Archive for November, 2022

autopkg-conductor updated to support reporting to Slack and Microsoft Teams

November 19, 2022 Leave a comment

When the autopkg-conductor tool was first written, one of its primary functions was to send the output of JSSImporter to a Slack channel. With JSSImporter being deprecated in favor of JamfUploader, I’ve decided to do the following:

  1. Drop support for JSSImporter.
  2. Add additional reporting options for JamfUploader.

As of the current version to the tool, autopkg-conductor can send output from JamfUploader to the following:

For more details, please see below the jump.

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Downloading macOS IPSW files for use with Mac virtual machines on Apple Silicon Macs

November 17, 2022 Leave a comment

A change between creating Mac virtual machines on Intel Macs and creating them on Apple Silicon Macs is that virtualization on Apple Silicon Macs often assumes that the virtual machine is built using a macOS restore image . These restore images are files with an .ipsw file extension and are commonly referred to as IPSW files.

Apple publishes the download links for macOS restore images via the following URL:

If you look at the XML file from the link above, it provides download links for the current version of macOS for the various Mac models which support running that version of macOS.

Among the various models listed is the model identifier for Mac virtual machines (VirtualMac2,1) created using Apple’s Virtualization framework. This means that we should be able to identify and download the appropriate IPSW file for use when building Mac virtual machines.

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Using this information, I’ve written a script to download the appropriate IPSW file for building macOS virtual machines by checking the file linked above for the download URL associated with the VirtualMac2,1 Mac model. For more details, please see below the jump.

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Apple Device Management Second Edition book coming soon

November 12, 2022 1 comment

Three years back, both Charles Edge and I wrote a book together:

We decided to put the band back together for a Second Edition, which I’m pleased to say is far enough along in the publishing process that it’s been assigned an ISBN number and a listing on Amazon.

While it’s not yet available for pre-order, hopefully you’ll be able to add a pre-order for it to your Christmas shopping list!

Charles and I were also on the Mac Admins Podcast to discuss the new book so if you’re interested in learning more, please see the link below:

Categories: Books, Personal

Downloading macOS Monterey from the App Store

November 11, 2022 Leave a comment

Now that macOS Ventura has been released, it’s become more difficult to access the macOS Monterey installer for those who still need it. Fortunately, macOS Monterey has not been removed from the App Store and it is still available for download. Apple has a KBase article that shows how to access the macOS Monterey page in the App Store, available via the link below:

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To access the macOS Monterey page directly, please click on the link below:

That link should open the App Store and take you to the macOS Monterey download page.

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In the event that you’re blocked from downloading macOS Monterey, you should be able to download it in a virtual machine. I have a post on how to do this, available via the link below:

Categories: Mac administration, macOS
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