Apple School Manager Terms Update – December 3, 2020

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Looks like my last post was a little premature, as overnight we received emails like the above for Apple School Manager.

Like the Apple Business Manager email received beforehand, this email forewarns of a change to the Apple School Manager terms on December 3, 2020.

This time, however, the email was from a more expected address (no-reply@email.apple.com), and the email contained no link to the terms for review beforehand.

Digging around though, the PDF may possibly be found here.

Anyway, if you are an Administrator of an Apple School Manager instance mark down a little task on December 3, 2020 to approve these new terms.

If you don’t agree to the terms in a timely manner, you’re likely to see issues with ADE/DEP as detailed previously.

Apple Business Manager Terms Update – December 3, 2020

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If you have an account which is an Administrator of an Apple Business Manager instance, you might receive or soon receive an email like the above.

This email does seem legit, (despite coming from “noreply@me.com” where previous came from “no-reply@apple.com”), and I expect the process if not agreed to be the same as six months ago.

One nice change is that this time the email contains this link, which allows you to get the new terms in a PDF for review ahead of time.

So, pass this along to your legal teams as needed and mark down a little task on December 3, 2020 to approve these new terms.

Blocking macOS Big Sur

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As forewarned in my prior post, here’s a post detailing methods to block tof macOS Big Sur.

In truth, the majority of this post will be rehashing items mentioned in previous post titled: Blocking macOS Catalina with Jamf Pro.

But there are a couple of amendments, with most not being Jamf Pro specific.

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On Managed Software Updates for macOS

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In starting to write a blog post on how to block and delay the latest macOS release, I realised that the subject of delaying updates via Managed Software Updates was probably worthy of its own post.

This its that post, see below the break for details.

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Project Updates – October 2020

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Other the past month, all of the dataJAR open source projects have received updates.

See below for details on these updates.

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Apple @ Work podcast

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James & I recently joined Bradley Chambers on the 9to5mac Apple @ Work podcast to talk about about trends in the enterprise relating to macOS and iOS updates that we see at dataJAR.

The podcast can be found here.

Apple Business Manager and School Manager Terms Updates

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Apple has issued updated terms to both Apple Business Manager and School Manager.

Not much has changed here from my prior post on these and the linked post before that on the mechanisms at play here and the impact (though there are no outstanding issues this time around).

The impact of not agreeing these terms are:

In Apple School Manager, Apple Business Manager, and the Device Enrollment Program, you can’t assign new devices to your MDM server, even if you have selected the option to automatically assign new purchases to a specific MDM server.

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT203063

However, Jamf Pro has a new alert is shown if you have an Apple School Manager integration with with Jamf Pro for Classroom data, and as such is worth noting when these new terms are released for Apple School Manager:

Lastly, it appears that accepting the new terms seems to take unto an hour to now sync through, instead of the near immediate change it has been prior.

Find the latest Jamf product documentation, with this one simple trick

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Jamf has a wealth of documentation available for its various products, below is a little tip on how to access the most current documentation, with 99% less click bait.

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Notifier

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During lockdown we’ve been busy at dataJAR.

Not only was our website given a complete overhaul, but we also released Notifier.

Notifier is a Swift app which can post macOS alert or banner notifications on 10.10+ clients, & is what’s posted the notifications in the gif at the top of this post.

This project was originally intended for use with jamJAR, & jamJAR will soon have it’s wiki updated detailing the usage with Notifier.

Apple Business Manager Terms Update

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As forewarned in the above email sent to Apple Business Manager administrator accounts on June 2nd, Apple has started to roll out the updated the Terms for Apple Business Manager.

An Administrator account will be prompted to agree these updated Terms when next logging into Apple Business Manager, & until then your MDM will not sync any devices purchased after the Terms were updated.

If you have Jamf Pro, you’ll need to look for the below in you logs this time:

[ntInstanceSyncCommService] - DeviceEnrollmentProgramException[responseCode=403, responseBody='T_C_NOT_SIGNED', message='An error occurred during oauth token refresh']

The above log message has also been added to dataJAR’s JAMFSoftwareServer.log Messages repo, & we’re scraping Jamf Pro logs to alert customers.

But you should also receive a notification too:

For more details on these Terms updates & your MDM, please see my previous post on this.