Yesterday Apple released iOS 8.1.3 for all iOS-capable devices. The headline feature is to reduce the amount of space required for (future) software updates. This should help out those of us with 8 or 16GB devices. There is also mention of "new configuration options for education standardized testing." No idea what that means, since Apple hasn't updated the Configuration Profile Reference yet.
I always get a kick reading the list of security fixes, which is pretty lengthy for 8.1.3.
In other news, Apple announced massive quarterly results, with every product (but iPad) growing strongly year-over-year. Oh, and the Apple Watch is now expected in April.
For the past three years the iOS Enterprise app our company wrote has been made available over the air to our client's BYOD iPad roving-salesmen users (only about 40) using the itms download from a website. This was easy (the company set up a password protected page on their website and let those users know the password), and it allowed the user plenty of control - if a new version of the app was made available via the website, the company simply emailed all the users to let them know, and the users decided when to download it. This was especially important since the app is large, and needs to be downloaded when the user is somewhere with a good wifi connection.
Although the itms method still (just about) works for iOS8 devices, it's clear that Apple might drop support at any time, and recommend apps should be distributed via MDM. Therefore I have started looking at Apple Profile Manager on Mac OS X Yosemite Server to see whether we might recommend this to the client. I'm a developer not a sysadmin by trade, and have had no exposure to MDM before,
What I need to be able to do
The only use of MDM will be to allow all users to install our app over the air on any new iOS devices they own, and to install an updated version whenever we release one. The company is not interested in tracking or controlling any other aspect of the devices. So all that I want to do is have the user be able to enrol devices and self-install the app from our MDM server over the air whenever they want.
Profile Manager so far
I am at the stage of just having a look at how Profile Manager works, on a 'test' OSX Server system running locally in our office. I have set up a test user, assigned them to a group, allocated our app to the group, and enrolled an Ipad for the user. So far so good!
But whenever I enrol an iPad or upload an updated version of the app to Profile Manager, the app is pushed automatically to the iPads (with the user presented with a 'Cancel/Install/Update' alert as appropriate. I don't want this to happen; I just want the app available to users - somehow - so they can self-install when they want.
Can I achieve this or a similar effect with Profile Manager? If so, how? If not, what other MDM solution would you recommend?
Thanks for any advice.
Bushel, an Apple device management solution, powered by JAMF Software, today announced general availability, expanding Apple device management to businesses of all sizes. Bushel is a cloud-based solution designed to make it simple and quick for regular people to complete their management tasks, including Apple device setup, security and usability. The software had been in beta for some time now, and users could use it on an invitation-only basis. Bushel has just today become generally available to the public to sign up for either a free or paid account. You can find out more and sign up on the Bushel website.
A short and fun demonstration of our new GroundControl enterprise-class iOS configurator. It's been a really big year for me, and I'm looking forward to 2015.
Happy New Year!!
I recently had to create 100 apple accounts and since someone created the batch apple ID creator, I figured I'd make an automatic verifier.
There are a few things to note here:
1. Must be run on Windows with .Net 4.0
2. Requires Exchange 2010 - I've posted the source too, so you can modify if needed)
3. Requires that you either know the username/password to the mailbox the apple ID was sent to, or have administrative privileges to log on to that account using your own credentials. Most domain admins do.
Hello all! We have what appears to be a common scenario, but have yet found the best answer.
We will be approaching the time to renew our iOS Distribution provisioning profiles for internal apps in the next few months. These apps are managed and deployed through MDM. I have tested the process of uploading a renewed profile through our MDM. The updated profile is displayed and the Renewal Date now matches the expiration date of the new profile.
My concern is relying on an MDM to update the profiles for all devices. The other option appears to be to re-package the current apps with the renewed profile and deploy the build again through MDM.
Any recommendations or best practices for this scenario?
I should note that all iOS devices are supervised and shared devices.
Thank you in advance!
A lot of EMM providers are telling that they support multi-tenancy. That might be true for their own clould.
I got the surprise with XenMobile when we planned to build an own Community Cloud to serve different customers with EMM. Yes it is possible to administer different organizations, which cannot see each other, but if you want to connect Active Directory etc. then the multi-tenancy becomes complex. Citrix informed me that they are waiting for a new release to support multi-tenancy.
However, I would like to understand whether it is possible to configure instead AirWatch in a Community Cloud to run different customers inc. interfaces.
Does anybody can support me with this request?
iOS 8.1.1 is out. Download offline copies of the firmware via our database of iOS Devices.
This release includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
One of the more interesting features of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 announced just over a week ago is the carrier-independent "Apple SIM". iPads are no longer locked to a single carrier, and users can switch carriers at any time. So it seemed.
When it comes to carriers nothing is ever simple. Now T-Mobile's CEO John Legere posted a "tweetstorm" to explain the user experience, which of course is very different from one carrier to another.
Just joined this group and I ask for your forbearance - I'm new to all this.
I work for an agency that serves people with developmental disabilities and we have about 55 locations in Westchester County, NY. Some generous peopel gave us a donation of 50 iPads and I'm trying to rationally deploy them! I'd like to be able to synch them remotley for iOS and app updates to avoid a lot of travel. The devices would be shared at the remote locations amongst several clients and the slection of apps would be limited to about 20 or so. Of course, since we're a non-proift, funds are limited, so whatever solutions are available, they must be affordable.
Thanks for your input.
P.S. Any suggestions for iPad cases without covers that would be durable?
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