How to update apps purchased via VPP?

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Hello all!
Is anyone here deploying iOS devices to remote sites with an app purchased via the App Store's Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) for Business? If so, how are you updating the app on the remote iOS devices?
Please let me know.
Thanks in advance,

Colorado iOS Admin User Group March Meeting

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The Colorado iOS Admin User Group comes together to discuss the Deployment and Management of iOS devices in Education and Business. Join us for the March 13th meeting to discuss Deployment and Management of iOS devices. This event is hosted at Cherry Hills Christian School.

Our agenda will include:

  • Deployment Models
  • App Deployment Implementations
  • MDM
  • Apple Configurator
  • User Agreements and Compliance

At our last meeting we had over 60 in attendance from all across Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Space is limited so RSVP now!

Also, we have a sponsorship opportunity for this meeting. If your company is interested please contact me.

To register click this link: Eventbrite - iOS Admin User Group - March

BES 10 iOS and Android app stores?

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I am trying to understand what BES10 offers in the way of app stores for iOS and Android, from their web site I see they have limited MDM functionality however app stores on these platforms is not mentioned.

Anyone have any insight?


Apple Fixes Exchange Calendar Bug with iOS 6.1.2

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Apple has released iOS 6.1.2, fixing the recently-acknowledged Exchange calendar bug. The bug manifested if you accepted an exception to a recurring calendar event.

The update is available Via software update. And as usual, has compiled links for direct download.

Several excellent MacIT presentations for your consumption

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I was lucky enough to participate in the MacIT Conference in late January, and meet several first class iOS administrators. They have very generously agreed to share their presentations on Enterprise iOS, in order to reach a larger audience. Of course PDFs are no substitute for a real conference, so please consider attending next year!

If you have a presentation that I missed, please send me a message and we'll get it published.

MacIT: iOS Deployment Models Across Three Age Levels in Education

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IT803: iOS Deployment Models Across Three Age Levels in Education
Nicholas McSpadden, Client Systems Manager, Schools of the Sacred Heart

This session will discuss the deployments of iPads to a 4th grade, 6th grade, and high school 1:1 program. Each model is slightly different - a cart model, a personalized device model, and a take-home individual device model. I will talk about how we manage & deploy the iPads themselves, as well as working through policies and parents to come up with an effective system. Since we use very different approaches across the three different age levels, this will be a good summary of the various ways of handling an iOS wide-scale deployment.

Presentation PDF: IT803_McSpadden.pdf

MacIT: The Changing Role of IT to Service Provider

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IT882: The Changing Role of IT to Service Provider
Randy Saeks, District Network Manager, Glencoe School District 35

As technology has gotten more affordable, mobile technology has increased and organizations are facing a more dynamic workplace. As such, IT has to embrace these new changes and shift from a provider of hardware and a controlled environment to a provider of services and access to resources. This session will talk about trends and how a shift in management style is required as more Bring-Your-Own-Device scenarios emerge.

Presentation PDF: IT882_Changing-Role-of-IT.pdf

MacIT: Using Apple Configurator with your iOS Deployment Workflow

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IT823: Using Apple Configuratior with Your iOS Deployment Workflow
Randy Saeks, District Network Manager, Glencoe School District 35

This session will look at how you can use Apple Configurator to speed up your iOS device deployment process. Using the tool for restrictions, MDM enrollment, and application management will be discussed. In addition, we will talk about a few use case scenarios and how Configurator fits into the management style.

Presentation PDF: IT823_Apple-Configurator.pdf

MacIT: App Deployment Strategies for iOS

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IT813: App Deployment Strategies for iOS
Derick Okihara, IT Technician, Mid-Pacific Institute

Apple makes beautiful hardware, but it's the software that really makes devices like iPhones and iPads so popular. With over 700,000 apps available, how do we get these apps on to a user's device in a manageable fashion? This session will cover the different app ownership models, volume purchasing, and several different app deployment strategies with both Apple and third party solutions. At our organization, we deployed applications to 1600 iPads, and this session will cover exactly how we did it without breaking a sweat. Some of the tools we'll cover include iTunes, Apple Configurator, OS X Server's Profile Manager, and also the third party tool JAMF's Casper Suite. With these deployment strategies in hand, you'll still have time left over to play Angry Birds.

Presentation PDF: IT813_Okihara.pdf

Two bugs in iOS 6.1 affect Exchange servers, lock screen security

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This week Apple has acknowledged two bugs in iOS 6.1.

First, accepting an exception to a recurring calendar event may cause excessive Exchange server activity. Says Apple:

Apple has identified a fix and will make it available in an upcoming software update. In the meantime, you can avoid this bug by not responding to an exception to a recurring event on your iOS device. If you do experience the symptoms described above, disable then reenable the Exchange calendar on your iOS device

The second bug allows access to parts of the iPad or iPhone even when the device is locked. Note that the hack described allows access only to the device's contacts, photos, and voicemail. Apple Data Protection is not broken, so data remains encrypted.

These issues are also present in the 6.1.1 update for the iPhone 4S.

Company owned and managed iPad deployment

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I have about 40 company owned iPads. We are using for internal meetings only instead of printing paper hand outs. At the moment we manually manage all of these devices with iTunes. We manaullay add the documents for the meetings with iTunes file copy. Bring the iPads to the meetings then collect them after the meetings and manually remove the documents.

There are a few problems with this.

1. We do not have our MDM profile on the devices to keep them secure in teh event they get lost or stolen.

2. We individally configured each device one at a time.

I have recently started using Apple Configurator and like what it can do. Especially when we return the devices to the base station and restore a clean back up wiping all of the content from the device. I have been testing with integrating our MDM (MobileIron) with Apple Configurator and have it working but a few things I run into. We force an iOS lock screen passcode. I need to extend that passcode for longer than 15 minutes before the device locks for this group of iPads. Also, when I return the iPads to the Configurator station and restore it forces me to enter a NEW passcode every time on every device. I would like to try and keep the passcodes the same and never have them change or at least change them every few months instead of every day. Last is there a way to push the new dociuments for our meetings to the devices in the correct app from Configurator?

Any ideas, suggestions are welcome!


Deploying an App to a company?

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Hi guys,

I've been wondering about this for a long time,

My intentions are to offer an App to a specific company.

That Company is not located in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States as mentioned in

However, if I'm correct, they do have a D-UD number and are a recognized company and probably do have Apple-IDs.

Since Enterprise Volume Purchase Program is not available to that company simply because its not in those countries mentioned above,

What are my Options?

I want to:
1- Make my app available to that company somehow, either through AppStore or without.
2- At the moment, I hold an Individual's License - ( iOS Developer Program Standard - $99 )
3- I don't mind what the purchase options, either via Apple or without.

Any any help is appreciated.

Reminder: Enterprise iOS Meetup tomorrow in San Francisco

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Our West Coast Enterprise iOS Meetup is ON for tomorrow night! We welcome all Macworld/MacIT attendees and friends. We'll have drinks sponsored by Tekserve, dancing girls, and a show featuring trained tigers. You can't miss this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle!

When: Thursday 1/31 from 8-10 PM
Where: 83 Proof, 83 First Street, between Market & Mission, San Francisco
Who's Invited: All readers and contributors, present and future, of Enterprise iOS

Security Fixes and More with iOS Updates to iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

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Apple today released a number of updates to iOS. Use General > Software Update to update individual devices.

The Apple TV update contains support for bluetooth keyboards. Hmmm...

Enterprise In House Certificate Life Extended!

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UPDATE: It turns out that this expiration extension does not actually extend the life-time of individual distribution profiles. Please see the comments below this article for more details.

I discovered this today and figured it was worth sharing with the Enterprise iOS community because it has such a profound impact on Enterprise app deployment strategies...

If you have ever dealt with iOS Enterprise In House distribution, you have undoubtably had to deal with the dreaded "Provisioning Profile Is About To Expire" message that appears on user devices every day for 30 days until the expiring profile is removed or the expiration date lapses.

I was pleased to find out today that Apple has changed the life of the underlying iOS Enterprise Distribution Certificate expiration date from one year to three years! Laughing out loud

This means you only have to deal with this (nightmare) every three years instead of every one year.

Practically speaking, this means the recommended enterprise app update lifecycle (in which you have users update their apps and/or remove the old provisioning profile) changes from six months to 1.5 years; a much more reasonable timeframe.

It appears that Apple made this change at the beginning of 2013 or late 2012; either way it seems like this change has been made across all enterprise iOS Developer accounts.

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