Desktop Central can be used to manage computers with macOS. Desktop Central has separate agents to manage Mac computers. This document will explain you on the following:
Desktop Central currently supports the following Mac versions:
Note: Apple Silicon processors can run apps that are compiled for the Intel chipset through a software technology known as Rosetta 2. This translation layer is automatically enabled in macOS Big Sur, and provides users with access to all features in Desktop Central Agent. In short, Desktop Central efficiently supports these new laptops.
Desktop Central has different agents for windows and Mac computers. Mac agents will not be created by default. You can create Mac agents by configuring the settings in the scope of management. This will help you automatically create Mac agents for the local office and the remote offices. To Configure the Mac agent settings follow the steps mentioned below.
While adding credentials it is recommended that the user account falls under active directory else the credentials can be added under workgroup type. This credential will be used for automatic installation of agents across local office computers irrespective of their domain.
Mac agents can be installed manually in the computers that need to be managed. Agents can be installed manually in every computer or through SSH. To install the agent, log-in into the computer as an administrator and follow the steps mentioned below.
You will have a drop down list, from which you can choose and download the appropriate agent. If the managed computers are in the same LAN, download Mac local agent. If the managed computers are in remote locations, download agents appropriately. Follow the steps mentioned below to install the agents manually,
If you wanted to install agents for computers within the LAN, then you can choose the computers and invoke agent installation from the Desktop Central web console Admin tab --> SoM -->Select computers and invoke agent installation. If you wanted to install agents to computers which belongs to a different remote office, then you will have to use SSH.
Installing Mac agents to remote office computers can be done easily through SSH. Using a Mac computer you can remotely connect to other computers and install the Mac agents. To know about installing agents follow the steps mentioned below.
Install the agent in the remote computer
To login into the target computer using SSH type ssh adminusername@hostname
Navigate to the location where the agent is copied, Unzip the agent zip file by typing unzip -oq DCMacAgent.zip
Install the agent using the command sudo installer -pkg DesktopCentral_MacAgent.pkg -target /
Enter the administrator password when prompted to complete agent installation.
Once the agents are installed successfully, the Mac computers will be listed in the SoM page in the Desktop Central web console.
To uninstall the agents from the computers, follow the steps mentioned below.
Desktop Central currently supports the following features for Mac computers.