Dell Data Protection, How to install on MacOS

Steps to install Dell Data Protection (DDP) on MacOS.


Dell Data Protection (DDP) for MacOS integrates with MacOS' native drive encryption "FileVault" so that the FileVault recovery key is uploaded to a single central location. This is valuable in case the IT Pros in a unit change and don't leave notes where to find system recovery keys for managed MacOS machines. 

The following steps cover how to encrypt a MacOS system with FileVault by using DDP.

You will need

  • an unencrypted MacOS system.
  • about 1 hour for every 20GB of data to encrypt.
  • a copy of Dell Data Protection (DDP) from
  • a Mac plugged into AC power (not running on battery power).
  • a Mac connected to the Internet.
  • a user account in Active Directory (AD).
  • administrative access to the MacOS system.


The initial encryption process will affect system performance.


  1. Plug in and power up the computer, and make sure the computer is on the Internet.
  2. Download the latest version of Dell Data Protection (the files which resemble "") from and run the program named "Install Dell Data Protection." If you're prompted about MacOS System Integrity Protection being enabled, confirm the acknowledgement and proceed with the installation to the computer's main storage device. You will be prompted to restart the system after installation.
  3. Fill in the fields to match the information below. After you type in the Device Server, hit the Tab key otherwise there will be a long pause. The installer will verify that the server exists. The Policy Proxy field should auto-populate.
    Domain Address:
    Display name: (Leave blank)
    Device Server: : 8443 (Use SSL)
    Policy Proxy: : 8000
  4. After rebooting and signing back into the device, you should see a Dell Data Protection Activation box. Type in your AD account and password. Then click Activate.
  5. When you see the prompt below, type in a local administrator password for the logged in user.
    Then you will be prompted to restart your computer to begin the encryption process.
  6. Login again and run Apple menu→System Preferences. You should see a Dell Data Protection icon in the System Preferences. In System Preferences pick Security & Privacy.
  7. Select the FileVault tab and you should see a message stating "A recovery key has been set by your company, school, or institution." The encryption process should have started running on its own and will complete on its own. Once completed, your system should function normally. To request further information or support please (Click Here)

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Created:2016-10-24 16:26 CDTUpdated:2019-03-11 13:08 CDT
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