Is NetInstall Dead in Future Releases of macOS? A Discussion for Edu IT

Is NetInstall Dead in Future Releases of macOS? A Discussion for Edu IT

Is NetInstall Dead in Future Releases of macOS? In a recent article, ScriptingOSX posted new features in the iMac Pro which verify observations from the MacAdmins community about the future of imaging Macs. This article is important for my Apple IT peeps advising schools and EdTechs. Summary Traditional imaging and now NetInstall imaging appears to be phased out on macOS systems with the new T2 processor (iMac Pro for now). Touchbar MacPros have the T1…

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Having fun with MAU4 or How to Lose a Day of Productivity

Having fun with MAU4 or How to Lose a Day of Productivity

Having fun with MAU4 or How to Lose an Entire Day of Productivity | This post was inspired by a Slack conversation with Dr. Emily Kausalik. Like all good distractions, once she suggested the emoji idea đź’ˇ, work came to an immediate stop 🛑! The Microsoft Auto Updater 4 Beta (click here) is a great utility for macOS deployments using MS Office. It only updates changes to the binary which is a significant improvement over the…

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macOS Security Update to StorageKit

macOS Security Update to StorageKit

macOS Security Update There is a macOS security update to StorageKit. This vulnerability was announced on the MacAdmins Slack earlier and has been addressed by Apple. See information below released by Apple Product Security. APPLE-SA-2017-10-05-1 macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update is now available and addresses the following: StorageKit Available for: macOS High Sierra 10.13 Impact: A local attacker may gain access to an encrypted APFS volume Description: If…

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Password Headaches (Part I)

Password Headaches (Part I)

  Reach for the Tylenol; which password did I use here again? Is this a site where I can answer security questions? Get a text message? Or do I have to reset completely? And – oh, no – if I have to reset completely, does it have to be utterly different from any one I’ve used in the last twelve months? How does a regular person go about solving the password puzzle? Is there even…

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Apple iWork Has Awesome New Features | Pages, Keynote, Numbers

Apple iWork Has Awesome New Features | Pages, Keynote, Numbers

Apple Pages, Keynote, Numbers Have Awesome New Features Apple has announced some awesome new features in Pages, Keynote and Numbers. The information below is copied from Apple’s recent update release notes. KEYNOTEWhat’s new in Keynote for Mac – Apple Supporthttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207247Keynote on the Mac App Storehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keynote/id409183694?mt=12What’s New in Version 7.2• Enhance your presentations using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes• Reply to comments and join threaded conversations• New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while…

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Starting and Stopping Tomcat in macOS and Linux for JamfPro Server

Starting and Stopping Tomcat in macOS and Linux for JamfPro Server

Starting and Stopping Tomcat in macOS and Linux for JamfPro Server Starting and stopping Tomcat is an essential skill when using JamfPro servers, especially in a clustered environment. Knowing these commands and having them at your fingertips are important for administrators on these systems. You may want to bookmark this page or copy and paste these to your notes for easy access. On macOS: 1. Open Terminal on the JSS host server. 2. To unload…

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Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered JAMFPro Web Apps in macOS

Increase Tomcat Memory for Clustered JAMFPro Web Apps in macOS

You may want to increase Tomcat memory for clustered JAMFPro web apps. By default only 1Gb of memory is allocated to Tomcat. Increasing the memory can significantly improve performance. Normally you would use the database utility to change these settings, but in a clustered environment you manually change the plist. (For Linux instructions click here.) These 6 steps have been compiled from documentation on JAMF-Nation. It is important to check memory allocation for the web…

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What is Self Service for Mac? – for Eanes ISD

What is Self Service for Mac? – for Eanes ISD

Self Service is your one stop shop for software and utilities on your Mac. This application, sometimes referred to as the Eanes AppStore, is similar to the one on your iPad. With macOS, Self Service has additional capabilities and features to make your computing experience a happy one. To get started, simply follow the steps below. Click on the LaunchPad icon in your Dock (lower left hand corner of the screen).     Self Service…

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XProtect Plist Contents macOS 2-5-2017

XProtect Plist Contents macOS 2-5-2017

XProtect Plist Contents macOS from 2-5-2017 are listed below. Files and executables listed below are identified as malware and blocked by macOS. <?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC “-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN” “http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd”> <plist version=”1.0″> <array> <dict> <key>Description</key> <string>OSX.Hmining.C</string> <key>LaunchServices</key> <dict> <key>LSItemContentType</key> <string>com.apple.application-bundle</string> </dict> <key>Matches</key> <array> <dict> <key>MatchFile</key> <dict> <key>NSURLTypeIdentifierKey</key> <string>public.unix-executable</string> </dict> <key>MatchType</key> <string>Match</string> <key>Pattern</key> <string>554889E54157415653504C8B7F484C8B7750488B5F584889DF{5}4C89FF4C89F64889DA{5}4889C74883C4085B415E415F5D</string> </dict> <dict> <key>MatchFile</key> <dict> <key>NSURLTypeIdentifierKey</key> <string>public.unix-executable</string> </dict> <key>MatchType</key> <string>Match</string> <key>Pattern</key> <string>554889E5415741564154534189CE4889D34889DF{5}4889DF{5}4889CB4889C74889D64889DA4489F1{5}4989C64989D74989CC4889DF{5}4C89F74C89FE4C89E2{5}4889C75B415C415E415F5D</string> </dict> </array> </dict> <dict> <key>Description</key> <string>OSX.Hmining.B</string> <key>LaunchServices</key> <dict> <key>LSItemContentType</key>…

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macOS Man Pages from Apple Developer

macOS Man Pages from Apple Developer

There are many useful features of macOS that must be accessed by using commands in the Terminal app. These can include anything from fixing file permissions to LDAP binding settings. Luckily there is documentation about each one of these commands and how to use them, the man (manual) pages. Man pages are sets of instructions and examples of these Terminal commands you can use in macOS. Man Pages from Apple’s Developer site contains HTML versions…

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