Apple Business Manager and School Manager Terms Update – October 25, 2021


Yesterday, Apple issued updated terms to both Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager.

Not much has changed here from my prior posts on these and the on the mechanisms at play here and the impact.

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.

So, get and AxM admin reading and approving!

And, if you’re new to these changes or want a recap please see this post.

macOS Monterey prompt: “…..” needs to be updated


During your testing of macOS Monterey (betas or today after it’s release), you might receive a prompt like that shown above.

Well, does this mean that the “JamfManagementService” needs an update? Nope! and, to be clear, this is something you’ll likely see even if you don’t use Jamf.

Below is some information on this message, what triggers it, and how to start to uncover what on your macOS devices are triggering it.

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Jamf Switcher – 1.3.1


Yesterday, we released Jamf Switcher, bringing the app to 1.3.1.

This release is needed if you’re running Jamf Pro 10.33+.  Due to the Self Service Bookmark XML in Jamf 10.33.0 changing the element  <attribute name="jssdescription" type="string">JSS</attribute> to: <attribute name="serverdescription" type="string">JSS</attribute>.

Without this change, no data is shown.

Jamf Switcher will now check for either XML element, meaning this release will work for 10.33+ and prior.

Signing up to Adobe Creative Cloud product update emails


If you deploy Adobe Creative Cloud, and you’re not leaving folks to solely update via the Creative Cloud Desktop App, you might want to be notified on new updates.

Well, Adobe does have a way to notify you via email. But it’s a little hidden, and doesn’t cover all Adobe Creative Cloud products.

See below for how to subscribe to these email updates.

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jamJAR – Extension Attribute Update


A small update this one, but I have rewritten jamJAR’s Extension Attribute in bash.

This is to avoid python prompts in macOS 12+ when running recon.

This updated Extension Attribute can be found here, and should be a drop in replacement for the prior one.

Jamf Switcher – 1.3


We’ve just released a little update to Jamf Switcher, bringing the app to 1.3.

This release is needed if you’re running Jamf Pro 10.30+. As the location and the format of Self Service bookmarks changed with this release from being XML files located within “/Library/Application Support/JAMF/Self Service/Managed Plug-ins/” to a single file located at: “~/Library/Application Support/com.jamfsoftware.selfservice.mac/CocoaAppCD.storedata”

Jamf Switcher will automatically switch over to this new file when present.

MacDevOpsYVR 2021: Digging for download URLs for AutoPkg recipes


Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting at my first MacDevOpsYVR.

A link to the video, slide deck, GitHub repo and links to the other videos etc from MacDevOpsYVR can be found below.

Many thanks to the MacDevOpsYVR team for the great event, and yes 125 slides in 15 minutes 🙂

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Mac, Dev and Ops: The calm before the storm


Tomorrow I’ll be presenting at my first MacDevOpsYVR.

Mat and JD invited myself and fellow London Apple Admin attendee, host, speaker and MacDevOpsYVR 2021 presenter Piero, onto the MacDevOpsYVR Podcast for a chin wag.

The podcast can be found here, if you want to listen to the other folks chatting and me prattling on.

At the time of writing, tickets are still available for MacDevOpsYVR 2021 and can be purchased from here.

The schedule can be found here, and starts today June 9th.

See you there!

MacDeployment 2021: Administering Apple Silicon


Yesterday, it was my honour to remotely speak at MacDeployment 2021, on the subject of Administering Apple Silicon.

And amazingly, all the talks from MacDeployment 2021 are already available online! (in fact, they were available soon afterwards).

A link to the video, slide deck, GitHub repo and links to the other videos etc from MacDeployment 2021 can be found below.

Many thanks to the MacDeployment 2021 team for the great event.

Psst if you watch the video and get to the last section, please check the macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta release notes on Appleseed for IT.
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dataJAR Tech Series: What’s new with macOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon?


Last month, I presented at a dataJAR tech series event where I discussed some of the new management features available in macOS Big Sur and how these can affect Mac administration workflows, as well as changes that might trip you up in regards to managing Apple silicon.

The video for the talk and a PDF of the slides, can be found here.

You’ll also find a talk there from Riley Bruce, Security Community Evangelist Manager, Code42 titled “Understanding Insider Risk Management on macOS”