Jamf School local account management

New Contributor

Hello y'all.


I was just recently hired by a small (less than 500 k-12) students to manage their new 1:1 technology program. They had purchased 255 MacBooks, 180 iPads, and 60 Apple TVs. They also purchased Jamf School "at the recommendation of Apple."


We finished deploying devices to students and teachers today, and after the 7th phone call about a student forgetting their local account password, I realized that Jamf School was extremely limited in comparison to Jamf Pro with regards to MacBooks.

So, my questions.

1: Is it possible to upgrade from jamf School to Jamf Pro without re-enrolling devices?

2: If not, is there a 3rd party software we can deploy on top of Jamf School that will allow us to manage user accounts?


I'm the first IT staff to be hired, so I tried explaining the limitations to the superintendent, and they are open to discussions about upgrading should it be available. I'm just realizing how insecure and unmanageable our MacBooks are at this point.


New Contributor II

Administering Local Accounts Using a Policy Fortiva Credit Card Apply Online
Log in to Jamf Pro.
Click Computers at the top of the page.
Click Policies.
Click New .
Use the General payload to configure basic settings for the policy, including the trigger and execution frequency.
Select the Local Accounts payload and click Configure.




There is no "easy" upgrade path from school to pro without Jamf intervention - it will require a re-enroll, which if you wanted to play with, contact success@jamf.com and see about a trial Pro instance to see if its something you really want to do.  the only thing that comes to mind in regards to user accounts would be something like Jamf Connect which will sync the local account to and IdP like google or Azure, which can be deployed through School.  As far as the product as a whole, School is a very good product if you use the features of it, like teacher and student, if you are just simply wanting an MDM with the most flexibility for macOS, Pro is where its at, yet most things can still be accomplished in School.