5 tasks every Mac admin should automate

Hector Barnes

Feb 24, 2022

6 min read

Automation. Ah, the good old friend of IT admins that brings a breath of relief by lifting the load of repetitive tasks off their shoulders. I mean, who’d want to be stuck in a mundane routine doing repetitive tasks from scratch every single time? And with more and more enterprises moving towards Macs for enterprise devices, Mac automation has become a requisite. Today we’ll be looking at 5 tasks that every Mac admin should automate.

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The need for automation

Now, automation may not be the cure-all for enterprises; But its significance can never be overemphasized. With growing tech, we have a growing need for automation. And with a powerful Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solution on the side, you can streamline the IT workflow.
The perks:

Waste no time

Save time by automating repetitive tasks. It’s that simple. Instead of beginning from the start every single time, just automate it. This could include device provisioning where it requires IT admins to go over the same steps for each device. This can be daunting. Instead, you could just perform the required action once and mirror the same for all the devices.

Productivity spike

With the tedious tasks automated, admins can now focus on the ones that require their meticulous attention and increase their efficiency on that. Also, with more time in hand, they can work on other tasks that require a human touch.

Increased accuracy

Errors are almost inevitable when humans work on a task. Another major perk with automation is the elimination of human errors. This leads to increased data consistency and accuracy.

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5 tasks to automate for Mac admins

Now that we have brushed up on the importance of automation, let’s dive straight into the top 5 tasks we think Mac admins should automate.

OS updates

OS updates could be just a minor version update aimed at improving the performance of software, mitigating errors, and eliminating bugs. It could also be a major update bringing in a slew of new features to the table. 

Enterprise devices should be kept up-to-date to ensure their proper functioning.

On the other hand, some updates won’t be that desirable for your office environment at the given time. In that case what you can do is delay the update for your devices.

Hexnode automates update scheduling across your managed endpoints.

Note: UEM can push macOS updates automatically only to a DEP-enabled Mac.

App distribution and management

Be it enterprise apps or store apps, enterprises should have the authority to decide which apps should be installed on the managed devices. And of course, we have to automate the process. We can’t take each device and set restrictions one by one.

The distribution and installation of apps should be a seamless process. The same way, there should be an easy way to block certain apps that you don’t want to see in your enterprise devices.

Blacklisting and whitelisting helps you block certain apps while permitting the usage of others. With Hexnode’s app management features for Macs, you can define mandatory apps, blacklist/whitelist certain apps, set compliance rules and more.

Device deployment

We have already mentioned the trend of enterprises moving towards Macs for their enterprise owned devices. With this, it’s important to ensure seamless provisioning of devices, that too in bulk.

But again, provisioning each device individually is an arduous task to deal with. You might’ve already thought of the workaround, automation. Thankfully, practices like zero-touch enrollment has gained prominence over the last few years. Zero-touch enrollment, as the name suggests, doesn’t need that “human touch” of the IT admin.

Once the device configuration file is built, it’s made available for all the devices for enrollment. When a device is turned on and first connected to the internet, it fetches the configuration file and starts the enrollment process right away.

Hexnode achieves smooth zero-touch enrollment for Apple devices, that is iOS, macOS, and tvOS, using Apple’s ABM (Formerly DEP).

Custom scripts

Scripts are a series of written instructions that tell a program what to do. If you have a complex and time-consuming task which is repetitive, you can make use of these custom scripts to effortlessly automate them. Convoluted workflows can be simplified with a few lines of code with scripting.

Another major benefit from scripting would be the management capabilities. You can go beyond the policies and restrictions offered by your UEM/MDM solution, if used hand in hand with it.

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You can upload a custom script to your portal and apply it to preferred Mac devices, in bulk.

Network setup

Data breaches would be the last thing you’d want. With cyber-attacks going through the roof, particularly in the last few years, you’ve got to tread cautiously.

Setting up trusted networks for your devices is all-important. You know where it’s going, right? Yes, automate it! Setting up network rules for each device is never a feasible option. With a UEM solution, you can set network restrictions to all the managed devices, before enrollment itself.

Hexnode provides comprehensive network policies to ensure secure connectivity of the devices.

In Hexnode, you’ll have the option to set up a Wi-Fi connection, VPN and AD asset binding.

Summing up

As we saw, automation is sheer bliss for the IT admins. There are endless possibilities with what a UEM solution can provide, especially pertaining to automation. In this blog we saw 5 tasks that every Mac admin could automate in their enterprise set-up to get things up and running without putting in much time and effort. With a UEM solution at your disposal, you can extend the list by adding more day-to-day tasks you can automate!


Hector Barnes

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