Recent results of our Apple in the Workplace Barometer, a crowd-sourced research project, indicate that 42% of large companies have no systems or tools in place today to manage and secure Macs. That’s a lot of corporate data at risk!
If you don’t have security and management tools in place today, here a few resources we recommend.
Apple Remote Desktop
Of course, a good place to start is to look at Apple’s Apple Remote Desktop (ARD). It is a basic tool for Mac management, and includes the ability to distribute software, provide online helpdesk for your end users, and automate routine management tasks. This is a good place for many smaller companies to start managing Macs, whether they come in via BYOD or are company issued.
JAMF Casper Suite
For larger organizations who are predominantly Mac shops, JAMF Casper Suite is a good solution for managing and security Macs. JAMF Software develops exclusively for the Apple platform. Their software offers great breadth and depth functionality for IT managers including inventory, package building, image management, remote imaging, remote updates, iOS mobile device management and a powerful framework for automated support.
If you are using Casper Suite to manage your Apple devices, it is a great way to manage your Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machines as well.
Parallels Management-Mac for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
For mixed Windows/Mac environments where you’ve already invested in Microsoft System Center, Parallels offers a cost-effective plug-in for SCCM 2007/2012. Imaging being able to discover and manage your Macs just like you do your Windows PCs. The same tools, interface, reporting –all of your standardized processes extend to also manage Macs.
So, if you’re not already thinking about how to manage and secure the growing number of Macs in your environment, check these resources out.
Parallels Solutions for Business help IT Pros worldwide support Macs in their cross-platform environments. To learn more about Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition or Parallels Mac Management, click here and one of our Enterprise Sales Account Managers will be happy to help.