Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-10-19

We have a date for the next Apple Event: Oct 30! And it happens in Brooklyn and has hundreds of Apple logo designs. (Seriously, keep reloading the event page, it’s awesome.)

Will it be iPad Pro? Macs? Both?

Also, Adobe is showing off the new Photoshop for iPad. Some news on the new Adobe CC 2019 affects the Cloud Packaging tool.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Steve Yuroff: “Today I find myself wondering why the MDM is not notified when the user approves UAMDM. I have things for the MDM to do once the approval is made… let’s get on it.”
  • Adam Langley: “Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla today jointly announced a timeline for the removal of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 from their respective browsers.” (Links in tweet)
  • Adam Codega: “@gregneagle built the best way to install/update Mac software @Contains_ENG helps fill Apple’s MDM gaps @rtrouton documents it all and makes some cool utilities @ftiff makes DEP look nice…” (read the thread)
  • Brian Stucki:
    “A happy fourth birthday to this little guy today. Old enough to start preschool. But seriously, can’t wait to meet your younger sibling.” (Happy Birthday, Mac mini!)
  • William Lam: “FYI – @Apple MacOS Mojave (10.14) is now officially supported on vSphere 6.7u1, 6.7, 6.5u1, 6.5u2 & 6.5”
  • Sacrilicious: “In tribute to @Morpheus______ ‘s ‘liberal’ take on pronunciation, I propose we rebrand anything with ctl as a suffix ‘cuddle’, and anything w/suffix ‘util’ as ‘uddle’. e.g. launchctl, ‘launch cuddle’ ‘sysadmin cuddle’ scuddle discuddle fontuddle assetk’shuddle H-duddle”
  • Tim Perfitt: “Filed this bug about feedback for bugs. I get the irony.”

Support and HowTos

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-10-27

Somewhat delayed summery this week-end again. Quiet week while nearly everybody was at JNUC having fun.

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  • Julia Evans: “New zine: Oh shit, git! It’s based on ohshitgit.com and it tells you how to get out of git messes. By me and the amazing @ksylor.”

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Include Assets in External macOS Installer Drives

Apple has included a tool to build a bootable external installer drive with the macOS Installer application for a while now. Apple actually has documentation for this tool.

The tool is called createinstallmedia and can be found in /Applications/Install macOS [[High ]Sierra | Mojave].app/Contents/Resources/.

When run, the tool requires a path to an external volume or partition, which will be erased and replaced with a bootable installer volume.

Note: Secure Boot Macs with the T2 chip cannot boot from external drives in the default configuration. As of this writing this affects the iMac Pro and the 2018 MacBook Pro. But it is expected that any new Macs released from now on (as in maybe at the Apple Event tomorrow?) will also have Secure Boot.
Nevertheless, having an bootable external installer is still every useful for ‘legacy’ (i.e. non-secure boot) Macs. Also, while it not a good general configuration, it can be very useful to enable external boot on machines that you frequently re-install for testing.

While the support article covers the basics, the tool gained a new feature in Mojave which is not documented in the article.

When you run the Mojave createinstallmedia tool without arguments you get the usage documentation:

$   /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia  Usage: createinstallmedia --volume <path to volume to convert>  Arguments --volume, A path to a volume that can be unmounted and erased to create the install media. --nointeraction, Erase the disk pointed to by volume without prompting for confirmation. --downloadassets, Download on-demand assets that may be required for installation.  Example: createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled  This tool must be run as root. 

The new argument in the Mojave is called --downloadassets. The description is a bit sparse, but from what I gather this is download additional assets, like firmware installers and bundle them with the other installer files on the installer drive instead of downloading them on-demand during installation.

This will not remove the requirement for the Mac to be connected to the internet during the installation process but it should speed up the process quite a bit.

If you want to learn more about how to create external installers and how to use the macOS Installer app most effectively in your workflows, you can buy my book ‘macOS Installation for Apple Administrators

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-11-02

New Mac mini! We finally got a new Mac mini!

Oh, and a new MacBook Air and some iPad Pros, too. iOS 12.1 and macOS Mojave 10.14.1, as well. But seriously, did you see the new Mac mini!?

The new Macs have the T2. Now, the majority of new Mac models and quite likely the majority of Macs units sold have Secure Boot and don’t support traditional deployment workflows any more.

The Mac mini and the new MacBook Air also require Mojave 10.14.1 and will likely have a forked build of Mojave.

If you need to learn about the new installation workflows available with High Sierra and Mojave, you can buy my book: “macOS Installation for Apple Administrators

Talking about Secure Boot and T2: among all the other new around the new Macs, iPads, macOS 10.14.1 and iOS 12.1, Apple also released a whitepaper on the T2 Chip. If you don’t read anything else this week, read this. (or at at least Rich’s or David’s summaries)

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Apple October Event

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Chapin Bryce:up – cli tool that allows you to manipulate and interact with streams to prototype modification cmds (ie grep, cut, awk). It’s easier to watch the gif then for me to describe in 140 chars” (via Erik Gomez:)
  • mikeymikey: “Heads up macadmins – if you have devices in your fleet where people installed 10.14.0 ”not labeled as beta“ build 18A389 aka ”people thought it was GM but it didn’t say GM“, the 10.14.1 update does not upgrade it.”
  • mikeymikey: “Hey #macadmins This was published in June. But you should probably look at it again. Soon.”
  • Bill Amend:
    “20 years ago I did one of my favorite strips ever. #HappyHalloween… ”

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