Peripherals

Peripherals are miscellaneous items, such as keyboards or scanners, for which you can store information in the Jamf Software Server (JSS).

The first step to storing peripheral information is to create one or more peripheral types. You can add custom text fields and pop-up menus to each peripheral type, allowing you to customize the information that is stored. For example, if you plan to store the serial numbers of keyboards, you can create a peripheral type called “Keyboard” and add a “Serial Number” text field. Peripheral types also serve as categories that allow you to group peripherals in inventory.

After creating one or more peripheral types, you can add peripherals to the JSS. When you add a peripheral, you specify the type of peripheral you are adding. Then you can do the following:

  • Assign the peripheral to a computer and populate information about the user assigned to the computer

  • Assign a user to the peripheral and populate information about the user. (For information on assigning a user to a peripheral or removing a user assignment, see User Assignments.)

  • Enter purchasing information

  • Attach files

Creating a Peripheral Type

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. In the top-right corner of the page, click Settings images/download/thumbnails/15893356/Settings_icon.png .

  3. Click Computer Management.

  4. In the “Computer Management - Management Framework” section, click Peripheral Types images/download/thumbnails/15893356/Peripheral_Types.png .

  5. Click New images/download/thumbnails/15893356/New_icon.png .

  6. Enter a display name for the peripheral type.

  7. Add one or more custom fields:

    1. Click Add images/download/thumbnails/15893356/New_icon.png .

    2. Enter a label for the field.

    3. Choose “Text” or “Menu” from the Type pop-up menu.
      If you chose “Menu”, click Edit Menu and configure pop-up menu options as needed.

    4. Choose a position number from the Order pop-up menu.
      A field with a position number of “1” is displayed first when adding or viewing a peripheral.

    5. Repeat steps a through d as needed.

  8. Click Save.

Adding a Peripheral

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Search Inventory.

  4. Choose “Peripherals” from the Search pop-up menu and press the Enter key.

  5. Click New images/download/thumbnails/15893356/New_icon.png .

  6. Choose a peripheral type and click Next.

  7. Use the General payload to specify basic information about the peripheral.

  8. (Optional) Use the User and Location payload to assign the peripheral to a computer or assign a user to the peripheral by specifying user and location information. (For information on assigning a user to a peripheral or removing a user assignment, see User Assignments.)
    This information is stored in the JSS for each peripheral.

  9. (Optional) Use the Purchasing payload to specify purchasing information for the peripheral.
    This information is stored in the JSS for each peripheral.

  10. (Optional) Use the Attachments payload to upload attachments to store for the peripheral.
    Attachments are stored in the JSS for each peripheral.

  11. Click Save.

Further Considerations

Peripherals assigned to a computer automatically receive user and location information from the computer they are assigned to. To make changes to user and location information for a peripheral assigned to a computer, you must make changes to the computer’s user and location information.

Related Information

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