Only University of Otago-owned devices should be enrolled in Jamf.

When you enrol your Mac in Jamf there are several default applications and configurations that are installed. These may change slightly over time.

The most important items are as follows:

Existing logins are not affected

Any user accounts set up on the Mac are not changed. After enrolling in Jamf you can log in with your University username and password too, but you can also keep logging in with your existing username. The default configuration window that pops up after enrolment tells you what your current username is—note it so that you can use it next time you restart the computer.

JAMF configuration list

Logging in using your University username will create a new (blank) profile on the computer so is usually not desirable apart from on new computers.

Syncing your Documents/Desktop folders to iCloud is disabled

iCloud includes an option to sync your Documents and/or Desktop folders. This is often enabled by accident then becomes a problem when the default 5GB quota fills up and Apple sends an email suggesting purchasing an annual subscription to get more quota. All University users can use OneDrive which provides similar functionality so this option is disabled by default. If you are an advanced iCloud user and would like Documents/Desktop sync enabled you can request an exemption to this block through AskOtago.

If a computer already has iCloud Documents/Desktop sync turned on when it is enrolled in Jamf it is automatically exempted from being disabled.

A firmware password is set

By default Jamf sets a firmware password on your computer when it is enrolled. This improves security by not allowing the computer to start up from external drives or do a factory reset. This may not be desirable for advanced users who start up in different operating systems, in which case you can request an exemption from getting a firmware password set through AskOtago.

Note: Only applies to Intel Macs as firmware passwords are not supported on M1 Macs.

You can find a full list of the configuration changes made by Jamf in this PDF:

Full list of the configuration changes made by Jamf (PDF 224 KB)

Further information

Enrolling in Jamf

Last updated 06/12/2021 03.01 PM

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