Jamf at the School of Medicine

Jamf Pro was chosen by the University to replace BigFix on all University and School of Medicine Macs. UIT has established a Jamf Pro instance to manage all University devices including those within the School of Medicine. 

Stanford University has been using IBM BigFix to deploy patches and updates to Windows and MacOS computers for many years. BigFix is administered by the Information Security Office in collaboration with IT organizations across the University. Due to changes in the MacOS architecture, BigFix is no longer able to perform the tasks required by Stanford University and the School of Medicine.    

We will be deploying Jamf Pro across the School of Medicine starting on 12/1/2020.  Initially Jamf Pro and BigFix will both be on the machines. Jamf Pro will be used for patching, software deployment, and self-service application installation & configuration.  BigFix will be still be used for reporting purposes until Jamf Pro is fully integrated with compliance reporting. 

What are the benefits of Jamf Pro? 

Reliability: Your Mac will quickly receive software updates and patches with little to no interaction on your part. 

Time Efficiency: You will stay more productive as deployment and updating processes run in the background, freeing up more time for teaching and research. 

Security & Compliance: TDS will manage the security of your machine so you don't have to, ensuring that software patches, antivirus protection, firewalls, and compliance with Stanford University minimum security standards are well maintained. 

Confidentiality: Your data and files will remain confidential; no personal data is scanned, indexed, or transmitted off your device. UIT servers also keep full audit logs of any actions performed by TDS and University IT. Adherence to the privacy policy as defined in admin guide 6.1.1 will be maintained at all times.

For more details about Jamf Pro and how it will be used please refer to the online FAQ

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the TDS Service Desk at (650) 725-8000. 

Thank you,

Customer Experience and Support Services Team