Packaging for Apple Administrators

Packaging for Apple Administrators by Armin Briegel Book Summary

**New, updated version!** 
**Oct 14, 2019 with new examples and Catalina notes**
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The essential introduction for system administrators to using, analyzing and building installation package files (pkg) on macOS.

In this book you will learn:

- How to work with packages, analyze them without installing and install them from the command line and remotely
- How to inspect packages with the tools built into macOS and third party tools
- How to build your own packages, from simple packages to complex - How to use the tools for package creation and customization from macOS and some third-party tools

Working with installation packages is a fundamental skill for any system administrator. Package files are versatile and used in many ways, wether you use Jamf Pro (aka Casper), Munki, Filewave, LanRev, Apple Remote Desktop or a different management system.

This book will introduce you to the installation package file format (pkg). It will give you many examples on various techniques and strategies to build packages which will scale from small workgroups to large enterprise or school level deployments. 
It also discusses larger concepts such as testing, scripting and configuration management.

Table of Contents:

About this Book
Installation
- Installing Packages
- Inspecting Packages
- Inspector Applications
- Testing Package Installation
Building Packages
- Building
- Installation Scripts
- Signing Packages
- Payload-Free Packages
Re-Packaging
- Re-Packaging Applications
- Custom Installers
Configuration Files
- Challenges
- Configuration Profiles
- Other Settings Files
Distribution Packages
- What are Distribution Packages
- Installation Choices
- Building Distribution Packages
- Installer Interface
Packaging Strategies
- Application Installation
- Configuration Files
Other Package Builders
- munkipkg
- WhiteBox Packages
- Jamf Composer
Conclusion
Appendix
- Legacy Package Formats

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- Great information5 star

This was among the first of Armin’s books that I purchased, because quite frankly the whole structure of packaging was kind of a black hole to me. This book helped me leverage more of the internal structures in package files, and understand more about what was going on with the different kinds of packages.

- Quality information5 star

The information in this book is accurate and current. It’s a good reference and learning resource.

- Just what I needed5 star

After watching Armin’s videos I immediately got this book and put it use immediately.

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This book is fantastic, to the point, and immediatly useful for anyone looking to create package files for MacOS. Save yourself pain and start your packaging journey with this book.

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Installer packages on macOS aren't widely understood, and yet many professionals need to work with them frequently. This book covers details that are highly relevant to any systems engineer / IT admin / developer who deals with software on the Mac, including built-in command-line tools and freely-available 3rd-party tools and resources for building and auditing packages, as well as working with package databases and receipts on systems in the wild. This is a great resource for anyone who spends any amount of time dealing with macOS and software installations.

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