Farewell AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI

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It has been 5 years since AutoCasperNBI was released, with AutoImagrNBI coming soon afterwards.

However, 5 years is a long time in the world of Apple. And as such, much has changed when it comes to deploying macOS.

NetBoot & Imaging are no longer viable methods for modern macOS deployment, especially when we look at booting off of a network volume to block copy an OS.

As such, today I am ceasing development on both projects & setting their respective GitHub repos as read-only.

In a future episode of the Mac Admins Podcast I go into more detail about the history of how these apps came to be, & I’ll be at JNUC2019 next week raising a glass to both apps.

macOS Software Update custom catalog URL deprecation

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At the recent London Apple Admins, I mentioned that with macOS Catalina setting a custom Software Update catalog URL is now noted as deprecated.

This took some folks by surprise, despite setting a custom Software Update catalog URL.

Below is more details on this deprecation.

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Blocking macOS Catalina with Jamf Pro

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Tonight, Apple released macOS Catalina.

See below on how to block this upgrade with Jamf Pro.

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More DEP Sync Errors

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A week after the recent updated Terms & Conditions, we saw DEP sync errors reappear in our datajar.mobi deployments.

Below is some detail on what has caused these new sync errors & how to resolve.

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Jamf Pro critical security vulnerability – PI-007507

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Last night, Jamf released Jamf Pro 10.13.1 & 10.15.1. These were released due to PI-007507. 

This PI is noted as a “critical security vulnerability” which “does not pose a risk to private data or managed devices. It does have the potential to impact the integrity and availability of your web server” but “impacts versions of Jamf Pro 9.4 and later”

As Jamf Pro 10.15.0 was only released 19 days ago, 10.15.1 is the 10.15.0 release with PI-007507 having been patched.

However, for organisations that are still on Jamf Pro 10.13.0 or below due to the move to Java 11 needed for Jamf Pro 10.14.0+, Jamf have released 10.13.1, which is also patched.

Please read the following Jamf Nation post for more information, & if you’re not on a recent Jamf Pro release please also see this post before any upgrades are attempted.

DEP errors after updated software license agreements

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With the release of iOS 13 last night, new Terms and Conditions were released.

This is an annual update, however your MDM might not have responded as expected.

See below for some more details.

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Modern Deployment Workflows for Education

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At this years macad.uk, not only were dataJAR a part of the MacAD Team, But, I also had the honour of opening up the Education track.

Below contains two links to the Video of my talk, slides & links to other talks from this macad.uk.

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AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI 1.5.2

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I have just updated both AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI to version 1.5.2.

The apps are now notarized, as per the forthcoming changes mentioned here.

Also, both projects Xcode settings have been updated & Sparkle bumped to the latest release 1.21.3 too.


Live from London

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At the end of macad.uk 2019 it was my pleasure to join Tom Bridge, Graham Gilbert & Joel Rennich on stage for a live podcast.

Links to this podcasts episode, as well as links to the MacAdmins.org Podcast can be found below.

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FossHub & AutoPkg

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A few years ago FossHub’s Terms of Service (read: TOS) did not allow for automated downloads.

This has changed recently, with details on how to now download from FossHub via AutoPkg below.

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