Custom DEP - Part 1: An Introduction

The future is bright - very bright.

Mar 8, 2017 - 6 minute read

Categories: macOS   DEP   MDM   EMM   AirWatch   jamf Pro   MobileIron  

For the better part of six months, macadmins across the world have been worried about the future of macOS. Whether it’s the rumblings people have heard about imaging being killed or that DEP/MDM could possibly be the only way to manage macOS devices moving forward, it has definitely made for an interesting time.

Configuring LogClientIdentity for Caching Server

Not an integer, not a string, but a boolean.

Feb 18, 2017 - 3 minute read

Categories: macOS   Caching   Server  

In my last post I talked about Cacher 3.0. In the past month and a half I have been extraordinarily busy and unfortunately had some outstanding issues on my GitHub. After working on the issues, I realized that documentation on LogClientIdentity is very poor.

Cacher 3.0

Completely rewritten in Python.

Jan 7, 2017 - 4 minute read

Categories: macOS   Cacher   python  

I recently took part in the macadmins podcast and had a great time, but there was one comment that struck a chord with me - Marcus Ransom thanked me for writing Cacher. Cacher is my most popular github repo and while I get thanked often for creating it, my reaction usually goes something like this:

Managing Sierra's Loginwindow - Redux

An easier approach to managing the loginwindow.

Dec 28, 2016 - 3 minute read

Categories: Loginwindow   macOS   Sierra   EFI   Wallpaper   Macadmin  

A few months ago I wrote a post detailing how to manage the EFI lock screen, loginwindow and trigger the EFI cache. It was updated many times throughout the following days and inevitably caused some confusion.

System Integrity Protection (SIP) changes in macOS Sierra 10.12.2

Welcome changes to SIP in 10.12.2.

Dec 13, 2016 - 1 minute read

Categories: SIP   System Integrity Protection   macOS   Sierra  

With the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.2, Apple has made one welcome change to System Integrity Protection (SIP): you can now re-enable the feature without being booted into the Recovery partition!

The Untouchables Pt 2: Offline TouchBar activation with a purged disk

I've got FDRData in my ESP.

Nov 30, 2016 - 6 minute read

Categories: Activation   macOS   watchOS   TouchBar   MacBook Pro   Sierra  


While I have tried to document and piece together as much as possible here, some of the statements could be inaccurate. Until Apple posts more information about this process, take everything you read below with a grain of salt. If you choose to use the methodologies in production, I offer no warranties to the integrity of your sytem.