The Jamf Pro 10.42 release brings continued support for compatibility with the newest Apple operating systems. Through extensive testing with Apple’s beta releases, Jamf can enhance Apple features through unique workflows. Also included are improvements to App Installers, new accessibility features and updated UI in the Jamf Self Service app and much more.
Read on for highlights of the Jamf Pro 10.42 release.
Configuration Profile Installation Restrictions
Jamf Pro 10.42 adds a new setting in the macOS Restrictions payload of Configuration Profiles, allowing admins the ability to restrict end users from installing third-party software. When applied, end users cannot interactively install configuration profiles or certificates embedded in profiles from a source other than the MDM.
This provides an added layer of security, preventing end users installing unapproved software onto organizational macOS devices. Both macOS Ventura and Jamf Pro 10.42 are prerequisites to apply this feature.
Rapid Security Response Restriction Profile
Rapid Security Response for macOS Ventura introduces a new mechanism to ship security fixes to users more frequently in order to improve endpoint protection and ensure devices and data remains protected from vulnerabilities. New configuration keys allow this mechanism to be disabled by an organization or disallow users from “rolling back” and uninstalling a Rapid Security Response update. Jamf Pro 10.42 introduces support for these keys in the Restrictions payload, giving admins the ability to manage Rapid Security Response settings on both computers and devices.
This support means Security and IT teams can be assured that important security updates are getting to users and devices quickly to tighten protocols across their organization.
Declarative Device Management
Jamf Pro 10.42 supports Declarative Device Management, which is a protocol where the configuration of the device dynamically adapts to the state of the device over time, without checking in with the MDM server. Apple has extended Declarative Device Management to all platforms across all enrollment types, resulting in a more responsive inventory action that will take minutes, rather than waiting to hear back from the MDM polling process to identify the change. This protocol empowers the individual device to act more proactively within the confines of policies from its management server. Declarative Device Management is not a rip-and-replace protocol, but one that works in tandem with the MDM protocol – and this is its first iteration. For Jamf Pro 10.42, Declarative Device Management is enabled automatically for all eligible devices upon upgrading to the newest operating system.
To learn more about Declarative Device Management, check out our blog on the topic.
Support for Login and Background Item Management
macOS Ventura introduces a new feature that allows end users to self-manage login and background apps more easily. Admins do not always want end users to have the ability to disable certain login or background items, especially mission critical apps, like Jamf Self Service. Jamf Pro 10.42 and macOS Ventura provides admins the option to manage those items, restricting users’ ability to turn Jamf apps off.
Moving on from supporting Apple and the newest operating systems, Jamf Pro 10.42 has more incredibly exciting highlights.
App Installers Improvements
There are notable changes to App Installers and the App Installers UI in Jamf Pro 10.42. First is that multi-architecture packages will display the metadata for all the source files from the final package. Admins can click on these hashes and review, resulting in additional metadata that is showcased in the hash. This provides admins better reporting structures and more granular insights into the app installer.
Other improvements include:
- Updates to the UI for deployment status report filters
- Jamf Pro Summary details
- Admins only need to accept App Installers Terms & Conditions once
iOS/iPadOS Self Service 11.0.0
The release of iOS and iPadOS Self Service 11.0.0 includes new user accessibility features and functionality to navigate the app.
The accessibility features include:
- VoiceOver integration
- Dynamic text sizing
- Native dark and light mode support where Self Service appearance changes automatically depending on the user’s preference
- Improved automation with Jamf’s localization testing
Beyond the accessibility features, the improvements to Self Service include:
- A new home view highlighting featured content and quick links to explore content categories
- A pop-out navigation menu
- Streamlined navigation for iPad users
- Demo previews and more
The demo previews allow admins to see what the Self Service app will look like before deploying it to their end users. Beyond that, admins also now can customize where end users end up upon launching Self Service.
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) Support
Jamf Pro 10.42 supports Version 3 of Cisco ISE, providing admins more accuracy when pulling device information. The integration with Jamf Pro allows customers to determine device compliance based on a saved Advanced search in Jamf Pro. Admins can now use a GUID value instead of a MAC address when looking up compliance information for devices. Using GUIDs is favorable, eliminating undesirable behaviors, like misidentification of Apple devices.
Jamf Pro Settings Page UI Updates
The Jamf Pro Settings page received a major facelift. The settings page now brings focus tab navigation to the top of the page, with the ability to enable or disable display icons. More information is provided for each setting item, providing admins a quick view of what each item does.
Reporting on Devices with Multiple SIMs
Organizations will often provide employees with multiple SIMs, depending on specific needs, and reporting on SIM information is vital for many enterprise workflows. Jamf Pro 10.42 supports multiple SIM properties for BYO devices, meaning admins can now report on multiple SIMs via the API.
There are more highlights to the Jamf Pro 10.42 release, so be sure to check out the release notes which can be accessed via the link below.
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