As we reach the end of another calendar year, and we start to think thoughts about time with family and friends, and reflect back on the year that was, I wanted to take stock of all that we did at JumpCloud during the year that was 2022 for Apple Admins.
Before coming to JumpCloud in 2020, I spent twenty years in Apple-facing IT departments large and small. That time was spent making sure that devices were configured correctly, that posture could be trusted, and that all the policies that I needed applied could be done easily and quickly. This year at JumpCloud, that history (which I share with so many of you) informed our approach, as we wanted to focus hard on our customer’s core needs for policy application on the macOS and iOS side of the house.
New macOS and iOS Policies
And focus we did!
We added 34 new macOS policies, as well as adding almost a dozen iOS/iPadOS policies, including some really key features like allowing Apple’s Activation Lock to protect your iPhones and iPads. Other notable features include:
- Deeply configurable policies like App Privacy Preferences to help you grant the correct permissions for important applications that handle better when they’re pre-granted access to key features and locations on the device.
- System Extensions and Kernel Extensions policies that grant specialized permissions for security tools like CrowdStrike Falcon and SentinelOne.
JumpCloud is firmly committed to supplying every policy that our admins need to manage their Apple device fleets as a pre-built option. We know how important it is to have fire-and-forget management for your desktop, laptop, and mobile devices registered with JumpCloud, and delivering a great experience for our admins is job one.
New Apple MDM Policies in JumpCloud
This year we dove deep into the Apple MDM Documentation to provide a comprehensive list of key policies. We want to make sure that you have everything you need to get the job done.
|AirPrint Destination||Activation Lock for iOS||Apple Music Service Access||App Privacy Preferences||App Notification Settings|
|Block Manual Profile Install||Camera Control||Crowdstrike Falcon Settings||Custom Font||Delay Major macOS Software Upgrades|
|Disable AirDrop||Disable AirPlay||Disable Content Caching||Disable iCloud Private Relay||Disable Password AutoFill|
|Disable WiFi Password Sharing||Disable Siri||Disable FaceTime||Disable Unlocking with Biometrics||Encrypted DNS over HTTPS or TLS|
|Enforced Fingerprint Timeout||Install Encrypted Certificate Identity||Kernel Extensions||NTP Server||Restrict Erase All Contents & Settings|
|Supervised iOS Policies||WiFi Configuration||Disable Spotlight Internet Results||System Extensions||Sentinel One Agent Permissions|
Policy Management is always easier when you’re starting with a template instead of having to craft your own XML, and we’re thrilled to provide new templates all the time. This year’s crop of new policies give admins more tools to customize the state of the fleet, enable their coworkers’ devices, and make sure everything important isn’t left to chance.
On the Patch Management front, this year we added customization of your update alert messages, complete with company branding, allowing your users to see these alerts in the branding of your organization. Making Patch Management a friendly, reliable, and trusted experience makes it a huge part of your organization’s positive messaging, and increases trust amongst your staff that updates are a trusted process that IT Admins are leading.
Heading into 2023
As we head into 2023, we know we’re not done yet. There are still more policies to create and review, and we’ve got teams focused on exactly that. We are, of course, listening to feedback from our customers on what they need that we haven’t produced yet. You can submit feature requests directly in the Admin Portal under the Support section. Tell us where you’re suffering and we’ll do our best to leap right in.
Learn More About Device Management with JumpCloud
In addition to managing and securing macOS and iOS devices, JumpCloud’s MDM solution combines with its IAM and directory capabilities for a robust, centralized infrastructure that supports work-from-anywhere models. Better yet, it comes free with JumpCloud’s Platform, PlatformPlus, and MDM à la carte plans. To learn how JumpCloud MDM secures all the devices accessing your resources, visit our MDM overview.