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Support for choices.xml during package installation

I would like to see support for using a choices.xml for package installation. This could be in the form of having to upload a choices.xml in Casper Admin, manually inputting the fields in the policy, or even have JSS/Casper Admin dynamically evaluate the .pkg file to determine what choices are possible. Then when defining the policy in JSS the administrator could select the proper choices.xml or choice selections to apply for a particular package.

This would be very useful for things like MS Office installs where many of us do not want the package to modify the dock as it does by default. There are of course many other packages where this would be useful.

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Posted: 4/27/15 at 3:37 PM by mm2270

This would be awesome! Gets my vote for sure!


Posted: 4/15/16 at 2:28 PM by bpavlov

It's been a year and I think this should get a bump for more visibility. For reference, Munki supports this.


Posted: 4/17/16 at 7:00 AM by donmontalvo

Just found out about this thread...upvoted for sure.


Posted: 5/19/16 at 8:48 AM by bpavlov

I would love to see this as well. This would come in handy for installers like Office 2011, 2016, Cisco AnyConnect and a few others that don't come to mind at the moment.

The best way I can see this implemented would be perhaps through the JSS GUI when you add a package, there should be a drop down for that package to ask if you want to use installer choices xml or none at all.


Posted: 6/14/16 at 6:51 PM by cgolebio

Up voted 100%. I can imaging this in the Policy setting, that way you can have flexibility with different options based off the same packages. You could either upload the XML or have an editor that you could use and saves it to the database like scripts.

As far as Casper Admin, or even the web interface, if it could analyze the packages and just provide checkboxes in order to automate the format that would be helpful. But not as necessary as getting it working manually.


Posted: 10/17/16 at 2:07 PM by bpavlov

Hoping this makes it into JSS 10.


Posted: 1/11/17 at 2:49 PM by mthakur

Yes, please. This would make it much easier to deploy Office 2016 for Mac.


Posted: 2/7/17 at 4:30 PM by cioadmin

Putting in a plug for this feature as well!


Posted: 9/13/17 at 3:41 PM by prbsparx

This would help with Cisco AnyConnect too.


Posted: 1/3/18 at 5:48 AM by dfarnworth_barc

@cgolebio This is an excellent idea. Would be fairly simple for JAMF to craft an interface in the Packages section of a policy that enabled selection/deselection of choices