Create a Managed Preference Profile

Managed Preferences are manifest files that define preferences for computers and users. You can use the JAMF Software Server (JSS) to create Managed Preference profiles, which contain groups of Managed Preferences. You can also specify the users and computers for which a profile should be applied (called “scope”).

The JSS comes with manifest files for many common Managed Preferences so that you can easily add them to profiles. When you add a Managed Preference to a profile, you must specify a level at which to apply the preference. The level determines how and when the preference is applied.

This lesson explains how to create a Managed Preference profile that requires users to enter a password to dismiss their screen saver.

Requirements

To apply user-level Managed Preferences, they must be enabled in the Login/Logout Hooks settings in the JSS. (For more information, see the Login and Logout Hooks section in the Casper Suite Administrator's Guide.)

To apply computer-level Managed Preferences, they must be enabled in the Startup Script settings in the JSS. (For more information, see the Startup Script section in the Casper Suite Administrator's Guide.)

Creating a Managed Preference Profile

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

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Managed Preferences.
    On a smartphone or iPod touch, this option is in the pop-up menu.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/12321643/New_icon-3.png .

  5. In the General payload, enter a display name for the Managed Preference profile.

  6. Select the Screen Saver Loginwindow payload.

  7. Click Add images/download/thumbnails/12321643/Add_icon.png for Require Password.

  8. Choose “1” from the Require Password pop-up menu.

  9. Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the Managed Preference profile.

  10. Click Save.

Administrator's Guide Reference Sections

Managed Preferences

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