Applications and Utilities

This section provides an overview of the applications and utilities that make up Jamf Pro (formerly the Casper Suite).

Composer

The Composer application allows you to build packages (PKG or DMG) of software, applications, preference files, or documents. Composer also allows you to build a DMG of an operating system.

Jamf Admin

The Jamf Admin (formerly Casper Admin) application is a repository that allows you to add and manage packages, scripts, printers, and Dock items. It also allows you to create configurations (images) using these items and replicate files to distribution points.

jamf agent

The jamf agent collects application usage data and restricts software on managed computers.

The jamf agent is installed and updated on managed computers automatically. It is installed in the following location:

/usr/local/jamf/bin/jamfAgent

jamf binary

Most tasks in Jamf Pro are executed using the “jamf” command-line application (also known as the jamf binary). Although you are free to use this application at will, it is installed, updated, and run on managed computers automatically. It is stored in the following location on managed computers:

/usr/local/jamf/bin/jamf

Jamf Helper

The Jamf Helper displays messages to users. It is stored in the following location on managed computers:

/Library/Application Support/JAMF/bin/

Jamf Imaging

The Jamf Imaging (formerly Casper Imaging) application allows you to image computers by deploying configurations to them.

Jamf Management Action

The Jamf Management Action application displays User Interaction messages in Notification Center. It is stored in the following location on managed computers:

/Library/Application Support/JAMF/bin/

Jamf Pro Server

The Jamf Pro server (formerly the Jamf Software Server) is a web app that functions as the administrative core of Jamf Pro. The Jamf Pro server allows you to perform inventory and remote management and configuration tasks on managed computers and mobile devices. All other administrative applications in Jamf Pro communicate with the Jamf Pro server.

Jamf Remote

The Jamf Remote (formerly Casper Remote) application allows you to immediately perform remote management tasks on computers, such as installing packages, running scripts, and binding to directory services. While policies allow you to automate these tasks so that they run on a schedule, Jamf Remote allows you to perform them immediately over a Secure Shell (SSH) connection.

Recon

The Recon application allows you to enroll Mac computers. Enrollment is the process of adding computers to Jamf Pro. When Mac computers are enrolled, inventory information for the computers is submitted to Jamf Pro, and the computers are managed.

Jamf Self Service for macOS

The Jamf Self Service for macOS application allows users to browse and install configuration profiles, Mac App Store apps, and eBooks. Users can also run policies and third-party software updates via patch policies, as well as access webpages using bookmarks.

You can make the following items available in Self Service and customize how they are displayed to users:

  • Configuration profiles

  • Software updates (via patch policies)

  • Policies

  • Mac App Store apps

  • eBooks

In addition, you can make bookmarks available in Self Service to give users easy access to webpages directly from the application.

Self Service Mobile for iOS

Self Service Mobile for iOS allows you to distribute configuration profiles, apps, and eBooks to iOS devices for users to install. Users tap Self Service to browse and install items using an intuitive interface.

There are two kinds of Self Service for iOS devices: the Self Service Mobile app and the Self Service web clip. The Self Service Mobile app can be installed on devices with iOS 7 or later. By default, Self Service Mobile is installed on all managed mobile devices except Apple TV devices and personally owned devices.

Self Service Mobile for iOS is available for free from the App Store.

Self Service Mobile for Android

Self Service Mobile for Android is used in conjunction with personal device profiles to enroll and manage personally owned Android devices. Users install Self Service Mobile for Android from Google Play during user-initiated enrollment. After enrollment, Self Service Mobile must remain installed on an enrolled Android device to keep the device managed by Jamf Pro.

Self Service Mobile for Android is available for free from Google Play.

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