Support for Jamf Admin will be discontinued with the release of Jamf Pro 11.6.0

Jamf began communicating the deprecation of Jamf Admin in the Jamf Pro 10.44 release notes. However, the day has come for Jamf Admin to say farewell. What does that mean for you? Read on to find out more.

April 25 2024 by

Sara Graves

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Farewell Jamf Admin and supporting Jamf Pro endpoints

Jamf Admin has served our admins well for many years, but like many solutions in technology, change is constant. Jamf Admin provided support for package management, package upload, indexing, printer management etc. which can be achieved through several methods including some native to Jamf Pro UI.

What went into the decision?

  • Innovation is key at Jamf. As our industry grows, so should our technology solutions. Jamf Admin was a utility to assist with specific workflows but has since become a blocker for Jamf Pro to provide fast and frequent releases for our customers’ needs.
  • Adherence to Jamf's internal compliance standards for our customers, technology frameworks, workflows being used in the Jamf community and research around the current usage of Jamf Admin. These changes were thoughtfully considered by the Product team and Engineering teams before the decision was reached.

What’s changing?

  • Support for Jamf Admin will be discontinued with the release of Jamf Pro 11.6.0 (estimated release date: June 2024). The Jamf Admin app has been removed from the Jamf Pro Apps DMG as of Jamf Pro 11.4.0. Older versions of Jamf Admin will continue to work with Jamf Pro until all functionality and endpoints associated with Jamf Admin are removed in Jamf Pro 11.6.0.
  • The endpoints used by Jamf Admin will be removed in 11.6.0. This includes the removal of some popular undocumented endpoints such as dbfileupload. In Jamf Pro 11.5, the Packages page has been redesigned. Additionally, there are new features for enhanced visibility for package statuses and new API endpoints to facilitate end-to-end workflows, and in-product download capabilities from the Jamf Cloud Distribution Service (JCDS).
  • Indexing .pkg files is not recommended by Jamf because they may contain scripts that indexing cannot catalog. Flat .pkg files have emerged as the preferred enterprise deployment method for macOS applications making the need to index unnecessary. It's time to sunset this feature in Jamf Pro.

How can we help?

We understand the concerns and want to ensure you and your organization remain successful with Jamf Pro. As such, we have worked with our internal teams to bring forward some new open-source solutions for printer management and package replication that can be found at RsyncUI.

  • Jamf Sync: Jamf Sync helps synchronize Jamf Pro distribution points.
    • To obtain Jamf Sync, please download the .zip archive containing the Jamf Sync application from Github Releases. A User’s Guide is available from the application's Help menu.
  • Jamf Printer Manager: Jamf Printer Manager eases printer deployments by uploading printer settings and printer definition files from a macOS computer to Jamf Pro.
    • To obtain Jamf Printer Manager, please download the .zip archive containing the Jamf Printer Manager application from GitHub Releases. User documentation is available from Jamf Printer Manager.pdf
  • Advanced workflows and configurations: In the case of particularly complicated on-premises distribution point strategies, there are other solutions that we recommend you explore based on your needs. rsync is a native command line tool that allows for flexible and streamlined replication of folders/shares. Additionally, there is an open-source project that gives rsync a UI.

We understand you may still have questions.

Jamf Customer Support is here to help.