Mac Management: A Beginner’s Guide
More and more enterprises are adopting Apple Mac devices and the need to manage and utilize these devices is constantly required. The growth of Mac shows no sign of slowing down and for businesses, it’s important to understand the approach to Mac management.
What is Mac Management?
Mac management is simply the process of monitoring and managing macOS devices in a centralized manner. The macOS is the second most widely used operating system after Microsoft Windows, and it is developed for Apple’s Mac family of computers.
What are the macOS versions that can be supported?
- 10.15 – macOS Catalina
- 10.14 – macOS Mojave
- 10.13 – macOS High Sierra
Why organizations adopt Mac devices?
In the article by Johnny Evans, he stated that “the main driver for use for most businesses is performance, with Macs perceived as the best tool for the task. Security, Apple device compatibility, ease-of-use, and the fact employees prefer using Macs are also cited as major reasons.”
Mac computers are often favored by executives, designers, and developers and there are a few reasons why:
a. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Policy
Many individuals prefer using the same device for work and at home and most have Mac devices at home. As companies started to apply BYOD policies to reduce expenses, home Macs have started to make their way to the corporate environment.
b. Hardware and Software
The design quality of Mac is said to exceed the hardware quality of Windows devices and Apple’s move to web-based applications was a huge advantage for Apple.
c. iOS Devices Integration
The integration between iPhones and iPads to Macs added another factor that benefited Apple. iPhone and iPad users will likely choose Mac devices because of the advantage end-users receive by having a complete suite of solutions.
Mac Management For Enterprises
1. Patch Management
This ensures that all your Mac machines are updated with the latest security patches for macOS. With patch management service, it will generate audits and report and scan your network for vulnerability issues and deploy scheduled patches.
2. App Management
With the available tools and applications you can get right out of the box, Mac computers are popular among consumers. Having a device management solution in place ensures that you have all the apps you need, configured, and secured for your environment whether it is a built-in app or from the App Store.
3. macOS Inventory
Inventory matters because the amount of data collected ensures that you get up to date with the latest device information. It can answer questions such as the number of apps deployed which can help with management decisions. Data that can be collected with Mac management solutions extend from hardware serial numbers, list of Apps installed, to security status, and purchasing information.
4. Modern Management
With just a few clicks, you can enroll new or existing devices through modern management. We can provide users with control over device restrictions, Wi-Fi configurations, and FileVault encryption. Also, your Mac devices can be easily managed through Geo tracking features, remote lock, and more.
5. Mac Security
Device security and data privacy are some of the major concerns and top priorities for any company. macOS has built-in security features and adding our Apple management solution can ensure that aside from your device, the network and apps are also protected.
6. Remote Access
The remote access service for macOS features a multi-monitor support and prompts confirmation to users before allowing access to the remote desktop. It can also access a computer remotely on LAN and Wan through HTML5 viewer.
Mac Device Management with Uniserve
At Uniserve, we provide a suitable solution to manage your Mac devices. If you have a specific query about enterprise Mac management for your infrastructure, contact us, and benefit from our team of expert and helpful engineers.