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.

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  • 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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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.

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  • 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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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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Episode 54: The State of Higher Ed with Chris Miller

Synopsis

Chris Miller of Eanes ISD in Texas joins the team to talk about the current state of education technology, the role of the Mac and iOS, and how everything comes together. Later, we talk with Pepijn Bruienne of Duo Security about his latest paper on EFI firmware.

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  • Chris Miller, Asst Director for Tech Services, Eanes ISD [@edtechchris]

After Party at Brit’s Pub!

After the October 24th live recording at JNUC, we’ll be hosting an After Party at Brit’s Pub, sponsored by Duo Security, Technolutionary and NoMAD! Come out and join us at Brit’s afterward for a beverage and some light refreshments.

RSVP today to guarantee your spot! This event will sell out!

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Links & Notes

The Apple of your EFI – Mac Firmware Security Research

Password does not sync to FileVault after unlock and change with Recovery Key.

A Tweet Thread On The Topic of FileVault in High Sierra

You Don’t Have To Convert SSD Volumes to APFS

Google Restor

Is DEP Down Or Just Me?

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Call for Presenters

Mac AD UK in Leicester Square, February 20-21, 2018

Conference Sites


Macsysadmin in Gothenburg, Sweden October 3-6 2017
JNUC in Minneapolis, MN October 24-26, 2017
MacTech Conference in Los Angeles, CA on November 15-17 2017

Meet-ups

Mac Admin Monthly will meet on 10/10 at Google in New York and by Google Hangout.

Denver Mac Admins will meet on 10/12 at Rewind Technology in Centennial.

Utah Mac Admins will meet on Wednesday, 10/14 at 11am MST

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

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Episode 51: Ed Marczak

Synopsis

Ed Marczak of Google joins us to talk about his story as a Mac Admin, as well as the many projects that Google has built, and also a lot of great history about MacTech Conference

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Guests

  • Ed Marczak, MacOps team at Google [@marczak]

Sponsored by Jamf

Jamf Now

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Links & Notes

Radiotope

Speaking Professionally

Macysadmin 2013 – Ed Marczak “The Future”

Ed Marczak at MacDevOps: How To Fail

Simian
Cauliflower Vest
Micromdm
Santa

Zombies Run

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Conference Sites


Macsysadmin in Gothenburg, Sweden October 3-6 2017
JNUC in Minneapolis, MN October 24-26, 2017
MacTech Conference in Los Angeles, CA on November 15-17 2017

Meet-ups

Mac DMV 16th of September at noon at Tunnicliff’s Tavern in DC
University of Utah Mac Admins Wed, Sept 20th @ 11am MT in the Marriott Library, room 1705a.
Atlanta Apple Admins Thursday 21st September – venue TBD
Melbourne Apple Admins for Thursday 28th September at REA
#franken-macadmins Meetup in Nuremberg, Germany, next meeting is on 9/28, for more info visit us over at #franken-macadmins
Netherlands Apple Admins will meet Thursday 9/28 at 1:30, at LAI in Schiedam, the Netherlands

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