Configuring LanSchool Air for Mac Privacy Approvals with MDM

Configuring LanSchool Air for Mac Privacy Approvals with MDM

For student devices running macOS Mojave (10.14) and later, Apple introduced new privacy protection systems to ensure that all installed software works as it should. These new systems can be challenging to configure correctly. As it would be impractical to visit each computer to make these approvals, Apple has expanded its Mobile Device Management (MDM) system to allow remote configuration of many of these approvals.  

Most MDM systems allow importing .mobileconfig template files in order to deploy policies to devices. For the best experience, download this pre-configured privacy policy template provided by LanSchool and deploy it to your devices: LanSchoolAirStudentPolicy.mobileconfig

Alternatively, follow the instructions below to manually create a policy.

The LanSchool Air for Mac client requires four approvals, shown in the table below, to allow all functionality.  

The Screen Recording Approval cannot be automated. It must be enabled manually on the student device.

Privacy Policy

Description

Accessibility

Allows LanSchool Air to fully lock the computer during Blank Screen . Without this approval, students may exit Blank Screen using certain key combinations.

Automation

Allows LanSchool Air to automate the Safari browser during Limit Web  so that students are kept on websites the teacher allows.

Full Disk Access

A llows LanSchool Air to examine the Safari browser history files to correctly determine where a student is browsing in the Safari browser during Limit Web .

Screen Recording 

Only required for macOS Catalina (10.15) and later. The screen recording approval is required to allow LanSchool Student to share the student's screen with the teacher. 

This approval cannot be configured using an MDM server and must be enabled manually on each student device.

It is recommended that the MDM configuration be installed on student computers before the the LanSchool Air Client for Mac is installed. This ensures that no prompts appear that a student sitting at a computer can deny and prevents other issues from occurring.

The following instructions use SimpleMDM ( https://simplemdm.com/ ) as an example MDM provider. Your MDM provider interface may look a little different but likely has similar features and requests the same information.
  1. Navigate your MDM provider interface to a location where you can create profiles and choose to create a profile to configure privacy preferences: 



  2. Provide the following information (order and description may vary):



As shown above:

  1. The bundle ID for LanSchool Air is "com.lenovo.lsair.Client", whose code requirement is "anchor trusted" . Static code validation is not necessary.
  2. Set Accessibility to Allow
  3. Set Post event to Allow 
  4. Set Access all files to Allow
  5. All other values should be Not Set
  6. For Apple Event Targets, you must add Safari with the bundle identifier "com.apple.Safari" and code requirement identifier "com.apple.Safari" and anchor Apple, with Access set to Allow. 

When you have created the profile, use your MDM provider to send the profile to all student computers. You are done!


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