New stuff unveiled at WWDC 2019!

ZDNet.com has a great rundowns of all the announcements that were made by Apple today.

Lots of new additions to the lineup include brand new OSs (MacOS, iOS, WatchOS, iPadOS, etc.), a brand new monster of a Mac Pro, and an awesome display to go with it.

Also of note, iTunes will cease to exist on the latest MacOS however it will still have life on Windows based PCs.

Check out the full scoop at ZDNet here for further details!

More keyboard problems for MacBooks!

Henry Casey from LaptopMag.com is reporting here that Apple is aware that their new keyboards being used on various MacBook models is experiencing issues that have affected “a small number of users” and has apologized for this.

My takeaway from this…another year, another keyboard issue that Apple can’t seem to rid itself of.  I was listening to a SiriusXM interview discussing all things finance and Apple came up.  The guest, Barry Ritholtz, cut to the chase and said that the innovation when it comes to their laptops is severely lacking and part of that is due to these strange keyboard issues.  I don’t know what the answer is since I’m clueless as to what the hell goes on in their HQ but it’s been four years running that they have been dealing with this.

I also agree with Barry that it may be time to admit that Apple’s creativity and “out of the box” thinking may have died with Steve Jobs.  As an occasional Apple end user and avid repair tech, I remember the days where there was genuine excitement at the unveiling of any new Apple products; it is safe to say that the enthusiasm has waned and may even be getting worse.

Here’s to hoping that Apple pulls it together somehow, someway…

SCEP for Mac is back?

On the security front, Microsoft has announced a few changes including enhancements and renaming of a key product.  Formerly known as “Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection”, it will now be referred to as “Microsoft Defender ATP”.

The main reason for this leads back to the title of this post; this new product will have the ability to support Mac clients along with Windows PCs.  As you may recall, the formerly known as “System Center Endpoint Protection” for Macs was decommissioned effective December 31, 2018 leaving users without a Microsoft supported antivirus solution.

In a perfect world for SCCM admins like myself, having an endpoint solution supporting Windows and macOS all while being managed from within the console would be ideal.  I know they are in the testing stages of the software but if they wanted to pay it smart, they should work hard towards achieving this.  Read more about it here.

Update 04/01/2019: Although I stated in the original post that SCEP for Mac has been decommissioned, you can still install the program (assuming you still have the download .dmg file) and receive the latest definitions but remember that Microsoft can halt this without warning at any time.

Macs being attacked by Windows Malware (!?)

Yes, the headline is correct!  See Paul Wagenseil’s article here in LaptopMag for the full scoop…

In summarizing the developments…

 The Windows malware comes hidden in pirated copies of popular Mac shareware programs found on torrent sites. It uses a widely available software-compatibility framework to run on Macs, then gathers system information and tries to install more Mac malware and adware. The Windows malware has already infected Macs in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and other countries.

I have to say I didn’t envision this one happening but the more I think about it, I shouldn’t be surprised!

macOS Server Phase Out

There has been consensus for some time that macOS Server has taken a back seat in the grand scheme of things and since then Apple released a guide at the beginning of summer designed to assist those to move key roles off of it as its only a matter of time before it is discontinued.  I remember days when there was an actual Apple Server OS which then turned into a Server app that can be installed on top of a macOS client OS and now that will be going away.  Here’s a link to the guide…check it out!

macOS-Server-Service-Migration-Guide

Mojave has arrived…make sure to create your bootable USB drive now!

As expected, Apple has released their latest desktop OS (Mojave 10.14) to the masses.  Aside from setting up a new virtual machine that I use for testing the latest OSs, one of the next things I like to do is create my own bootable USB Flash Drive that I use to perform clean installs on other Macs with.

Here are the steps I followed which resulted in the successful creation of a bootable USB Flash Drive with Mojave ready to install:

Step 1: Format the USB Drive to be Bootable
This is going to format the drive so that it will be a bootable installer, without doing this the drive may not be bootable. If you don’t want to erase the drive, find one you don’t mind formatting instead.  Connect the USB drive to the Mac and launch Disk Utility, then select that USB drive from the left side drive list (be sure you select the USB drive you want to make the bootable installer from)  Click on the “Erase” tab and format the drive as “Mac OS Extended (Journaled), then choose “Erase” and confirm.  Next go to the “Partition” tab and under ‘Partition Layout’ click on the pulldown menu, changing it from “Current” to “1 Partition”.  Change the name to “Untitled” from ‘Untitled 1′ then click on the “Options” button.  Choose “GUID Partition Table” as the partition scheme and choose “OK”.  Click “Apply” and confirm the creation of the partition.  Quit out of Disk Utility when finished.  Now that the drive is ready, you can move on to making the actual installer.

Step 2: Making the macOS Mojave Installer Drive
The next step will actually make the installer drive from the previously formatted USB disk.  If you already have the macOS Mojave installer application in the /Applications/ folder on the Mac, you can skip directly to the “Terminal” part.  Download macOS Mojave from the Mac App Store.  DO NOT INSTALL IT!  When the download completes and the “Install macOS Mojave” app launches, quit out of it immediately then quit the installer.  Launch Terminal app and enter the following command exactly as shown below, copy and paste works fine:

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Untitled /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app –nointeraction

Enter the administrator password when requested (this is required to use the sudo command – the password will not show up and it looks as if you’re not entering anything, that is normal behavior for the command line), then hit the RETURN key to start making the installer.  You’ll see a series of message like the following, let it finish until you see the “Done” message – this may take a while as multiple GB of data have to be transferred:
“Erasing Disk: 0%… 10%… 20%… 30%…100%…
Copying installer files to disk…
Copy complete.
Making disk bootable…
Copying boot files…
Copy complete.
Done.”

When finished and the terminal reads “Done”, exit out of Terminal, you’re ready to use the newly created bootable installer drive!  Good luck!