macOS Catalina System Management

By Zach DeMeyer Posted December 20, 2019

macOS® Catalina™ is live, and with it comes a host of questions. One in particular: How will IT organizations manage Mac® systems running Catalina? It’s an interesting question to explore because it touches a number of modern IT management issues that expand outside Mac management.

Why Catalina System Management?

Mac management in the enterprise consistently presents a source of headaches for IT admins. Oftentimes, sysadmins refuse to supply end users with macOS devices, which is largely due to the fact that Microsoft® Active Directory® –– the core directory service for many organizations –– struggles to manage out of the box with Mac systems. Multiply that by the fact that new OS updates have a tendency to change how systems (regardless of their operating system) are managed, and it’s plain to see why Catalina system management is a source of consternation.

Regardless of the difficulty involved with managing macOS and iterations like Catalina, the presence of Mac systems in the enterprise has increased dramatically since 2009. As such, macOS devices need managing just like any other systems to promote organizational security and performance.

macOS System Management Solutions

Mac-specific management solutions exist on the market. When considering the options, a good question to start with is: What macOS system management capabilities do IT admins need? The key issues to address here often revolve around ensuring the system is secure, configured properly, performing well, and inventoried.

System Management Considerations

For system security, general best practices include full disk encryption, eliminating guest accounts, and screen saver lock. With respect to configurations, IT admins often want to ensure they have consistent settings across their fleet, such as disabling Siri or external disk drives, as well as controlling system preferences. Of course, the Mac system management solution will not only need to enforce these security policies but also do so at scale automatically across an organization’s entire Mac fleet.

On the performance side, IT admins should know when a system’s storage space is running out, if it’s operating at high CPU or memory utilization, (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Zach DeMeyer. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/macos-catalina-system-management

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a writer and researcher for JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, making music, and soccer.

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