Apple Configurator 1.3.1 restores mass profile installation (if you know the secret key)

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Apple Configurator 1.3.1, released a couple of weeks ago, improves stability on OS X Lion and partially restores the "mass profile installation" feature that had been removed from Configurator 1.3. However, this feature is hidden behind the "Option" key. Please allow me to explain.

When Configurator installs a configuration profile on an unsupervised iPad, the iPad will prompt you to confirm installation. (Supervised devices as assumed to be institutionally managed, so profiles are installed without protest.) This must have been confusing to some Configurator users, because Apple decided to simplify the feature. In Configurator 1.3, the process was changed to a sort of step-by-step wizard, where profiles could be installed only on a single iPad at a time. Now some would say that the entire point of Configurator is to scale iOS deployments, so this one-by-one approach was quite a step backwards.

Apple has read our bug reports, and Configurator 1.3.1 has restored the ability to mass install profiles on all your unsupervised iPads at once. Well, only one profile at a time, but it is a step in the right direction.

How to do it
So now, on the Prepare pane, click "Install Profiles..."

You'll need to connect an iOS device to get past the first screen of the wizard.

Now, create the profile to deploy. Alternatively, you can import previously saved profiles from your local drive.

When you are done, don't click "Next". Click "Cancel" instead to return to the Prepare pane. Now hold down the "Option" key on your keyboard, and click "Install Profiles..." again. The result is quite different from before.

You can use this popup menu to select the profile (one one at a time!) to install on all connected iPads.

That sly Option key
By the way, Configurator makes liberal use of the Option key to reveal secrets. Here are a few I know about.

Device Menu (normal / with Option). This allows you to import local copies of IPSWs.

Control-click on supervised device (normal / with Option). This one is great to remove any phantom devices from your supervision list.

Supervise > Restore > Edit Stored Backups... (normal / with Option). This allows you to import and export iosdevicebackup files.

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antoinemoussy

Joined: Sep 20, 2013

About Restore

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Hi,
No problem to see the hidden menu to export or import backups.
It's ok for export but no way to import : the backup file is grey.

What's wrong about that ?

Cheers,

Antoine

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antoinemoussy

Joined: Sep 20, 2013

Self answer

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I got the trick from an Apple Engineer : you need to add the good extension to the file.

For example, backup has to become backup.iosdevicebackup to be ok.

Then, it is possible to import it in another Configurator.

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jeremy smith

Joined: Jul 2, 2014

It gave me headache

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It gave me headache configuring this part. I never thought that one key is important on this part. I read the whole article though, but need to apply it to my own system ( http://www.spectra.com/ibm/ibm-systems/16/index.htm ) if it works. Im crossing my fingers if i can do the back up thing on my end.

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