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Automate your patching process across Mac devices

To minimize the risk of vulnerabilities, managed services providers (MSPs) must ensure the devices they manage, including Mac® devices, have the latest updates in place, even if support for Mac is not their core competency.

With automated tools for patch management included in N-able RMM, OS support is fully standardized so you can treat Mac and Windows the same. It means that it’s possible to approve, schedule, and deploy patches using the same set of workflows, regardless of the operating system.

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Get all features you need from a unified console

RMM is designed to give you everything you need to administer Mac devices in one place. From one unified, easy-to-use console, you can approve patches in bulk across Mac devices and over 80 of the most popular application families, like Apple® and Adobe®, so clients get what they need for business use as quickly as possible.

You can also revoke these changes with the touch of a button, enable them where they might be disabled during a standard window, and unlock the latest security changes for vulnerable programs. With the single dashboard, you no longer must toggle between disparate tools to achieve comprehensive management.

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How to enable and apply policies in bulk

With N-able, you can update Mac devices in bulk in five easy steps. First, log in to the RMM intuitive dashboard. Then, open the main Settings tab and navigate to Patch Management, then find Settings again. From there, choose the Entity type to which you want to apply all patches, like all Mac devices or all workstations. The color-coded dots in the Settings dialog will tell you whether a feature has been enabled or disabled at the entity level. Next, choose the appropriate setting from On, Off, or Use Parent. After you click OK to save and apply, your changes will be ready to go.

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How to manage deployment on multiple devices

The patch management workflow in RMM gives you a simple and streamlined way to manage Mac updates on multiple devices. The dialog menu conveniently lists those discovered across relevant Mac devices, servers, and workstations, which can easily stretch into the tens of thousands. To narrow things down, the workflow lets you filter results by status, device type, client or site, and more. You can also choose, apply, and uninstall in bulk.

Protect your clients with rigorously tested updates

With so many updates available, you must do your due diligence to ensure you are only deploying those of the highest quality. N-able helps make it easy to update Mac devices with confidence, no matter your skill level. The N-able team tests and validates patches from Apple and over 200 other vendors before releasing them to RMM users, so you can trust new ones won’t introduce bugs into end-user systems.

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Unlock more Mac management features

To fully support your clients who are Mac users, you’ll need a range of capabilities in hand. RMM is an all-in-one tool designed to give you everything you need to optimize your process.

An excellent example is the remote background management feature that supports both Mac and Windows devices. It helps you provide remote support and do system administration tasks without establishing a full remote desktop connection. You can identify and resolve issues without interrupting the user and before they even know a problem exists.

In addition to this, RMM comes with integrated antivirus and backup functionality, to create a layered security stack that helps protect your clients’ Mac devices wherever they are.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are three key benefits of automated Mac patching software?

What are three key benefits of automated Mac patching software?

  1. Efficiency: Automation is the best way to deploy updates quickly, safely, and effectively across multiple Mac devices, even if they’re running different OS versions. Also, the software gives you a central point of control from which you can manage and monitor changes.
  2. Compliance: Automation makes it easier to keep your devices and applications updated, and your clients safe. This software also generates detailed reports on tasks that you can use to demonstrate compliance to auditors.
  3. Security: When applications and devices go unpatched, hackers can exploit the vulnerabilities left behind by old code and use them to steal data. Automated processes help to keep Mac devices constantly updated and secure.

Do I need Mac patching software if I already have antivirus software?

Do I need Mac patching software if I already have antivirus software?

Antivirus software should be a critical part of your security stack, but it shouldn’t be the only part. Antivirus combats malware that has already been found in your system. Patches, on the other hand, are designed to fix bugs or bad code so that your applications and devices stay up-to-date, which shrinks your attack surface and prevents vulnerabilities from being exploited. Either one alone won’t offer your clients all the protection they need to stay secure. You need a tool that offers both to fully protect your clients.

Why do patches need to be rigorously tested?

Why do patches need to be rigorously tested?

Using automated software to quickly deploy changes in bulk is only half of the battle—you must also make sure you’re only deploying patches that have been validated and tested. Some can cause an error in your environment if you’re not careful, and it’s not uncommon for them to be re-released to compensate for vulnerabilities that have been found. As such, you shouldn’t deploy any and every update that comes along for applications on Mac devices without testing it first in a separate test environment. RMM offers validated patches to help streamline this process for MSPs.

Streamline Mac patching with enterprise-grade software

  • Save time by automatically deploying updates across multiple devices
  • Unlock third-party support for the most popular application families on Mac devices
  • Protect Mac devices with validated patches