There’s a new JSS companion tool, called JSS MUT, which allows you to perform mass actions based on a CSV. Basically, set fields and enforce mobile device names (becoming a very common need out there). If you’re a JSS admin, it’s a nice tool, and a big should out to Michael Levenick for making it free!
Official website is at http://jssmut.weebly.com.
Hat tip to Trey Howell for clueing us in! 🙂
krypted July 18th, 2016
Posted In: JAMF
Looks like Sal et al posted a suite of Automator Actions to link the Casper Suite to Apple Configurator at https://configautomation.com/jamf-actions.html. In my limited tests so far they work pretty darn well!
Some pretty cool things here, like having the JSS rename a mobile device when managed through Apple Configurator, having Apple Configurator instruct the JSS to remove a device from a group, clear passcodes, update inventory, and other common tasks involved in workflows when leveraging Apple Configurator for en masse device management. Good stuff!
krypted July 14th, 2016
While I’ve only gotten to Level 16 in Pokémon Go so far, I have taken a decent amount of notes and thrown them at http://krypted.com/pokemon-go-tutorial/. Thanks to the others at JAMF Software for getting me started on documenting this stuff, and if anyone sees anything I missed please feel free to comment!
krypted July 9th, 2016
Posted In: Gaming
I don’t like hunting through multiple apps to turn off a light in my house. Therefore, I’ve been trying to get everything centralized in the Wink app. When it comes to managing Philips Hue lights, the Wink can turn them on and off, as well as change the percentage that a bulb is lit, acting as a dimmer.
Philips Hue lights run through a bridge, known as the Hue Bridge. This device bridges the Wi-fi network and allows the Philips Hue app to control your lights. Once your Hue lights are configured, open the Wink app and tap on Add a Product.
At the Add a Product screen, tap on Lights.
At the Lights screen, tap on Hue Lights.
At the Philips Lights screen, tap on Next.
At the next screen, tap on Sign In.
At the Link Account screen, enter the email address and password and then tap on Log in.
At the Welcome screen, tap on Yes.
At the next screen, tap on Connect Now
Tap on the only button on the Hue Bridge.
Once the Wink app can communicate with the Hue bridge, tap on the Done button.
The lights that are running through your Hue Bridge will then be displayed in the Lights screen.
You can organize your lights into Groups. For example, if you have multiple bulbs in a single room, you might choose to group them together. To do so, tap on New Group.
Provide a name for your new group and check the box for each light to add to the group.
The app has then been setup and you can control your lights.
krypted July 8th, 2016
One of my favorite options in the latest round of home automationry is the ability to voice control all the things. The Wink has a pretty substantial list of supported home automation devices. The Alexa can control the Wink. Therefore, the Alexa can do all the things, even though integrations with Alexa were not built for most of those devices by Amazon.
The beauty here lies in the ubiquity of APIs these days. Alexa has a recipe-style option called a Skill (further humanizing her). Basically, you add the Wink skill, then scan for devices that are connected through the Wink, then viola, tell Alexa to do something to them. To get started, open the Alexa app and tap on Skills. Search for Wink and then tap on Enable.
At the Wink screen, enter the username and password for your Wink account and then tap on Sign In.
Provided all goes well, you’ll then be told that Alexa linked with Wink (there’s a joke there… anyone?).
Alexa doesn’t know about your devices that are connected through Wink yet. So now tap on Discover Devices.
The app then shows all the devices connected. Mine will have about 20, but I’ve only got two setup for now.
From the Wink app, let’s add another device.
Then let’s tap Discover Devices again from the Alexa app.
Any new devices are then displayed.
Different devices have different voice commands. For example, a thermostat can change the temperature whereas a light switch can turn on and off, a dimmer can be set to a certain percentage of power, or a garage door opener can open a garage door. Now, if I can only find the dip-switch controlled coffee pot and hook it up to an automated receptacle so Alexa can make me a cup of coffee…
krypted July 7th, 2016
The Ring is a great little device. I love it when I see an alert on my Apple Watch, tap a button on my phone, and then see the UPS deliverer walking away from my front door. When you’re home though, it’s nice to have a door chime. The first thing you do when you’re setting up one of these is to join a wireless network called Chime-****something****. This is pretty common in the home automation world. Devices ship running as a WAP so you can wirelessly control and set them up.
Once the device joins the wireless network, open the Ring app and then verify that you’re joined to the right wireless network. If you need to leave the app and join the right network, do so.
Provided that you’re joined to the Chime network, the Chime will then scan for Wi-Fi networks.
Once the networks have been listed, choose the one yours will live on (or use the Add Hidden Network option if you have a suppressed SSID).
When prompted, provide a password for the network.
The chime then completes setup and should be audible when the button on the Ring is pressed.
krypted July 6th, 2016
Posted In: Home Automation
The practical uses of Wearables and Home Automation never cease to amaze me. I recently added a Kinsa thermometer to my collection of useful toys. This little device uses the 1/8th inch jack like the original Jawbone did. It works like a regular thermometer, but displays temperature on an app that runs on the iPhone. It’s simple to setup and once setup, works the same as any other thermometer.
Due to the power of the Internets, you can then select symptoms and check for common ailments that match.
You can also look at your history, tracking the rise and fall of your temperature.
Overall, a cool little device and a cool little app.
krypted July 4th, 2016
There are two main garage door openers in the home automation space. The first is the Chamberlain MyQ and the second is the GoControl. The hardest part about setting up the MyQ was that I had to hit a funny orange button on my existing non-automated Chamberlain opener and then hit the button on the opener in my car to sync ’em up. It took about 10 tries, but eventually it worked.
Once configured, I didn’t love the loud noise the device made to open the garage door (guessing that because it’s compared with a strobe that this is a safety measure). Once the Chamberlain is configured, open the Wink app. Then tap Add A Product and then tap on Garage Doors.
At the Garage Doors screen, tap MyQ Garage Door.
At the Chamberlain Garage screen, tap on Next to verify that you want to add a MyQ to the Wink.
At the Get MyQ App screen, tap on I Have An Account (unless you don’t have an account yet, then tap on Get MyQ App and download the app, setup the garage door, and create an account).
At the Connect Account screen, tap on the Connect Now button.
At the MyQ overlay of the Link Account screen, enter your credentials and then tap on Authenticate.
Provided the authentication worked, tap on Done. Tap Name Garage Door and provide a name for the door (useful if you have two doors).
Next, use the Wink app to test the opener.
krypted July 3rd, 2016
Posted In: Home Automation
The JSS has the ability to upload multiple .vpptokens, and using those, you can upload separate tokens for sites and then provide App Store apps to different sites based on each having some autonomy by having their own token. This is a pretty cool feature. And using the GUI, you can see when each token expires. You can also see a list of tokens using the API. To see a full list of all the tokens, we’ll just use a basic curl command here:
curl -s -u myuser:mypassword https://kryptedjamf.jamfcloud.com/JSSResource/vppaccounts
This provides an array of output that has the number of tokens in <size> and the id of each along with their name in <id> and <name> respectively, as follows
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><vpp_accounts><size>2</size><vpp_account><id>2</id><name>test</name></vpp_account><vpp_account><id>3</id><name>test2</name></vpp_account></vpp_accounts>
Once you know the id of a token, you can pull a bunch of information about that token using the following command:
curl -s -u myuser:mypassword https://kryptedjamf.jamfcloud.com/JSSResource/vppaccounts/id/2
The output would be as follows, with the expiration_date indicated:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><vpp_account><id>2</id><name>test</name><contact/><service_token>xxxxxxxxxxyyyyyyyyyyyzzzzzzzzzaaaaaaaabbbbbbbbbbccccccc</service_token><account_name>krypted</account_name><expiration_date>2017/06/30</expiration_date><country>US</country><apple_id/><site><id>-1</id><name>None</name></site><populate_catalog_from_vpp_content>true</populate_catalog_from_vpp_content><notify_disassociation>true</notify_disassociation></vpp_account>
Or to limit the output to just the expiration date of the token, we’ll use sed to constrain:
curl -s -u myuser:mypassword https://kryptedjamf.jamfcloud.com/JSSResource/vppaccounts/id/2 | sed -n -e 's/.*<expiration_date>\(.*\)<\/expiration_date>.*/\1/p'
The output should just be a standard date, as follows:
You can then loop through the output of the vppaccounts, build an IFS array, and display the dates for each, listing sites that are about to expire. For anyone that has a lot of sites with individual tokens, this might come in handy. Enjoy.
Hat tip: I thought I’d have to do this using a database query, but it turns out that the field where the stoken is stored contains encrypted data different than the initially encoded base64, which I showed how to decrypt at What’s Really In A VPP Token File from Apple’s VPP?. This is to keep that data private. Instead, hat tip to Christian Dooley, who figured out that this is actually available in the API instead, and therefore I didn’t have to hit the database directly to write this article.
krypted June 30th, 2016
Posted In: JAMF