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Approval requirements of macOS

Both macOS 10.13, and 10.15 introduced features which require users with administrator privileges to approve certain security and privacy preferences.

macOS 10.13 requires the approval of system file extensions (see macOS 10.13, High Sierra

macOS 10.15 requires the granting of full disk access for File Director (see macOS 10.15, Catalina).

Under certain conditions it is possible to use the File Director Authorization.mobileconfig file included with the File Director software to remove the need for user approvals.

File Director Authorization.mobileconfig

The File Director Authorization.mobileconfig is included in the File Director Mac client installer package release 4.0.4 . Effectively, it pre-authenticates the File Director app for full disk access, and approves the installation of required system files. It works by deploying a profile through Mobile Device Management (MDM). Ivanti Endpoint Manager is an example of an MDM solution.

Prerequisites

The computer is managed by an MDM Solution 

Achieved via one of the following:

Via automated enrollment after delivery

The user has accepted the MDM enrollment (user-authenticated MDM).

With prerequisites met, the administrator can deploy the File Director Authorization.mobileconfig file via MDM before File Director is installed. Deploying the file will remove the requirement for users to grant permissions.

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