Getting Started - Mac Management (7.2)

Managing Mac OS X Devices


Apple Mac OS X devices are becoming more commonplace in the business world today. Because these devices can and are used to access corporate resources, it is extremely important to ensure they are secured and managed properly. AirWatch provides complete management solutions for enterprise-managed Mac OS X devices.

Enrolling Mac OS X Devices

Enrolling OS X devices requires no additional set up. To enroll your OS X device, you need:

  • APNs Certificate (already complete if you have enrolled iOS devices)
  • Enrollment URL (e.g. and Group ID
  • Username and Password

Complete enrollment by navigating to your enrollment URL in Safari.  Enter your Group ID, Username and Password.  You will be prompted to install the Global MDM profile.



Click here to view the Mac OS X enrollment video

Using the Mac OS X Agent

Installing the AirWatch Mac Agent after enrolling your Mac OS X device enhances your ability to monitor and control your device. The Mac OS X Agent provides AirWatch with device-specific information on power, memory, location, disc encryption, network IP addresses, product provisioning and passcode policy enforcement.


With the Mac OS X Agent installed, you can:

  • Configure and deploy the Mac-specific Disk Encryption profile.
  • Move and rename files remotely.
  • Execute scripts remotely.
  • Enable location services.
  • Enforce complex passwords.

After you complete the enrollment process, the AirWatch Mac Agent .dmg file is automatically sent to the device. Open the file and select Install AirWatch Agent. Follow the prompts to complete Agent installation and activation. Once the Agent is installed, the icon appears at the top of the display indicating it is active and no additional end-user interaction is necessary.


You can customize the Agent Settings by navigating to Devices > Settings > Devices & Users > Apple > Apple Mac OS X > Agent Settings.




Securing Mac OS X Devices

Now that your Mac is enrolled in your corporate AirWatch environment, secure your device, and in turn, your sensitive corporate data, in a number of ways using profiles. Create and deploy profiles with security-specific payloads to ensure your internal resources are safe. With AirWatch, you can enforce passcodes, apply restrictions to multiple Mac OS X features, implement parental controls, manage aspects of Apple's Gatekeeper functionality, and control disk encryption on the device.

Create Profiles for your Mac OS X device by navigating to Devices > Profiles > List View and select Add. 

Enforcing Compliance for Mac OS X Devices

Utilize the AirWatch Compliance Engine to ensure your Mac OS X devices adhere to your security policies and take immediate action if devices are not compliant. Mac OS X supports the following compliance policies:

  • Application List
  • Device Last Seen
  • Encryption
  • MDM Terms of Use Acceptance
  • Model
  • OS Version

Create compliance policies for your Mac OS X device by navigating to Devices > Compliance > List View and select Add. 


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