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Building a Jamf Pro smart group containing High Sierra-incompatible Mac models

As part of preparing for macOS Sierra in 2016, I prepared a smart group that listed Macs incompatible with macOS Sierra. Apple stated at WWDC 2017 that any Mac that can run macOS Sierra can also run macOS High Sierra, so that means that the list of incompatible Macs has not changed. For more details, see below the jump:

Here’s the list of Mac models which are incompatible with macOS High Sierra:

To create a smart group that contains the list of incompatible Macs, I’ve updated the smart group XML file I created last year for macOS Sierra. The smart group XML file is available below:

This smart group can be imported into a Jamf Pro server via the API. To upload it to a JSS server using the API, download the XML file to a convenient location, then run the command shown below (substituting as appropriate):

curl -skfu username:password https://jamfpro.server.here:8443/JSSResource/computergroups/id/0 -T /path/to/filename.xml -X POST;

If the smart group was successfully uploaded, you should next see output similar to that shown below:

A new smart group named Macs incompatible with macOS High Sierra should also now be present on the Jamf Pro server.

Screen Shot 2017 08 29 at 10 34 33 AM

  1. Marc
    August 29, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for the list, Rick. We’re currently not using Jamf Pro but may be later this year.

    Curious to know if all of this can be done without having to use the xml script and unix commands? Can it be done directly in the web interface by adding the raw list of Mac models to a new smart group?

    • August 29, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Sure, adding the Mac model information to a smart group is also possible via the web interface.

  2. kevin strick
    August 29, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    of course, that’s a lot of conditions for smart group (way above recommended) – it would be nice if they include more ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ type conditions in jamf pro 10, i think you could do the group with fewer conditions

  3. Erik Stam
    August 31, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Worked like a charm, thanks!

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