I have just recently Migrated to Filewave from Apple's Profile manager for my school district to manage our 1:1 Mac program in the high school (Filewave benefits us other places too, but this is specifically about the Macs)
In this transition I have found a setting in Filewave's Profile fileset that I really miss from Profile Manager.
In the OSX (10.5+) restrictions section under the preferences tab the profile allows you to white-list a specific set of system preferences that the users can then access.
There is a problem for this for me, in that If a system preference is added to my machines (i.e. Java settings) The white-list will not allow the users to run the preference configuration, simply because it is not checked on the white-list. Which means I must currently remove the profile, configure Java (or whatever preference is blocked) and then allow the profile to re-install. While not a HUGE issue, it is quite inconvenient, because that means I must allow the profiles preference to be allowed to run, I can't block it with the need to remove the profile later.
The easy answer that Profile manager had, is that they had the option to make that same section a black-list instead of a white-list. So if I only had the system preferences checked I DON'T want to run, it would allow anything unchecked, including system preferences not on the check list.
I would personally rate this at "Useful": above "Nice to have", but about 5 or 6 steps away from "Priority". I really have no idea if anyone would agree with me on that , but it is a feature that I find myself missing already.
We agree with you and this is a feature that has been requested by other costumers and we currently are working on its implementation that is going to be released with Filewave v.10, in the mean time please follow our recipe made precisely to solve this issue on previous versions of Filewave:
So I heard that with Version 10 Third-Party Preference Panes would be an option to allow or not allow. While yes there are options now - not ALL Third-Party Preference Panes are available to check. For example -Java is not an option and this was the one I was waiting for the most. With the default security in Java set to Very High I was hoping the update to FW 10 would allow us to check allow the Java Preferences Pane. Yes there are other options to take care of this but why are you doing some Third-Party and not all? It isn't like Java is some random, never heard of software.