How to Wipe, Lock, and Restore Mac from Backup

When you’re managing a constantly growing inventory of devices, keeping them secure and adequately protected is essential. Even when IT administrators choose to harden a Mac device in order to safeguard data, there are times when that same Mac needs to be restored—either for its next purpose or for a new user. 

Unfortunately, individual maintenance steps can take up valuable time and effort. To avoid backlogs in device restoration, you can use a mobile device management (MDM) platform to wipe lock, or restore with ease.

When to Harden a Mac Device

Hardening a Mac device, such as a laptop, is sometimes needed to secure the data on that machine. Even though Mac devices have intrinsic security features to reduce and prevent attacks, hardening involves configuring specific settings to reduce threats from things like hackers, ransomware, and malware.


Reprovisioning a Mac Device

Reprovisioning is used to clear a device of its contents so that the next user can claim the device and start to use it. As employees onboard and offboard (sometimes within a short period of time), reprovisioning becomes a standard practice.Wiping the device and reinstalling macOS ensures that the existing data is completely removed from the device. This gives each new user a clean slate. Addigy makes it easy to remotely lock and wipe each qualifying device

How to Wipe a Mac Using Addigy

To wipe a Mac using Addigy, you must select the Erase Data option from your dashboard and enter the correct password before moving forward.

Navigate to the Devices page and click either “GoLive” or the name of the device. The Erase command is found on the GoLive page. 

Open Device Status and click on Erase Device.

Set the 6-digit passcode. (The passcode will not be requested on macOS Monterey devices with an Apple Silicon processor or T2 chip)

 The 6-digit passcode is added to the Executed log record. Log records are stored for 90 days. If you need to find the passcode, you can search the Event log for the devices records and Receiver Name containing DeviceLock or EraseDevice. 

 For devices with a cellular data plan, you can choose to preserve the plan following the wipe.

 Choose to allow or disallow devices in close proximity from sharing setup data such as Wifi access.

Remote Wipe

Remote wipe gives IT admins more control from a distance. With the ability to wipe devices remotely, admins don’t have to physically touch a device to get it ready for the next user. This removes time-consuming steps in the preparation process, especially for businesses that operate in fully remote contexts. 

How to Use Addigy to Restore Mac Devices from Backup

If you’re looking to restore Mac from backup, you may need to use macOS Recovery to reinstall the Mac operating system. The reinstallation process doesn’t remove any data from the Mac in question. These are separate processes that admins must oversee to ensure that devices are safe, up-to-date, and ready to roll.

Take Advantage of Addigy MDM Today

As enterprise organizations grow and scale, organizations need reliable ways to maintain modern device inventories. Taking control of macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS devices helps workflows move smoothly—without delays or tedious roadblocks. If and when hardening macOS becomes part of your device management plan, Addigy’s out-of-the-box features help build a foundation for success. Wipe, lock, and restore when you need it most.

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