Casper Suite 7.2 Keeps Enterprise Macs in Line
JAMF Software's changes to Casper Suite bring Mac systems under central control. The Mac management suite gives IT managers the ability to keep Mac systems up-to-date while also tracking inventory and license compliance.IT managers looking to streamline Mac management should check out the new polish JAMF Software has put on the latest version of its comprehensive Casper tool suite. With modules ranging from inventory and imaging to patch management and remote control, the Casper Suite brings legacy PC control to Mac systems. Incremental changes in Casper Suite 7.2 add wizards and greater control of individual configuration settings on Mac systems with a ballpark price of around $100 per managed system (discounts are available for nonprofit and educational institutions as well as volume buyers).
The Casper Suite comprises a central management server and individual modules that handle client management functions, including inventory, imaging, patching, software distribution, remote control, settings management and licensing. The suite is licensed per managed Mac client system; there is no separate charge for the central management server or administrative console access. Version 7.2 became available March 10.
The collection of functions in the Casper Suite are typical for a client management system and should be familiar to IT client management staffs. Managers of Mac client systems likely won't have much trouble getting up to speed on the Casper Suite, since JAMF mandates a two- to four-day on-site visit from the company's JumpStart team to ensure proper server configuration.
Much of the Casper Suite remains unchanged from the previous version. Application and operating system packaging and distribution tools worked as expected. The remote control system was easy to use. The inventory module was accurate in monitoring both the physical characteristics of my various Mac systems and the software installed on those assets. The suite also provides software license monitoring and usage, showing how many instances of various applications are running and when and where the applications are used. The Casper Suite wraps up the whole operation with a neat reporting module that makes all this information available to authorized users.