Has anyone else noticed that the newest version of Install macOS High Sierra.app for 10.13.6 that is downloaded from the App Store is only 22.7MB and is missing the OS disk image? I make it a habit of creating an external bootable installer for each new OS version following the instructions Apple has documented here. Even though the installer is missing the OS image and since it does still have the createinstallmedia binary, I figured I would give it a shot, but it fails and gives the following error: /Applications/Install macOS High Sierra.app does not appear to be a valid OS installer application. However, this installer does work properly and upgrades the Sierra VM that was used to download it in the first place.
I am guessing that this may be just one more step towards Apple getting rid of imaging. Because if we cannot download an installer with the OS image built-in, we cannot use AutoDMG with ASR scripts and external bootable installers anymore.
Thanks! This is working just fine. I've heard of this script before but never had a need for it. I guess I'm not usually so quick to download the new installer, but this time I beat the App Store folks to the punch.
Thanks @Cbrewer! Can't believe we have to go this route sometimes to get full installer and that Apple would release an update at this time in summer when so many of us are doing upgrade refreshes. Was 1/4th way through 2600 MBAirs with upgrade in place policies and this 10.13.6 update hosed my workflow. Back to the script writing and policy creating board.
I noticed this yesterday, I got the stub installer at around 22MB from multiple machines.
But when I tried this morning to download from the App Store, I got the full v10.13.6 installer which weighed in at just over 5GB.