When Big Sur released, I noticed an issue trying to discover what macOS versions were available in SoftwareUpdate. I worked around this by using the installinstallmacos.py script to download full installers from the store. This script/tool is solid, but I was really hoping to be able to just do the updates using softwareupdate. Awhile back I filed feedback with Apple to the following: The –fetch-full-installer parameter for the softwareupdate command line tool is awesome, but there’s currently no way to discover the list of available values for the –full-installer-version parameter. [Read More]
Converting Jamf Custom Schema JSON for Workspace ONE UEM
Picking out Custom Settings XML - Demystifying the Schema
Periodically, I see app vendors providing custom JSON schema files to help build app-specific configuration profiles for MDM (specifically Jamf). Workspace ONE UEM supports app-specific configuration, but currently via Custom Settings in an XML format. While many vendors also suppply a custom mobileconfig file or Custom Settings dictionary that can be used with Workspace ONE UEM, I hope in this post to show how any Workspace ONE admin can manually convert a Custom Schema JSON file to Custom Settings XML. [Read More]
Updated GitHub Actions to Publish Hugo Site From Private to Public Repo
Still keeping half-baked ideas and drafts private!
When I restarted my blogging journey last year, I went with Hugo to generate a static website hosted as a GitHub Pages site. As mentioned, Blogger and WordPress always suffered recurring problems, and maintenance with WordPress still turned into a time suck due to its complexity. By comparison, GitHub has been a nearly painless hosting provider, and the way I’ve configured it has allowed me to keep drafts hidden by staging in a private repository. [Read More]
Troubleshooting macOS Management with Workspace ONE
TLDR: Did you check the logs?
Short post today - just to cover some thoughts on my most recent asset published to TechZone. I finally sat down and dug out all my notes on troubleshooting macOS and put them all together into a single, comprehensive macOS Troubleshooting Guide. This thing was the result of almost 46 hours of fingers on keys: typing, formatting, and testing. I truly hope you all get some value out of it, and do feel free to send me feedback if you’d like it extended and/or notice something missing. [Read More]
Deploying NoMAD over VMware Per-App Tunnel
Active Directory Sync Features Without Being On-Network
Some folks recently reached out to me asking for help figuring out how to route NoMAD traffic over VMware Tunnel. Basically, the ask was to use Per-App Tunneling to give NoMAD the ability to obtain Kerberos Tickets and Sync AD passwords without being directly on the Enterprise network. If you’re familiar with my previous article about the macOS Catalina Kerberos SSO Plugin, you’ll know that Apple’s built-in functionality in Catalina doesn’t work well with Per-App Tunneling. [Read More]
Modify ZShell Defaults in macOS
Making Terminal More Useful!
I’m finding myself using the Terminal quite a bit more in my job. I spent a few minutes over the past few days looking at different ways to make the default terminal layout in macOS better. While there are many plugins out there for doing this (Oh-My-Zsh), I wanted to do something a little more straightforward. How You Change zsh Default Layouts Armin Briegel has a great article about customizing the zsh prompt in his moving to zsh series. [Read More]
macOS Big Sur and Kerberos SSO via Per-App Tunnel
If you’ve read my blogs about macOS Catalina Kerberos SSO over Per-App Tunnel and the followup, you’ll know that this has been a use-case I’m interested in solving. I put a great deal of effort into filing feedback with Apple and providing steps to replicate the issue. I was quite excited when I saw the per-app Tunnel improvements specifically mentioned in the WWDC videos, and hoped perhaps some changes were made to enable this functionality. [Read More]
Using GitHub Actions to Publish Hugo Site From Private to Public Repo
Keeping ideas and drafts private until they're fully baked
I restarted my blogging journey earlier this year when I started looking into Jekyll Hugo to generate a static website. I had past experience with Blogger and Wordpress, but frankly had periodic problems with both platforms that ended up being a time suck. As it has been, Hugo has been a simplistic publishing method and GitHub a reliable (and FREE) hosting provider. Yet, my desire to keep my drafts private (. [Read More]
Building a Basic Azure HomeLab for Testing Workspace ONE UEM
Quick and Dirty, No-Frills, Azure Lab
NOTE: This is still under construction but I wanted to share what I had so far… Two things intersected for me this weekend: Issues with my current lab setup, and realization of some unused credits with my MSDN subscription. This led me down the path of building a basic Azure homelab for Workspace ONE UEM testing. My intent of this blog post is to document the process for myself to re-use, but I also invite your comments on how to improve the scenario. [Read More]
macOS Catalina Kerberos SSO over VPN Followup
Making Some Progress, But Still Awaiting A Fix!
I’ve been going back and forth with Apple about some of the issues I previously found using the macOS Catalina Kerberos SSO over Per-App VPN. As it turns out, they acknowledged some of the issues I was seeing and are supposedly working on a fix. I’ve been watching the past few beta releases for macOS, and I’ve not yet seen anything in the release notes to indicate they’ve implemented any fixes. [Read More]