Parallels Mac Management 7 Adds the Last Missing Piece to the Mac Management Puzzle


I’m excited to announce that Parallels® Mac Management 7 for Microsoft® SCCM is now available. Based on customer feedback, Parallels is delivering new features and enhancements including Internet-based Mac® client management, non-OSD task sequences, and simplified macOS® imaging.

What’s in Parallels Mac Management 7?

The feedback from our 7 beta testers was fantastic, and we look forward to all our customers taking advantage of the new features. View the complete list of new features in Parallels Mac Management 7 new features.

Internet-Based Mac Client Management

From the very first release of Parallels Mac Management, our goal has been to extend all the capabilities of Microsoft SCCM to Mac computers. With version 7, we are finally making this vision a reality; Internet-based Mac client management is the last missing puzzle piece that closes the gap (Figure 1).

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Figure 1: Internet-based Mac client management

Internet-based Mac client management will allow our customers to keep their Mac computers in compliance no matter where those Mac computers are—on the corporate LAN or on a public network somewhere across the globe.

Offline macOS Imaging from External USB Drive

In order to deploy an operating system on a Mac computer, you first need to boot it. In the past, the network boot was the only option, but unfortunately this had some drawbacks related to the NetBoot protocol and the network configuration changes that may be required in order to get NetBoot to work across subnets.

In Parallels Mac Management 7, we added the ability to create a bootable media (USB flash drive or external HDD) to eliminate the need for the network boot from the macOS image deployment process. The highlights of this new functionality are:

Non-OSD Task Sequence Support

Task sequences in SCCM are used to automate a variety of tasks within an environment. These tasks are primarily designed for deploying operating systems, such as Windows and, in the case of Parallels Mac Management, macOS.

Until now, Parallels Mac Management required a “Deploy macOS Image” task sequence step to be added to a task sequence. But there are situations when instead of re-imaging a Mac, an IT administrator wants to perform configuration changes on a Mac or install multiple software packages. Parallels Mac Management 7 introduces the ability to create non-OSD task sequences, thus giving admins greater flexibility.

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Figure 2: If task sequence purpose is set to “available,” it will appear in the Parallels Application Portal.

And Much More…

Other important additions in the version 7 are:

Feedback

If you would like to suggest a feature, please post your ideas in the Feature Suggestions forum.

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