macOS Big Sur & iOS 14: How to Manage Public Betas & Defer Software Updates

July 16, 2020

It’s beta season again! Our team is working hard to make sure Kandji will be ready on release day, but there’s still some software and service testing that you’ll want to start experimenting with to keep your transition to the latest Apple operating systems smooth. Whether you’re getting ready to update your managed devices to iOS 14 or macOS Big Sur, there are a lot of exciting changes coming – and using public betas is a great way to make …

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Device Management Updates from WWDC 2020: What Mac Admins Need to Know

June 30, 2020

Every year, Apple releases all of its major device management updates at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event — and WWDC 2020 has been packed with big news. In this article, we’re going to break down some of the biggest announcements that came out of the conference. Here’s a quick overview of what we’ll cover: macOS Big Sur: Device Management Changes New macOS Security Features iOS & iPadOS: Device Management Changes New iOS & iPadOS Security Features macOS Big Sur: …

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Product Update: SSO Extension Profile, Kerberos Extension, More Auto Apps

June 24, 2020

The Kandji team is introducing a new SSO Extension Profile (including built-in support for the Kerberos extension), as well as alerts for removed MDM profiles, the ability to remotely update Auto Admin passwords for supervised devices, the ability to use Global Profile Variables in AppConfig, and new Auto Apps: Google Chat, Front App, Visual Studio Code. In case you missed it, last month we released the System Extensions Profile, AppConfig, and more. Single Sign-On (SSO) Extension Profile Apple’s new Extensible …

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Federated Authentication in Apple Business Manager with Azure AD

June 18, 2020

If your business is using Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) as your identity provider, then you can use Federated Authentication to connect your instance of Azure AD with Apple Business Manager. This is a great way to create a seamless login experience for your employees. In this guide, we’re going to take a closer look at what you can expect from Federated Authentication. Here’s a quick overview of what we’ll cover: What is Federated Authentication? Can I Use Other …

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Product Update: System Extensions Profile, AppConfig, and More

May 26, 2020

The Kandji team is excited to introduce a new profile, the System Extensions Profile, as well as new AppConfig capabilities, four new Auto Apps, and a new Global Profile Variable for User Email. In case you missed it, last month we released Managed OS, fully enforced Auto Apps, and Shared iPad support. System Extensions Profile We’ve written a lot about the challenges and security concerns around Kernel Extensions (KEXTs) and how Apple is introducing System Extensions as a replacement. To …

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Guide for Apple IT: Shared iPad for Business

May 18, 2020

As of iPadOS 13.4, Apple has introduced a great new feature for enterprises: Shared iPad for business. Previously only available in Apple School Manager, iPadOS now supports Shared iPad using Managed Apple IDs from Apple Business Manager. Leveraging Shared iPad will make it easier for enterprises to create efficient and secure shared-device environments for their employees. In this article, we’re going to take a look at what Shared iPad is and what it means for businesses that want to take …

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Guide for Apple IT: macOS Kernel Extensions

May 14, 2020

With Apple announcing that Kernel Extensions will be deprecated at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) 2019, we can expect a lot of changes coming to macOS. In this guide, we’re going to take a look at some of the latest developments concerning KEXTs (Kernel Extensions), KPIs (Kernel Programming Interfaces), how System Extensions are replacing them, and how macOS Catalina is phasing them out. Here’s an overview of what we’ll cover: What’s Replacing macOS Kernel Extensions? Confusion Around Catalina Dialogue Boxes What’s …

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