I am currently working on a project where the organization wants to manage MAC OS-X in the environment by using Configuration Manager. Ofcourse this is very interesting and educational for me to finally see what is possible. Since I have made already quite some progress I want to share my findings so far. Since there are several subject to talk about, I decided to write several parts to go through the basic of MAC-OS-X support.

  • Intro – MAC OS-X Management With ConfigMgr 2012 SP1
  • Part 1 – Prepare your environment for MAC OS-X
  • Part 2 – Configure certificates in CM 2012 SP1
  • Part 3 – Installation  And Enrollment of the ConfigMgr Client for MAC OS-X
  • Part 4 – Application Deployment MAC OS-X
  • Part 5 – Compliance Settings MAC OS-X

It could well be that more parts will follow during the journey through MAC land, I will update this page when needed.

I will start with the environment I use for testing this all:

  • Domain Controller – TESTLAB-DC1
  • Configuration Manager Primary Site – TESTLAB-CM1
  • Certificate Authority Server -TESTLAB-CA1
  • MAC OS-X Workstation – TESTLAB-MC1

Couple of things to know before you approach MAC OS-X Management with ConfigMgr:

MAC OS-X Versions supported: Snow Leopard 10.6, Lion 10.7 and Mountain Lion 10.8 (at the moment of writing)

MAC OS-X management offers the following possibilities:

  • Hardware Inventory
  • Software Inventory
  • Application Deployment
  • Configuration Deployment and Compliance

Last thing, but not least is that MAC OS-X Clients are handled by Configuration Manager as internet clients, even if the machines are in your intranet. This means that certificates are needed for communication with Configuration Manager.

This pretty much sums up the introduction part of MAC OS-X Management With ConfigMgr 2012 Sp1, stay tuned for more!