MAC Management Software

I am looking for a centralized MAC management software like SCCM in Windows. My purpose is to Manage all MAC systems centrally, Trobleshoot remotely, update MAC OS and applications, Patching etc.. If anybody used such software please share your experiance...
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Apple have a system called Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) which is designed to manage networks of Mac computers

It includes tools for remote monitoring, remote control, deploying software etc.

Available to purchase in the App Store

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Get Apple Server if you want to manage accounts more easily from a central location.

If you have a lot of Macs (more than 10-30), you should learn basic unix scripting to manage the systems remotely.  You don't have to use ARD to do that work.  It's a unix system underneath and you'll accomplish tasks up much faster than using a GUI when you have lots of systems to manage.  You can do 99% of it via the command line, and they can be done unattended, overnight and simultaneously.  You should be able to script the same installs on 300 computers in the same amount of time as someone using ARD to install software on 10-30 systems, depending on the software.  I've mainly used the ARD GUI for the last 1% of obnoxious installers and apps that needed user intervention via the GUI.  Even apps from the App store can be synchronized or installed with either rsync or ditto.  You'll just need one system with a GUI to download it first.

Unix scripting is akin to using powershell to manage Windows systems.  You'll get a lot more done quickly.  I mainly enable remote login and write quick one line for loops to do softwareupdate -i -a to install all system patches immediately.  You can also remotely set power management with pmset.  You can set and change automatic update schedules.  You can change settings with the defaults command, akin to setting the registry with the reg command.  You can set up accounts via the command line.  You can install the vast majority of software packages via the command line with the install command.  You can remotely copy some apps with rsync.
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
We have taken to LANDesk for Mac Management for software deployment, updates and remote control.

For user authentication, we used Active Directory. In a previous organization I was with, we used ARD in conjunction with and OS X server. In my opinion, the Mac server is not what it used to be and many other tools are now available.

If you have the budget, some of these tools such as LANDesk helps you manage, deploy and update Macs alongside Windows deployments.
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Tim LapinComputer Consultant (Desktop analyst)Commented:
We use Munki.  It is an open source set of tools that allow for software installs and updates.  It can also remove software.
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
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sumod_jacobSenior IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
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