buy one or more of my books. Even more thanks to those who recommend the books on Slack, conferences, in personal discussion and with reviews on the store. (Seriously, please leave a review!) Writing and publishing continues to be an exhilarating, rewarding and humbling experience.

On to the next book and the next 1000 sales!

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • William Smith: “After two days of trying to reformat PDF text and pictures on my #psumac slides to fit all my presenter notes, a simple 2-minute AppleScript fixes my problem. tell application ”Keynote“ to set size of presenter notes of every slide of front document to 18 #voilà”
  • Nigel Kersten: “It’s been a long time since I last made the NVRAM claw. ⌘ ⌥ O F Never Forget.”
  • Tim Perfitt: “Ok, so after many tried, this works reliably: power down, then power up. As soon as the apple appears, press control option on left side and shift on right along with power. Keep holding until the machine powers down and a bit more. It then goes into DFU.” (Thread)
  • Nikolaj Schlej: “macOS 10.13.6 update brings (limited) UEFI SecureBoot support for iMac Pro, so now if SecureBoot is enabled, Windows detects that and acts accordingly. PK, KEK, db and dbx are read-only (hence limited), configured to trust MS 1st-party CA only.…”
  • Emily St: “Extremely cool macOS information for mega-nerds: If you’re wondering what iCloud Drive is up to in a given moment, a command will tell you all the transactions it’s running: brctl log --wait --shorten Recommend piping that to less because it’s a huge log of output.”
  • Ryan Govostes: “Early screenshot of System Integrity Protection, MacOS 8.0 (1997)… ”
  • Jordan Morgan: “A fun bit of #macOS development history I stumbled upon today, Apple Tech Note 2034. Essentially it included a bunch of guidelines and tips on macOS development but contained such inflammatory assertions that Apple straight up pulled it down (2033/5 are still there)!” (Thread)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-07-13

This week started off with the release of the macOS 10.13.6 and iOS 11.4.1 updates – quite unusually posted on a Monday.

Later this week, with another weird scheduling, Apple released new MacBook Pros. The 15“ MacBook Pro can now be configured with a six-core i9, up to 32GB of RAM and up to 4TB of SSD. The 13” MacBook Pro can now be configured with a quad-core, but retains the 16Gb max RAM limit. It also includes the T2 system controller which was so far exclusive to the iMac Pro.

The T2 chip is what controls (among other things) the Secure Boot process and controls the booting off external drives. Apple has updated the support articles and it is official:

Mac computers that have the Apple T2 chip don’t support starting up from network volumes.

(Not surprising, but surprisingly clear.)

Now, Apple has upgraded their flagship product to Secure Boot. Even when so far admins could ignore the limitations of the expensive iMac Pro, soon Secure Boot will be everywhere. Installation-based deployment workflows should be already in place or a top priority for every Mac Admin.

Read about the background and the options “macOS Installation for Apple Administrators” (Sample section: Strange New World)

And finally, this newsletter and my website will be going into vacation mode for the next five weeks. That means no newsletters and much fewer blog posts. I hope you all get time to enjoy some summer vacation as well. I will keep gathering interesting links that I find during that time and restart with a summary of the summer time in late August.

See you then!

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  • Ben Markowitz: “BRB, making Harry Potter spells into Siri Shortcuts.… ”
  • Rich Trouton: “When and how do you really know that you built a robust deployment solution? When you essentially stop paying attention to it for a month, while it’s in daily 24–7 use by others, and that’s OK; everything worked fine.”
  • Victor (groob): “Yes, for both commands InstallApplication and InstallEnterpriseApplication no longer appear to have concurrency issues.… ”
  • Victor (groob): “You thought one @micromdm_io was enough? Not a photoshop #macadmins… ”
  • Filippo Valsorda: “For when you want to figure out how to apply some macOS preference from the command line, without Googling for hours for out-of-date defaults commands: $ defaults read | pbcopy # make changes in System Preferences.app $ diff -u -F ’^ ”’ <(pbpaste) <(defaults read)”
  • Graham R Pugh: “I improved my macOS Erase-Install script. Now it can cache macOS installer ready for later use, and it automatically selects the current production version of macOS: https://github.com/grahampugh/erase-install”
  • Ross Derewianko: “Thanks to @zoocoup here’s the macOS builds if it matters to you 10.11.6 + SecUpdate 2018–004 = 15G22010 10.12.6 + SecUpdate 2018–004 = 16G1510 10.13.6 = 17G65”
  • John C. Welch: “if you’re on mojave beta 3 and your script menu scripts silently fail, resave them as apps. Then you get the “authorize” dialog. Bug filed.”
  • Rene Ritchie: “I don’t look at it as buying an app (or song or book or whatever). I look at it as supporting creators who make things I value. If I don’t do that, I risk it becoming unsustainable and not getting the next update or app (or game or movie or whatever.) It’s an investment.… https://t.co/llpRFSZniM”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-07-06

Beta 3 for iOS12 and macOS Mojave have dropped for developers. And Apple is strategically releasing more and more news, like new Maps data.

The first users are getting access to Siri Shortcuts beta on iOS and it looks really promising.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-06-29

The iOS 12 and macOS Mojave public beta dropped this week. They are the same as the developer beta 2. Have you dared install it on your main Mac and iPhone yet!? (you have a backup, right?)

Erik Berglund’s app Profile Creator is in beta! The feature set is still limited, but I am very excited about this.

Finally, I have added Scripting OS X as a channel to Apple News. You can search for ‘Scripting OS X’ among the channels. (I have not yet figured out how to link to a channel directly.) There are still a few things I need to figure out. For example, Apple News does not seem to like something about the Weekly News posts, so for now it’ll be the ‘article’ posts only.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-06-22

MacAdmins are gearing up for the summer imaging… er… installation season and we have a bunch of interesting and useful articles to prepare us!

Apple is releasing some of the software they didn’t have time for at WWDC. New Numbers, Pages and Keynote updates dropped last Friday just after I had finished up the last newsletter, and GarageBand 10.3 dropped yesterday. Can we have at least some new Macs next!?

Also, a few new security related posts and remember to catch up with all the WWDC sessions and MacDevOps YVR videos before PSU MacAdmins Conf posts theirs!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-06-15

Many new posts, regarding macOS Mojave and iOS 12. Usually I do not upgrade my main devices to beta versions, but this time I am sorely tempted.

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🎤Siri Shortcuts

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-06-08

WWDC week! A peak at all the wonderful new stuff coming to us in iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12 and macOS Mojave 10.14.

Also macOS 10.13.5 dropped last Friday, a few hours after I posted the last newsletter. (Already seems so long ago.)

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