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Enterprise Mac Managed Preferences by Greg Neagle, Edward Marczak

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Chapter 1. Why Manage?

A personal computer is a wonderful thing. Not only do you have the tools available to perform your tasks, but you are also largely able to customize the tools and the computer environment itself. This is ideal when it's your one single personal computer. When that computer belongs to a fleet of machines—10, 50, 1,000, or more—variances among them may prove problematic. This is where client management comes in.

Client management, however, does not necessarily mean that every setting is locked down and the person who is ultimately using the machine can't change a thing (although it may). It may be set up as a convenience—to prepare a machine in a manner that people expect, even though it may be just freshly unboxed.

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