macOS High Sierra: First Impressions

dan-snelson
Valued Contributor II

You had me at "Lock Screen"

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JauntVR
New Contributor

Finally...

donmontalvo
Esteemed Contributor II

Ahh...nice! Its these little things that have a huge impact on user experience. Thank you Apple!

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seann
Contributor

FYI - you can use the keychain menu bar icon to do the same :)

BOBW
Contributor II

Not a OS issue but iOS 11, no more swipe up to close apps.... painfully touch a small "x" to close each app

dgreening
Valued Contributor II

Had an issue updating a 10.12.6 b2 FV encrypted Macbook to 10.13 b1 with APFS conversion: kernel panics every time you unlock at the pre-boot. Seems from the documentation that FV isn't the most well-baked feature right now.

dan-snelson
Valued Contributor II

Confirming @dgreening's experience; had to nuke-and-pave to get 10.13 b1 to install.


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donmontalvo
Esteemed Contributor II

VMWare Fusion 8 latest version works fine as long as you don't convert to APFS.

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ryanstayloradob
New Contributor III

@donmontalvo Yeah, I of course, had to try and upgrade my VM to 10.13 and convert to APFS. Fail... Should have expected that.

I upgraded my 2015 12” MacBook to 10.13 and converted to APFS. Took about an hour from download to finish. McAfee doesn’t work, of course. Outlook 2016 15.34 will not launch. OneNote crashes. Microsoft AutoUpdate will not update any Office app. Lots of work to do.

And where did the RSS reader in Safari go? It’s gone in iOS 11 and macOS 10.13.

blackholemac
Valued Contributor III

For all the old-timers here....I figured quite a bit of software would need patched to run well on APFS. I don't know if folks remember Mac OS 8.1 when HFS+ first debuted but I recall lots of software needed patched with the file system change. I'm guessing this will be no different.

jalcorn
Contributor II

didn't even notice that.

arnokenis
New Contributor III

A lot of work ahead for me.
I had a nice modular setup with nested workflows in DeployStudio (deploying image joining them to a domain software) before joining the computers to JAMF. I'm afraid I'll have to re-think the whole thing if we'll be unable to image the AFPS.

dan-snelson
Valued Contributor II

@arnokenis Are DEP and Enterprise Connect / NoMAD options for your environment?


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dgreening
Valued Contributor II

Obviously the topic which I am most interested in is how any large organization is supposed to streamline the re-provisioning and deployment process. Imaging is essentially a one-touch process to kick off the workflow, and at the end you have a machine which is fully provisioned and is ready for user login. It seems to me that future "workflows" which include Internet Recovery, DEP, etc. do not actually "flow" all that well, and will produce a significant increase in time for IT staff to re-provision existing hardware, or to even provision brand new hardware. Lets be serious here, Apple, DEP is not globally available, and as such is not a real solution for a global company.

arnokenis
New Contributor III

@dan.snelson They are options. But it will involve a lot of work. I work for a "big" company (27k+ employees) where the Apple Mac habitat is tiny. We're talking 200 machines. So we had to do a lot of customisation jobs to get the Macs to fit the company systems and processes.

Mac computers have always been treated the lesser computer in our company. They were in seperate subnets and couldn't do anything but browsing the internet and adobe apps. I just finished a project (1,5 years) of making them fully operational within our company (wifi, vpn, sso, ...)

Since a few months we've been working with Jamf. I'll have my work cut out to get it working with DEP. They guys of Jamf warned us that dep is probably the only way to go. But I was hoping I'd have some more time to get it all going.

And enterprise connect is not yet available in Belgium.

blackholemac
Valued Contributor III

While I have access to the build, I haven't had time to investigate this yet and with NDA, none of us here could comment even if we did know.

That being said, I know how I envision it working...at least I hope. The new file system supports snapshots. It would be cool if an MDM or Terminal command would get the OS back to a factory or "predictable clean" state. DEP and/or Setup Assistant takes over from there. An OS update or patch would update the live booted box as well as the snapshot. You would use policies, profiles, packages/Mac App Store, VPP to provision a given system.

I'm certain the real thing is not the same but if I hit it spot on, I pulled this out of my rear end, not from actual development code.

Sign up for a dev account, play with the build and contribute on Apple Developer Forums. That's the best way.

eddiel0w
New Contributor III

Not sure what's so fancy about Lock Screen. This can be accomplished a few other ways.. d39b0f3ef645486588af88eba1ee40b4

gachowski
Valued Contributor II

I thought with the public beta's Apple changed the NDAs .. that said I am sure some of us have Corp NDA with Apple...

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donmontalvo
Esteemed Contributor II

@eddiel0w my guess is the keyboard shortcut the menu item comes with, built in to macOS now.

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mm2270
Legendary Contributor III

@ryanstayloradobe It seems according to Apple's public High Sierra preview page (https://www.apple.com/macos/high-sierra-preview/) that Reader view is now a default when using Safari and visiting sites that support it. I'm not sure how I feel about that, although I do tend to use Reader view to bypass all the annoying ads and other distractions that litter pages these days. Still, I hope it's something we can control individually, just as matter of choice.

gachowski
Valued Contributor II

I thought with the public beta's Apple changed the NDAs .. that said I am sure some of us have Corp NDA with Apple...

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roiegat
Contributor III

I can confirm it works in VM Fusion Pro 8 if you don't convert to AFS.

Also noted that when I partitioned a hard drive and formatted the new partition in AFS, I wasn't able to install the OS onto it. I had to format it as HFS and have the OS installer convert it for some reason. Hopefully this will be fixed in the future.

blackholemac
Valued Contributor III

Right now the ONLY build of 10.13 that exists comes from the Apple Developer Connection which is where the whole NDA thing comes in. Once it makes the public beta, I'm betting it is covered under more liberal terms but if ADC is involved then NDA is usually involved.

blackholemac
Valued Contributor III

@eddiel0w nice hearing from you. On the whole lock screen thing, I have a simple Automator action like you noted. In my case though I welcome the lock screen command as a checkbox feature. I always have windows users ask how to lock the screen. I have to show my applet and demo a hot corner to call it. With this its a built in Finder command with a hot key.

taugust04
Valued Contributor

Has anyone started up a deployment discussion on the 10.13 Beta developer forum? Rich Trouton has done this in the past... I browsed around yesterday and didn't see anything... yet... :-)

taugust04
Valued Contributor

Discussion post started here:

https://forums.developer.apple.com/message/233635

AVmcclint
Honored Contributor

Apple said all iMacs will now ship with Fusion Drives, right? Wasn't there an issue with using FileVault on Fusion Drives? Could I be misremembering something?

StoneMagnet
Contributor III

@AVmcclint Actually it's all iMacs priced higher than $1499 that now come with Fusion drives. And it's Thunderbolt imaging that's problematic with Fusion drives (AFAIK there's no issues with FV2). Of course AFS is going to change the world of imaging as we now know it, so the problems with Fusion imaging may become moot.

bearzooka
Contributor

Hey!

Has anyone noticed a problem creating users in High Sierra?

I have an QuickAdd package running and it gets stuck at the "Creating user jssmanagement…" step, according to jamf.log

Also, some other IT users that I create using a package are visible in System Preferences but I can't see the corresponding Home folders. Could it be that HS is "smart enough" to delay the Home Folder creation until the user actually logs in?

Thanks.

kerouak
Valued Contributor

I was quite enjoying the experience, Then, My Jamf policy for "more than 3 updates available" killed it!

Black screen... oh dear..

I'm investigating what 'broke' and will post my findings...

Awesome wallpaper though... Looks just like a picture of a drive between Dundee and Perth (Scotland) during Autumn.

Beautiful spalsh of colour!

Nix4Life
Valued Contributor

APFS now supported in VM Fusion 8

znilsson
Contributor II

Lock Screen was already in macOS, the key command is Command-Opt-Eject/Power key. Looks like all they did was change the keybinding and make it a menu item. Still a nice improvement though, most Mac users don't appear to know about the current Lock Screen key combo.

gachowski
Valued Contributor II

In my experience the key command is that the Command-Opt-Eject/Power key triggered the setting in require password in after sleep or screen saver begins in the security system pref. However the screen lock menu item from Keychain prefs locks it right away independent of what that setting is.

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wakco
Contributor

The lock menu in the keychain prefs has been removed, also the "Command-Opt-Eject/Power key" or keychain menu lock screen methods both try to sleep the computer first, while the new Lock Screen under the Apple Menu takes you to the lock screen first. Command-Opt-Eject/Power key method still works.

bearzooka
Contributor

Has anyone came across issues binding a High Sierra machine to an Active Directory.

I've tried this several times (manually, with a script and with a policy) and every time, after seemingly being properly bound, the machine won't come back from a reboot and it gets stuck on the Apple logo screen with about 70% of the bar full. After this, the only option is to erase the disk and reinstall macOS.

So now, I guess I should stop testing this until a new beta version comes out.

dan-snelson
Valued Contributor II

@bearzooka With Build 17A291m, our custom Active Directory binding scripts are working as expected.


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dan-snelson
Valued Contributor II

@bearzooka Correction: I believe I've duplicated your issue post-reboot. Do you have a Radar number?


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caboundeh
New Contributor II

I am seeing the same issue with AD Bind version 17A291m were the OS runs as expected, then run the AD bind and the OS hangs at reboot.
The only fix is to re-install.

jconte
Contributor II

We are having the same bind issue using the JAMF policy that we currently use for 10.10-10.12 machines. Interestingly, I was able to manually bind using the Directory Utility. Once I restarted and tried to login it accepted my domain credentials, displayed how many days until my password expired and then told me I couldn't login because an error occurred.

bearzooka
Contributor

@dan.snelson Please don't mind my n00b-ness but… what is a Radar number?
Thanks!