What's New in This Release

Initial Compatibility with macOS 10.13, iOS 11, and tvOS 11

The Casper Suite v9.100.0 provides initial compatibility with macOS 10.13, iOS 11, and tvOS 11. Full compatibility and key feature support for these OS versions will be available in a future version of the Casper Suite.

In preparation for the release of macOS 10.13, consider the following changes:

  • Starting with macOS 10.13, Apple has deprecated the use of Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) on computers formatted with Apple File System (APFS). If you are using a file share distribution point, be prepared to change the sharing protocol to SMB before upgrading computers to macOS 10.13. If you need assistance or have questions, contact your Jamf account representative.

  • When using a policy to upgrade computers with macOS 10.9 or earlier to macOS 10.12.4 or later, be prepared to upgrade the computers to a version between macOS 10.10 and 10.12.3 first.

iOS Management Capabilities

Option to Require Tethered Connection for App Installation

Setup and Requirements:

  • Mobile devices with iOS 10.3 or later

  • Computers with macOS 10.12.4 or later, must be connected to the Internet via Ethernet and have Wi-Fi turned off

  • Portable computers must be plugged in to a power source because the tethered caching service prevents computers from going to sleep.

Feature Details:

Apps can now be set to require a tethered connection to a Mac computer to install the app. The computer will share its Ethernet connection and cache app downloads, allowing you to install apps on a large number of iOS devices faster than installing apps via a Wi-Fi connection. App updates will not require tethering; this setting is for initial installations of an app only.

To access this feature in the JSS, navigate to Mobile Devices > Mobile Device Apps, and select the Require tethered network connection for app installation checkbox on the General tab. This checkbox is only displayed if "Install Automatically/Prompt Users to Install" is chosen in the Distribution Method pop-up menu.

Note: It is recommended that you ensure iOS devices are plugged in to the computer. In addition, ensure an Update Inventory command is completed to update the tethered status. This guarantees app installations do not hang in a pending state.

Computer Management Capabilities

Added Reporting Capabilities for Apple's XProtect Security Feature

  • You can now view the version of XProtect Definitions installed on a computer (for computers with macOS 10.9 or later).
    To access this feature in the JSS, navigate to the Security category in the Inventory tab of computer inventory information.

  • You can now create an advanced computer search with the "XProtect Definitions Version" criteria.
    To access this feature in the JSS, navigate to Computers > Search Inventory, and click New to create an advanced computer search.

  • You can now create a smart group with the "XProtect Definitions Version" criteria.
    To access this feature in the JSS, navigate to Computers > Smart Computer Groups, and click New to create a smart computer group.

Re-enrollment Settings for Computers and Mobile Devices

The JSS now allows you to choose settings that clear inventory information for computer and mobile devices during re-enrollment with the JSS. You can choose to clear the information from the following categories of a device's inventory information:

  • User and Location category

  • User and Location History category

  • Policy Logs category
    In addition, when you clear the information in the Policy Logs category, the logs for a policy that are specific to the computer being re-enrolled are also cleared.

  • Management History category

To access this feature in the JSS, navigate to Settings > Re-enrollment.

Healthcare Listener Enhancements

The JSS now allows you to add rules for the Healthcare Listener. Rules are a group of settings that enable the JSS to automatically send remote commands to mobile devices when the Healthcare Listener receives an ADT message. When adding a rule, you specify the following:

  • The remote command you want to automatically send to mobile devices

  • The ADT message the Healthcare Listener can receive

  • The fields in the ADT message you want to map to an attribute in mobile device inventory information

In addition, you can now enable an email notification for each rule.

You can now choose the following remote commands:

  • Lost Mode

  • Clear Passcode

  • Lock Device

You can now choose the following ADT message types:

  • Admit/Visit Notification (ADT-A01)

  • Cancel Admit/Visit Notification (ADT-A11)

  • Cancel Transfer (ADT-A12)

  • Cancel Discharge/End Visit (ADT-A13)

To access the new features in the Healthcare Listener, navigate to Settings > Infrastructure Managers > select the Infrastructure Manager that hosts a Healthcare Listener.

For a complete list of deprecations, removals, bug fixes, and enhancements, see the Deprecations and Removals and the Bug Fixes and Enhancements sections.

Note: New privileges associated with new features in the Casper Suite are disabled by default.

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