3rd Party System Preferences Blocked

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3rd Party System Preferences Blocked

Im trying to find away around all of our 3rd party extensions being blocked in System Preferences. It seems that no matter the configuration we choose, if we manipulate anything within System Preferences for a profile then any 3rd party item (Flash, mySql, Jabra, Java etc) are greyed out. These can all be used in other ways but the convenience of starting the programs from there is being voiced by our end users. Maybe there is something simple I am missing with this, but any help would be appreciated! 

Kind of a big deal
Kind of a big deal

What platform are you referring to?  Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows?

My apologies for not clarifying. MacOS.

I am having this issue as well on MacOS.  Is there any solution for this?

 @jcapitan I ended up creating mobileconfig files for different roles, and removing system preference management from the profile. So I apply the other settings I need for each role and then adjust the settings in following mobileconfig for each role.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
    <string>Preference Panes</string>
        <string>Preference Panes</string>

 The following article is helpful for getting the preference pane id for third party applications.


Thank you for the information.

Unfortunately it looks like meraki didn't fixed the problem for some time now since I have just discovered it to be a problem.

I have been creating mobileconfig files for other options that are not available on meraki but I don't want to be creating them for something that is listed as supported.

I am starting to think that meraki is dropping the ball and not supporting its customers.

Very unfortunate because if it continues like this I will be looking to switch to JAMF MDM solution next year.


@L4d1k While I have an ever-growing list of things I wish Meraki could do, this feature was silently implemented. If you enable the System Preferences Payload at the bottom you can list the Third Party System Preference Panes you wish to enable. You can use http://apetronix.com/find-pane-id-for-system-preferences-app/ to get the pane-ID for the apps you need to whitelist. Screen Shot 2019-09-12 at 10.18.06 AM.png

Meraki Alumni (Retired)
Meraki Alumni (Retired)

Sorry about the sneaky delivery of that feature. We are currently working with the Documentation team on a better system for announcing and documenting minor features/improvements. 


Noah Salzman

Product Manager for Meraki SM

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The template in Meraki acts as a whitelist, so anything 3rd party essentially gets blacklisted by default. You can use Profile Manager in the macOS Server app to specifically white or black list any prefs pane. My GitHub has an example profile I made in that tool that just blocks the Profiles prefs pane, thereby allowing anything else not explicitly blacklisted.



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