Hat Tip to another Adam. I recently discovered these when poking around in Adam Codega’s Github. There’s a couple especially I want to draw attention to. BatteryHealthCA.sh This little script will get the battery service level, plus tell you the number of power cycles the battery has had. It will appear as something like “Normal (256)”. Battery condition is normal and has had 256 cycles. From there in Mosyle, you can create a Smart Device Group where the criteria is for that field is like “Service Recommended” as you can see below. Here’s the direct link. KernelPanicCA.sh This script will tell you how many kernel panics a device has had… Read More »Custom Commands for Mosyle
I’ve used a few different MDMs in my time as a MacAdmin, I’ve written about my transition from WorkspaceONE to Mosyle and I really much prefer it. I noticed today that one user isn’t using FileVault. I have a deferral set to 5 times. Which now I’m thinking might be a bit high. I was wondering how many times that user has deferred FileVault. I saw you could use fdesetup to see info about deferral. So I made a quick and dirty script for that. I used Mosyle to blast it out to all devices with Filevault off (that required having a smart group), and told it to run on… Read More »fdesetup
Ran into a quick problem that I thought I’d quickly blog about. AutoPKG’s data folders are all sitting on an external drive. First off, “Ignore ownership on this volume” was checked off, and AutoPKG doesn’t like that. That was a first for me, I’ve always had AutoPKG running on the internal drive. I turned that on, gave myself ownership and read & write and then propagated permissions down. On the next run I got: Got some quick help from MacAdmins #AutoPKG channel. Suggested I give python full disk access. That solved the problem. Python was already in the PPPC panel for Full Disk Access, so I checked it off, but… Read More »AutoPKG storage on external drive
Text I type is green, computer replies are purple. I had a weird issue this morning. A teacher brought in her school Mac. She was unable to authorize the computer to allow screen sharing in Zoom. Everything in our MDM was set properly. Standard users were allowed to make their own decisions for screen capture1. I clicked on the lock icon to authenticate there. It wouldn’t accept my credentials as the admin user. A bit about our workflow. Device in Apple School Manager and assigned to our MDM (Mosyle) Computer turns on and goes through Automated Device Enrollment (ADE) and hands off to Mosyle Authenticate to Mosyle via Google Mosyle… Read More »Broken Admin Account
Why I’m writing this I wasn’t originally planning to write a blog post about this. I am not on the bleeding edge and others have done it, but I hit some roadblocks along the way and I couldn’t find good answers. In addition, Orlando asked me in #toronto on MacAdmins Slack if I was going to, and how can I say no? Why I did it During the pandemic I found that it was a bit painful to get a new Mac up and ready to go out of the box for our teachers at home. While I’m hoping that we will be spending all of the 2021-2022 school year… Read More »Hosting Munki in an S3 bucket from Wasabi
A few days ago, Anthony Reimer posted to his blog about Recognition, Retirement, and Remembrance. I suggest you give it a read. I don’t have much to say about Retirement and Remembrance, but I do feel I have a lot to say about recognition. While we don’t have any formal place to acknowledge recognition, I feel I can do so here. First off, I should thank: Anthony Reimer I’ve gotten to know Anthony over the past few years. My last trip to MacAdmins we got to spend some time together in person and chat about everything and anything. He’s very knowledgable and extremely supportive of the community. While he’s not… Read More »Recognitions
God, is my memory so bad that I barely remember “Resolution” which I watched 8 days ago? That was quite the deep swig of burning hot tea. You can even see the steam rising from the thermos. Captain Jack is in the opening titles. Good for him. Doctor Who needs to stop pretending humans are so dumb they never remember Daleks. Especially someone in government. Ahh, the Doctor in jail due to the Jadoon. Poor Ood in jail. That’s a lot of ticks. The Doctor has been there a while. I like the look of this TARDIS. At least someone remembers what a Dalek is. Where are the rest of… Read More »Doctor Who Story 296 – Revolution of the Daleks
Farewell, Sarah Jane Oh, this is a story! It’s about Sarah Jane, not Elisabeth. Apparently every companion came to her service. Haha! Random tricker plot as a side note. This is nicer than I expected. Ace! Clive’s grown up! Aww, Luke has a picture of him with him mum framed. They keep saying him about the Doctor, she’s a she. The Archive of Islos Well, the animation is shit, and it looks more like Star Wars than Doctor Who. Why does that space Dalek have a hullahoop around it? Do you wish to apply for a membership card? Robot to Dalek So far only Daleks and Robots have spoken, and… Read More »Doctor Who Story xx – Farewell, Sarah Jane & Daleks!
Ascension of the Cybermen Oh. That was good. The opening credits inside the eye of the decapitated Cyberman. Bosh! This might be the most visceral war we’ve ever seen in Doctor Who. It’s the story of a collaborator. This might be the first time the Cybermen seemed capable of harm. Graham being proud of saving these humans is great. Vent the atmosphere, Yas! The Master!!! The Timeless Children They killed one of the last humans. Is that a stargate at the top of the stairs? Don’t make me cry Graham!!! Yas is awesome and the humans are totally better than the Doctor. So many child actors are now canonically the… Read More »Doctor Who Story 295 – Ascension of the Cybermen/The Timeless Children
Lord Byron and Mary Shelley, I know who one of those is, and I’ve heard of the other. I’m 33 minutes into this episode. This is all I’ve written so far.