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Today Parallels released a brand new version of the Parallels Mac Management plug-in for Configuration Manager, version 4.5. Parallels added lots of new features that will allow you to manage the Mac OS X devices even better with Configuration Manager. Several really cool new features were added!

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Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 1.19.51 PMAs announced at Ignite earlier this year Microsoft is adding support for managing Mac OS X devices via Microsoft Intune during the upcoming service update. Yesterday Kieran Gupta explained the current features that are supported.

This blog will be about enrolling the device into the Microsoft Intune service, in later blogs we will have a look how to deploy settings and see what currently is supported.

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msemsWhat to do when you are suffering from a jetlag after a great MVP Summit and MMS? Write a blog about a major update to Microsoft Intune that is arriving in a couple of weeks from now. Yesterday Brad Anderson and Dilip Radhakrishnan announced some major updates to Mobile Application Management in Intune. Microsoft announced that the some of the major software vendor embraced Intune and are making their apps manageable by Microsoft Intune, also some other Microsoft apps are added this week.

See a complete list of the apps here.

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pmm-4-03Last year I wrote several blogs about a great plugin for Configuration Manager 2012 R2, Parallels Mac Management for Configuration Manager. While I was in Denver for BriForum presenting about the 3.5 version, the new version 4.0 was released with some great new features related to OS Deployment of Mac OS X images.

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briforumsessionYesterday I was honored to speak at BriForum about managing Mac OS X devices with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 natively and with the Parallels Mac Management for SCCM plugin. During this session I showed what we need to enable and configure Mac OS X support in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 and what options are currently available.

If you want to “play” with the different Configuration Items I showed during the demo’s, please have a look here. You are able to download and import them into your ConfigMgr environment.

During the session I showed also the Parallels Mac Management (PMM) for SCCM plugin, the version I showed was beta-3 of version 4.0. Next Friday the new version of PMM available. Expect more about the new abilities later on this blog. Also referred to the fact that Mac OS X support for Microsoft Intune has been announced at Microsoft Ignite, if you want to see that session again have a look here.

If you want to read earlier blogs about managing Mac devices with ConfigMgr have a look here.

Thanks for joining my session and hopefully until next year. If you have any feedback, please let me know.

A couple of days ago Microsoft released a new Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and R2 clients that support the new version 10.10 of Mac OS X. Together with a hotfix (KB3013398) for Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and R2 you will be all set to support your updated Mac OS X clients.

  • For Configuration Manager 2012 R2, you can download the client here. The new Client version is 7958.1102
  • For Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, you can download the client here. The new Client version is 7804.1304
  • Download the hotfix for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 CU3 or ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU5 here.

See my earlier blogs about managing Mac devices with Configuration Manager 2012 here.

 

 

Last week I had the pleasure to talk during the SCCM User Group Hamburg about Mastering your Mac Devices with Configuration Manager 2012 R2. If you attended this session you will find here the references to the slide deck and the Configuration Item examples.

If you want to play with the examples showed during my session have a look here:

You can download the slidedeck here.

If you want to read earlier blogs about managing Macs, have a look here.

mac-os-x-parallels-80Last month Parallels released version 3 of the Parallels Mac Management for SCCM. Today we will have a look at the new features that are coming with this new release. If you want to see what I covered in the five earlier blogs, look here (1), here (2), here (3), here (4) and here (5) 🙂 See in this blog my highlights of the new version. When installing the plugin, the configuration wizard will help you setting it up and a SQL database is created to store the configuration. Before installing the new version, the old 2.5 version needed to be uninstalled by hand but all objects in ConfigMgr are preserved and usable with the 3.0 version.

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mac-os-x-parallels-69So now we have looked at the features and Client in the first blog, looked at the deploying software in the second blog, looked at the Mac OS X Configuration Profiles in the third blog and looked at the “other” configuration items in the fourth blog we are now going to look at deploying an Mac OS X Operating System via Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

To be able to support Operating System Deployment for Mac OS X devices we need to set up the Netboot integration with our PXE Enabled Distribution Point.

See how you are able to upgrade Mac OS X 10.7.5 to Mac OS X 10.9.3 using Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

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Available Configuration Items

Available Configuration Items

After three earlier blogs about the Parallels Mac Management for SCCM plugin, we are now quickly going to look at the other Configuration Items that come with the plugin for Configuration Manager 2012 R2. Besides managing Mac OS X Configuration Profiles, Parallels Mac Management is also able to manage FileVault 2 settings, Parallels Desktop Configuration settings and Parallels Virtual Machine Configuration settings. Let’s see how this works before deploying an MAC OS X Operating System via Configuration Manager 2012 R2. 🙂  Read more

mac-os-x-parallels-22Earlier this week I discussed how Mac OS X packages can be deployed to Mac OS X devices. Today I want to have a look at the Parallels Configuration Items. With for instance the Mac OS X Configuration Profiles you are able to create a configuration item that allows you to deliver Mac OS X configuration profiles to managed Macs.

When a configuration item containing a profile is evaluated for compliance and it is not compliant, the necessary changes are made to the noncompliant Mac OS X configuration settings. Let’s see how this works.

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