OS X

From Computer Labs to BYOD It's an undeniable trend, more and more students are relying on their own personal devices for their computing needs. Students are still using computer labs however. One of the major reasons being that computer labs can deliver software like: Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro X, and other high-end specialized software...

Overview Jamf Pro server can be a funny and fickle beast. When testing different policies that are unique or upgrading to a new version of Jamf Pro, it's best not to try it on the production server first. Sometimes the process of testing a new release or beta can easily break, and having an automated process...

Overview There are a multitude of useful command-line utilities that come with macOS. After using them day in and day out, a few of you may even know some of these tool inside and out, have all the documentation memorized, and even have written scripts around them to compensate for a few short-comings. What if there...

Set my folders free! Earlier this year we received a number of reports from users that were unable to delete, move or rename documents on a new SMB file share. Eventually we were able to narrow it down enough to be able to consistently duplicate what they were seeing. It appears the SMB client in Mac...

  You don't need a bigger boat, you need custom tools. But a bigger boat wouldn't hurt. Here at the Marriott Library we're in the middle of our transition from Radmind to Jamf Pro as our macOS management system. We've supplemented our Radmind deployment with a rich set of utilities and scripts called Xhooks. Continuing the tradition...

Overview There is a great web site that lists the latest Microsoft Office 2016 downloads -  along associated applications like OneNote, Skype for Business 2016, SharePoint Plugin, System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) for Mac, etc. It also has useful tools, scripts and documentation for Mac administrators. This site is intended for administrators not consumers or end-users in collaboration with...

General Overview jamfHelper is a nifty little utility included with Jamf's Casper Suite that can be used to display information, get user input, or even trigger custom events all from the command line or your own custom scripts. There are a number of useful options that can be used to customize the look, feel and functionality of the jamfHelper window. From...

Overview System Integrity Protection or "SIP" is a new security measure implemented in 10.11 "El Capitan". SIP protects access to system locations and restricting runtime attachment to system processes, this security policy guards against compromise — whether accidental or by malicious code. SIP protects file system locations that we are managing with our current client management system...

Overview Casper Remote is an application from JAMF Software that allows you to immediately perform remote management tasks on computers, such as installing packages, running scripts, and binding to directory services.  All of these tasks can be performed via policy in the JAMF Software Server (JSS), however Casper Remote allows you to initiate them immediately. Details In some environments,...

Like a loyal droid, your JSS wants to help! JAMF Software's Casper Suite provides an Application Programming Interface, or API, to communicate with the JAMF Software Server (JSS) database. This allows an enterprise to customize specific areas of the JSS as needed. This is the first in a series of articles that will discuss these APIs...