Jamf Pro (formerly Casper Suite)

A unified and extensible framework for Mac OS X and iOS client management

The Casper Suite simplifies the life of system administrators with a comprehensive platform to manage Mac OS X computers and iOS mobile devices. The Casper Suite increases the efficiency of your IT staff, reduces the cost of ownership, and minimizes liability by providing a framework that enforces software licensing compliance, security standards, energy usage, and other organizational rules and requirements.

Working with Mac administrators in business, education, and government throughout the world, JAMF Software developers have identified eight major tenets of Mac OS X client management and four major tenets of iOS mobile device management. The Casper Suite provides a comprehensive framework to manage all twelve tenets in a single console.

Mac OS X client lifecycle management
Building on a strong foundation of integration with Apple technologies - including Global Service Exchange (GSX) and Software Update Server (SUS) - and third-party software for Mac OS X, the Casper Suite allows administrators to manage the eight major tenets of Mac OS X client management: Inventory, Imaging, Patch Management, Software Distribution, Remote Control, Settings Management, License Management, and Usage Management.

iOS mobile device management (MDM)
With an unmatched breadth of features, a Self Service console for over-the-air (OTA) distribution of in-house and app store apps, and integration with Apple's Volume Purchase Program (VPP), the Casper Suite allows administrators to easily achieve the four major tenets of iOS mobile device management: Inventory, Configuration, Security Management, and App Distribution.

Within these tenets, the Casper Suite offers features and functions that provide IT administrators with best practice strategies to meet the challenges of supporting Mac OS X and iOS in the enterprise, allowing your organization to build and sustain a stable, cost-effective, and user-friendly computing environment.

The Casper Suite is a powerful framework around which your IT ecosystem can be unified and extended to manage both Mac OS X and iOS devices from a single console. Normalize your IT administration with the only client management solution developed exclusively for the Apple platform.

The Casper Suite and Mac OS X:

A unified and extensible framework for Mac OS X Client Management.

The Casper Suite simplifies the life of system administrators with a comprehensive platform to deploy, update, activate and report on Mac OS X machines. The Casper Suite increases the efficiency of your IT staff, reduces the cost of ownership, and minimizes liability by providing a framework to enforce software licensing compliance, security standards, energy usage, and other organizational rules and requirements.

Working with Mac administrators in business, education, and government throughout the world, JAMF Software developers have identified eight major tenets of client management: Inventory, Imaging, Patch Management, Software Distribution, Remote Control, Settings Management, License Management, and Usage Management.

Within these tenets, the Casper Suite offers features and functions that provide IT administrators with best practice strategies to meet the challenges of supporting Mac OS X in the enterprise, allowing your organization to build and sustain a stable, cost-effective, and user-friendly computing environment.

The Casper Suite is a powerful framework around which your IT ecosystem can be unified and extended to manage Mac OS X resources from a single console. Normalize your IT administration with the only client management suite developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

The Casper Suite and iOS:

A simple, mature solution for management of Apple mobile devices.

The Casper Suite extends the simplicity of the Apple experience to device management, providing a seamless experience for end users and administrators. Management of Apple mobile devices should reflect the simplicity users and administrators have come to expect, while allowing powerful control and deep capabilities.

Using the Casper Suite's unique Self Service interface, users are able to install in-house apps with a single tap or select from a customized list of recommended apps. Using Self Service, administrators can easily suggest recommended apps to users based on smart groups or deploy Provisioning Profiles that allow them to install in-house apps on their own. Simple, practical, graceful.

The iOS management capabilities in the Casper Suite also include the ability to remotely manage Configuration Profiles and gather a full inventory of installed apps on devices, all from a single console in the JAMF Software Server (JSS). Thanks to the Casper Suite's deep integration with Apple technologies, administrators can reference purchasing and warranty information from Apple's Global Service Exchange (GSX) database, edit Configuration Profiles directly within the JSS and integrate with LDAP.

The Casper Suite also takes advantage of new security capabilities in iOS to perform remote device locking, secure remote data wipes and passcode administration.

From beginning to end, the Casper Suite simplifies Apple mobile device management. Simple, practical, graceful.


Server
The JAMF Software Server (JSS) is the server component for the Casper Suite. The JSS is required for Mac OS X and iOS management, and can be installed on any platform running Java 1.6+, Apache Tomcat 6.0+, and MySQL 5.1+.The JSS is easy to install and maintain on a variety of 64-bit server platforms including Mac OS X Server 10.6, 10.7, or 10.8; Ubuntu 10.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux; and Windows Server 2008. The Casper Suite includes an installer utility that allows you to easily install the JSS on these platforms.

JSS Scalability Recommendations
The JSS can be configured for use in clustered installations, geographically distributed networks, or to meet high-availability requirements. Recommendations for hardware specifications can be made based on technical criteria unique to each environment, such as the number of managed Macs or iOS devices and the volume and type of software packages to be stored. Please contact your JAMF Software representative for specific, best-practice hardware recommendations for your organization.

Inventory
Inventory can be collected from computers running the following operating systems:

  • Mac OS X 10.8.x
  • Mac OS X 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X 10.5.x
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows 2008 Server
  • Windows 2003 Server

iOS Management
Mobile devices running iOS 4 and later can be managed with the Casper Suite. An Apple Push Notification (APNs) certificate is required. See the “iOS Management Requirements” section of this document for additional details.

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