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Missing Windows Drivers

When moving Boot Camp from one computer to another, missing drivers can cause problems. Anything from the keyboard and mouse not working to Windows not booting. In fact, newer Macs require a SSD driver for Windows to boot correctly. Thankfully, you can inject drivers right into a Winclone image so that when you restore the…

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Imaging Boot Camp with SCCM

I am really proud of the work we did on getting Macs to boot into a WinPE environment and imaging via MDT / SCCM.  Check out the web seminar I did earlier this week that shows setting up a package to do boot macs to WinPE. It also covers a pretty cool feature of customizing…

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Road to Winclone 7

Today we released Winclone 7, and it is the most ambitious release yet. Winclone images, migrates, and restores Boot Camp partitions on the Mac, both for consumers and for mass deployment in enterprise environments. Winclone 7 introduces two new features that have long been a requested for Winclone and I am quite proud that we…

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Introducing Certificate Request

  We are releasing a new app here at Twocanoes Software, and this is one that is especially exciting for me.  The app is called Certificate Request and it makes it a breeze to get digital certificate from Active Directory to your key on your Mac. A long time ago in a past life at…

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TCM 1.1: Screen Sharing

We just released TCM 1.1 with a huge new feature: Screen Sharing. We have seen a bunch of folks in education loving it and see TCM as “Apple Classroom for Macs”.  It was missing one key feature, though: screen sharing. So with the release of TCM 1.1, instructors and IT folks can automatically start screen…

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Switching between File-based (WIM) and Block-Based imaging in Winclone 6

Winclone 6 can clone and restore in 2 different modes: file-based (WIM) or block-based.  The differences are covered in the kbase article here. By default, Winclone 6 creates images using file-based imaging. If there are issues with the meta-data on a file (such as corrupt permissions, date, etc), Winclone may fail to complete the clone….

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Getting a Machine Kerberos Ticket on macOS without binding

The TCS Cert Request tool can be used to request a certificate from Active Directory Certificate authority.  A normal operation is to request a certificate as either a user or the computer. Both require a valid Kerberos ticket. Getting a kerberos ticket as an macOS user is easy. You just need to know the user…

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How the AD Certificate Profile got into macOS when I was at Apple

I have created a macOS command line tool called “tcscertrequest” that submits requests to a Microsoft Certificate Authority from the macOS command line. The request is sent the same way it would be sent from a Windows computer so no modifications to the Windows infrastructure is required to work with the Mac. The history of…

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SecureBoot & the 2017 iMac Pro

SecureBoot One of the areas that Apple has made big improvements with the release of the 2017 iMac Pro is the introduction of SecureBoot.  SecureBoot is a process where the firmware validates the bootloader prior to loading.  It is at the start of the chain of trust that ensures that code that gets run (drivers, kernel,…

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iMac Pro 2017 Questions

The iMac Pro 2017 arrives in the office in 2 days, and I have a bunch of questions that I want answered. We need to be able to support the iMac Pro for Winclone and Boot Runner, but more importantly, the new security features and secure boot are expected to be in future models of…

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Different block size of SSD in the same model MacBook Air

One of the things that Apple has been pretty consistent over the years is that a specific model Mac will have the same hardware if the part number is the same. The PC world is not really like.  When I was creating images for Dell laptops back in the day, the same model laptop purchased…

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iBeacons and ARKit

iOS 11 introduced ARKit with some pretty amazing interactions.  You can interact with virtual elements in the real world with your phone. While ARKit is aware of the geometry of the room the phone is in, it doesn’t know what room it is in. That is where iBeacons can add a new element to interaction…

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Boot Camp on High Sierra

macOS 10.13 High Sierra has now been released, and one of the major features is a new filesystem called APFS.  APFS is not just a filesystem to replace HFS+, but also replaces Core Storage as the volume manager.  How does this affect Boot Camp?  Let’s dive in a bit and look at the progression of…

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Monday release of macOS High Sierra 10.13

Apple did something it had never done before: Released a version of macOS / OS X / Mac OS X on a Monday: macOS 10.13 High Sierra: September 25, 2017 Monday Mac OS X 10.0 Cheertah: March 24, 2001 Saturday Mac OS X 10.1 Puma: September 25, 2001 Tuesday Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar August 23, 2002 Friday…

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Winclone 6 is High Sierra Ready!

With the release of Winclone 6.1.4, Winclone is fully compatible with High Sierra, the latest operating system for the Mac.  We added in a bunch of great features: • Better SIP compatibility.  When you restore a Windows 8 or later Winclone image on a recent Mac (generally 2013 or later), you no longer need to…

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Boot Runner is now High Sierra Compatible!

Boot Runner 2 is ready on day-one for the next version of High Sierra!  We updated Boot Runner to support APFS filesystem on macOS 10.13 High Sierra.  If you are a current Boot Runner customer, get your update from our redownloads page.  You haven’t tried Boot Runner, try it for free!

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The Boot Camp Boot Process

People view Winclone as a cloning and backup/restore utility, but one key function that Winclone does is make sure Windows boots on your Mac.  This may sound straight forward, but it gets complicated pretty quickly depending on the version of Windows and the Mac hardware. Windows can boot two different ways: EFI and what I…

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Windows 10 Creators Update and the Future of Windows

Windows is going through a pretty major shift.  Using the same computer at work and at home drove Windows adoption over the past 2 decades.  Microsoft dominated the office computer and drove adoption when people went to look for a home computer.  Mobile fundamentally changed this landscape, introducing the  “bring your own device” to workplace,…

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