What’s New in MDS 2.1

Fixed issue with repackaging and copying A package that was not distribution type was not repackaged. Popup menu options for Variables When specifying variables, the user can be prompted with a set number of options as well as standard text.

What’s New in MDS 2.0.1

Fixed issue with .app error A regression where adding in an app to the Packages folder gave an error instead of being repackaged. Fixed Preferences UI issues and log button issue in main UI The log button on the main interface did not open anything. Some buttons were slightly cut off in preferences. Fixed toolbar…

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Device Enrollment with MDS 2

MDS 2 not only has a MDM service built-in, it also makes it easy to configure macOS clients that are available to Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager for assigning to the MDM service in MDS. A newly purchased Mac can be set up by a simple opt-in during Setup Assistant and all the…

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Manual MDM Enrollment with MDS 2

MDS 2 uses an MDM service to allow Mac clients to be easily set up by enrolling in the MDM service. Upon enrollment, resources such as software packages, scripts, and profiles are automatically installed. Installation of a client management binary such as Munki can be installed for further configuration and installation and configuration of a…

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Downloading macOS installers with MDS

MDS uses the macOS installer for installing macOS as well as for preparing disk images for restoring with Apple Software Restore (ASR). Open Download macOS Window In the main MDS window, select “Download macOS” in the the Toolbar. Select Catalog Select the catalog for the different feeds from Apple Software Update servers. Select macOS Installers…

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Deploying Macs with Workflows, MDM and Device Enrollment

MDS 2 adds in Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Deployment Enrollment. Deployment Enrollment is part of Apple Business Manager (ABM) or Apple School Manager (ASM). Since many of these technologies overlap, understanding how the options work will help decide which ones to choose when deploying Macs in different environments. Deploying macOS When a new Mac…

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What’s New in MDS 2

MDS 2 is an open source project for setting up, deploying and managing modern Macs. MDS 2 builds on the features of MDS 1 and adds in more features to make MDS 2 a complete solution for deploying modern Macs. It can be used standalone or can be used in tandem with other management systems,…

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Creating and Importing MDM Push Certificates into MDS

In order to manage Macs with MDM, MDS requires an Apple-signed Push Notification Certificate to talk with the Apple Push Notification Service (APNS). There are a number of different ways to obtain this certificate, but the easiest and fastest way is with Twocanoes Software.  Twocanoes Software does not provide the Apple-signed Push Notification Certificate since…

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MDS 2: ASR Imaging and MDM / DEP Deployment

MDS 2 add in some big new features. ASR imaging reduces macOS install times from 22 minutes to less than 2 minutes. MDS 2 also integrates microMDM for features such as macOS setup assistant customization, remote management (ARD) screen controls, DEP, and lots more. Watch the video to see a demo of these exciting new…

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Observing MDS Automaton Keyboard Commands

When configuring an MDS automaton, sometimes it is helpful to observe and confirm the content and timing of the commands it was programmed to send. A simple way to do this is to use the macOS Keyboard Viewer. To open the Keyboard Viewer, go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources. Click on “Show…

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