macOS Sierra: Use configuration profiles

Use configuration profiles

Configuration profiles let you standardize settings for Mac computers. For example, an administrator can set up profiles that configure Mac computers to interact with servers on a school or workplace network.

A configuration profile can contain settings for a user’s Mail account, Wi-Fi settings, VPN settings, and more. Configuration profiles can work on Mac computers, iOS devices, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

Your network administrator might provide you with one or several profiles, or provide you with a profile that, once installed, allows your administrator to install additional profiles automatically.

Install a configuration profile you’ve received

  1. To open the profile in Profiles preferences, where you can review information about it, do one of the following:

    • If the profile is attached to an email, open the attachment.

    • If the profile is posted on a website, download the profile from the website and open it.

  2. Click Install to install the profile on your Mac.

    You may be asked to supply your password or other information during installation.

If an earlier version of a profile is already installed on your Mac, the settings in the updated version replace the previous ones.

View an installed configuration profile

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Profiles.

    If you haven’t installed any configuration profiles, Profiles preferences isn’t available.

  2. Select a profile in the Profiles list to view information about it.

Remove a configuration profile from your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Profiles.

    If you haven’t installed any configuration profiles, Profiles preferences isn’t available.

  2. Select a profile in the Profiles list, then click the Remove button .

When you remove a profile, all of its settings and information are deleted. For example, if the profile set up your email account, removing the profile deletes the account information from your Mac.

If you can’t remove a configuration profile, ask for help from the person who provided the profile.

If you’re a Mac app developer looking for information about provisioning profiles, see the Mac Developer Library.

Published Date: Mar 28, 2017
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