Release Notes: April, 2018

Release Notes: April, 2018

Mosyle Team
written by Mosyle Team

Release Notes is our monthly update that highlights the new features of Mosyle Manager as well as recent product improvements we’ve made to help you manage Apple devices in your schools and/or district. Here's what we launched in April 2018!

What is New?

New area for installing PKGs on macOS

We made creating Install PKG profiles easier by developing an area dedicated to this method of installing applications on Mac computers.

In addition to creating and editing the management profile itself, now you are able to edit only the PKG file and also generate it using two methods: remotely generating the PKG file or using your own Mac computer.

Important note: installing .PKG files is recommended to remotely install an application that is not available in the App Store. Before generating the .PKG file, check out if the software providers make it available to download on their website.

Kernel Extensions profile on macOS

Now you can allow users to approve additional kernel extensions. The kernel extension mechanism allows dynamic loading of code into the kernel, without the need to recompile or relink.

Leaders are able configure the allowed team identifiers and bundle identifier, as well as set an empty team identifier for unsigned legacy kernel extensions. This management profile is only available for user-approved MDM enrollments on macOS 10.13.2 and later.

Smart Card profile on macOS

Smart card authentication provides strong two-factor authentication in macOS devices. With the macOS 10.13.2, you can configure advanced smart card settings using the MDM. Now you can disable smart card for logins, authorizations and unlocking screensaver. Important note: device restart is required for this change to take effect.

You can also disable users from pairing new smart cards. It’s also possible to restrict a user to pair only one smart card. In these two options, the existing pairings will continue to work. The last option is to enable Certificate Trust Validation. It requires unexpired, system trusted certificates for smart cards to work.

Youtube Filter Profile on macOSBETA

Now you are able to create a Youtube Filter on Chrome Management Profile for applying to your Mac computers fleet. You can block videos by category, specific channels or even keywords. You are also able to select settings such as restricting the access to comments, sidebars and live streams.

It’s also possible to configure Youtube Filter Exceptions, selecting videos and channels that will be always allowed to students to have access to them. Thus, you can ensure students will always be able to watch the educational videos selected by the teachers and the school.

YouTube Filter is in beta version. As we strive to continually improve our platform, we’d love to hear your feedback.

Proxy Chrome Profile on macOS

You are able to configure the Google Chrome browser proxy settings on the Chrome Management profile by easily selecting the proxy type.

You can select to always allow websites, authorizing all content to be delivered to the selected devices. Another option is to select to auto detect the proxy configuration in which Google Chrome will use the Proxy Auto Detect method to figure out which proxy server to use. You can also choose to use the system proxy. If this proxy type is selected, Chrome will use the same proxy configuration as the one used by the operating system (OS).

Another option is to select the proxy server filtering. When this proxy type is selected, all requests will be deferred to the entered server URL. Additionally, domains to bypass the proxy can be entered. You are also able to select the PAC filtering, in which all requests will follow rules indicated by the PAC file hosted on the URL entered below.

Multi-categories on Custom Commands

Now you can add more than one category when creating the Custom Commands management profile. When typing the categories’ names, separate each with a comma. By adding multi-categories, you will be able to keep track easily of the Custom Commands profiles by using the filters across the Mosyle Manager platform.

Criteria-specific groups of devices in Bulk Operations

The criteria-specific groups of devices Beta is just the first step of something bigger we’re working on! This feature allows administrators to organize Apple devices based on one or more device and/or logged user attributes.

Mosyle Manager will automatically update these groups each time the device connects to our server. Premium users can create unlimited criteria-specific groups of devices to better track their fleet of devices during ongoing management. To configure a criteria-specific group of devices, log in to your Mosyle account and navigate to the Management tab.

Please note: criteria-specific groups of devices are created based on the last update info received from the device. If the device has not provided the MDM with updated information, it could be incorrectly included/excluded from the criteria-specific groups of devices.

Shared iPads categories

Now you are able to select the category of Shared iPads, choosing Shared Cart, Laboratory or Other.

Assign district device to district level user

Now you can assign limbo devices to admin users at the district level. Important note: if the device is assigned to another user, change its type to district limbo by navigating to Device Info before assigning the devices at the district level.

Lock assignment for new limbo devices

You are able to not allow 1:1 users to assign any other 1:1 or limbo devices. They will be able to login only on a shared device. This setting can help you preventing students to login to other devices. Navigate to the Preferences tab and and check this option.

Create Class Period Nickname

Now teachers are able to create their class periods’ nickname using the Mosyle Manager application. Teachers should select the class period and navigate to Settings to Enter the nickname. The personalized nickname will be displayed only on Mosyle Manager Class Manager and Apple`s Classroom App for all users, both administrators, students and other teachers that have access to the class period. Important note: no data of the schools hierarchy created by the administrators will be changed, which means that the class period name will not change in the My School area.

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