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!”

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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.… ”

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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!

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Also relevant: iOS Links

Mojave Reviews

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

Books!

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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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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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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.”

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  • 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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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-09-07

This week most of the Mac Admin news was about the imminent “AEpocalypse” or the effect of the new privacy and security controls in macOS Mojave on scripts and applications that send Apple Events.

Also Microsoft changed the OS requirements for Office after they got much feedback from the community, including many admins. (So, yes, talking to your reps and filing bugs, does sometimes help!)

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macOS Mojave

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Erik Gomez: “Most #macadmins have considered homebrew harmful for many reasons.… ” (Thread)
  • Uluroo: “Mac users: With the release of macOS Mojave on the horizon, let’s talk about the bits of macOS that haven’t changed in a while, that we’re surprised still exist, and that are fun little Easter eggs.” (Thread)
  • Caleb Coy: “#macadmins Slack team just hit the milestone of 20,000 registered members. Some will nit pick and argue that register != active. Frankly, I don’t care. This is pretty amazing.”
  • Jeremy Reichman: “User approval is definitely at the intersection between liberal arts and technology.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-08-31

Things are heating up in the iOS 12 and macOS Mojave beta cycle. Apple has announced an event on September 12, which will presumably present the new iPhones and Apple Watch. There may or may not be new Macs at that event, though in the past Apple would often have a second event later in the fall.

From the September 12 date and the schedule of past years, you can extrapolate the release dates and you will realize that we merely have weeks and not months left.

Even more concerning is that Apple has just recently released working versions of the profile payload to control the new privacy settings, especially for Apple Events. You can learn the details in this excellent post by Felix Schwarz. I need to highlight this piece from his summary:

I feel, though, that the most responsible way for Apple to handle this situation would follow the playbooks for Group FaceTime and 32 Bit deprecation: postpone the feature until it has matured – and make it available to developers behind a feature toggle until then.

Also, minor milestone: this newsletter has passed 300 subscribers! Thank you all for reading and recommending! (and don’t stop spreading the news!)

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Aron Griffis: “Working on a new Bash book. So far: Intro: You chose the wrong tool. Ch 1: Have you considered Python? Ch 2: Try calling Python from your Bash script. Ch 3: If you’re still here, try adding quotes.”
  • Jason Broccardo: “Tea leave reading: Once Apple is shipping Macs with their own A-series ARM chips, VMware Fusion will still works”
  • MacDevOpsYVR: “The next MacDevOps:YVR conference will be in Vancouver, Canada, June 12–14, 2019”
  • Zack McCauley: “Per @Contains_ENG recommendation to post this #MacAdmins please @Apple give us documentation, give us feedback, and for the love all that is left please don’t give us a feature that makes this so much worse on users” (Video)
  • mikeymikey: “! HEY #MACADMINS HEADS UP ! 2017 iPhone event: Sept 12 (T) iOS 11: Sept 19 (T) macOS 10.13: Sept 25 (M) ’16: 7 (W) iOS 10: 13 (T) mac 10.12: 20 (T) ’15: 9 (W) iOS 9: 16 (W) mac 10.11: 30 (W) NOW: 2018: 12 (Wed) iOS 12: 19 (Wed)? macOS 10.14: 26 (Wed)?”
  • Jason Broccardo: “Sys Admin’s idea of winning the lotto: You automatically get elevated past tier 1 on any support call because you’ve already covered all those steps in your troubleshooting before you filed a ticket.”
  • Patrick Gallagher Jr: “Firefox 63 for Mac will add support for using keychain certs.” (but with limitations, read this thread)
  • Carl Ashley: “Remember when we all though SIP was the worst thing?”
  • Kyle Crawford: “Our Apple SE said last year that they regretted how they handled Kext restrictions. Yet here we are again with #AEpocalyse.”

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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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Headlines

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macOS Mojave

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • 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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News and Opinion

macOS Mojave

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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