I hope you enjoy these behind-the-scenes stories as the deployment wraps up for the month, and I look forward to your feedback. Comment on this post or connect with me on LinkedIn.
Configure macOS devices with new settings catalog additions
As part of our continued investment in macOS platform management, I’m pleased to announce that we have added support for macOS policies in our settings catalog and added support for new payload settings. These improvements will be helpful for IT administrators to easily find, configure, deploy, and monitor macOS settings.
Previously, customers would have to create a custom configuration profile, using information from Apple’s developer documentation. Due to the manual entry required, this process was prone to errors. IT admins were dependent on scripting for certain scenarios, increasing the challenge of managing macOS devices.
We realized we could mirror the extensible technology of the Windows settings catalog to make macOS administration easier. The settings approach would follow a similar pattern, whether they were Windows or macOS devices. We developed a data-driven model that allows you to more quickly add and update macOS payloads as they are made available by Apple, while providing a simpler management experience for admins.
A Settings catalog example with printing options selected
We plan to add additional macOS payloads in the future. For this first release, the macOS settings catalog will include four previously unsupported payloads that were commonly requested and often prone to error when configuring using custom configuration profile:
This month, we are also addressing a common request – the need to search and find the apps that are blocking the enrollment status experience in Windows Autopilot. With this release, administrators can use a search bar to easily find the apps they want, rather than having to scroll through potentially hundreds of apps. IT admins can also tell whether an app is in online or offline mode, and what version of the app is deployed, making selecting the right app far easier. In short, IT admins can now:
Search for an application with the new search box functionality
See in the title whether and app is online or offline
See the version of an application via a new column
This new capability was based on feedback from several customers using Windows Autopilot daily with thousands of applications. This is a highly welcomed and a significant improvement in the IT experience for those that spend time daily configuring, testing, and deploying using Windows Autopilot.
The new search bar helps you more easily select apps in Windows Autopilot
Simplifying enrollment and sign-in experiences
Setup Assistant with modern authentication is the Apple-supported and Endpoint Manager-recommended enrollment method for devices with user affinity. This feature is a great example of prioritizing improvements to the user experience.
Let us know what you think
We’ve now been announcing key feature releases through these blog posts for the past year. Please share your comments, questions, and feedback so we can continue to improve the endpoint user experience and simplify IT administration. Simply comment on this post or connect with me on LinkedIn.