Profiles are the primary means to manage devices. Configure profiles so your macOS devices remain secure and configured to your preferred settings.
You can think of profiles as the settings and rules that, when combined with compliance policies, help you enforce corporate rules and procedures. They contain the settings, configurations, and restrictions that you want to enforce on devices.
A profile consists of the general profile settings and a specific payload. Profiles work best when they contain only a single payload.
macOS profiles apply to a device at either the user level or the device level. When creating macOS profiles, you select the level the profile applies to. Some profiles can only be applied to the user level or device level.
Some device profiles configure the settings for accessing a macOS device. Use these profiles to ensure that access to a device is limited only to authorized users.
Some examples of device access profiles include:
- Secure a device with a Passcode profile. For more information, see Create a Passcode Policy for macOS Devices
- Configure Apple's Gatekeeper functionality, which secures application downloads and controls specific settings related to user passwords. For more information, see Create a Security and Privacy Settings Profile for macOS Devices.
- Configure accessibility options to accommodate end users' needs. For more information, see Create an Accessibility Profile for macOS Devices.
Ensure that your macOS devices remain secure through device profiles. These profiles configure the native macOS security features or configure corporate security settings on a device through AirWatch.
Some examples of device security profiles include:
- Use a Wi-Fi profile to connect enrolled devices to your corporate Wi-Fi without sending the network credentials to users. For more information, see Create a Network Access Profile for macOS Devices.
- Implement digital certificates to protect corporate assets. For more information, see Associate a SCEP/Credentials Payload with a Profile for macOS Devices
- Ensure access to internal resources for your devices with the VPN profile. For more information, see Create a VPN Profile for macOS Devices and Create a VPN On Demand Profile for macOS Devices.
Configure the various settings of your macOS devices with the configuration profiles. These profiles configure the device settings to meet your business needs.
Some examples of device configuration profiles include:
- Set up access to Microsoft Outlook and corporate files with an Exchange Web Services profile. For more information, see Create an Exchange Web Services Profile for macOS Devices.
- Integrate VMware Fusion with VMware AirWatch MDM capabilities to allow for management of both the host device and corporate applications in a virtual machine scenario. For more information, see Create a VMware Fusion Profile for macOS Devices.
- Ensure that the devices remain up to date with the macOS Updates profile. For more information, see Create a Software Update Server Profile for macOS Devices.