Mass Deploying LanSchool Air for Mac Student

Mass Deploying LanSchool Air for Mac Student

This article explains how to mass deploy the LanSchool Air Mac client on multiple devices at once. For instructions on installing the LanSchool Air Mac client on individual devices, see Installing LanSchool Air for Mac Student.

When to Mass Deploy 

If you plan to install the LanSchool Air client on a large number of student computers, you do not need to download the full installer on each student machine. Instead, download the web installer and full installer just once, and then perform the steps in the procedure.

Rather than copying the web installer and full installer to each student machine, you can instead place the installers on a common network share and run the install from that location. If you use this approach (and the files are on a network share rather than the local drive) the web installer will  not  delete the full Installer after it completes the install process on the student machine.  

Prerequisites 

In order to successfully mass deploy, open your provisioning window before the installer is run on the student computers.

Procedure 

  1. Log into LanSchool Air as a site administrator.

  2. From the left navigation menu, select SETTINGS.
      


  3. Select SETUP.
       


  4. Under MacOS, select  SETUP INSTRUCTIONS



    The setup instructions for mass deploying the LanSchool Air Mac client display. 

  5. Ensure that pop-up blocking is off in your browser, and then select the Download now icon.
      


    Both the LSAirWebInstall.pkg file (web installer) and LSAirClientInstall.pkg file (full installer) download and display at the bottom of the browser.  
  6. The web installer's file name is unique to your organization and must not be changed. The following is an example web installer file name:
    LSAirWebInstall.prod.2d5cf6xx-1cbe-4xxx-9bcla-xx6e5f23dxxxa.pkg
  7. Using your remote deployment tools (ARD, JAMF, etc.), copy the LanSchool Air web installer and the LanSchool Air full installer (LSAirClientInstall.pkg) to the same folder on the student machine.

  8. Install the web package using your remote deployment tools. Each remote tool is different, but most support installing a standard package. The LanSchool Air client package should always be installed as the root user or equivalent. If you can only execute a UNIX command, it should look something like this: 

    /usr/sbin/installer -pkg /Users/Shared/LSAirWebInstall.prod.2d5cf6xx-1cbe-4xxx-9bcla-xx6e5f23dxxxa.pkg -target /  

    The web installer uses the local copy of the full client installer, if found in the same folder. When the client package has finished installing, it automatically runs and provisions the student computer for use in your organization. 

    When the web installer completes the installation, it deletes the full installer file (LSAirClientInstall.pkg) from the folder.

    An automated, or command-line installation of the LanSchool Air client package does not prompt the user for privacy approvals. However, if approvals have not been made via a Mobile Device Management (MDM) server, prompts may appear. For more information, see Configuring LanSchool Air for Mac Privacy Approvals with MDM.


Browser Extension Profiles for macOS 11.0 (Big Sur)

Appleā€™s latest operating system macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) prevents 3rd party software from  installing Profiles on the system.  

Mobile Device Management (MDM) has the ability to install profiles, but anyone else who previously installed them to configure application settings will no longer be able to do so in macOS 11.0.

LanSchool Air has installed profiles to specify Chrome and Edge Browser settings, specifically so that our browser extensions are installed and cannot be removed.  

For Big Sur and greater, we recommend adding our Chrome and Edge policies to your MDM settings for those browsers. You can download the .mobileconfig profiles for each below.




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