Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-03-24

Apple released the release candidates for macOS 13.3, iOS 16.4, and all the siblings. Are you ready for the release next week?


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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-03-17

The newsletter this week is coming at an unusual time of day because I am traveling. If I missed any links because of the travels, please let me know!


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Jason Snell has put out the call for the next incarnation of the “Six Colors Apple in the Enterprise Report Card.” If you are interested you can read last year’s report here. The questionnaire is open to all MacAdmins but you need to fill it out before March 22nd deadline.

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  • William Smith on Mastodon: “Happy to announce the Jamf Training Catalog introduced in 2018 and only available to customers is NOW available to anyone with a free Jamf Account. No customer requirement going forward.”
  • Mike Lynn on Mastodon: “[…] avoid attempting to manage the end user experience as much as possible – or allowing your organization to dictate to you, as the subject matter expert, that settings of this nature MUST be enforced to a specific value. No two people agree on a sane default experience. Managing for security? Yes, great. Managing look and feel? Please do not

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-03-10

Apple announced a new yellow iPhone color this week, which invokes spring thoughts, but here in the Netherlands we have had the most wintry weather this season. I hope spring comes quickly after this last effort of winter.


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Spring will also bring the “Spring updates” of macOS and iOS and we did get another round of betas this week. These updates which are about half way between Apple’s major platform updates often come with significant changes, especially for admins. From what we can tell from the betas, the changes this year seem be on the “less impactful” side. A welcome respite for MacAdmins.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-03-03

This is the time of the year where we get regular updates for macOS, but not that many new features. It is also time where MacAdmins adopt the new versions, either by choice or because the 90 day deferral limit has expired for good a while back. This is a busy time for MacAdmins.


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We also got the second beta for macOS 13.3 and iOS 16.4 and Apple is testing the new Rapid Security Response technology again. It is encouraging that they are testing this “in the field” and hopefully that will make a big difference in reliability.

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It is here! The second edition of the wonderful and encompassing guide to everything Mac and iOS management: Apple Device Management Second Edition by Rich Trouton and Charles Edge. Many congratulations to them!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-02-24

After a few weeks of releases, this week was a bit quieter. Still a nice selection of posts and articles, thanks to all the authors who share their experience.


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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-02-17

Surprise update week! We got a security update for the Apple platforms and the new betas for macOS 13.3 and iOS 16.4


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The security update is overshadowed by a fraction of managed clients booting to recovery during the update, which can be problem to overcome, when you have managed recovery lock.

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🌼macOS Ventura and iOS 16

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  • Brian Stucki: “Right on schedule, the x.3 update of Xcode requires the most recent macOS. (In this case, Ventura.)”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-02-10

Even though Apple still hasn’t released a beta for macOS 13.3 and iOS 16.4, there are several updates for tools from the MacAdmins community, be sure to check out that section.


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The MacAdmins Foundation has announced that they can now provide Apple Developer ID signing identities to MacAdmin open source projects.

Open source projects for the Mac usually have the choice between not signing their software releases, or signing them with a personal or organizational Apple Developer ID, which cost a yearly subscription and, in the case of the personal ID, literally puts the name of the main lead in the signature.

The MacAdmins Foundation certificates now provide another option, that will be very attractive for some projects. Nudge is the first tool that has been released with a MacAdmins Foundation signature.

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  • Kristian Harstad: “You don’t need a photo background removal app if you run MacOS. Right-click a photo in Finder, click Quick Actions, choose Remove Background. Your Mac does the rest perfectly, and produces a background-removed copy of your photo with “Background Removed” suffixed to the filename.”

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Installomator v10.3 and v11.0beta1

We have released a new minor version of Installomator. Version 10.3 contains several new labels and some very important fixes to existing labels. You can see the details in the v10.3 release notes.

We have also released a first beta for the v11.0 release.

Having a beta parallel to a new minor release is a new approach for us. The way Installomator is built, changes and additions to labels do not (well, should not) affect the hundreds of other labels. This allows us to add and update labels quite easily. (We have added and updated 205 labels since v9.2, and 37 labels since 10.2) The minor updates focus on adding new labels and updating the existing labels, mostly because the names or download URLs change on the vendor side. Since not everyone is comfortable with the intricacies of git and GitHub, frequent minor releases are important to keep Installomator working for everyone that uses it.

However, we want to update the script and functionality in the script, as well. But since any change to behavior of the main script might affect all 500+ applications, we have to tread very carefully here. Last year, we had an extended beta period for v10, which was necessary to identify some problems with the changes. However, we didn’t release new minor updates during that beta phase which means that many labels in the v9.2 release broke over the beta phase.

Because of this, I have studied some new git and GitHub skills. Now, there will be a minor release with new and updated labels, as well as a new beta for v11.0 with some new features, that we are quite excited about. We will keep this up until we deem v11 to be ready for production.

Do not use v11.0beta1 in production! That is what the v10.3 release is for. But please, test the beta in your testing environments and report all issues that you find. This will help us build a better, safe, and stable Installomator v11.0.

As always, many thanks to everyone who is helping to make this project so much better than I could have ever imagined…

Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-02-03

How is it February already? Didn’t we just do New Year’s and that January thing?


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A week has passed since the release of macOS 13.2 and iOS 16.3 and no beta for 13.3 and 16.4 yet. I don’t think we should read too much into this, but it is unusual.

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Congratulations to all who got (or will get) the scholarship certifications and many thanks to the Mac Admins Foundation for making this possible!

The Penn State MacAdmins conference announced the date this week. Also, JNUC opened their registration. If you are planning to present at conferences, now is the time to start making plans. You can find a list of the conferences so far along with links to their information, registration, and ‘call for sessions’ pages on my conference page.

After three years of mostly virtual presentations, fun as they were, I have to remember that participating on-site in four or more conferences is probably not a wise choice…

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  • Kris Nóva: “So we (GitHub) just rolled out support for Mastodon profiles.”

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