Deploying Configuration Profiles in OSX using QAS Group Policy

Here’s an alternative to applying Configuration Profiles in OSX without using an MDM client. Profiles are deployed using Group Policy over SMB, so you don’t have to open APN ports to Apple.
QAS is an AD bridge tool for unix/linux systems (including mac) that also provides Group Policy support. You can view more details here.

QAS Group Policy lets you specify Group Policy settings inside the Group Policy Management Editor, the same way you’d apply settings for a Windows host.
Screenshot from 2015-10-08 14:48:40It works similar to Apple’s Profile Manager.

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You can also create custom profiles by writing preference manifests. The preference manifests are converted to Configuration Profiles before they’re applied on the OSX host.

On the OSX host, settings are retrieved from Group Policy, and installed as Configuration Profiles.

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