With Apple recently releasing macOS 11.0.1, many Mac Admins over at the MacAdmins.org Slack started to see password prompts like the above.
Some digging has revealed that this password prompt is shown when the softwareupdate binary is called, and only on Apple Silicon devices.
Calling the softwareupdate binary is something which we Mac Admins have done for years, and it’s likely folks have workflows in place calling the softwareupdate binary which is then triggering this prompt.
So, what’s the fix? Short term, don’t call the softwareupdate binary on Apple Silicon devices and raise this issue with Apple.
Longer term? Unsure. There is still documentation around Apple Silicon devices to be posted by Apple, and until we have documentation we can but guess.
Looks like my last post was a little premature, as overnight we received emails like the above for Apple School Manager.
Like the Apple Business Manager email received beforehand, this email forewarns of a change to the Apple School Manager terms on December 3, 2020.
This time, however, the email was from a more expected address (email@example.com), and the email contained no link to the terms for review beforehand.
Digging around though, the PDF may possibly be found here.
Anyway, if you are an Administrator of an Apple School Manager instance mark down a little task on December 3, 2020 to approve these new terms.
If you don’t agree to the terms in a timely manner, you’re likely to see issues with ADE/DEP as detailed previously.
As forewarned in my prior post, here’s a post detailing methods to block tof macOS Big Sur.
In truth, the majority of this post will be rehashing items mentioned in previous post titled: Blocking macOS Catalina with Jamf Pro.
But there are a couple of amendments, with most not being Jamf Pro specific.
In starting to write a blog post on how to block and delay the latest macOS release, I realised that the subject of delaying updates via Managed Software Updates was probably worthy of its own post.
This its that post, see below the break for details.
James & I recently joined Bradley Chambers on the 9to5mac Apple @ Work podcast to talk about about trends in the enterprise relating to macOS and iOS updates that we see at dataJAR.
The podcast can be found here.
Apple has issued updated terms to both Apple Business Manager and School Manager.
Not much has changed here from my prior post on these and the linked post before that on the mechanisms at play here and the impact (though there are no outstanding issues this time around).
The impact of not agreeing these terms are:
In Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager, and the Device Enrollment Program, you can’t assign new devices to your MDM server, even if you have selected the option to automatically assign new purchases to a specific MDM server.https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT203063
However, Jamf Pro has a new alert is shown if you have an Apple School Manager integration with with Jamf Pro for Classroom data, and as such is worth noting when these new terms are released for Apple School Manager:
Lastly, it appears that accepting the new terms seems to take unto an hour to now sync through, instead of the near immediate change it has been prior.
Jamf has a wealth of documentation available for its various products, below is a little tip on how to access the most current documentation, with 99% less click bait.
During lockdown we’ve been busy at dataJAR.
Not only was our website given a complete overhaul, but we also released Notifier.
Notifier is a Swift app which can post macOS alert or banner notifications on 10.10+ clients, & is what’s posted the notifications in the gif at the top of this post.
This project was originally intended for use with jamJAR, & jamJAR will soon have it’s wiki updated detailing the usage with Notifier.