Using MacOS custom attributes in Intune

Intune already has a basic inventory of MacOS devices. On the one hand, there is a hardware inventory in which you have everything from the serial number to the free memory, but also os information. In addition, you can see in the discovered apps which applications are installed on the device. But if you want to collect more information about the devices, Intune offers a really cool feature here. The feature I am talking about is called custom attribute. This is basically a shell script that is executed on the devices and the return value is stored as a custom attribute.

How to deploy a custom attribute

  • Open the MEM Portal
  • Navigate to Devices -> macOS -> Custom attributes
  • Click on +Add
  • Enter a Name
  • Click Next
  • Select the Data type from the script output
  • Upload the Script (You can find a examples scripts below)
  • Click Next
  • Assign the the custom attribute to a group
  • Click Next
  • Click Add
  • Wait until the value is collected and check the Status in Intune

Sample Script

BatteryLoadingCycles.sh

#!/bin/bash
#set -x
echo $(system_profiler SPPowerDataType | grep "Cycle Count:" | sed 's/.*Cycle Count: //')

Conclusion

I think this is a very useful feature that makes reporting or collecting information very easy. I have provided you with an example script that you can use but also use as a template for creating new scripts. You have endless possibilities here what and how you want to collect this from Mac devices. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that your script generates an output.

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