For the July Dallas Apple Meetup I did a talk on macOS preferences and profiles. My slide deck, scripts, and reference links to all the tools I used in the talk can be found below:

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10.13.4 UAMDM

10.13.4 is now live! With this release we get the final form of User-Accepted Mobile Device Management (UAMDM) or at least a more polished version.

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macOS Wifi Scanning

Have you ever just wanted to see all the wireless networks around you? Apple provides quite a few tools to help do this out of the box including a really nice command line tool called airport. But what if there was more…

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macOS Beta Images

Apple releases new macOS betas pretty frequently and you test all of those betas, right? Well what if I told you there are some features you can’t test. Not because you don’t want to but because Apple doesn’t give you the tools.

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Disable FMM in Enterprise

Find My Mac (FMM) is a service from Apple that allows individual iCloud users to locate their devices as long as they are signed in and the device has a valid internet connection. The problem, in enterprise, is we often do not want these services up and running due to security. You can disable the ability to sign into iCloud all together but what if you want to just stop FMM?

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10.12.4 locationd

Update: I made an incorrect assumption regarding SIP and the change with 10.12.4. This post has been corrected. Thanks Patrick Gallagher and Pepijn Bruienne for pointing out the mistake. New with 10.12.4, Apple has decided to protect the locationd LaunchDaemon with System Integrity Protection (SIP). If you are not aware the locationd daemon is used for Location Services. This is the process that drives: FindMyMac, “Set time zone automatically using current location”, it allows applications to locate your computer, and more.

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python2 and tls

For your Friday viewing pleasure I present the following cartoon. Credit: Background In case you do not know Apple deprecated the usage of OpenSSL in favor of Common Crypto, back with the release of OS X Lion (10.7) in 2011. On Apple’s latest operating system macOS Sierra (10.12) OpenSSL is currently at version “0.9.8zh” with very little indication that it will get updated. Now this is a specific build that Apple created and it does have a few back-ported fixes however this version doesn’t support TLSv1.

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Clayton Burlison

Just another nerd writing and documenting things he finds interesting.

Mac System Engineer

Texas, USA