Parallels Management–Mac for Microsoft SCCM

Maintain compliance and control while still embracing the technology your employees need.

From Parallels, the industry leader in making Windows and Mac work together seamlessly, comes the Parallels Management Suite for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). The initial offering in the suite — Parallels Management-Mac for Microsoft SCCM means, for the first time, you can have a universal and comprehensive cross-platform solution to manage Macs and PCs with ease. This plug-in extends your SCCM (2007/2012 SP1/R2) infrastructure, processes, and skills, so you can master your Macs.
 

Overview

Macs are a reality in businesses today, and they need to be managed. Whether you want to extend your current SCCM-based desktop management infrastructure or consolidate multiple systems to minimise redundancy and save money, we can help. As the leaders in making Windows and Mac work together seamlessly, we understand Apple technologies and the needs of IT teams who use SCCM and also need to manage Macs.

Full visibility of the Macs on your network

No more guessing how many Macs are really there. Automatically scan your corporate network and discover the Macs on your network. Then, auto-enroll these Mas into System Center Configuration Manager. The plug-in ensures you have the broadest range of Macs covered, including Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8x, 10.7x, and 10.6x.

Gain control — easily

Software discovery, distribution, and inventory occur just like with your PCs, but without costly Mac-only infrastructure. Our wizard-driven system for application packaging and Mac profile setup makes it easy for SCCM admins with minimal Mac skills, so anyone can be a pro in no time. And we make it simple to use Apple’s latest FileVault 2 technology to provide the best security available on your Macs.

 
Securely deploy & manage Windows on Mac

Parallels Management-Mac extends your management abilities even further, to Windows applications on Macs. In conjunction with Parallels Desktop for Mac, manage delivery of your policy-compliant Windows stack to Mac users. All your management needs, centralised in SCCM.

Microsoft is committed to enabling IT organisations to manage heterogeneous environments, including those that have both PCs and Macs. System Center Configuration Manager is designed for extensibility, and the Parallels Mac Management plug-in was built to help expand and enhance System Center’s management of Macs in enterprise environments. A single team with one set of tools can use the Parallels plug-in and help decrease redundancies and reduce OPEX costs.

Andrew Conway, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Microsoft

Support Macs in Education

Academic institutions of all sizes are facing technology challenges. Shrinking funding, rising tuition, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) reality. The new world of technology requires new tools to respond and ensure that the students graduating are equipped to succeed.

Support BYOD for students, faculty and staff

Reduced funding levels and the rise of BYOD means that academic institutions everywhere are seeing an explosion of Macs, iPads and iPhones.
We can help. Using Parallels Desktop Enterprise Edition, anyone on campus can use any Mac or Windows app needed for study, all from one Mac. Add the Parallels Mobile app for iOS devices and students, faculty and staff can access and us all of their Mac and Windows applications even if they don’t have their Mac with them.
 
If your institution uses Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager to manage PCs and other Windows devices, our first Parallels Management Suite offering, Parallels Management — Mac, can extend your existing tools, policies and procedures to manage the Macs on your network.

Save time, money and space

By using Parallels Desktop to run multiple operating systems on a single computer, you can stretch your hardware budget farther than ever. Labs need less space and use less energy, so you save operating costs as well. Plus if a virtual machine is corrupted, it’s easy to just delete it and copy a fresh one to the Mac, rather than spending days rebuilding the Mac from the ground up.

Prepare students for the real world

New technologies being used in classrooms and for assignments mean that students and faculty need to be able to use a variety of technologies. In addition, the workplace your students are headed toward is a cross-platform world. By using Macs to run Windows applications, students can be well prepared using just one computer.

Academic discounts maximise your budget

Special academic pricing is available for Parallels Desktop for institutions of all sizes. Plus our Parallels Desktop Enterprise subscription dramatically simplifies deployment and means you’ll always have the latest version of Parallels Desktop. Contact us today so that we can create a customised licensing plan tailed to your school’s needs.

System Requirements

The system requirements for Parallels Management-Mac are:
 
SCCM 2007

  • Microsoft Windows: All versions of Windows that are supported by System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Make sure you have the latest service pack and critical updates for the SCCM 2007.
  • Mac OS X: 10.6x, 10.7x, 10.8x, 10.9. Each Mac must have the Parallels Management-Mac Agent installed on it to be managed.
  • Mac OS X Server 10.7 or newer is required to create and edit Mac OS X Configuration Payloads not supported by the built-in editor.

SCCM 2012 SP1/R2

  • Microsoft Windows: All versions of Microsoft Windows that are supported by System Center Configuration Manager 2012. Make sure you have the latest critical updates for SCCM 2012.
  • Mac OS X: 10.6x, 10.7x, 10.8x, 10.9. Each Mac must have the Parallels Management-Mac Agent installed on it to be managed.
  • Mac OS X Server 10.7 or newer is required to create and edit Mac OS X Configuration Payloads not supported by the built-in editor.

For information on pricing please email softwarelicensing@viglen.co.uk

To speak with one of our sales team about your Apple requirements, please use the following contact details.

Tel: Education 01727 201860   Tel: Schools 01727 201820