Apple Configurator 2

Apple Configurator 2 is now out and there are some really cool new features available to people deploying Apple Configurator. Apple Configurator 2 now supports feature called Blueprints. A Blueprint is a set of configuration options (such as profiles, apps, etc) that are easily applied to devices by applying a given Blueprint. So basically a canned set of options that can be configured on a device. For example, you can have a Blueprint called Training that have training apps and settings for a training room network and then you can have another Blueprint for Kiosks, that have different apps for a kiosk, one app for a kiosk, an SSID for a kiosk wireless network, and throw that single app into Single User Mode. Pretty cool, since before you needed to have all this stuff in, select the appropriate options and then deploy them. Now, you can more quickly train student workers or deployment staff to get devices initially configured before deployment them in a school or company. To install the new Apple Configurator, open up the App Store, search for Apple Configurator and then click on the Get button. It’s only 61MB so installs quickly. Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 2.51.36 PM Once installed, open Apple Configurator 2  from /Applications. Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 2.51.14 PM Another great new feature of Apple Configurator 2 is the command line interface for Apple Configurator: cfgutil. Go ahead and click on the Apple Configurator 2 menu and select Install Automation Tools from the menu. Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 2.55.05 PM When prompted, Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 2.55.09 PM Once installed, you’ll find cfgutil at /usr/local/bin/cfgutil. I’ve been working on some documentation for using the command line interface, so I’ll get it posted when I’m done. But for now, let’s go back to Apple Configurator 2 and click on Blueprints to make a new Blueprint. Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.09.38 PM From Blueprints, click on your new Blueprint. Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.09.47 PM From the Blueprint. you can add Apps, create Profiles and assign devices. Here, we’re going to click Profiles in the sidebar. Initially there won’t be any Profiles on the device. Click on New. Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.24.23 PM Click on File then click on New Profile. Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.27.14 PM The General screen just requires a new name. There are a few new options for profiles, as you can see by clicking on Restrictions and scrolling to the bottom. Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.26.48 PM There are a lot of new options for iOS devices. Many require device supervision. I’ll cover setting up devices and enabling supervision later. Using Advanced options, you can also clear passcode, obtain unlock tokens, start single app mode, and enable encrypted backups. Plenty of fun things to cover!

6 thoughts on “Apple Configurator 2”

  1. Great article, I was only just getting used to the old Configurator. I will be keeping an eye on your posts as it looks completely different and I can’t find some of the older features. Thanks.

  2. Can you lock down an iPad now to only connect or show a specific Apple TV when doing AirPlay? I see that you can whitelist MAC addresses and disable finding Bonjour devices. It be a big lifesaver in a school with an Apple TV and iPad in each classroom all on the same network to automatically join the same Apple TV every time without having to choose from a list of Apple TVs

  3. @disqus_WwRUuLcAhM:disqus You could try this:
    1) connect AppleTV to Ethernet, separate subnet from everything else, with internet access only
    2) block/do not allow Bonjour across the network with this subnet

    3) rely on P2P Airplay to let devices always, automatically see nearby AppleTV and stream via ad-hoc WiFi…

  4. Hello,

    I really apperitiate if you can help us:

    We have 200 iphone and would like to manage centrally, so:

    – supervise the new device
    – apply blueprint
    – join device to MDM (we use kaspersky)
    – send profile to device via MDM

    So, everything works well, but sometimes we have to give replacement device to our employe because sometinhg problem with the old device. At home we make an icloud backup and than set new device restored from this icloud backup.

    But: If i restore deivce from icloud backup, the device no more supervised. If i would like to make it supervised then device wiped…

    Could you help us how to easily replace device to users?

    Thank you very much

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