Last week I gave you an overview of Parallels Mac Management for SCCM, in this blog I want to look at one of the features that are added by the plugin.
Besides the Network discovery and automatic enrollment of Mac OS X clients, the plugin also offers Deployment of software via packages and programs, Deploy Mac OS X Configuration Profiles and Deploy Mac OS X pre-built images.
First, let’s have a look at the deployment of software in this short blog.
Deployment of software via packages and programs
The current version of Parallels Mac Management for SCCM offers only software deployment via the packages and programs in Configuration Manager. In the next version, which is released later this year, the new Application Model will be also embraced.
Where the native Mac OS X support uses the wrapped CMMAC format, the Parallels plugin is able to use the native DMG and ISO files. In the command line you need to use the following syntax:
The <source_path> is the filename and path of a directory inside the package and the <destination_path> is the filename and path of a directory on the Mac OS X device. When referencing directories in an image file (DMZ or ISO), the source paths may contain the image filename, including the extension. Looking at above the following command line :firefox-30.0.dmg/Firefox.app:/Applications: will mount the firefox-30.0.dmg file to a temporary mount point and will copy the firefox.app to the Applications folder. Hopefully the adaption of the Application Model allows the detection of the right command line when adding an application to Configuration Manager 2012 R2. The same counts for a MAC OS X update provided as a DMG or ISO file.
Deploying the package must be done to the device, in the next version the deployment can be done to the user together with the new Self-Service Portal, more on that when the next version is released.
When installing the software you are able initiate a reboot, do nothing or automatically logoff, also user interaction can be disabled if you like that. In other words, the features provided by deploying a package and program via Configuration Manager. 😉
Next time I will look at the Mac OS X Configuration Profiles.
May 3, 2015 @ 07:56
I’m trying out this product right now. To me it looks like the ability to deploy a .dmg file as an application with Parallels, is still not possible, is that correct?
May 17, 2015 @ 17:01
Hi Rory, yeah via the Packages and Programs. The Application Model only supports cmmac files.