The new device management features made possible by the macOS High Sierra will give even more power to the IT staff of schools and districts. Mosyle Manager MDM is fully prepared to support you in applying all these configurations in the easiest and most intuitive way.
If the Macs of your school are compatible with macOS Sierra, don’t worry! Apple has not dropped support for any older model, so your Mac computers will be capable of running macOS High Sierra.
With macOS High Sierra, you are able to create a firmware password profile using Mosyle Manager MDM. According to Apple, a firmware password prevents users who don't have the password from starting up from any disk other than your designated startup disk. As a result, it also blocks the ability to use most startup key combinations. To configure this profile, go to Management > Firmware Password within the macOS MDM platform.
Now, you can have access to the list of local user accounts on the Mac – and delete or unlock user accounts. For example, when a user tries to enter an invalid password multiple times, the user will be automatically locked out. Using the Account Management profile, the school admin can easily unlock this particular user account.
With macOS High Sierra, school admins are able to set Allowed and Blocked Lists of Extensions, controlling which extensions are allowed to run on the Macs. In the Allowed/Blocked Extension management profile, you can disable specific extension points or disable all extensions on Mac computers.
Former passwords on macOS are equivalent to activation lock on iOS. Now, you can manage the former passwords of computers running macOS High Sierra by using Mosyle Manager MDM. This management profile allows you to set a former password, query the status of the password change, and also verify that the password on the device is correct once the password change is in effect.
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