Kandji automates Apple IT – Computerworld

What are Assignment Maps?

Assignment Maps automate the assignment of settings and apps to Apple devices. This basically means IT can implement configurations remotely and automatically. The idea is that it streamlines IT workflows. 

How do Assignment Maps work?

To some extent, Assignment Maps reflect Kandji’s core ‘Blueprints” concept. Those consist of collections of Library Items that deploy profiles, settings, scripts, security controls, and apps to devices. With these, devices are configured at scale in response to the Blueprint to which they’ve been assigned. You could have a different Blueprint (and different apps and permissions) for the sales people than for the marketing department, for example.

Assignment Maps work via a concept of assignment nodes. A node is a collection of settings and configurations assigned to a group of devices. The idea is that you might have one node that applies to all company devices, and a sequence of other nodes that are applied to reflect particular roles, tasks, or locations. For IT teams, it means configurations can easily be grouped together and nested, ideally optimizing deployment workloads while enabling devices to be configured precisely in line with business needs.


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