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Oct
16

El Capitan - Setup Assistant Screen Capture

New in El Capitan is the ability to take screen captures of the setup assistant windows.  This is going to be very helpful when writing tutorials that involve the first boot setup assistant screens.

For each screen that you want to capture, press command > shift >3.  Upon login, all of the screenshots will be on the desktop.  

As a bonus, you can take a screen capture of the login window and it works the same way.  The next user that logs in will have the screen capture on their desktop.

Oct
01

Create an OS X 10.11 El Capitan installer.

There is a very simple way to create an OS X 10.11 El Capitan installer.
You need the full installer of OS X 10.11 El Capitan and a USB Drive (or something similar)
 
 
OS X 10.11 El Capitan has an executable file createinstallmedia to make a bootable usb.


Command to make an external OS X 10.11 El Capitan installer
This is assumes you have a an external partition named "YOURVOLUMENAMEHERE” (You should probably change your volume name)
Make changed where appropriate

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/YOURVOLUMENAMEHERE/ --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/ --nointeraction

2. Type in your password (Assuming you are an admin)
3. You will see the following:

Erasing Disk: 0%... 10%... 20%...100%...
Copying installer files to disk...
Copy complete.
Making disk bootable...
Copying boot files...
Copy complete.
Done.

Sep
25

System Integrity Protection (SIP)

System Integrity Protection (SIP)

Apple has implemented a new security feature in 10.11, System Integrity Protection, which prevents even super users from altering the contents of files in key System folders. The flags for restricting the folders is applied at the time of installation and cannot be overridden. SIP is designed to protect System files from malware and viruses. 

Disabling SIP requires booting into the recovery partition to run the Terminal command below.

# csrutil disable

which should confirm with status message:

Successfully disabled System Integrity Protection. Please restart the machine for the changes to take effect.

Reboot back into the El Capitan system partition.  

To re-enable SIP, boot back into the recovery partition and set state to enabled:

# csrutil enable

 

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Sep
16

Apple Configurator 2 has a great built-in command-line tool: cfgutil

Apple Configurator 2 has a great built-in command-line tool: cfgutil


Path to cfgutil

/Applications/Apple\ Configurator\ 2.app/Contents/MacOS/cfgutil 


Help Page:

/Applications/Apple\ Configurator\ 2.app/Contents/MacOS/cfgutil help


Check out a great Apple Configurator and Automator site:

https://configautomation.com

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iOS
Sep
08

Odd results after conversion of codes to managed distribution licenses

Many organizations are moving to a MDM server for both shared use and one to one iOS devices. If you plan on assigning organization-owned apps to those devices, you will need to be a member of Apple's Volume Purchase Program and purchase both zero cost and paid apps from the VPP store, selecting managed distribtuion as your license type. Organizations that had previously purchased VPP apps with redemption codes that were largely used for Apple Configurator-based deployments need to request migration as per the instructions in Apple's support article https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202863.

If, after migration, apps appear as only numbers with "B2B" next to them and you do not have any enterprise-owned apps in your distribtuion list, the cause is likely that the app is no longer available in the (iOS/iTunes) App store.

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