Archive for September 20, 2016

Blocking Siri on macOS Sierra

September 20, 2016 8 comments

Siri is a welcome addition to macOS Sierra, but in certain environments it’s a service which needs to be disabled. For those Mac admins who need to do this, here are the relevant keys:

Stop Siri from running:

Block Siri’s menubar icon:

For those who want to disable Siri using management profiles, I’ve created .mobileconfig files and posted them here on Github:

Hat tip to Brad Vrooman for posting about the correct settings.

Categories: Mac administration, macOS

Suppressing Siri pop-up windows on macOS Sierra

September 20, 2016 9 comments

Starting in 10.7.2, Apple set the iCloud sign-in to pop up on the first login.

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In 10.10, Apple added a new Diagnostics & Usage window that pops up at first login after the iCloud sign-in.

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In 10.12, Apple added another new pop-up window for Siri.

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To stop the Siri pop-up window from appearing for your home folder, run the command shown below:

defaults write DidSeeSiriSetup -bool TRUE

Since you normally will be able to run this command only after you’ve seen the Siri pop-up window, I’ve updated my script for suppressing the iCloud and Diagnostic pop-up windows to now also suppress the Siri pop-up window. For more details, see below the jump.

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Building a Casper smart group containing Sierra-incompatible Macs

September 20, 2016 4 comments

As part of preparing for macOS Sierra, I’m planning to provide a way for my customers to upgrade themselves to Sierra via Casper’s Self Service. Unlike the upgrade process I was able to provide for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, where I could filter based on whether or not a particular Mac could run OS X 10.8.x, Sierra’s system requirements exclude some Macs which can support running OS X El Capitan.

To help make sure that Self Service wasn’t providing the option of upgrading to macOS Sierra to a Mac which couldn’t run it, I needed to compile lists of which Mac models could and couldn’t run macOS Sierra, based on the system requirements that Apple provided. For more details, see below the jump:

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Disabling iCloud Drive and Document Syncing

September 20, 2016 2 comments

In the course of my testing of macOS Sierra this week, I decided to turn on iCloud Desktop and Documents syncing. This was my reaction:

I can’t discuss the details of my testing yet because the macOS Sierra NDA still applies until Sierra is released on September 20, 2016. However, for those Mac admins who have also tested this and wish to block it in their own environments ahead of macOS Sierra’s release, I’ve built a management profile and made it available via the link below:

This profile has been tested and works on OS X 10.11.6 and later. It restricts access to the iCloud Drive settings in the iCloud preference pane by graying out iCloud Drive and making it non-selectable.

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