I am using macOS server and a couple of macOS and iOS devices.
I want to start managing settings centrally with Profile Manager (e.g. mail settings, VPN settings, parental controls) but I have gotten stuck. Years ago I used to do this with WorkGroup Manager with earlier versions of OS X Server. Now I am supposed to use Profile Manager for the same. When I tried this many years ago, it did not work so I stopped using it and I have been managing settings locally on each device since. But now it turns out that I cannot locally manage Parental Controls for accounts that are Mobile Accounts, so I need to get to work with Profile Manager again.
- Can I do that without enrolling in some paid Apple program?
Secondly, how do I start with a simple thing like distributing Mail or VPN settings to macOS and iOS and how do I get Parental Control settings distributed to macOS devices? I have been reading Profile Manager information on Apple support site, but nowhere is there a kind of start guide telling me how to create a payload, how to create a profile (other than creating it, but how do I get useful things into it) etc. Hours spent so far and not a step further.
- Can someone point me to a useable step-by-step introduction?