Parallels just released version 5 of their SCCM plugin for Mac management. This post will go over a few of the new features.
First, right off the bat, we need to license the plug-in. This is done from the SCCM console under Administration > Parallels Mac Management > Licenses. You can select your site, then click “Activate License” from the ribbon. You should get a window like this:
Copy your license key into the box and click “Activate”. After activation, you should get a confirmation that displays the date of expiration and the number of license.
First, new tools exist for managing collections Macs from the console:
You can now force a policy update, request inventory, execute a script, or install the client. The “Install Parallels Mac Client” tool can also be used to reinstall the client.
Furthermore, if you select a computer object, there are a few additional tools available:
VNC and SSH are available as options, as well as the collection tools.
Version 5 comes with the ability to use the Apple DEP program to auto enroll Macs into the SCCM. It is configurable if you install the MDM service during installation. This setup is done from Administration > Parallels Mac Management > Device Enrollment Program. During configuration, you will generate a certificate that is uploaded in the Apple DEP portal that establishes communication between your SCCM site and Apple DEP. After creating the MDM site in DEP, you will download a token that is fed back to the Parallels plug-in.
After setup, you should see your registered devices in the SCCM console under Administration > Parallels Mac Management > Device Enrollment Program > Devices.
One really cool feature that is coming soon to Parallels Mac Management for SCCM v5. In the coming months, the ability to run a shell script and apply a .mobileconfig file is coming to task sequences.
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