OneDrive Folder Redirection for macOS

So you’re running a macOS shop, and using Office 365 for identity, email, and data storage. You want to decrease risk of data loss, manage the security of corporate data, and provide staff the ability to share files in a controlled manner.

You also want to make it super easy for staff to adopt.

Microsoft OneDrive has a super great feature (for Windows) called Known Folder Move. This redirects the Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders to your OneDrive folder.

The generous Brian McFarlane has graciously provided the community with a package which configures KFM for macOS workstations. The package depends on ‘Outset’, which is a script that “automatically processes packages, profiles, and scripts during the boot sequence, user logins, or on demand.

Configuration is simple, with a sample .mobileconfig profile for the KFM script, and one to set Privacy Policy Preferences for python. These can be deployed manually, or with an MDM such as Jamf Pro.

The KFM script is triggered on user logon to perform the following:

  1. Check if OneDrive is running, and the OneDrive folder exists (user is signed into OneDrive)
  2. Check if the ‘Desktop’ and/or ‘Documents’ folders in user home are a symlink, and if so, end the script
  3. If they aren’t, then move ‘Desktop’ and ‘Documents’ into the OneDrive folder and create symlinks. If any conflicting files are found, they’re placed in the user’s ‘Desktop’ folder and the user is alerted.
  4. If configured, filenames in ‘Desktop’ are cleaned up (illegal chars, leading/trailing spaces, etc…)

This is great, and works amazingly well. I found no scenarios where any data loss was encountered. YMMV though, so don’t blame me if it sets fire to your cat.

I did have a problem with this though. After the ‘Desktop’ and ‘Documents’ folders were moved and linked, the Finder sidebar shortcuts stop working. I found the aptly named ‘mysides‘ which is a small CLI tool to modify Finder sidebar entries.

With mysides installed, the KFM script can be told to fix this for us. You can find the changes here:

I have a fork and release for the updated KFM which requires both Outset and mysides to be installed as prerequisites.

Download MacOS-OneDrive-KFM v0.2

Hope this helps!

Jamf Hacks #1 – AD Group scoped policies on unbound assets

In a rush? Find the script here. Create a new standard user in Jamf for the script to access the API, granting it Auditor privileges. Update the script with that username and password, then drop it into a new policy and scope it for all workstations.


  • Jamf has connection to ADDS for auth
  • Users enrol their own devices using their AD user/pass
  • Devices are not bound to AD, nor do local usernames match AD
  • Some policies are scoped for AD Groups
  • AD Group scoped policies are not being applied to users’ workstations


Simple, really. When the Jamf agent evaluates the policies, it does so using the local username. If this doesn’t match an AD username, then AD group membership isn’t found, and scoped policies don’t apply.

The AD username of the person who owns (enrolled) the device is stored in the computer’s user and location properties in Jamf Server.

Example computer object in Jamf, showing User and Location properties.

We just need a way to tell the Jamf agent to apply policies for that username.


Use the API! I was hunting around for an example and found this on Jamf Nation. The script offered by ‘ShaunRMiller83’ had almost exactly what I was looking for, that is, a bash scripted API call to pull the device user from Jamf Server.

The important part of Shaun’s script is below.

# Variables

SERIAL=$(ioreg -c IOPlatformExpertDevice -d 2 | awk -F\" '/IOPlatformSerialNumber/{print $(NF-1)}')

USERINFO=$(curl -k ${jssURL}JSSResource/computers/serialnumber/${SERIAL}/subset/location -H "Accept: application/xml" --user "${apiUser}:${apiPass}")
USERNAME=$(echo $USERINFO | /usr/bin/awk -F'<username>|</username>' '{print $2}' | tr [A-Z] [a-z]) # This is our asset's owner's username.

All we need to do was call jamf policy -username with the $USERNAME variable to have the Jamf agent pull down user or group scoped policies. The following script will do this.

# Polls Jamf API for computer owner then requests
# all policies for that username

# Variables

SERIAL=$(ioreg -c IOPlatformExpertDevice -d 2 | awk -F\" '/IOPlatformSerialNumber/{print $(NF-1)}')
USERINFO=$(curl -s -k ${jssURL}JSSResource/computers/serialnumber/${SERIAL}/subset/location -H "Accept: application/xml" --user "${apiUser}:${apiPass}")
USERNAME=$(echo $USERINFO | /usr/bin/awk -F'<username>|</username>' '{print $2}' | tr [A-Z] [a-z])

printf "%s %s\n" "Processing policy for user:" $USERNAME
/usr/local/jamf/bin/jamf policy -username $USERNAME

A prerequisite for the script is an API Username and Password combo for the script to use to authenticate with the Jamf API. Simply create a new standard user in Jamf, granting it Auditor privileges. Use the username and password in the script.

Uh-oh! If we just upload this script to Jamf and have it run in a policy, as jamf will complain that it’s already busy processing policy. So we’ll need to drop this script somewhere on the assets and configure a scheduled task to trigger it every so often.

Hidden commands in the jamf binary help us here, specifically the jamf scheduledTask verb. This will create a LaunchDaemon with a specified command, user, and schedule.

jamf scheduledTask -command "/path/to/our/script/" -name GetADUserPolicies -user root -runAtLoad -minute '*/30/'

We can wrap this all up in a single script that will:

  • Drop the ‘’ script on the system in /usr/local/jamf/bin
  • Make the script executable with a chmod +x
  • Run the jamf scheduledTask command to schedule script execution for every thirty minutes

Find the final version of this script below. Did this script help you? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below, or reach out to me on twitter.

Install a PowerShell .nupkg on an offline computer

The ability to find and install PowerShell modules from online sources like Nuget makes life for a Windows admin a smidge nicer. On the flipside, arbitrary trust of online package repositories and granting servers outbound internet access can be a nightmare for those tasked with protecting a network.

You might find yourself needing to install a PowerShell module (as a nupkg file) on a system with restricted (or no) internet access, as one of our security consultants found himself needing to do.

Here’s a quick guide on how to achieve this. If only it were as simple as an Install-Package .\module.nupkg!

Offline .nupkg installation

  1. Run Install-PackageProvider -Name NuGet -RequiredVersion -Force to install the provider from a computer with an internet connection.
  2. After the install, you can find the provider installed in C:\Program Files\PackageManagement\ProviderAssemblies – copy the Nuget folder to external media or otherwise find a way to get it to your target system.
  3. Place the nuget folder in C:\Program Files\PackageManagement\ProviderAssemblies on your target computer.
  4. Start a new PowerShell session on the target computer to auto-load the package provider.
  5. Create a new folder in C:\ named Packages
  6. Copy your nupkg file(s) into C:\Packages
  7. In PowerShell run Register-PSRepository -Name Local -SourceLocation C:\Packages -InstallationPolicy Trusted
  8. You can list the packages available with Find-Module -Repository Local
  9. Run Install-Module -Name <YourModuleName> where <YourModuleName> is the name of your package as returned by the command in step 8.

I put this together with information from trebleCode and Nova Sys Eng in this StackOverflow thread. Thanks go out to those fine people.

SCVMM Error 2912 when creating a new VM

Hey all!

Had this error occur in my Hyper-V lab after playing with WinRM GPOs. After removing the GPO because SCVMM is a finicky pain – I was still receiving this error when attempting to create a new VM:

Error (2912)
An internal error has occurred trying to contact the server: : .
WinRM: URL: [], Verb: [INVOKE], Method: [CreateDirectory], Resource: []
Invalid Signature (0x80090006)
Recommended Action
Check that WS-Management service is installed and running on server For more information use the command "winrm helpmsg hresult". If is a host/library/update server or a PXE server role then ensure that VMM agent is installed and running. Refer to for more details.

Here’s how to fix this:

  1. Remove the affected Hyper-V hosts from SCVMM
  2. Open Certificate Management (Computer) and make sure you don’t see certificates for the Hyper-V hosts in the ‘Trusted People’ store
  3. Re-add the Hyper-V hosts

You should now be able to create new VMs.

CTCP request handling in Colloquy

Back in the day, when mIRC and NoNameScript were my friends, I used to have a CTCP trigger set up that gave people DCC leeching from me the ability to resume transfers if they disconnected for some reason, amongst other things.

Now that I’m all Mac, I’ve been using Colloquy, and haven’t started looking at scripting for it – that is, until today.

Austnet are now blocking all DCC by default, and the only way to allow someone to send you a file is to issue the user command /dccallow +User <timeout> – adding them to a temporary Allow list. This, of course, only works if your nick is registered and you have identified with /nickop.

In order to save time and allow for the receiving of DCC file sends while I’m AFK, I did some research and found that Colloquy Plugins are the method of choice for handling CTCP requests. Plugins can be created in a variety of programming languages, like Obj-C, Applescript, F-Script, Javascript, Python and Ruby. I decided to do mine in Applescript, mainly because there’s a lot more support for Applescript plugins over the others.

Place this script in your ~/Library/Application Support/Colloquy/Plugins directory, then issue a /reload plugins in Colloquy if it’s already open. People can then use /ctcp <Your Username> DCCALLOW to allow themselves DCC access to your username for 300 seconds. Additionally, if you want to auto-accept DCC requests from strangers, you’ll need to modify your Colloquy settings to allow it.

– NM