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  • A look into the challenge of meetings

    October 22, 2019 by

    TL;DR – Meeting can be evil 😈 unless you structure them with clear goals and desired outcomes. Scheduling the right meetings at the right time is something I do not have my grip on yet. Many variables go into this. Let’s start with the most basic one, who should attend? We are a team of… Read more

  • Zombieloadattack and force updating MacOS – part 2

    May 17, 2019 by

    Patching your MacOS to the latest version is only a partition solution, it prevents JavaScript exploits via safari. It does not resolve the issues for other browsers for now. When researching I ran into this article that explains a bit more on how this works: https://www.tugraz.at/en/tu-graz/services/news-stories/tu-graz-news/singleview/article/nach-meltdown-und-spectre-tu-graz-forscher-entdecken-neue-sicherheitsluecken0/ Store-to-Leak Forwarding Store-to-leak forwarding also reads pre-loaded data by… Read more

  • Zombieloadattack and force updating MacOS

    May 15, 2019 by

    10.14.5 was released today. At the same time news of a brand new vulnerability that can get low-level access to your Macs memory. Well not all Macs, but if it was built in the last 10 year basically.  But wait there is more! The awesome thing about it is that it’s can be done when… Read more

  • macOS security – Secure Kernel Extension Loading (SKEL)

    January 21, 2019 by

    Some background first As we get ready to approve kernel extension for our Apple fleet, here is some background on how things evolved. Kernel extension (KEXT) – MacOS kernel combines the features of a microkernel (load the minimum to run the OS separately from other services) and a monolithic kernel (everything needed for the OS,… Read more

  • APFS- Apple file system

    December 18, 2018 by

    As I was reading the book “macOS Installation” by Armin Briegel, I realized I need to learn more about APFS, here is a summary of what I found. Why APFS is here HFS is 30 years old, was designed when there were no permission, no hard links, no extended attributes and checksum in mind. Apple… Read more

  • Changing wallpaper on new users computer

    November 29, 2018 by

    I’m learning to love Jamf every day and this time it’s the simple task of setting the wallpaper for newly installed computers . There is a simple way to setup a Wallpaper with a configuration profile. However, this will force the wallpaper and people will not be able to replace it later. I did not… Read more

  • Working with Plist files

    November 8, 2018 by

    In this article we will go over .plist files, defaults command and some software to work with plist files. Background info All of the Macs preferences are stored in plist files (property list file). Some settings are not accessible from the GUI of the MacOS or its applications preferences menus. You might also want to… Read more

  • Fully loaded Mac – in the past

    November 1, 2018 by

    We covered the features Apple is giving us to manage our macs in the previous post. However, some of those features are not yet available in Israel. They will show up here eventually, possible with Apple Business Manager release in the next few months. In the meantime let discuss how we used to deploy new… Read more

  • Management framework by Apple for the MacAdmins of today

    October 25, 2018 by

    The last few weeks were intense. I was away from my family, my day to day life, habits and work because I was doing the JAMF 200 and 300 courses and certification one after the other in a matter of two weeks. We have been integrating JAMF for our Mac and iOS devices after working… Read more

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