Getting Fixes and Features in MDS

Please submit any issues (features or bugs) here. If you would like a new feature or an issue resolved in MDS, we prioritize fixes based on the order below: Customers with current support contracts: Support contacts can now be purchased here Votes: Our issue reporting system allows you to upvote issues; issues with a larger…

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Device Enrollment with MDS

MDS 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 settings,…

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Manual MDM Enrollment with MDS

MDS 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 self-service…

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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 From the side navigation, select “Download macOS”. Select the macOS version to download. You can select multiple installers by holding the Command key when selecting. Click Download to proceed….

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Deploying Macs with Workflows, MDM and Device Enrollment

MDS 2 added Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Deployment Enrollment to MDS. 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…

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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 added 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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What’s New in MDS 1.9

New Features in MDS 1.9: First User Log In Packages Installation: Packages can now be specified to install when the first user logs in. Some macOS packages expect a user account to exist and a home directory to have been created. Using this new feature, packages can be installed right when the first user is…

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What’s New in MDS 1.8.1

MDS 1.8.1 includes various bug fixes Fixed issue with packages installed with the workflow Fixed issues where home directory didn’t exist for additional scripts Fixed regression where blank password did not work Added additional sample script to show how resources can be copied to user desktop Learn More To learn more about MDS, visit the…

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