Adobe Shared Device Licensing – the 90 minute sign-in reminder is dead!

A major pain point of Adobe’s new Shared Device Licensing (SDL) is was a dialog that would appear 90 minutes following sign-in to a Creative Cloud application. This dialog would prompt the user to confirm that they were still themselves, offering the option to sign-out or continue.

It would also interrupt background processing and rendering in applications like After Effects and Premiere Pro. This impacts people in environments where they would quite reasonably leave a video render churning away overnight, for example. I support shared-use video edit suites where students do this.

On 2019-08-23, Adobe announced, via this forum thread, that the infamous dialog is no more! Although the official Shared Device Licensing Deployment Guide is now out of date as it still has an FAQ that mentions it…

Even better, is this appears to apply to installations that pre-date the announcement. I tested it specifically with Premiere Pro 13.1.4 and Photoshop 20.0.4 and an SDL “license only” package I created in July. For those playing at home, the Creative Cloud Desktop App (CCDA) was the current version, having auto-updated itself. I left the applications open for over 90 minutes. The dialog did not appear during app usage or if I closed and re-opened an app. It didn’t come back when opened a different Creative Cloud app either.

Thank you, Adobe!

2015 MacBook Pro battery recall checker script

So this happened. And it’s not good. And now you might be worrying about how many MacBook Pros you manage that may be at risk.

Here’s a script that might help. Feed it a text file containing the serial numbers of all the 2015 MacBook Pros in your fleet and remediate the ones that are “eligible”. Data is output in CSV format, which you could redirect to a file.

How to use it (once you’ve downloaded and made it executable):

./ /path/to/inputfile.txt

To output directly to a CSV file:

./ /path/to/inputfile.txt > /path/to/outputfile.csv

If you can’t see the script in this post (WordPress has issues embedding from GitHub on some mobile platforms), here’s a direct link for you:

Thanks to Nick Tong for the inspiration behind this. He wrote a Jamf Extension Attribute you can use that’ll tell you which MacBooks are eligible for recall the next time they submit inventory.

Customising the Creative Cloud Desktop App – what Adobe doesn’t tell you


That file ^^. If you’ve ever deployed the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App (CCDA) or any Adobe application that uses it, you might have come across this little nugget. On macOS it lives in /Library/Application Support/Adobe/OOBE/Configs/ and on Windows it’s in C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\Configs\. This is especially interesting if you wanted to have a bit more control over what’s shown or hidden post-deployment (because sometimes we change our minds).

Ben Toms goes into the gory details here. So do read that if this is something you’re encountering for the first time.

You’ll find there’s more to this once you scratch beneath the surface…

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Dad Jokes as a (Self) Service (DJaaS?)

There’s a new craze sweeping the community. “Dad jokes”. The special kind of joke that makes you roll your eyes and cringe because it’s so bad, yet at the same time you feel a great wave of embarrassment because you find it funny.

So why am I blogging about this? I have kids, so any new way to annoy them will naturally peak my interest. But what have dad jokes got to do with systems administration? Let’s see…

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The Great Adobe Purge of 2019 – a helping hand with Autopkg

Before we begin…

Read this:

Then read that:

Then realise that the macOS “package” Adobe provides is actually a zip file that contains this lot:

…which means admins need to do work to deliver and run this on our endpoints. 😦

Here are a couple of Autopkg recipes I put together to try and make things a bit easier:

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MacADUK: Improve your automated MDM enrolments! Resources.

I was lucky enough to share the stage with Joel Rennich at this year’s Apple Admin and Developer Conference UK. We spoke about how to achieve more automation and improve the ways we get Macs enrolled into our MDM solutions. The icing on the cake was a deep dive into some new functionality baked into NoMAD Login AD with the release of version 1.3.0.

Check out the video:

All my slides, documentation, example scripts and other bits and bobs are all available here:

I hope you enjoyed yourself and got something useful to take away. Thanks to the conference organisers and Joel for a great time! 🙂

The Adobe User Sync Tool – I’ve got that “syncing” feeling

At last week’s London Apple Admins meet-up, I spoke about how to get started with the Adobe User Sync Tool (UST). Thanks again to Steve and ThoughtWorks for hosting us and dataJAR for the delicious food and drink!

In my environment, the UST is the core behind automating the process of getting our 30,000-ish directory users up and running with the identities they need to use in the world of Adobe Creative Cloud. With the advent of Shared Device Licensing, this becomes even more important.

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