Mobility profiles allow configuration of portable home directories for network accounts, so users can log into the network even when they are not connected to the network. With a mobility profile, you can also set home and preference sync settings to optionally sync the home folder with a central server.

To create a Mobility profile:

  1. Navigate to Devices > Profiles & Resources > Profiles and select Add. Select Apple macOS, and then select whether this profile will apply to only the enrollment user on the device ( User Profile), or the entire device ( Device Profile).
  2. Configure the profile's General settings.

    These settings determine how the profile deploys and who receives it. For more information on General settings, see Add General Profile Settings.

  3. Select the Mobility payload.
  4. Using the Account Creation tab, set up the mobile account profile. When this account is set up, a local copy of the user's network home folder is created for use when they are not connected to the network.
    Setting Description
    Configure Mobile account Select to configure the account for the user to log into the network.
    Require Confirmation Select to send a confirmation message to the end user.
    Show "Don't ask me again" Select to allow end users to skip the confirmation message after the initial prompt to create the mobile account.
    Configure Home Using Choose settings to either Network home and default sync settings or Local home template from the drop-down navigation menu.
    Home folder location Choose either the on startup volume folder, at path and enter the path location on the user's computer where the home folder will reside, or set the location that the user chooses.
    Encrypt Contents with FileVault

    Select to encrypt contents with FileVault. If you choose to enable Encryption, select the following settings:

    • Select the Require computer master password check box to require a master password.
    • Select Restrict Size to restrict the size of the network home quota. Determine a Fixed Size with megabytes or a Percentage of the home network quota and the Size of the percentage.
    Delete mobile accounts

    Select to determine how and when to delete the account.

    • Select the Delete mobile accounts check box to configure options for deleting the account.
    • Choose After and select how many hours, days or weeks to delete the account after it expires. Setting the value to 0 causes the account to be deleted as soon as the computer is able to delete it.
    • Select Delete only after successful sync to delete the device after it syncs with the central server.
  5. Choose the Rules tab to configure sync options:

    Setting Description
    Preference Sync

    Enable syncing for user preferences. Choose when, what folders to sync and items that do not need to be synced.

    • Select Merge with User Settings check box to add or append the user's sync settings. If this is not selected, the user's settings will be wiped when the new settings are applied.
    Home Sync

    Enable syncing for desktop preferences. Choose when, what folders to sync and items that do not need to synced and may be skipped.

    • Select Merge with User Settings check box to add or append the user's sync settings. If this is not selected, the user's settings will be wiped when the new settings are applied.
    Options Determine how to sync, how often, and allow syncing status to show in Apple Menu bar.

6. Select Save & Publish to push the profile to the device.