Mac OS X configuration policy settings in Microsoft Intune

Applies to: Intune in the classic portal
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Intune supplies a range of built-in general settings that you can configure on Mac OS X devices. Additionally, you can use the Apple Configurator tool to create custom settings that are not available from Intune.

General configuration policy settings

Use the Microsoft Intune Mac OS X general configuration policy to configure settings for:

  • Device security settings. Choose from a list of predefined settings that let you control a range of features and functionality on the device.

  • Compliant and noncompliant apps. Specify a list of apps that are compliant or not compliant in your company. The Noncompliant Apps Report can be used to view the compliance of apps that you specified in the list against the apps that users have installed (but cannot actually block the installation of the app).

If the setting you are looking for does not appear in this list, you might be able to create it by using a Mac OS X custom policy that lets you import settings you created by using the Apple Configurator tool. For more information, see "Custom policy settings" later in this topic.

Password settings

Setting name Details
Require a password to unlock devices Specify whether the user must use a password to access their Mac computer. Important: Unlike iOS devices, on Mac OS X devices, the user is not immediately notified to update their password to comply with this setting.
Required password type Specify whether the password can be Numeric only, or whether it must be Alphanumeric (contain letters and numbers). Important: This setting is supported only on Mac OS X version 10.10.3 and later.
Number of complex characters required in password Specify the number of complex characters required in the password (0 to 4).

A complex character is a symbol, such as ?.
Minimum password length Specify the minimum length for the password (4 to 14 characters).
Allow simple passwords Allow the use of simple passwords such as 0000 or 1234.
Minutes of inactivity before password is required Specify how long the computer must be inactive before a password is required to unlock it.
Password expiration (days) Specify how many days elapse before the user must change the password (1 to 255 days).
Remember password history Prevent the user from using a previously used password. When this is set, you can also set Prevent reuse of previous passwords to specify the number of previously used passwords that cannot be reused (1 to 24).
Minutes of inactivity before screensaver activates Specify the length of time that the computer must be idle before the screensaver is activated.

Settings for compliant and noncompliant apps

In the Compliant & Noncompliant Apps list for Mac OS X, enable Managed settings for devices, and then specify a list of compliant or noncompliant apps by using the following information.

Note

A single policy can contain only a list of compliant apps or a list of noncompliant apps. You cannot specify both in the same policy.

Intune lets you report devices with noncompliant apps. It does not block installation or remove noncompliant apps.

Setting name Details
Report noncompliance when users install the listed apps Displays the Mac OS X apps that users are not allowed to install. If users install any of these apps, they will be reported in Noncompliant Apps Reports.
Report noncompliance when users install apps which are not listed Displays the Mac OS X apps that users are allowed to install. If users install any other apps, they will be reported in Noncompliant Apps Reports.
Add Add an app to the selected list. Specify a name of your choice, optionally the app publisher, and the bundle ID of the app. Tip: To find the bundle ID of an app, use the following steps on a Mac computer that has the app installed:
  1. Open the folder in which the app is installed (for example, /Applications).
  2. Select the <App Name>.app bundle, and choose Show Package Contents.
  3. Open the Info.plist file.
  4. Check the value associated with the key CFBundleIdentifier.
The format for the bundle ID is com.contoso.appname.
Import Apps Import a list of apps that you have specified in a comma-separated values file. In the file, use this format: app name, publisher, app bundle ID.
Edit Edit the name, publisher, and app bundle ID of the selected app.
Delete Delete the selected app from the list.

Tip

For more information about Intune reports, see Understand Microsoft Intune operations by using reports.

Important

When a Mac OS X device is in sleep mode, policies and profiles cannot be delivered or inventoried. As a result, the Intune console might temporarily display the status Policy settings in error until the next time the device wakes from sleep mode.

Monitor compliant and noncompliant apps

Use Noncompliant Apps Reports to view the compliance of apps that you specified.

To run a report

  1. In the Microsoft Intune administration console, choose Reports > Noncompliant Apps Reports.

  2. Select the device groups that you want to check, select whether you want to check for compliant apps, noncompliant apps, or both, and then choose View Report.

Mac OS X custom policy settings in Microsoft Intune

Use the Microsoft Intune Mac OS X custom configuration policy to deploy settings that you created by using the Apple Configurator tool to Mac OS X devices. This tool lets you create many settings that control the operation of these devices and export them to a configuration profile. You can then import this configuration profile into an Intune Mac OS X custom policy and deploy the settings to users and devices in your organization.

This capability allows you to deploy Mac OS X settings that are not configurable with the Intune Mac OS X general configuration policy.

Prerequisites

Before you start, you must have installed the Apple Configurator and created a configuration file that contains the settings you want to deploy to users or devices. You can download and learn about the Apple Configurator from the Mac App Store.

Note

Intune does not report the compliance of individual settings in a Mac OS X custom policy. However, the overall compliance of the policy is reported.

General settings

Setting name Details
Name Enter a unique name for the Mac OS X custom policy to help you identify it in the Intune console.
Description Provide a description that gives an overview of the Mac OS X custom policy and other relevant information that helps you to locate it.

Custom settings

Setting name Details
Custom configuration profile name (displayed to users) Provide a name for the policy as it will be displayed on the device and in Intune policy reports.
Configuration profile file Choose Import, and then browse to the configuration profile that you created by using the Apple Configurator. Tip: See "How to create a configuration profile file" in this topic for help in creating the configuration profile.
Configuration profile details Display the XML code for the configuration profile that you imported.

How to create a configuration profile file

You can create the configuration profile file used by the custom policy in two ways:

See also

Manage settings and features on your devices with Microsoft Intune policies