I was recently asked to create a shortcut on our users’ Desktops to kick off the High Sierra install. We are caching the installer through our management system. In the past I have created a shortcut to the installer on their Desktop, but that required them to click through the many continue buttons. This method will use the startosinstall script from Slack member @bp to start the install with minimal user interaction. Continue reading
Apple packages (.pkgs) are opened by the GUI Installer.app or the command line installer command. If a package is unsigned and gets a quarantine flag (from being transferred over a network), the GUI Installer will refuse to run it. We can get around that with a right-click -> Open, but we shouldn’t be training computer users to ignore security warnings like this.
If you are creating your own packages, and users or techs may run them manually, then you really should be signing them. Even if you are deploying them in a way that a person won’t see a warning, signing packages can be very easy and provide a check that nothing changed since you created it. See below the break for how to easily automate signing packages. Continue reading
I find myself needing the path to a file relatively frequently to add to an email or documentation. I added a service to the Finder contextual menu to get the path to the selected item. This service notifies me with an alert (just for fun) and can be invoked with a keyboard shortcut. This was done in Mavericks (10.9). Most of it should work in 10.8 or 10.7 (except the notification). Continue reading