Install Dyknow Cloud Connector on Student Mac Devices

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INTRODUCTION

Dyknow’s Cloud Connector feature enables Dyknow Administrators to create the Mac Cloud Connector in Dyknow and check the connection status of the installed Mac Cloud Connector on student devices.

The Dyknow Cloud Connector for student Mac devices requires a customized installer (.pkg file) that can be deployed manually or via deployments tools such as Casper Suite or Apple Remote Desktop. To ensure the .pkg remains installed on student devices, select or implement this policy via your deployment tool or Mobile Device Management (MDM) software.

This document is a resource for Dyknow Administrators to understand how to:

Prerequisite: Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.12+

 

CREATE MAC CLOUD CONNECTOR IN DYKNOW

Follow the steps below to confirm in Dyknow that students at your district use Mac devices.

1. Login to Dyknow.

2. Click the gear icon DyKnow_Web_App_-_gear_icon.png; you will be redirected to the Admin Settings.

3. Click the Cloud Connector tab.

4. Locate the Choose all student device types section.

5. Click Mac.

6. Review the new Mac Cloud Connector section.

7. Click the download icon to download the Mac Cloud Connector; the Download Cloud Connector window will appear.

8. Click Download; the MonitorInstall.pkg file will begin downloading immediately.

9. Continue to Configure Mac Device Settings.

 

CONFIGURE MAC DEVICE SETTINGS

To optimize your Mac Cloud Connector, we recommend the following settings for student Mac device management. Follow the steps below to configure student Mac device settings. 

PARENTAL CONTROLS

Based on your school's Mac OS configurations, Parental Controls may cause a message on some students' devices that says "You do not have access to update DyKnow." To resolve this message, be sure Dyknow Cloud is whitelisted in your Parental Control settings. These settings may exist in your MDM, or locally on the device.

1. Disable Parental Controls on your students’ Mac devices; review the options below:

Option 1: Parental Controls exist in third-party deployment software.

  • Login to your third-party software as an Administrator.
  • Access the device management settings.
  • Turn off Parental Controls.

Option 2: Parental Control settings exist locally on the Mac device.

  • Click the Apple icon.
  • Click Mac System Preferences.
  • Click Parental Controls.
  • Click the lock icon from the Parental Controls window and enter your Administrator credentials.
  • Select the User account for which you want Parental Controls disabled.
  • Select Turn Off Parental Controls.

PRIVACY PROFILE

If students at your district use MacOS 10.14+, install the privacy profile. Due to a new policy for Macs in MDM environments, privacy profiles must be configured in your MDM. Until you push out the privacy profile, your Teachers will only see Safari or Chrome in the Activity Tracker during monitoring sessions and in Class/Student Analytics.

Prerequisite: Group Targeting OS 10.14+

As of 10.14.3, privacy profiles pushed to 10.13 and below remain ineffective after upgrading to 10.14. Skip this section if you already have appropriate smart group(s) created to handle this requirement. You can read more information here in Jamf's official documentation.

1. Click here to download the Dyknow MDM privacy profile; the Dyknow.mobileconfig file will being downloading immediately.

2. Login to your MDM.

3. Click Computers.

4. Click Configuration Profiles.

5. Click Upload.

6. Upload the Dyknow.mobileconfig file.

7. Click the Scope tab.

8. Set Target Computers to your Computer Group (from step 3).

 

INSTALL MAC CLOUD CONNECTOR WITH THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE

Follow the steps below to install the Mac Cloud Connector onto students’ Mac devices using a third-party deployment tool (e.g. Casper or Apple Remote Desktop).

1. Login to your third-party software as an Administrator.

2. Ensure that the machines to which you’re deploying the Mac Cloud Connector have the same user credentials as the deployment tool you’re using.

3. Create a new Package you will deploy to student devices.

4. Add the Mac Cloud Connector MonitorInstall.pkg file to the new Package.

5. Identify the shared network path for the Package you will deploy.

6. Deploy the new Package to your students’ Mac devices.

7. Verify that the Dyknow icon appears in the system tray of the Mac device after installation.

Note: If the icon does not appear, please contact Dyknow for assistance.

 

INSTALL MAC CLOUD CONNECTOR MANUALLY

Follow the steps below to manually install the Mac Cloud Connector onto students’ Mac devices.

1. Login to the student Mac device as an Administrator.

2. Open the MonitorInstall.pkg file downloaded during the Create Mac Cloud Connector in Dyknow process.

3. Verify that the Dyknow icon has appeared in the system tray of the Mac device after installation.

Note: If the icon does not appear, please contact Dyknow for assistance.

 

 

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