JAMF to support new Apple operating systems from day one

Macworld Australia Staff
14 September, 2017
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JAMF has announced that its software for managing Apple devices, including Jamf Pro and Jamf Now, will support macOS High Sierra, iOS 11 and tvOS 11, over the coming days. In addition to compatibility for all of Apple’s fall operating systems, Jamf Pro 9.101 also includes new features for the latest payloads, restrictions and MDM commands.

When customers upgrade to the latest Apple operating systems, IT administrators can be confident their mobile device management (MDM) workflows will be uninterrupted. In addition, zero-day compatibility, including beta support, as well as new feature support enables businesses to:

  • Adequately test Apple releases prior to general availability
  • Protect themselves against security vulnerabilities because devices are up to date
  • Keep end users productive because they are able to take advantage of the latest functionality from Apple, and
  • Meet end users’ expectations due to their ability successfully update their device(s) the day the new operating systems become available.

Apple’s upgrades include a number of new features and enhancements for the enterprise and educational institutions. Some of the key features of the new Apple operating systems unlocked with Jamf include:

macOS High Sierra  

  • Zero-touch provisioning of Mac devices with the Apple File System (APFS)
  • Cisco Fast Lane quality of service (QoS) support for apps
  • New restrictions, security settings and configurations
  • Deferring software updates for up to 90 days

iOS 11

  •  An MDM command to upgrade non-DEP supervised devices to iOS 11
  • Restricting AirPrint, manual VPN settings and systems app deletion

tvOS 11 

  • Defining Home screen layout on an Apple TV
  • Showing or hiding specific tvOS apps
  • Restricting tvOS media content and ability to modify device name
  • Setting passwords for specific Apple TV devices to share automatically to specific iPads.

In addition to providing pre zero-day support for Apple’s upcoming operating systems, Jamf extended the power of its Healthcare Listener by making the remote wipe command available for tvOS (in addition to iOS). Further, Jamf extended its integration with ServiceNow to now include iOS and tvOS inventory in addition macOS inventory, which was introduced last fall. Lastly, Jamf Pro 9.101 includes a new API for Lost Mode, new settings for re-enrolment, and security enhancements for the deployment of in-house iOS apps.

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