When you install the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 client on Mac computers, Configuration Manager can manage these devices by using the Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection capabilities outlined in the following table:
Configuration Manager hardware inventory can be used to collect information about the hardware and installed applications on Apple Mac computers. This information can then be viewed in Resource Explorer in the Configuration Manager console and used to create collections, queries and reports.
You can use Configuration Manager compliance settings to view the compliance of, and remediate Mac OS X preference (.plist) settings. For example, you could enforce settings for the home page in the Safari web browser or ensure that the Apple firewall is enabled. You can also use shell scripts to monitor and remediate settings in MAC OS X.
Configuration Manager provides the capability to deploy software to Mac computers. You can deploy the following software formats to Mac computers:
You can use Configuration Manager application management to deploy required Mac OS X software updates to Mac computers. In addition, you can use compliance settings to ensure that computers contain any required updates.