Today's day in age there are apps for pretty much everything - especially for Mac Admins since you are the responsible for configuring devices and making them ready to go for the user, so an extra help from different apps is always welcome!
That's why in this article we will be taking a look at some popular tools used for - and by, Mac Admins, as well as their main features that can help you deploy your macOS devices in your school or district! Read on and let us know the other tools you use to support you manage Mac devices in the comments!
Munki is a versatile app as it is almost like its own world, providing its own “App Store”, known as the Managed Software Center. Here you can allow Optional Install of certain Apps, while also being able to Force Install by Date. Their Managed Software Center is almost self service as well, allowing for customizable features like headers and side panel links to bring life to a platform of your organization. Munki can easily work hand in hand with an MDM solution in a way that it can be installed faster and across the entire Mac fleet during the enrollment process, with the help of running scripts or deploying packages.
Foldr is another tools very popular through the Mac Admins that manage devices in educational environments. Simply put, you can save the work from one Mac and open it on another devices, including Windows devices. It allows your work to be saved and accessed wherever you are. How Foldr works is it allows you to use your current infrastructure for storage and now having to spend money and invest time in an external service. It also gives you the student data on BYOD devices while they are separate from your network.
There are thousands of open source tools for Mac Admins available on Github, so we recommend you take a look at it and see if there's some open sources that can meet your specific needs. Those open sources work usually as scripts or custom commands that you can easily apply to your entire Mac fleet through a mobile device management (MDM) solution, but we always advice our customers to run a small pilot before. Within Mosyle Manager, we provide a feature that helps you test the commands and scripts making sure all will run smoothly.
Having a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution to integrate these tools can make the entire process much easier for you and your school/district, from the Deployment process to streamlining device enrollment!
If you are looking for an MDM solution made exclusively for Education, make sure you head over to our website and take a look at how we can help your school or district out with one of the best customer support teams, and fresh new weekly content.
Please leave in the comments if there is any other open source tools you would like to integrate with Mosyle Manager!
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