Hi Jamf Nation,
I hope you are enjoying this year’s virtual JNUC! Thank you to all who are contributing to the Jamf Nation community, whether it be through presenting sessions, participating in Q&A and chat, or just attending. We are lucky to serve you.
This morning, we announced the acquisition of Mondada, the creators of patch management solutions Kinobi and Kinobi Pro. Duncan, Justin, and the whole team at Mondada have been long-time members of our Jamf Nation community, and their team’s experience and history supporting Apple technology at scale are great additions to the Jamf family. We are excited to welcome them, and can’t wait to get started working together!
We’re not ready to talk about exact plans yet, but more to come soon, Jamf Nation. Enjoy the rest of JNUC!
Once again, a good acquisition of very clever developers, following on the trend with the folks from Orchard & Grove and Objective See. Congratulations to @duncan.mccracken and Justin!
This is clearly an effort to give Patch an extra push - I assume there will be a Patch Pro paid package definition service like Kinobi Pro. With that in mind, please now put extra effort into giving us an API for uploading packages, and please please please don't put that API behind another premium product!
It's my sincere hope that the features of Kinobi will be fully integrated into the Jamf Pro product, and not spun off as a separate service or product, a la Jamf Protect. It actually makes sense for Jamf to have Jamf Protect as a standalone product, since it could drive the cost up of the main Jamf Pro offering if it was included, and many orgs like to use their own AV/Malware products, so it could be a non-starter for some customers.
But patch management is a critical piece of functionality in today's world, and hasn't been the easiest to perform with the current Jamf offering. The initial Patch Management system introduced a few years ago was a good start, but still lacks many features that would make it truly useful. My hope is that integrating Kinobi will fill in the gaps nicely.
I'll be curious to see how the Kinobi software catalog is made available to Jamf customers, in particular how Jamf is going to handle the additional infrastructure. My biggest worry is that the turnaround for new titles (which from my experience was about 24 hours) is going to shift to the "maybe never" model that Jamf follows right now when people request new titles as a feature request (much like many other feature requests)…
I've been using Kinobi open source for a year and a half now. Very solid product. The critical missing link with Patch Management is still on Jamf's end. There are many industries such as Higher Ed which need some sort of maintenance window/scheduling of patch policies. It's frustrating that Jamf has scheduling in regular policies but not with patch policies.
I was hoping (still hoping) that a maintenance window/scheduling will happen soon and then I can fully embrace Jamf's Patch Management.
One of the big missing pieces for us is silent patching. If a Mac is in scope for a patch, and the app isn't running, why not just run the patch? Why prompt at all? At least give us the option to silently patch if the app isn't running, and prompt if it is. I feel like that's the ideal scenario.