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Apple macOS and iOS System Administration

Integrating and Supporting iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Drew Smith
    Pages 1-19
  3. Drew Smith
    Pages 21-81
  4. Drew Smith
    Pages 83-108
  5. Drew Smith
    Pages 109-144
  6. Drew Smith
    Pages 145-195
  7. Drew Smith
    Pages 247-310
  8. Drew Smith
    Pages 311-338
  9. Drew Smith
    Pages 339-396
  10. Drew Smith
    Pages 453-504
  11. Drew Smith
    Pages 505-531
  12. Drew Smith
    Pages 533-561
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 563-573

About this book


Effectively manage Apple devices anywhere from a handful of Macs at one location to thousands of iPhones across many locations. This book is a comprehensive guide for supporting Mac and iOS devices in organizations of all sizes.

You'll learn how to control a fleet of macOS clients using tools like Profile Manager, Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP), and Apple Remote Desktop. Then integrate your Mac clients into your existing Microsoft solutions for file sharing, print sharing, Exchange, and Active Directory authentication without having to deploy additional Mac-specific middle-ware or syncing between multiple directory services.  

Apple macOS and iOS System Administration shows how to automate the software installation and upgrade process using the open source Munki platform and provides a scripted out-of-the box experience for large scale deployments of macOS endpoints in any organization. Finally, you'll see how to provision and manage thousands of iOS devices in a standardized and secure fashion with device restrictions and over-the-air configuration.  

You will:
  • Integrate macOS and iOS clients into enterprise Microsoft environments
  • Use Apple’s Volume Purchase Program to manage App installations and share pools of Apps across multiple users
  • Mass deploy iOS devices with standard configurations
  • Remotely manage a fleet of macOS devices using Apple's Remote Desktop


macOS iOS Apple configurator Apple Remote Desktop Munki Active Directory Samba CUPS mobileconfig MDM Profile Manager Privacy Preference Center Windows Cross-platform DEP Device Enrollment Program Apple School Manager Apple Business Manager Volume Purchase Program

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CincinnatiUSA

About the authors

Drew Smith has spent the last twenty years in system administration, providing technology support and designing solutions across the United States. He has been responsible for fleets as large as 6,000 macOS devices across 52 different locations. In 2012, he deployed over 30,000 iPads to higher-education students in 15 different states, at the time it was one of the largest iPad 1:1 deployments. Drew enjoys sharing best practices with others to help them simplify and streamline the management of Apple devices in multi-platform environments. 

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