Category: Mac admin’ing

  • Using the distribution-style flag in munkipkg for PreStage Enrollment in Jamf

    Even though Jamf has its own package creation tool (Jamf Composer), there are lots of great reasons to use munkipkg instead for creating custom packages, as Elliot Jordan outlines in You might like MunkiPkg. One of the keys munkipkg has is the distribution-style key (more details in the munkipkg README), which is usually fine to […]

  • Managed Software Center may get stuck on “Starting Adobe installer…”

    If you import an Adobe installer into your Munki repo, you may get it stuck on the installation part where Managed Software Center (or Munki’s logs) will just say Starting Adobe installer… and get stuck on that perpetually (I waited “only” a half hour, but it could possibly stay indefinitely). I searched in the MacAdmins […]

  • Modifying a distribution .pkg that has max macOS version requirements

    What’s the problem? A vendor has the option, when creating a macOS distribution package, to put in a minimum and/or maximum macOS version. That can make things slightly annoying if you’re trying, for example, to test out the current vendor package on a beta macOS version (or even a fully released macOS version that the […]

  • Deploying default Chrome settings to Macs

    You can, of course, manage certain Chrome settings via Google Workspace Admin, but what if you don’t want to manage things like the homepage, but you just want to set defaults for new deployments, and you still want users to be able to change those settings later? Google has something called an Initial Preferences file […]

  • Making a custom Nudge launch agent

    Introduction Nudge releases generally come as Nudge, Nudge logger, and the Nudge launch agent. As of this writing, the Nudge launch agent will launch up Nudge every 30 minutes. The package is also signed: If you’re creating your own launch agent, you may want to code-sign it, or you may not have to, depending on […]

  • Ensure your VMware Fusion Macs enroll in Jamf as Computers, not Devices

    It used to be that you could create a VMware Fusion virtual machine Mac, enroll it in Jamf (either by spoofing the serial number for Automated Device Enrollment or just using an auto-generated VM serial for manual enrollment). Recently (not sure when, exactly), you may have noticed if you try to enroll a VMware Fusion […]

  • Using Nudge’s targetedOSVersionsRule

    With a single .json file or a single MDM-delivered configuration profile, you can have various deadlines and desired OS versions for Nudge, depending on the current macOS version of the client. Let’s say, for example, you want an earlier deadline for client machines on a very old build but a later deadline for other client […]

  • Finding out which organization Office 365 is activated with

    If you want to see what organization Office 365 is activated with, you can take a peek at the user preferences: defaults read This is a bit tricky, though. At first glance, it might seem defaults read OfficeActivationEmailAddress is the best indicator of what account is signed in, but that value will remain […]

  • Basic default behavior in Nudge (Swift, not Python)

    A couple of years ago, I published an Introduction to Nudge. At the time, Nudge was written in Python and worked in Catalina. The new version of Nudge is written in Swift and works for Big Sur and Monterey (and presumably Alcatraz and beyond). This new version of Nudge has a whole bunch of configurable […]

  • 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). […]