PLIST Editor can Open Signed Mobileconfigs
Last year I posted about a useful app to read and edit property list files: PLIST Editor.
In its last update (1.15) the app gained a feature which is tremendously useful to MacAdmins: it can now open signed property lists.
MacAdmins regularly encounter signed property lists when they download configuration profiles (.mobileconfig) from a management server. Since the
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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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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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
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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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-12-07
We got the macOS 10.14.2 update this week, along with iOS 12.1.1 and watchOS 5.1.2. Versioning is really weird this time around. One can assume something major is planned for iOS 12.2. For macOS 10.14.2 looks like a unified build for all current hardware. It’s been a while. If you would rather get the weekly…[...]
Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-12-01
Just a brief summary this week as I am still travelling through beautiful NZ. Just as a warning: next week’s letter may also be short and late. If you would rather get the weekly newsletter by email, you can subscribe to the Scripting OS X Weekly Newsletter here!! (Same content, delivered to your Inbox once…[...]
Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-11-23
Just a quick roundup this week. Because of the US Thanksgiving week it is pretty quiet, and I am travelling. I will try writing up a newsletter over the next two weeks, but no promises. I have put together a few deals. My own books are also on sale through Monday, Nov 27 (Cyber Monday)…[...]
Books Sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
My three books will be on sale from now, over Black Friday, through Cyber Monday (Nov 26). This is great chance to pick the books up at a few dollars or euros less: ‘macOS Installation for Apple Administrators’ US$17.99 -> $13.99 ‘Property Lists, Preferences and Profiles for Apple Administrators’ US$7.99 -> $5.99 ‘Packaging for Apple…[...]
On macOS User Groups
User groups are easy, right? A user is either a member or they are not. Once you start thinking about the deatils and want or need to automate some of the aspects of user and group management on macOS, there is a lot of devil in those details. User Membership You can easily list all…[...]
Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-11-16
One of the promises at this year’s WWDC was that some high profile Mac apps would return to the Mac App Store. This week, part of that promise was fulfilled as Panic’s Transmit re-appeared in the Mac App Store. For admins this news is bittersweet. Transmit chose subscription pricing for the App Store. Unlike App…[...]
MacAdmins Podcast, Episode 102: Erase All the Things
I had the honor of being on the MacAdmins podcast again! In this episode, we talk about the EraseInstall app we built at Pro Warehouse, how much fun it can be to build something in Swift and Xcode, the new Macs, my weekly news summary and a bit about Book #4. Thanks again to Tom,…[...]
Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-11-10
Mac minis are real and being delivered to customers! Apple sent out some updates for their Apps, Pages can now publish to Apple Books and iMovie on a new iPad pro can power a large external screen. If you would rather get the weekly newsletter by email, you can subscribe to the Scripting OS X…[...]
Mojave Quick Action to Package Apps
One of the new macOS features in Mojave are “Finder Quick Actions.” They show as action buttons in the Finder in Column View and the new Gallery View. You can also access Quick Actions in any view from an item’s context menu. You can configure Quick Actions in the ‘Finder’ section of the ‘Extensions’ Preference…[...]
Scripting OS X — 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…[...]
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 externa[...]
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. If you would rather get the weekly newsletter by email, you can subscribe to the Scripting OS X Weekly Newsletter here!! (Same content, delivered to your Inbox once a week.) On Scripting OS X Changing a User’s Login Picture…[...]
Changing a User’s Login Picture
Nick asked a question in the comments recently: Now only if there was as simple a tool for setting the profile pic! There is no simple tool, but it is not that hard really. When an individual user wants to change their login picture, they open the Users & Groups preference pane. But if want…[...]
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…[...]
The consulting team at Pro Warehouse has been working on an application. I mentioned this application in my talk at MacSysAdmin. The application is called ‘EraseInstall’ and provides a user interface which runs the startosinstall --eraseinstall command, which is part of the macOS Installer application. Why? The startosinstall --eraseinstall command with all its options is…[...]
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