EOY 1-1 Student iPad collection

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We will be going thru our 3rd year of end of year 1-1 Student iPad collection this year.
Wanted to fist share a few things we have learned plus ask if anyone would be willing to share what works for them. Looking to possibly change our High School Classroom based collection model to a more centralized one.

  • We treat the AC adapter and USB cable now as consumable items and do not collect. Started this policy before last years collection and I would highly suggest this as it has GREATLY helped our collection process.
  • Damage standards and charge/no charge for damage has always been a challange for us. Anyone willing to share their standards and how they implement? Last year we did an expanded ‘Tier 2’ examination of ours after main classroom collection checking units out of our provided case for dents, damaged headphone jacks, button damage, etc and based parent damage charges off that ’Tier 2’ check. Since this was not done with Student present and even though we had photos we still had quite a bit of negative Parent feedback. What to avoid that so wondering what others are doing for EOY damage procedures.
  • What are others doing for a timeline on Student 1-1 iPad collection? At our High School their stance is not until like 4th period of last Student day as they use for finals. Our Middle School sites are like 2 weeks ahead of last Student day so that is less of a collection timing issue.


iOS 8 Web Content Filter Plugins

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Does anybody have any more information on the 3rd-party options for Web Filtering in iOS 8 (mentioned here)? I haven't heard any news since the release of iOS 8, where it was promised that there would be powerful extensions to com.apple.webcontent-filter to allow for more robust filtering by device. The current implementation left over from iOS 7 is unusable, since it blocks nearly all https:// traffic. I was really hoping to have an option that allowed me to just remove the "clear history" options and specify a blacklist only for students who have lost some web browsing privileges.

Disable add to home screen?

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We are using Meraki MDM thoughout our schools estate, our devices are supervised and have disabaled the installation of Apps and the removal of apps.

The kids have realised they can visit websites and add a bookmark to the home screen, as the removal of apps is not allow there is no easy way to remove this "bookmark" from the home screen.

Does anyone know of a work around or is there something im missing that could prevent this.

8.1.3 'Broke' silent app push?

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Just wondering if anyone has this noticed this issue and the workaround.
8.1.2 and before
We could silently push apps via MDM and the app would install itself on the device as long as Automatic Downloads was turned on.
We can still push apps via MDM but they now appear under AppStore > Purchased. Now the user must search for the app ( recent makes it easier ) and install it themselves.

The issue. I have clients with 1000's of ipads in multiple locations that they want an app pushed to. Before this was easy, the apps would be available for use. Now each device must be touched to install the app. This becomes an issue with bandwidth, when 300 iPads are being picked up and 'installing' just before a meeting. Now someone has to run around and 'install' the app on each device so they are ready to go.

I've sent emails to Apple Engineering to see if this was a mistake or a 'fix'. Waiting on a reply.

iOS 8.1.3 includes lots of security fixes

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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.

Large percentage of app installs failing in large enterprise architecture

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Please can anyone provide any troubleshooting tips or fixes (if you have fixed a similar issue before) regarding this issue below?
I do not have the full details yet - no architecture specific info / logs etc.

Initial information:
Fifty (50) percent of app installs fail, not of MobileIron itself, but of the enterprise apps they distribute via MobileIron. This is for a large enterprise with normal IT architecture with MobileIron MDM configuration.

Thank you for any help,
Mark Cooper
AAA Mobility Solutions

Does Profile Manager allow users to self-install an Enterprise app?

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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.


What happened to iphone configuration utility?

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Links are gone to IPCU and I can't find them on Apple's site or developer site. I see references to it still in some Apple documentation but no where to find the downloads. Did I miss a big announcement?

Asset Tracking

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Does anyone want to chime in with suggestions or experiences with asset tracking systems? We're looking to implement a system for our deployments that will let us scan devices and log locations of scans. I'd love to hear what systems or software you use or have demod and what you like about them.

Get App Version info

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Hi, i'm new user

i want to update the enterprices application through html link. Before that the page should identify presence of older version and the application Version information. so we can decide its new install or update.

pls guide me...Thanks

Bushel is now Generally Available!

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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.

Happy New Year from Enterprise iOS and GroundControl (video)

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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!!

Auto Verify Apple Accounts

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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.


Downloading iOS 8.1.2 (and populating Configurator)

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Is it possible to download the iOS update into configuratior without connecting an iPad to it? Evey time I try to prepare an iPad, it starts downloading the update and states that "connection was lost and unable to finish downloading"

Any thoughts?

VPN causing slow internet connection.

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We have customers complaining that once their iPads are connected to the internet, their internet speed is severely throttled. It appears to be caused by the VPN, is there a way to fix this? We are using a Cisco AnyConnect IPsec VPN

Thank you.

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