Planning for client deployment to Mac computers in System Center Configuration Manager

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

You can install the Configuration Manager client on Mac computers that run the Mac OS X operating system and use the following management capabilities:

  • Hardware inventory

    You can use Configuration Manager hardware inventory to collect information about the hardware and installed applications on Mac computers. This information can then be viewed in Resource Explorer in the Configuration Manager console and used to create collections, queries and reports. For more information, see How to use Resource Explorer to view hardware inventory in System Center Configuration Manager.

    Configuration Manager collects the following hardware information from Mac computers:

    • Processor

    • Computer System

    • Disk Drive

    • Disk Partition

    • Network Adapter

    • Operating System

    • Service

    • Process

    • Installed Software

    • Computer System Product

    • USB Controller

    • USB Device

    • CDROM Drive

    • Video Controller

    • Desktop Monitor

    • Portable Battery

    • Physical Memory

    • Printer

    Important

    You cannot extend the hardware information that is collected from Mac computers during hardware inventory.

  • Compliance settings

    You can use Configuration Manager compliance settings to view the compliance of and remediate Mac OS X preference (.plist) settings. For example, you could enforce settings for the home page in the Safari web browser or ensure that the Apple firewall is enabled. You can also use shell scripts to monitor and remediate settings in MAC OS X.

  • Application management

    Configuration Manager can deploy software to Mac computers. You can deploy the following software formats to Mac computers:

    • Apple Disk Image (.DMG)

    • Meta Package File (.MPKG)

    • Mac OS X Installer Package (.PKG)

    • Mac OS X Application (.APP)

    When you install the Configuration Manager client on Mac computers, you cannot use the following management capabilities that are supported by the Configuration Manager client on Windows-based computers:

  • Client push installation

  • Operating system deployment

  • Software updates

    Note

    You can use Configuration Manager application management to deploy required Mac OS X software updates to Mac computers. In addition, you can use compliance settings to make sure that computers have any required software updates.

  • Maintenance windows

  • Remote control

  • Power management

  • Client status client check and remediation

    For more information about how to install and configure the Configuration Manager Mac client, see How to deploy clients to Macs in System Center Configuration Manager.