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Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM

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Importance of Mac Management 

When you have unmanaged Mac® devices in your environment, do you understand this is a significant security risk? As per the latest security analysis, end-user devices are more vulnerable to your office network. End users are accessing the office network via both Windows and Mac computers. Parallels Mac Management with SCCM is explained in this page.

Mac devices are standard in the modern workplace, and system admins face many challenges to manage them. Most organizations are using SCCM to manage Windows devices. Mac device management with SCCM is a bit challenging. In the latter part of this post, we will see more details on how to make SCCM more capable for managing Mac computers.

Mac Computer Management with SCCM

Prerequisites 

SCCM can manage Mac devices. Setting up a prerequisite for SCCM Mac device management is the first hurdle. Client installation and management for Mac devices requires PKI certificates. A web server certificate is required for SCCM site system roles like MPs, DPs, Enrollment point, and Proxy Enrollment Points.

Deploy SCCM Clients to Mac Computers

Deploying SCCM clients to Mac computers and managing the SCCM client health is another big challenge. There are four main parts to SCCM client deployment to Mac computers, which require a lot of effort:

Configure SCCM client settings for enrollment
Download the SCCM client source files for Mac Computers
Install the SCCM client and then enroll the client certificate on the Mac
Renewing the Mac client certificate

Challenges of Built-in SCCM Mac Computer Management?

SCCM is a compelling product to manage Windows devices. However, when it comes to Mac computer management, SCCM does not meet market needs. The following are four typical challenges I hear about SCCM Mac management:

  • Patch Management of Mac Computers
  • Centralised Management of FileVault
  • Management of Admin Rights of Mac Computers
  • Operating System Deployment of Mac Computers

Most organizations use SCCM to manage Windows devices. Mac management is not the highest priority for many organizations. However, we need to admit that most of the Mac computer users are VIP users. One of the real problems is that few IT teams have expertise in managing Mac.

Enterprise Mac Management Solution for SCCM

Organizations that already use SCCM for managing Windows PCs often underestimate the value of their SCCM solution when they need to manage Mac computers. Parallels has a world-class solution to manage Mac devices with SCCM.

Parallels® Mac Management for Microsoft® SCCM not only extends Microsoft SCCM to manage macOS but also leverages 10+ years of Windows administration experience by scaling it toward Mac computers. This plug-in offers multiple ways to enroll Mac computers— via network discovery, Active Directory system discovery, and Apple DEP.

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Parallels Mac Management provides a seamless management solution for Mac and Windows—essential for most organizations. Parallels make Mac computers first-class citizens on your corporate network.

Mac computers have high visibility in your organization because of high-profile end users. Parallels ensure that the end-user experience is entirely transparent. The following are some of the great features of Parallels Mac Management 7.

Makes SCCM ready for Mac Management with Simple steps
Automatic Discover & Enroll of Mac Computers
Inventory & Reporting of Mac Computers with SCCM
MacOS Image Deployment with SCCM
MacOS Patch Management with SCCM
Internet-based Management of Mac Clients
Non-OSD Task Sequence Support for Mac Computers
Offline macOS Imaging from External USB Drive

Additional Resources

  1. More details about Parallels Mac Management 7 for SCCM https://go.parallels.com/LP
  2. Sign up for a free webinar and deep dive into Parallels Mac  Management  https://go.parallels.com/Webinar
  3. Start your free trial https://go.parallels.com/FreeTrial