Episode 103: The Gratitude Episode.

Synopsis:

We’re grateful this week! We’re grateful for all the people, places, and products that makes it possible to be Mac Admins, and for all of you, too.

Your Hosts:

  • Tom Bridge, Partner, Technolutionary LLC [@tbridge]
  • Marcus Ransom, Senior Apple Systems Engineer, CompNow [@marcusransom]
  • James Smith, IT Administrator, Culture Amp [@smithjw]
  • Charles Edge, Director of Marketplace, Jamf [@cedge318]

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Links & Notes

No notes this week, just a heartfelt thank you. Each and every person reading this note: we thank you. When we started this on a lark, we had no idea what it would grow to become. More than 100 episodes have passed since then, and you’ve stayed with us, you’ve told friends and colleagues, you’ve written us letters and hit us up on Slack or at conferences, and we’re incredibly grateful to you for helping to make this into an awesome thing we all enjoy.

As you gather with your families and friends this American Thanksgiving, know that we’re thankful for each and every one of you.

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Conference Sites
Event Name Location Dates Cost
Mac Admin & Developer Conference, UK London, United Kingdom 26-27 March, 2019 TBD
Meetups
Event Name Location Dates Cost
Toronto Apple Admins Globe and Mail Centre, Toronto, ON Canada 15 November 2018, 6:00 p.m. ET Free
Greater Philadelphia Mac Admins Temple University, Philadelphia PA 15 November 2018, 6:00 p.m. ET Free
Dallas Apple Admins Bottle Rocket Studios 15 November 2018, 6:30 p.m. CT Free
Tel Aviv Mac Admins Google Hangouts 20 November 2018, 4:00 p.m. IST Free
MacDeployment Meetup 1011 9 Ave SE, Calgary AB Canada 21 November 2018, 6:30 p.m. MT Free
franken-macadmins meetup Gruener Brauhaus Fuerth 21 November 2018, 6:30 p.m. CET free
Brisbane Apple Wranglers Brisbane CBD Location 22 November 2018, 7:00 p.m. AEST Free
Houston Apple Admins ChaiOne’s new office in Greenway Plaza 28 November 2018, 6:00 p.m. CT Free
MacAdmins NYC Bread Finance, New York City 28 November 2018, 6:30 p.m. EST Free
London Apple Admins Jamf’s London Office 6 December 2018, 18:30 GMT Free
Dutch macadmins meetup Willem de Kooning academy Rotterdam 7 December 2018, 14:00 CET free
San Diego Mac Admins Interlaced, Downtown SD 12 December 2018, 7:00 p.m. PT Free

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Episode 101: Flashcast!

Synopsis:

The Apple Event in New York this October brought new Macs and iPad Pro devices to the Mac Admins Community. Our panel talks about the new MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.

Your Hosts:

  • Tom Bridge, Partner, Technolutionary LLC [@tbridge]
  • Dr. Emily Kausalik-Whittle, Systems Engineer, The Home Depot [@emilyooo]
  • Marcus Ransom, Senior Apple Systems Engineer, CompNow [@marcusransom]
  • James Smith, IT Administrator, Culture Amp [@smithjw]

Presenting Sponsor: VMware Workspace ONE

VMware Workspace ONE empowers you with full macOS lifecycle management. Get past the hassles of legacy imaging with faster modern onboarding. Easily deliver all your native Mac app packages as well as SaaS and virtual Windows apps, and empower users with one-click single sign on. Stay on top of your security needs with complete encryption management and rich conditional access. The recognized industry leading unified endpoint management solution is your one stop for all Apple devices and apps. Learn more at www.workspaceone.com

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Links & Notes

All Apple clips are used for illustrative and demonstration purposes only. All Apple clips are Copyright Apple Inc and associated parties. Mac Admins Podcast LLC makes no claim of ownership of these segments, they are used purely to illustrate in Apple’s own words their new product offerings.

Mac mini, Late 2018
MacBook Air, Late 2018
iPad Pro, Late 2018
Apple Pencil, Late 2018

Blackmagicdesign eGPU Pro

Apple T2 Security Chip Overview

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Conference Sites
Event Name Location Dates Cost
Objective by the Sea Wailea, HI November 3-4 Patreon-Backer
MacTech Conference Los Angeles, CA November 6-9 US$899
Meetups
Event Name Location Dates Cost
Atlanta Apple Admins CNN Center, Atlanta, GA 8 November 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET Free
Toronto Apple Admins Globe and Mail Centre, Toronto, ON Canada 15 November 2018, 6:00 p.m. ET Free
Dallas Apple Admins Bottle Rocket Studios 15 November 2018, 6:30 p.m. CT Free
Tel Aviv Mac Admins Google Hangouts 20 November 2018, 4:00 p.m. IST Free
MacDeployment Meetup 1011 9 Ave SE, Calgary AB Canada 21 November 2018, 6:30 p.m. MT Free
Brisbane Apple Wranglers Brisbane CBD Location 22 November 2018, 7:00 p.m. AEST Free
Houston Apple Admins ChaiOne’s new office in Greenway Plaza 28 November 2018, 6:00 p.m. CT Free

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Episode 81: The WWDC Roundtable

Synopsis:

WWDC starts this week! Our roundtable is focused on Apple’s 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference, and what Apple might be releasing for macOS, iOS and more.

Your Hosts:

  • Tom Bridge, Partner at Technolutionary LLC [@tbridge]
  • James Smith, IT Administrator, Culture Amp [@smithjw]
  • Marcus Ransom, Senior Apple Systems Engineer, CompNow [@marcusransom]
  • Charles Edge, Director of Marketplace, Jamf Software [@cedge318]

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Links & Notes

WWDC 2018 Site

Patreon Sponsors

The Mac Admins Podcast has launched a Patreon Campaign! Our named patrons this month include Weldon Dodd of Rewind Technology, William Smith, Jonathan Spiva and Graham Gilbert. Thanks everyone!

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Conference Sites


MacDevOps YVR in Vancouver, June 7-8, 2018 — NOW WITH 20% DISCOUNT!
X World in Sydney Australia, June 27-29, 2018 — Tickets now on sale!
Penn State University Mac Admins in State College, PA July 10th-13th

Meetups

#thenetherlands will meet at SAP office in Den Bosch (Netherlands) on June 8th, 2018 at 2pm

Austin Apple Admins will meet on June 20th at Perry–Castañeda Library at the University of Texas at 6:30pm

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Episode 71: Apple Business Manager?

Synopsis:

The Hosts cover what little we know about Apple Business Manager, some news about the iMac Pro, SCEP in 10.13.4, Munki in Airwatch, and SAML vulnerabilities, then we welcome Diana Birsan of Shopify and Bryson Tyrrell of Jamf to talk about MacADUK!

Your Hosts:

Guests:

  • Diana Birsan, Internal Security Developer, Shopify
  • Bryson Tyrrell, System Administrator II, Jamf Software

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Links & Notes

Tweet about iMac Pro Imaging

Image of Apple's Technote before it was reverted

Generating Pre-populated Munki Manifests utilizing the Airwatch API

SCEP is broken in 10.13.4

Defaults Command deletes invalid plists

SAML Vulnerabilities affecting multiple implementations

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Conference Sites


Brainstorm Wisconsin March 4-6, 2018
Brainstorm Sandusky May 6-8, 2018
MacDevOps YVR in Vancouver, June 7-8, 2018
X World in Sydney Australia, June 27-29, 2018
Penn State University Mac Admins in State College, PA July 10th-13th

Meetups

Nederlandse MacBeheerders will meet at IO Building at Technical University of Delft on March 9th at 2pm.

East Midlands Mac Admins will meet in Nottingham at Jigsaw24 at 1900 on March 14th.

Melbourne Apple Admins will meet at Culture Amp on March 15th at 6:30pm.

Utah Apple Admins will meet at University of Utah’s Marriott Library at 11am on March 21st.

[Houston Apple Admins] will also meet on the 21st at Conservatory in Downtown Houston at 6pm. Check the #houston channel in Slack for more information.

Sydney Apple Admins will meet on March 27th at 5:45pm, check the site for more details.

MacDeployment Meetup will happen at 1025 10th St SE in Calgary Alberta on March 28th at 6:30pm.

London Apple Admins will meet on 12 April at 6:30pm at Treatwell.

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Episode 67: The Annual Tome of Goodness, with Arek Dreyer

Synopsis:

Arek Dreyer’s back this week to talk about his new book, macOS Support Essentials 10.13! He joins us to talk about everything that’s in his new volume, a great discount code for listeners, and more. In news this week, Apple updates their business-facing documentation, some interesting security problems in BitTorrent and two new vulnerabilities discusses via Patrick Wardle’s research.

Your Hosts:

Guest:

  • Arek Dreyer, Dreyer Network Consultants, Inc., Consultant, integrator, trainer, author [@arekdreyer]

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Links & Notes

macOS Support Essentials 10.13 Book page at Peachpit

Code: DREYER35
Offer: Save 35%
Good through : 1/8/2018 – 2/28/2018

Apple Style Guides

Transmission (and probably other BT clients) bug allows RCE using DNS rebinding to force downloading of malicious torrent, replace user files

Patrick Wardle has a quietly patched vulnerability with auth tokens finally acknowledged and assigned a CVE

Also a second vuln with an AMD Radeon kext that causes a kernel panic due to out of bounds read, Wardle will publish details soon

Patreon for Patrick Wardle

Brief period where iOS 10 signing was happening again

New Apple Guides for Business

Apple Business Page
Products & Platform
Business – Get Started
Business Resources

Employee Choice Guide for IT
Employee Communications Kit
Employee Starter Guide for iOS
Employee Starter Guide for Mac
Mac Deployment Overview
iOS 11 Security Paper

Apple is getting very serious about Enterprise IT

Apple Training Page Updated

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Conference Sites


Mac AD UK in Leicester Square, February 20-21, 2018
Brainstorm Wisconsin March 4-6, 2018
Brainstorm Sandusky May 6-8, 2018
MacDevOps YVR in Vancouver, June 7-8, 2018
X World in Sydney Australia, June 27-29, 2018
Penn State University Mac Admins in State College, PA July 10th-13th

Meetups

Denver Mac Admins Meetup on January 11th 2018 in Centennial, CO at Rewind Technology

Dallas Apple Admins will meet on January 18th at Bottle Rocket Studios in Addison Texas

[Franken Admins] will meet on 24th January at 6:30pm at Crazy Nate’s West Coast Mexican at Zwingerstraße 9, Nuremberg, Germany

MacDeployment Meetup will meet on January 24th at Market Mall Apple Store, in Calgary, Alberta at 6:30pm.

London Apple Admins will meet on 25th January at 6:30pm at the London School of Economics.

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Episode 66: The Future of Mac Labs, with Neil Martin

Synopsis:

With High Sierra and the new iMac Pro, how does the management of Mac Labs change? What’s the role of a Mac lab in the modern era? Lab specialist Neil Martin from the University of East London joins the pod to talk about his thoughts and what they’re currently doing.

Your Hosts:

Guest:

  • Neil Martin, Senior Desktop Support Specialist, University of East London [@neilmartin83]

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Links & Notes

Tim Perfitt live tweets messing about with the iMac Pro on Twitter and on the TwoCanoes Blog

iPhone battery replacement and apology

macOS 10.13 support essentials by Arek Dreyer and Adam Karneboge

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Conference Sites


Mac AD UK in Leicester Square, February 20-21, 2018
Brainstorm Wisconsin March 4-6, 2018
Brainstorm Sandusky May 6-8, 2018
MacDevOps YVR in Vancouver, June 7-8, 2018
X World in Sydney Australia, June 27-29, 2018
Penn State University Mac Admins in State College, PA July 10th-13th

Meetups

Denver Mac Admins Meetup on January 11th 2018 in Centennial, CO at Rewind Technology

Dallas Apple Admins will meet on January 18th at Bottle Rocket Studios in Addison Texas

MacDeployment Meetup will meet on January 24th at Market Mall Apple Store, in Calgary, Alberta at 6:30pm.

London Apple Admins will meet on 25th January at 6:30pm at the London School of Economics.

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Episode 65: The End of 2017, The Beginning of The Future

Synopsis:

The hosts tackle the year that was 2017 and make some bold and intriguing predictions for the year to come.

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Links & Notes

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Conference Sites


Mac AD UK in Leicester Square, February 20-21, 2018
Brainstorm Wisconsin March 4-6, 2018
Brainstorm Sandusky May 6-8, 2018
MacDevOps YVR in Vancouver, June 7-8, 2018
X World in Sydney Australia, June 27-29, 2018
Penn State University Mac Admins in State College, PA July 10th-13th

Meetups

Denver Mac Admins Meetup on January 11th 2018 in Centennial, CO at Rewind Technology

Dallas Apple Admins will meet on January 18th at Bottle Rocket Studios in Addison Texas

London Apple Admins will meet on 25th January at 6:30pm at the London School of Economics.

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Mac Admins Flashcast Special: The #iamroot Situation

Synopsis:

Mike Lynn of Facebook and Rich Trouton join the pod’s very first Flashcast to talk about the #iamroot situation, a serious privilege escalation in Mac 10.13.0 – 10.13.2 beta 5 that allows password-free access to the root account. Solutions are discussed, as well as mitigation strategies for situations like this in the future.

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Links & Notes

The Tweet That Started It All

Blocking logins to the root account on macOS High Sierra

Developer Forums Post from 13 November 2017 Describing This Behavior

Pycreateuserpkg from Greg Neagle

Apple KBase, updated 28 November 2017: How to enable the root user on your Mac or change your root password

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Episode 58: It’s Raining Shoes

Synopsis:

The hosts get together to talk news & notes, including User-Accepted Mobile Device Managers, and more.

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Links & Notes

New UAKEL in 10.13.2 betas: Radar 1 Radar 2

Currently would prevent those devices added by, say, a QuickAdd in Jamf Pro, from being opted into SKEL environments. Has to be either a DEP device enrollment, or a user-permitted onboarding NOT via package, but by accepted Profile.
If you use both Jamf Pro QuickAdd AND Kernel Extensions, there is a bug to dupe because you may be affected.

Also new UAMDM

DEP will imply user acceptance
Any other method of enrolling a Mac will prompt end user for approval

Apple to allow Apple IDs with third part email addresses to migrate to icloud, .mac, .me

AppleTV 4K beta change for resolution independence

End of Adobe + Dolby Licensing changes availability of some CC products

APFS Snapshots done at Software Updates

APFS snapshots can be restored in normal macOS 10.13 environment. Time Machine System Restore app is on the recovery partition.

HomeKit support for IKEA smart lighting

Open Tradfri on Github

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Conference Sites


MacTech Conference in Los Angeles, CA on November 15-17 2017
Mac AD UK in Leicester Square, February 20-21, 2018
MacDevOps YVR in Vancouver, June 8-9, 2018

Meetups

Jamf User Group New York City will meet on Tuesday 11/14 at 4:30pm

Utah Mac Admins will meet Wednesday 11/15 at 11am at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

Atlanta Apple Admins on Thursday 11/16 at 6pm at SalesLoft

Macbrained YVR on November 22nd at Hootsuite

Franken Macadmins meetup on November 22nd at 6:30pm at Grüner Brauhaus Fürth at Theresienstrasse Ein, in Fürth, Germany. For more information, visit #franken-macadmins on the Mac Admins Slack.

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Episode 57: Eric Williams, Mac@IBM, Live at JNUC

Synopsis:

Eric Williams, Engineering & Infrstructure Manager for the Mac@IBM team, joins our hosts live on the stage at the Jamf Nation User Conference. Taped in front of a live audience on October 24th.

Your Hosts:

  • Pepijn Bruienne, R&D Engineer at Duo Security [@bruienne], Proprietor of EnterpriseMac.Bruienne.com
  • Charles Edge, Director of Professional Services, Jamf Software [@cedge318]
  • Tom Bridge, Partner at Technolutionary LLC [@tbridge]
  • Dr. Emily Kausalik, Systems Engineer, The Home Depot [@emilyooo]
  • James Smith, IT Administrator at Culture Amp [@smithjw]

Guests

  • Eric Williams, Mac@IBM Engineering & Infrastructure Manager

Sponsored By:

This episode is brought to you by NoMAD, Duo Security and Technolutionary

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Links & Notes

Mac@IBM Highlights from JNUC 2015

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Conference Sites


MacTech Conference in Los Angeles, CA on November 15-17 2017
Mac AD UK in Leicester Square, February 20-21, 2018
MacDevOps YVR in Vancouver, June 8-9, 2018

Meetups

MacDMV will meet on Saturday, 10/28 at 12pm at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Northeast Regional Mac Admins will meet on Tuesday, 10/30 at 5:30pm at the Wild Colonial Tavern in Providence, RI.

Denver Mac Admins will meet on Thursday 11/9 at 7pm at Rewind Technology

Dallas Area Mac Admins will meet on Thursday, 11/9 at 6:30pm at Bottle Rocket Studios

Jamf User Group New York City will meet on Tuesday 11/14 at 4:30pm

Utah Mac Admins will meet Wednesday 11/15 at 11am at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

Atlanta Apple Admins on Thursday 11/16 at 6pm at SalesLoft

Macbrained YVR on November 22nd at Hootsuite.

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