Free AppStore and Enterprise App Push by SimpleMDM

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Hey all!

We just wanted to let you know about a few new updates that we have made to SimpleMDM, a free iOS-only Mobile Device Management solution. SimpleMDM is designed to allow you to quickly and easily configure iOS devices with essential configurations such as WiFi and Email, and now, push Apps!

To learn about all of the capabilities of SimpleMDM, please visit http://www.simplemdm.com.

This update allows a SimpleMDM administrator to:

  • Select iTunes AppStore apps to be pushed to managed devices
  • Over-the-air deploy In-house Enterprise iOS apps, with automatic provisioning profile update handling
  • Effectively manage deployment of apps by groups of devices

Read more about how it works here: SimpleMDM App Deployment

The feature is free addition to SimpleMDM, and you can have an account set up and configured in minutes.

Note that paid AppStore apps (via VPP) are not yet supported, though the feature is road-mapped (let us know if this would be a valuable addition to your organization).

We hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.

Best,
Matt Vlasach

Using iPhone on WiFi (only) to run SIP Voice Applications

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Hello all. Wondering if anyone else out there is trying to use the iPhone to host SIP-based voice clients. Specifically, to use the iPhone as a WiFi only SIP voice device.
We have been working on this idea for a while now at our hospital. We are replacing some antiquated DECT phones. We could just go with a newer VoIP phone set but there is a great interest in everything the iPhone can do on top of just voice. We are also looking at messaging (not SMS), reference apps, etc.

We are testing the unlocked (no SIM) iPhone 4S 16GB for hardware. We have tested the Avaya One-X SIP and CIsco Jabber clients with mixed results.
We will start testing the Vocera Connect app in a couple of weeks.
We have also talked to the folks at Voalte. It seems that they are laser focused on this solution (specifically for health care), but they are a little out of our price range.

We have also struggled to get out Cisco WLAN environment up to snuff to properly support voice. There is a big challenge making things right for the iPhone's WiFi since you will get zero help from Apple.

Would love to hear if anyone else is trying something similar and what experienced or advice you can provide.

Cheers!
Jeff

Sync files from server to multiple IPads?

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We have a server located at our facility that we store PDF, Excel, and WORD docs. We would like to automatically sync to multiple IPads. What is the best way to do this? Is it possible for designated folders on the server be "pushed" to each iPad anytime there is a change. We use the iPads for accessing service manuals and various documents. The files MUST reside on the iPad as cell service and WIFI are not always accessible from the field.

Apple working to make Bonjour compatible with enterprise networks

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According to Network World, Apple is working to make Bonjour compatible with enterprise networks. Apple is proposing an IETF working group to propose improvements.

Bonjour, Apple's marketing name for Multicast DNS, was designed with home network in mind. In larger networks, certain problems become apparent, as detailed in the petition by university network administrators:

  • Airplay does not work when Apple TV's and Apple client devices are on different IP subnets. It is common for the enterprise wireless and wired networks in our institutions to utilize different IP subnets.
  • Bonjour technologies also do not work in a scalable, sustainable fashion between different IP subnets. Work arounds such as Wide-Area Bonjour (DNS-SD) and Dynamic DNS updates have major scalability and security issues in enterprise networks.
  • For performance and security reasons, many of our institutions do not enable IP multicast on their enterprise wireless networks. This limits the usefulness of current Bonjour technologies.
  • The majority of our institutions' enterprise wireless networks utilize WPA2-Enterprise authentication and encryption. Current Apple TV's cannot connect to these networks even though the majority of Apple's other devices can.
  • The security method used to connect Apple devices to Apple TVs (a single password per Apple TV) opens the devices to "hijacking" by unauthorized users.

To their credit, Apple has already addresses the last two issues with a recent Apple TV update.

(Via Ars Technica)

Setting WebDav Access

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Hello again Smile
Anybody tried to pre-set-up a WebDav access somehow using any tools on iPads? Would be cool to set up that on new devices so that customers could later connect to corporate data using apps that support WebDav with no need to set connection manually (iWork for iOS). Couldn't find an option neither in Configurator nor in Profile Manager, but maybe some of you could?... Smile

iPad + Time Capsule (WebDav)

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Hi there!
Here's what I'd like to ask you, guys, about:
Is there a way to access files on a Time Capsule from iPad using WebDav from an app like Pages/Numbers/Keynote for iOS?
Could I access those files from outside of company's office using just Time Capsule's abilities (no additional VPN servers and stuff...)?
Is it possible to set access rights for different users so they could only access their files and create, say, one additional file storage for everybody?

Thanks!

About the security content of iOS 6.0.1 Software Update

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Detailed info here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5567

Enterprise iOS is Back!

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As you probably guessed, the hurricane knocked out our multiply-redundant data center. (OK, not so redundant. We learned something, right?)

But the power is back on 23rd Street in NYC. Thanks to Con Edison for working so hard, and to all the Tekserve employees for working by candlelight for these last few days. The energy poured into perseverance has been very impressive, but it's good to have light!

MDM solution for small education institution.

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I am a principal in a small education institution in Sydney Australia. We currently have 30 iPads to support our programs.

I am after a MDM solution that will do all the typical Apple Configurator stuff but will also allow the distribution of iBook Author files as well as music and video to the iPads. This is essential for now we are using our iPads.

Our funding is limited so I am after a MDM solution that is not expensive and does not have subscription or renewal fees etc. If it was just a piece of software like Configurator it would-be great.

Alternatively is there another way of getting .ibook files/video/photos onto the ipads once they are supervised?

Profiles not being Applied on Locked Device

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We are using a MDM, one that is listed to the right, to manage our iOS devices and I have ran into an issue with pushing profiles while the iOS devices are locked. I am able to ping the iOS device but when I push the profile, either a new one like a webclip or a change to an existing profile the device does not get the payload.

If I unlock the iOS device the policy does show up, I can ask the iOS client to check home and it connects, but the policy still doesn't show up. I have to push the policy AGAIN and then the profile is successfully pushed down to the device. This has left me in a quandary about my MDM. All of our devices are on 5.1.1, we did a proof of concept last year on iOS 4.35 and this was not an issue.

My MDM provider states this is the effect of iOS 5 and that Apple has changed this policy and there is nothing they can do to modify this behavior.

Any MDM user out there experiencing the same thing? I can't believe all my iOS device have to be unlock to manage them.

Bind iOS Device to Profile Manager using Apple Configurator

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Hi everybody!
Is it possible to bind multiple iOS devices to an existing Profile Manager using Apple Configurator? Which profiles should I install? The trick is to perform an initial out-of-the-box set up for a lot of devices using Configurator and then manage them via Profile Manager.

Using MobileIron for push notifications in our Enterprise app?

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Hi all,

I am an iOS developer starting a new project for one of our Enterprise customers. The iOS app will need to get Apple push notifications to notify the users of an event. This project will also have a significant server-side admin web app of its own to schedule these events for users in separate groups.

My IT contact with the customer sent me the following question. I'm only generally familiar with MobileIron and its capabilities.

"We have installed Mobile Iron to support our field staff mobile devices. Will we be able to use it for the push notifications for this app?"

I suspect that the answer is NO, for the following reasons:

  1. There is no REST or Javascript API that would allow our admin web app to schedule push notifications through MobileIron.
  2. The notifications would be received by the MobileIron MyPhone@Work app and not our own app and thus our app could not act on the notification.

Are my suspicions correct? Is it possible to leverage their investment in MobileIron in any way for this project other than for deployment?

Thanks in advance for any insights and information...

Most silent way to update app?

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I have a number of iPads that are enrolled to my OSX MDM server and Profile Manager. The iPads are non-personal devices placed in public office areas, mounted in iPads stands. My question is, what is the easiest way to update an app that is already installed to the latest version? Is there a way of doing this without user interaction? The app is in the App Store.

The devices are currently running iOS 5.1.1. My OS X Server is on Mountain Lion with Profile Manager 2.

Thanks!
Claes

Enterprise IT Adoption Cycle, Visualized

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I came across this great chart on Brian Katz's blog. I'm sure more than a few of you will appreciate it.

Apple Configurator 1.2 adds support for iOS 6, Active Directory, Apple TV

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Apple Configurator is gaining prominence as Apple's preferred iOS management utility. The latest version adds a wide array of improvements. From the release notes:


Apple Configurator 1.2 is a recommended update for all Apple Configurator users. This update is available from the Mac App Store, via the Updates tab.

What's new in version 1.2?

This update improves overall stability and performance, and includes the following:

  • Support for new iOS 6 features (Lock to App and Global HTTP Proxy) on supervised iOS devices
  • Support for these new iOS 6 restrictions on a supervised device:
  • Allow the removal of apps from the device
  • Allow use of iMessage
  • Allow access to iBookstore or the purchase of books classified as "Erotica" from iBookstore
  • Allow filtering of profanity for Siri
  • Allow use of Game Center
  • Allow the installation of new configuration profiles
  • Improved reliability when activating a new iPhone or iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • The last settings used on the Prepare pane are retained when Apple Configurator is quit and relaunched
  • Improved ability to update or restore devices that are currently in recovery mode
  • Members of Active Directory groups are now shown in the Assign pane
  • Paid apps from the App Store can now be installed in the Prepare pane only when a device is being supervised
  • Support for configuring advanced network options on Apple TV

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