Apple has released iOS 5.1.1. Tap Settings > General > Software Update or connect to iTunes to install.
This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
- Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
- Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
- Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
- Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
- Fixes an issue where 'Unable to purchase' alert could be displayed after successful purchase
In this interesting opinion piece, the folks at GigaOM present an interesting and provocative vision of the future role of enterprise IT in an era of could computing.
See the article here:
I'd be curious to hear the reaction to this hypothesis by folks who are enterprise IT professionals.
Well, that was quick.
Ticket's for Apple's annual Developer Conference went on sale this morning, and promptly sold out. It took less than two hours.
The conference is the only opportunity for most of us to interact with Apple engineers face to face. Although there used to be a track for systems administrators, the conference has increasingly focused on app development, for both iOS and Mac. And with the extremely short window for ticket purchases, it's unlikely that many business types got approval in time.
So did you get tickets? Let us know in the comments.
Does anyone know of a MDM solution that physically tracks iOS devices in real-time? So far the best things I have found are the tracking methods used by Apple's Find My Device and Air-Watch.
Also, does anyone know if there is a way to track these devices but prevent the user from clearing the settings that allows this tracking method?
Maybe a little background information would help describe what I am looking for. Our company wants to deploy some iPads but wants to be able to know where the device is at all times.
Any help is greatly appreciated and would love to hear how others are tracking/locking down their devices.
I'm currently working at a company which is thinking about getting an enterprise app store. They asked me to build an little Proof of Concept to see how things could be working. I have already some basic ideas about the processes that need to be out in place and so on. But since I've never done mobile App development I'm a little stuck. I'm currently searching the internet for information about how to install Enterprise Apps but all i find is how to do it by using iTunes.
I need a solution in which i can install mobile Apps programatically over a web site. Or Over one App that is installed on the device (initial app could be installed over iTunes)... Does anyone of you have any information about the installation procedure and would share it. Or does maybe anyone have some good links to online resources or could point me in the right direction.
Thanks a lot
I am new to this forum, but hoping that someone on here can give me some guidance.
I have about Foreman that are in the field with Toughbooks. They only use them for email and filling in forms (Adobe and Excel). I would like to implement Company owned iPads to replace the Toughbooks.
I need them to be able to store the blank forms on the iPad, open them up, fill out the various forms and email them back to the office.
I want to mirror that on the iPad and I am at a loss.
I have looked at Airwatch, NotifyMDM, DropBox, CloudOn, Apple Configurator, etc. and not sure what combination of apps will get me in the correct direction.
Apple Configurator, Apple's free utility for deploying and managing small fleets of iOS devices, has been updated to version 1.0.1. The update is available in the Mac App Store. The utility now has the ability to re-use codes for apps purchased through Apple's Volume Purchase Program. Other tricks, from the announcement, include:
- Enterprise apps packaged as .ipa files are imported and installed correctly.
- Redemption codes for apps that contain a comma in their title can now be imported.
- A redemption code may be reused to install an app on another device if the original device is unsupervised and erased by Apple Configurator, or if the app’s installation did not complete on the original device.
- The redemption code used to purchase an app in iTunes may also be used to install the app on one device with Apple Configurator.
- The number of redemption codes remaining for an app is now displayed correctly.
- Notes and bookmarks entered into iBooks and iTunes U are deleted when a backup is restored to a supervised device.
- The WPA2 password is saved when editing a Wi-Fi profile payload.
- The name of a stored backup is saved when edited.
- The storage capacity of an 8 GB iPod touch is now displayed correctly.
- The “Erase all contents and settings” checkbox on the Prepare pane has been relabeled “Erase before installing”.
Be sure to also see our updated guide to Apple Configurator vs. MDM, showing how the two technologies complement and contrast.
I just set up profile manager and deployed iPads to our managers. I would like to know if there is a best practice for how users connect to iTunes and their Apple ID accounts either using personal email for new or existing Apple ID accounts, or have the users create new Apple ID accounts with their company e-mail? I can see benefits of both. Also, is their a way to tie in their corporate email to an existing account?
The technique is straightforward. Configurator can install mobileconfig profiles as part of its deployment scripts. These are XML files that instruct iOS to set up particular network configurations, credentials, or restrictions. Automatic MDM enrollment is acomplished by creating two profiles:
- connect the initial WiFi network
- enroll to Casper MDM server address.
Casper helpfully includes a function to generate this second profile.
We've noted before that Configurator and MDM can coexist beautifully. Kudos to the folks ar JAMF Software for seeing things the same way.
We hope other leading MDM providers will follow with similar instructions. We also look forward to further improvements to come to Configurator, specifically a way to assign devices to MDM users.
Some notes: when we write "MDM", we are speaking about the combination of ActiveSync, MobileConfig Profiles, and Apple's interface for MDM commands that is used by most vendors in our Comparison of MDM Providers.
Apple Configurator is listed twice, since it can be used in two different ways. Devices can be unsupervised -- which means the are simply prepared for deployment -- or supervised, something altogether different.
This is a wiki page. Since we expect all these technologies to mature, we hope you help us keep this page accurate and up-to-date.
|MDM||Configurator (unsupervised)||Configurator (supervised)|
|Installation||web page or (sometimes) app||USB||USB|
|Delivery of Updates||OTA Push||USB from original computer||USB from original computer|
|Multi-user devices?||No||No||Yes, with short backup-and-restore cycle|
|Set up mobileconfig restrictions, web clips, email, VPN, etc.?||Yes, with push updates and changes||Yes, only during initial config||Yes, only during initial config|
|Set Lock Screen Image||No||Yes, with optional device name||Yes, with device and/or user name and/or user photo|
|Install free apps||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Owner (Apple ID) of free apps||End User||Installer||Installer|
|Install Paid Apps with VPP Codes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Owner of Paid Apps||End-User||?||Device|
|Revokable and Reuse VPP Codes?||No||Yes (if device erased by ACfg)||Yes|
|Passwords entries needed for N app installs on a single device?||N (most implementations) or 1 (some implementations)||0||0|
|Can push documents?||Not through MDM (some have companion app)||Yes, as part of initial image||Yes, per-user docs backed up and saved|
|Query installed apps||Yes||No||No|
|Ideal for||BYOD and/or widely-dispersed users||Initial configuration and deployments, especially when paired with MDM||Classrooms, loaner units, trainings, kiosks|
Is there any way to distribute application (ipa) related custom settings on the time of IPA installation?
Our application should connect to the server what can have different IP addresses defined by admin,
We are looking for the way to send this as a parameter. As far i understand wireless plist manifest can not provide any values besides of ipa url, icons, md5 etc, we can not provide any additional plist files on the time of installation too.
Configuration profile installed same time can not set custom application parameters, is it right? It can only setup some predefined values, the only thing can be used (seems) is webclip as a shortcut (executing custom URL schema with the parameters appname://url=...). But we rather interested in a way our application can receive URL without webclip shortcut, if this is something we can get from configuration profile or any other source it would be nice to know..
We are seeing some strange results with a few of our iOS users and thought someone here would have an idea.
We have two AD domains and are trying both Afaria and Airwatch. Both domains are in the same forest; each has their own set of Exchange servers but are under the same GAL, etc.
With Afaria, users on either domain are able to get to EAS via the Afaria ISAPI filter.
With Airwatch, we've implemented the similar secure email gateway. Users on the domain where the CAS server is located can use EAS, however, users on the other domain cannot. In fact, after enrollment, the Exchange information on the iOS device changes to the external address of the Afaria mail gateway from the Airwatch gateway.
I'm guessing somewhere there is a hardcoded address in our Exchange configuration, but am at a loss as to where to look.
I am looking to deploy an MDM solution on IOS. One of the requirements is tracking of GPS. My research suggests that providers need to have an application on the device to collect this information. Does anyone know which vendors support customization of an MDM app with my companies logo and information?
Zach Christopoulos has published instructions to disable an iPad's home button. His method is very clean, and converts any app into a kiosk mode. The device does not need to be jailbroken.
The steps are very simple, using a custom mobile configuration plist.
- Install a special profile onto the iPad
- Launch any app
The iPad is now locked into the first app launched after reboot. To launch a new app, reboot first. To remove the profile, reboot, then launch Settings, then choose "Profiles", and remove the profile. Finally, reboot again.
[Update: Works on iPhones too, unsurprisingly.]
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