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Applying Mac configuration profiles

Apple's OS X server Profile Manager lets you create Mac configuration profiles for your Mac devices. Each profile is an XML file with a .mobileconfig file extension that defines device settings, such as wireless network and VPN configurations. For more information on Profile Manager, see https://support.apple.com/profile-manager.

Once you use Profile Manager to create a configuration profile, you can use Endpoint Manager agent configurations or agent settings to deploy that configuration profile to other managed Mac devices.

If your Mac configuration profile uses a self-signed trust certificate, make sure you deploy that certificate before deploying other configuration profiles.

To create a configuration profile setting
  1. Use Profile Manager on a Mac OS X Server to create a .mobileconfig file that contains the Mac configuration settings.
  2. Copy the .mobileconfig file to a location you can access from a Endpoint Manager console.
  3. Click Tools > Configuration > Agent settings.
  4. In the Mac Configuration Profile group, create a new setting or double-click an existing one.
  5. Click Import and browse for the .mobileconfig file you saved earlier. Give it a descriptive Display name and click Import. At this point the .mobileconfig file contents are imported into the LDMS database. Note that the LDMS console doesn’t currently have an XML viewer for this content, so you may want to keep a copy of the file for future reference, even though the core server and console no longer need it.
  6. Move one or more Available configurations to the Selected configurations list to select them for this named setting.
  7. Select whether you want to Append or Replace the configuration profile. Append preserves existing profile settings. Replace removes all existing profile settings, including settings you aren't modifying, and replaces them with the profile settings you specified.
  8. Click Save.
To add a Mac configuration profile to an agent configuration

Generally, this option is used if an Endpoint Manager agent hasn't been installed yet on a Mac device.

  1. Click Tools > Configuration > Agent configuration.
  2. Double-click the Mac agent configuration you want to modify.
  3. On the OSX profiles page, select Apply OSX profiles to this configuration.
  4. Select the configuration profile setting you want from the list.
  5. Deploy this agent to Mac devices.
To apply a Mac configuration profile with an agent setting update

This option can only be used if a Endpoint Manager agent has already been installed on targeted Mac devices.

  1. Click Tools > Configuration > Agent settings.
  2. In the toolbar, click the Create a task button, then click Change settings.
  3. Assign a Task name and select scheduled task or policy.
  4. In the list beside Mac Configuration Profile, change the name in the Settings column to match the setting you want.
  5. Click OK.
  6. If you used a scheduled task, run the job.

 


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