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The Apple Configurator was made for this exact reason: easy deployment of iOS devices in large numbers.


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The least expensive way to manage iOS mobile devices is to use the iPhone configuration utility. It is free, runs on Macs and Windows PC and you can email and host the configuration profiles on traditional web and file sharing solutions. I'm amazed it's still called the "iPhone" utility since it long ago became the iOS configuration profile utility. The ...


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Your probably best of if you crop the photos yourself. Here are the pixel counts that work best for each screen size: iOS devices: display sizes 320×480 pixels : iPhone (1st generation), iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (1st–3rd generation) 640×960 pixels : iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (4th generation) 640×1136 pixels : iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPod touch (5th ...


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Contact your local Apple Store and ask to speak to one of their Business Consultants (each store has one.) If you are buying bulk quantities of iPods Apple used to offer digital etching of your company logo on the back as well as the ability to preload it with promotional content (e.g. videos), I am not sure if they are doing this with Apps on the iPad but ...


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While Apple puts their iOS Enterprise Deployment documentation in their developer area, it doesn't mean that you need custom software to handle iPhones and iPads. It's all pretty much what I think of as standard sysadmin-type work, so while it does require some knowledge of XML files and scripting, it's fairly well documented. Here are some places to start: ...


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Apple uses the following hostnames for distributing OTA updates: mesu.apple.com appldnld.apple.com Blocking access to these hostnames should prevent iOS from downloading the updates, resulting in one of the following errors, based on whether the device has knowledge of the update or not before the access is blocked: Software Update Failed: An error ...


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I've figured out how to point Apple Configurator at the IPSW that iTunes has downloaded as follows: Then use the dialog with Other... to add each and every IPSW that you've already downloaded. Since ~Library is normally hidden, you may need the go to shortcut to type command-shift-G and then ~/Library/iTunes to get to the filesystem location where iTunes ...


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You can try the install with iPhone Configuration Utility: http://developer.apple.com/library/ios/featuredarticles/FA_iPhone_Configuration_Utility/Introduction/Introduction.html http://developer.apple.com/library/ios/featuredarticles/FA_Wireless_Enterprise_App_Distribution/FA_Wireless_Enterprise_App_Distribution.pdf


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When I picked up my iPhone 4 at the App store they were able to pre-activate it with the computer there so that I could start using it, but it still wasn't linked to a computer. I was able to download some apps from the app store right away (linking it to my iTunes account). Then when I got home I connected it to my computer and gave it a name and set ...


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Yes - both iTunes and the Apple Configurator act as a single download point that can then apply one update over USB to an unlimited number of iOS devices. No - iOS devices do not apply for OTA updates from any update server in an analogous manner to Lion's SUS. It is notable that Mountain Lion is announces to not ship with a SUS and instead have updates ...


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I am using version 1.3.1 (274) of Apple configurator, the following worked for me: This knowledge base article had to correct location for the IPSW files in my situation. ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.configurator/Firmware/ I had to create the Firmware folder as it didn't exist yet but it I was able to ...


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Having an MDM doesn't change the permissions and app deletion behavior on iOS so it only facilitates getting a redemption code onto the device. What really matters is who signed the app. If the app is signed from Apple - then it doesn't matter if it came from iTunes, iCloud restore, MDM or Apple's app store. A user can either delete all apps or no apps ...


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With more and more companies deciding to go with iPhones and iPads, enterprise deployment of iOS devices is becoming a new focus Apple. In my mind, it's broken up into two segments. The process Dori outlined is 100% end user driven. You can setup the architecture to have end users navigate to iPCU generated Configuration Profiles via Apache, which will ...


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I work for Bomgar. We provide a remote support solution which is known for being the most secure remote access option available, but we also have the widest multi-platform functionality out there. Our solution does allow you to configure iPhones and iPads remotely. It also lets you support folks from an iPhone or iPad as well. You should check it out! Or if ...


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I recently went through a similar proof of concept corporate iPad deployment and had the same questions walking in. The direction we went might not be the best solution, but it worked for us and maybe it will give you a hand with your deployment. Know your Audience Early in our deployment it became glaringly obvious that this would have to be a simple ...


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There are quite a few commercial programs for iOS Mobile Device Management (MDM) (see Vlad's answer for a list of MDM software) The only one that I could find that believe meets all your feature requirements is Soti's MobiControl Along with standard MDM, application and policy management, they provide a Remote Desktop management for mobile devices. ...


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You would do some research on the various MDM solutions that exist and then decide whether you want to hire interns and employees to do the work manually or hire some software to allow one person to automate the parts of device management you care most about. Here's a nice place to start when you face this problem: ...


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There are tradeoffs to any choice of Apple ID, but unless your personal Apple ID are tied to an Apple email, you can always re-name the Apple ID and change email, DOB, security questions, etc… For pilot projects on iOS where the budget for apps is less than $1000, I usually recommend a personal account option when you don't have someone in the organization ...


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If all you care about is enrollment - you should be fine. OTA supervision isn't yet being provided according to all the information I've seen as of late October 2013. There is great confusion out there as Apple did promote the idea that OTA Supervision was coming with iOS 7. That feature was dropped from the public list of features about a week before ...


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it looks like I haven't been the only one wondering about "owning" the license to an app and being able to reassign it. App Store license management. The App Store Volume Purchase Program now offers businesses the ability to assign apps to their users while keeping full ownership and control over app licenses. Companies purchase app licenses through ...


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Your ideal deployment scenario depends heavily on a few factors: Budget for App purchase and volume of apps that will be installed. Backup solution you choose for each Mac and whether that will facilitate moving apps when a computer is reassigned or hinder that movement. Whether all the computers will have an identical (or very simiar) app allocation or ...


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You don't even need a MDM solution to set profiles that restrict bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The Apple Configurator can create these profiles and you can email them, post them through dropbox, upload them to pretty much any MDM or host them on a website. iOS will see those files and install them pretty much without hassle. The real art is in getting proficient on ...


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Sure, You could use the iPhone Configuration Utility or Apple Configurator to create a profile for the server settings. Once you've gotten a signed profile document (it can be self signed if you haven't set up trusted SSL certs, etc…) you can email it or post it to dropbox or otherwise put it on a web server for each device to retrieve. The users would tap ...


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As far as I know, the IPSWs are stored under ~/Library/Application Support/com.apple.configurator/IPSWs . The IPSWs, stored per device's model and iOS version, are automatically downloaded here when you perform a restore using the Apple Configurator. So, copying, the newest IPSW into this directory should do the trick.


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For iOS 6 and previous, when you issue an app purchased from VPP to a device - it becomes permanently tied to the Apple ID just like gifting an app burns a redemption code once it gets redeemed. Apple has publicly announced that VPP codes will be able to be reclaimed and reused indefinitely by the "purchaser" so this will likely be a pain of the past once ...


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Installing Moutain Lion server will give you greater control, via profile manager, try http://help.apple.com/advancedserveradmin/mac/10.8/#apd88330954-6FA0-4568-A88E-7F6828E763A7 on the left pane scroll to Manage users, then Profile manager. It will describe the use of administrator controlled configuration files suitable for setting policies, applications ...


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Apple has a whole section of their support site for deploying iPads "to the Enterprise". What you'll likely find the most useful are the items about the Apple Configurator, which is a free app (available here) for managing and configuring large numbers of iOS devices. You may also be interested in this Ars Technica article about iOS 6's management features. ...


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The scheme is an open one. Apps register with iOS when they get installed, and if there is no app to take an arbitrary://link then it will just fail or go to mobile Safari. I believe Apple maintains a list of helper prefixes, but doesn't publish it.



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