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.

Jamf Pro – No more DEP sync errors

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With the release of Jamf Pro 10.20.0, Jamf has fixed [PI-007508]. This is the PI for DEP Sync failing due to TLS changes being needed for on-prem installs & one which I blogged here.

The fix from Jamf forces TLS1.2 for connections to Apple for DEP/Automated Device Enrollment.

So, if you made a change to your TLS settings as I mentioned in my previous blog post, you can remove those changes.

At dataJAR, we’ve been running all datajar.mobi deployments with no TLS settings enforced via our setenv.sh for a couple of weeks now & all is syncing as expected.

macOS Software Update custom catalog URL deprecation

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At the recent London Apple Admins, I mentioned that with macOS Catalina setting a custom Software Update catalog URL is now noted as deprecated.

This took some folks by surprise, despite setting a custom Software Update catalog URL.

Below is more details on this deprecation.

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FossHub & AutoPkg

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A few years ago FossHub’s Terms of Service (read: TOS) did not allow for automated downloads.

This has changed recently, with details on how to now download from FossHub via AutoPkg below.

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