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Login and Logout policies should have a more descriptive message

Posted: 4/12/17 at 9:56 AM by bpavlov

Currently Login and Logout policies should have this small window in the bottom right corner that says "Checking for policies". For end users, this seems completely irrelevant. What are "policies"? Why is it checking for it now?

The request here is to have a much better message. Because it would be impossible to appease everyone, I would recommend that the message be customizable. And in addition to this, I would like to see a progress bar that indicates how many policies have been processed (e.g. 1/8 policies completed, 3/8 policies completed, etc.). For the progress bar message, I'm not sure what the best wording would be there, but at the very least the numbering should be there to give the end user an idea of what's happening.

Maybe something like this might be useful to have for other triggers as well. But at least for now the focus is mainly on login and logout. Users sometimes shutdown or restart their computers when these policies are running at login/logout because they have no idea what's going on.

Posted: 4/12/17 at 10:17 AM by bpavlov

Here's an example of how Munki handles it at logout. And it can tell you what step it's on and what software it's on in the install process.

Obviously Jamf Pro works very differently and I'm not sure I'd want policy names to appear since they might not be user friendly....unless this feature request were implemented: https://www.jamf.com/jamf-nation/feature-requests/1880/optional-display-name-for-self-service-policies in which case then the administrator could have a display friendly name that may make more sense to the end user.

Posted: 4/12/17 at 11:11 AM by bpavlov

Here's a video showing what Munki does in case you're wondering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG84nedo4ag&t=50m44s