How to install macOS 12 (Monterey) as a VMware Fusion guest VM

Notes These are just more fleshed out steps from a brief overview in the VMware Fusion communities online forums. Hopefully, these instructions will be obsolete soon in a future update of VMware Fusion (where you can just select macOS 12, drag the installer to the install wizard, and have VMware Fusion do everything for you).… Continue reading How to install macOS 12 (Monterey) as a VMware Fusion guest VM

Script to find application architectures on your Mac

Apple has once again switched architectures. It used to be a switch from PowerPC to Intel. Now it is a switch from Intel to Apple Silicon. Vendors are in the process of switching from releasing Intel only or separate Intel and Silicon binaries to releasing universal binaries (that will work on both Intel and Silicon),… Continue reading Script to find application architectures on your Mac

Signs you may have conflicting MDM profiles in macOS

Jamf doesn’t currently let you easily separate out individual parts of a profile, so if you deploy a Restrictions profile, you have to enforce all the parts of the Restrictions profile. Sure, you can download the profile, un-sign it, modify it, re-sign it, and then re-upload it, but that’s not very easy to then modify… Continue reading Signs you may have conflicting MDM profiles in macOS

Installing macOS in VMware Fusion

Introduction It’s not that difficult to install a macOS guest VM on a macOS host using VMware Fusion and personal (non-enterprise) licenses for VMware Fusion are now cost-free. But here are the actual steps. Get the installer Method 1 There’s a way built into macOS to get the installer using the softwareupdate –fetch-full-installer command in… Continue reading Installing macOS in VMware Fusion

Popping a Munki optional install to the top of Managed Software Center

Most of the time, having optional installs in Managed Software Center be in alphabetical order is fine. Users can scroll through the list or search for optional installs by name. But if you have a long list of optional installs, you may want one or two items that are at the end of the alphabet… Continue reading Popping a Munki optional install to the top of Managed Software Center

Doing quick tests of customized (Swift) Nudge text

Introduction The new Swift version of Nudge is available now, and it provides a lot more customization options (and the ability to use either a .json or a configuration profile to set preferences), including lots of customized text. You can, of course, test out your customized test by deploying Nudge to a test machine that’s… Continue reading Doing quick tests of customized (Swift) Nudge text

Enrolling with management server failed with 500 status

This isn’t a comprehensive “if you get this, these are all the solutions” post. This is more of a “this worked for me, and it may work for you, too” post. If you’re using sudo profiles renew -type enrollment to enroll a Mac in your MDM via DEP (or “automated device enrollment”), you may get… Continue reading Enrolling with management server failed with 500 status

Using diskutil to find secure token users on a Mac

Typically, to find out of if a user account on a Mac has a secure token, you run a command like sysadminctl -secureTokenStatus username Where username is the username of the account you’re checking for a secure token. Several folks on the MacAdmins Slack have mentioned that the most accurate way to get the secure… Continue reading Using diskutil to find secure token users on a Mac

Troubleshooting “zsh: operation not permitted”

If you try to run a script from the Terminal in macOS, you may get an error that says zsh: operation not permitted. As of this writing, the top Google search results for that all point to needing to grant the Terminal full disk access (either via System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy… Continue reading Troubleshooting “zsh: operation not permitted”

WWDC 2021 announcements for Mac admins…

This fall, Apple is going to release its newest OS: macOS 12, Monterey. With that, there are some major improvements to Mac management that were not in Big Sur. Here are some highlights… From What’s new in managing Apple devices System Extensions removal With Big Sur, there were some fairly complicated digital gymnastics you had… Continue reading WWDC 2021 announcements for Mac admins…