Privileged user access macOS environments – locally delivered and centrally managed

A large number of organizations every year suffer breach into their internal data or their customer’s data due to employee access. While employee access to sensitive data can’t be entirely blocked out, it’s possible to manage it as privileged access. There are a lot of solutions available to provide employees secondary windows privileged access work […]

Anka version 2.0

Anka version major release is now out and available for download. We are very excited to announce the availability of Enterprise and Enterprise Plus tiers of Anka, along with several other exciting improvements and features. Here is a shortlist of some of the new features and improvements. For a complete list, visit the release notes […]

T2 in new Mac hardware and its impact on virtualizing and running macOS – Role of SMC

In the last few weeks, we have received a lot of inbound questions on the existence of T2 chip in new Apple Mac hardware models and how it impacts the ability to run macOS VMs. In this blog series, we will try to share our knowledge and insights on this topic. The focus of this […]

Cloud-based continuous integration for macOS with Concourse and Anka

Pix4D creates professional photogrammetry software for drone mapping. The people who use our products include surveyors, farmers, and researchers, and they use the software on a range of platforms including desktop, mobile, and cloud. Pix4D’s continuous integration (CI) team is based in the headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, where we design and maintain the systems used by […]

iOS 12 USB pairing with Anka VM for iOS CI

In iOS 12 the lockdown procedure (mutual authentication of USB host and iOS device on each other) was modified. This lockdown procedure affects the workflow of attaching iOS devices to Anka VMs with USB pass-through for iOS CI real device testing using Anka Build or Anka Flow. We have fixed this issue in Anka version […]

Announcing Anka Build version 1.4.3 – Supports Docker inside Anka VMs

Anka Build and Anka Flow version 1.4.3 is now available for all users. Some key new features in version 1.4.3 of Anka include support to run Docker and other hypervisors inside Anka VMs, create groups/clusters in Anka Build macOS cloud, priority based provisioning and core-based licensing. For more details see the version 1.4.3 release notes […]

Quick setup of Anka Build macOS cloud on Mac hardware

In this blog post, we will discuss how you can very quickly set up a macOS cloud using Anka Build exclusively on Mac Hardware. Anka Build cloud management software component is packaged as Linux Docker containers, and most common implementation architecture is to run them on a Linux instance. However, if you don’t have access […]

T2 Chip and Anka co-existence

Since the release of new 2018 mac minis, we have received several questions from users on the impact of T2 security chip included in the new mac minis on Anka Build setup. This blog describes in detail how Anka technology foundation is agnostic to T2 and can co-exist with it. There is enough written about […]

iOS build and test in Anka Build VMs on new 2018 mac mini – No performance compromise compared to running native on Mac Pro and Mac mini

The new Mac mini 2018 which was released this month, with 8th Generation Intel CPU going up to six cores and support for up to 64GB of memory, is now a powerful contender for enterprise-grade macOS workloads. Here at Veertu, we were looking forward to this new mac hardware release to run Anka Build. Anka […]

Anka Build Runner for GitLab CI

Dynamically provision iOS build/test environments from GitLab CI on Anka Build macOS Cloud Anka Build software is used to configure an AWS like macOS cloud on mac hardware. Once Anka Build setup is complete, DevOps can create multiple build/test images for their iOS CI, and dynamically provision container like instances on Anka Build macOS cloud […]