Deployment options - Mimecast for Mac

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Mimecast for Mac can be deployed as a standalone installation, or a managed installation to multiple Mac desktops via 3rd party endpoint management software.  The guidelines outlined below provide an overview of the deployment options including the advantages and disadvantages of each.

 

Standalone installation

For standalone installations, you can download the disk image (DMG file) and have users initiate the installation of Mimecast for Mac.  The user will need local admin rights to perform this task.

Updates to the app will also require the user to have local admin rights.

Standalone installations are useful for organizations with few users, or for environments where mass deployment tools or technical knowledge may not be available.

 

Advantages
Limitations
  • Easier for environments with few users or Mac devices
  • Allow users to initiate the installation as needed
  • Difficult to control and monitor Mimecast for Mac installations

 

Managed deployment

Administrators can also deploy the app to multiple workstations using 3rd party endpoint management software. This allows the administrator to deploy and manage the application for users who do not have local admin rights.

 

Download the installer package (PKG file) from the Application Downloads page and deploy it to multiple workstations. The application will automatically update with new versions as they become available, as configured within Preferences.

 

Advantages
Limitations
  • Applications are deployed to many workstations over a short period of time.
  • Centralizes control, monitoring, reporting, and issue resolution of deployment
  • May reduce the need of hands on support at the workstation
  • Users are able to run pre-approved software updates on demand when convenient for their work schedule
  • Requires supporting infrastructure and systems
  • Requires appropriate administrator skills and experience
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