We’re kicking off 2021 by bringing you some powerful new features in the latest update of Parallels® Mac Management for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), version 8.7. This plug-in extends Microsoft SCCM to manage Macs, iPhones and iPads. In version 8.7, your ability to manage all Apple Mac devices on Microsoft SCCM just got better, with new support for:
- User configuration profile deployment on macOS 11 Big Sur
- HTTP/2-based APNs provider API in Parallels MDM
- Microsoft Configuration Manager 2010
- … as well as several other improvements
This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to block the installation of macOS 11 Big Sur. Later, when ready, you will need to remove the blocking package to allow the upgrade to Big Sur. Installing the macOS Big Sur Blocker. The macOS Big Sur Blocker is a system agent that monitors running processes. In macOS Big Sur, Parallels Desktop offers an easier onboarding experience by using the native macOS system extensions instead of the deprecated kernel ones. Support for macOS 11.0 Parallels Desktop 16 supports macOS Big Sur 11.0, macOS Catalina 10.15, macOS.
User Configuration Profile Deployment on macOS Big Sur
Previously, in version 8.6, we added the ability to install configuration profiles to macOS 11 Big Sur-powered Mac devices via Mobile Device Management (MDM). Now, you’ll be able to deploy user-level configuration profiles as well. All Macs, which will be enrolling in Parallels MDM, will have user-level MDM enabled by default.
For those Macs that were enrolled in MDM or DEP using previous versions of Parallels Mac Management, a few additional steps are required. Don’t worry, they’re straightforward. For more information, please visit this Knowledge Base article.
HTTP/2-based APNs Provider API in Parallels MDM
Apple is phasing out its legacy binary protocol for push notifications in favor of the new HTTP/2-based Apple Push Notification service (APNs) provider API, which lets organizations take advantage of more advanced capabilities such as authentication with a JSON Web Token, improved error messaging and per-notification feedback.
Starting with Parallels Mac Management version 8.7, the Parallels MDM service will already be using the HTTP/2-based Apple Push Notification service (APNs) provider API when it works with APNs to send push notifications for various MDM functions, such as Parallels Mac Client push installation and others.
Complete List of Updates
Parallels 11 Big Sur Free
For a complete list of the updates included in 8.7, please visit this page.