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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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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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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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Apple warns about compatibility with Windows 10 Creators Update with Boot Camp

Last month Apple released a support article about installing Windows 10 Creators Update on a Mac: First-time installations of Windows 10 Creators Update are not currently compatible with Boot Camp Assistant on macOS. Apple and Microsoft are working to resolve this issue. In the meantime, users wishing to use Windows 10 Creators Update on a Mac can…

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Winclone 6 and WIM (Windows Imaging Format)

  Last month we released Winclone 6 and customers have been using it to migrate and clone Boot Camp partitions on the whole range of Macs that support Boot Camp (including USB-C Macs).  Winclone 6 sports a fancy new look, but the big changes are under the hood.  One of the goals for Winclone 6 was…

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Using Beacons For Home Automation with Indigo

Geohopper has two very useful features: it can easily set up and detect micro-location zones using bluetooth beacons, and it can call webhooks to connect with other services.  In this post I will look at how these two features come together to connect with a home automation app called Indigo. Indigo is an app that…

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Top Features of Winclone 6

We have been working on Winclone 6 for a while now, and have packed it with some great features that make it really easy to backup, clone, migrate and restore your Boot Camp partition.  I wanted to do a blog post and highlight some of the features that I think are really interesting. Top Feature…

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Mass Deployment of Windows with Winclone 6

Winclone 6 adds some great new features to deploying a Boot Camp partition to a bunch of Macs and wanted to talk a bit about what has changed and some best practices. First, Winclone 6 has moved from a block-based image based on NTFSProgs to one that is file-based based on WIMLib.  Winclone 6 still…

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