Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-01-18

Apple has repeated their strong position on data privacy and security with an op-ed by Tim Cook in Time. Ironically, I cannot read the original op-ed, because of European data privacy laws…

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MacAdmins on Social Media

  • Bob Gendler: “I’m pretty stoked. While we’re not supposed to do work during a furlough I’ve used this time to catch up on some skills that would be useful for work. I created a macOS app in Swift that interacts with a JamfPro server to toggle some settings for use at NIST. This is my first GUI based app I’ve built in Swift with Xcode.”
  • Victor (groob): “Did you know that on macOS 10.14.x launchd has its own plist parser and requires self closing tags for booleans? Bug here (OpenRadar) Thanks to @twseph for patching”
  • Fraser Speirs: “Re: the discussion on @_connectedfm about the 9.7” iPad rising in price to make room for a new mini 5 below it – such a move would be a clear signal that Apple is ceding K–12 education to Chromebook and wants out of the market.” – Thread!
  • Neil Martin: Imaging is dead. Take an hashtag#Apple hashtag#Mac (or a lab full). Add a dash of awesome hashtag#NoMAD Login with upcoming DEPNotify functionality. (video)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-01-11

Slowly emerging from the post-holiday and vacation swamp. CES was this, and even though Apple had no official presence, they did gather some headlines from smart TV support of AirPlay 2, HomeKit and iTunes videos. Also they got some attention for this banner ad.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Mac Mule: “TIL: https://help.apple.com/businessmanager/#/apd1d81e5169 The timescale for processing app licences depends on how many you purchase: 5,000 licences or less are processed straightaway. 5,001 to 19,999 licences are processed after 13:00 PST daily. 20,000 licences or more are processed after 16:00 PST daily.”
  • Erik Gomez: “InstallEnterpriseApplication is broken and I’m really hoping Apple fixes this by 10.14.3, or the next few months are going to be extremely painful.”
  • Kyle Crawford: “SecureToken is broken and I’m really hoping Apple fixes this by 10.14.3, or the next few months are going to be extremely painful.…”
  • Eric Holtam:softwareupdate is broken and I’m really hoping Apple fixes this by 10.14.3, or the next few months are going to be extremely painful.…”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-01-04

Happy New Year!

2018 was certainly “interesting times.” I have the feeling 2019 will not dissappoint in this regard either.

While many admins seemed to enjoy just taking a week or two off, some took the time for some very interesting posts and projects.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Jamf: “In case you missed it: @MacTechConf is now in October and JNUC is in November. We’re working together and looking forward to sponsoring the event again in 2019!”
  • MacDeployment YYC: “2019 Conf. Dates: @macaduk 26–27 March, London @acesconf June 4–6, Kansas City MO #MacDeploy June 10–11, Calgary @MacDevOpsYVR June 12–14, Vancouver @psumacconf July 9–12, State College PA MacSysAdmin 1–4 Oct., Göteborg @MacTechConf Oct. 15–18, L.A. JNUC Nov. 12–14, Minneapolis”
  • Geert Barentsen: “2019 is the final year for Python 2. No bug or security patches will be applied to Python 2 beyond Jan 1st, 2020. Time to start using Python 3 only! pythonclock.org
  • Jason Broccardo: “Apple will upgrade system python sometime in 2020.… ”
  • Joseph Chilcote: “More likely Apple will remove system python sometime in 2023.… ”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-12-21

Welcome to the last news summary of 2018. I will be taking off next week for the holidays. I don’t expect much will happen, but if it does, you will see it the first news summary of the new year, on (or around) January 4, 2019.

This was the first full year of the News Summary. I wrote 49 summaries this year. The number of subscribers more than quadrupled, which is both exciting and humbling. I am too lazy to whip up a script to get an exact count but that adds up to about 1500 links to tweets, articles, updates and posts.

I merely gather all these links. The summary would not be possible without something to summarize. My never-ending gratitude goes out to all the people who generously share their expertise and time in all these posts, on the different fora, and in person.

Thank you for writing, and thank you all for reading!

I hope you all get to enjoy a break for the holidays and New Year.

Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year!

News and Opinion

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Arek Dreyer: “macOS Support Essentials 10.14 Supporting and Troubleshooting macOS Mojave Exam Preparation Guide was posted! It’s posted at the bottom of the course description page, but here’s the direct link. https://training.apple.com/content/dam/appletraining/us/en/2018/documents/macOS_Support_Essentials_10_14_Exam_Preparation_Guide.pdf”
  • Carl Ashley: “Dear macOS software devs. If you build apps that trigger user consent prompts – aka TCC, please thoroughly document ALL affected binaries with the file path & what PPPCP payloads are required to make the prompts go away. Make this info readily available. MacAdmins will love you.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-12-14

Lots of interesting posts this week. Jamf 10.9, MS Office now supports the Dark Side… er dark mode.

The MacAdmins Podcasts got Doug Brooks and Jeremy Butcher from Apple on the show to talk about Apple, deployment and the T2 chip!

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Charles S Edge: “The github.com/jamfit github.com/jamfprofessionalservices && github.com/jamfsupport accounts have now been consolidated into one @JAMFSoftware Open Source Community at github.com/jamf to make it easier to find projects that do things you might need to do”
  • John C. Welch: (Long Thread, worth reading.)
  • William Smith:
    “Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac v 16.20 drops today with Dark Mode for Mojave users! And if that’s a little too stark when using Outlook (or any other app), here’s how to turn it off. defaults write http://com.microsoft.Outlook NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool yes”
  • Patrick Gallagher Jr: “Well hello XProtect, been a while!” (Note: MRT got an update, too.)
  • Eric Holtam: “News to me so may be news to others. Firefox 63+ supports mobile config policies. Here begins the move away from the great CCK2. Example settings at https://github.com/mozilla/policy-templates”
  • Graham Gilbert: “If you are a fellow #macadmin and want to speak at a conference in 2019, let me know and I’ll try to make that happen. Whether it is making the right introduction, looking over your proposal or being someone to practice your slides on, let me know how I can help.”
  • lamby: “Symlinks.… ”

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  • Tim Perfitt: “Using a Smart Card out of the box with macOS for login authentication”
  • Tim Perfitt: “Provisioning Certificates on a Smart Card / Yubikey for macOS authentication”
  • Otto the Automator: “My session at the @JAMFSoftware JNUC 2018 showing how to manage iOS devices upon attachment to a Mac. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aSW_47rXKE ”

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