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Key CMS Mac capabilities and limitations compared to Windows

Client Management Suite for Mac

Altiris Client Management Suite (CMS) 7.5 from Symantec was designed with Windows and Mac computers in mind.

See About managing Macs with CMS

Most Windows capabilities are also offered for Mac computers. One example is that you discover and manage Mac computers in much the same way that you discover and manage Windows computers. Noticeable limitations are listed because they are to be resolved in a future release.

In the table, Yes in the Mac or Windows column indicates that the capability exists for that platform. Some Mac capabilities are not applicable to the Windows platform, and this condition is marked in the table as N/A.

Table: Comparison of key CMS Mac capabilities and limitations with Windows

CMS capability

Mac OS X

Windows

Network Discovery

Yes

Yes

NetBoot Imaging

Yes

N/A

Hardware, software, and user inventory

Yes

Yes

Software delivery

Yes

Yes

Platform-specific agent UI

Yes

Yes

Agent UI is localized

Future release

Yes

Intelligent software management

Yes

Yes

Software detection rules

See About delivering Mac software with Software Management Solution

Yes

Yes

Application metering

Future release

Yes

Self-service Software Portal (IE, Firefox, and Safari)

Yes

Yes

Remote control (pcAnywhere)

Yes

Yes

Automated software updates (Patch Management Solution)

Yes

Yes

Advanced software inventory

Yes

Yes

Custom inventory

Yes

Yes

Cross-platform reporting

Yes

Yes

Power control (Wake Up, Log Off, Restart, Shut Down)

Yes

Yes

Native DMG file support

Yes

N/A

You should also be aware that Deployment-Solution-equivalent functions such as copy file are not yet offered for managing Mac computers in CMS.