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Apple Configurator, by default, logs only a limited amount of data. To increase the logging level for Apple Configurator, use the defaults command to write All into the LogLevel key in, using the defaults command: defaults write LogLevel ALL Re-open Apple Configurator and you’re golden. Then, have some problems and be so happy to get some logs, viewable in Console. defaults read {AcceptedLicenseVersion = 20150317; CDFirstLaunch = 0; CDMainViewType = 3; ChaperoneCertificateIssuer = ; ChaperoneCertificateSerial = ; LogLevel = ALL; NSNavLastRootDirectory = "~/Desktop"; NSNavPanelExpandedSizeForSaveMode = "{712, 620}"; "NSToolbar Configuration C484E2C8-5B9C-4999-9304-7233D38B3F95" = { "TB Display Mode" = 1; "TB Icon Size Mode" = 1; "TB Is Shown" = 1; "TB Size Mode" = 1;}; "NSWindow Frame CDMainWindow" = "458 164 875 550 0 0 1366 745 "; "NSWindow Frame NSNavPanelAutosaveName" = "783 504 424 192 0 0 1366 745 "; SignConfigurationProfileOnExport = 0; SuppressPrepareInterlockDialog = 0;} Viola, that’s it!

October 29th, 2015

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Apple Configurator 2 is an incredibly useful tool. One of the things you can do with Apple Configurator 1 and Apple Configurator 2 is to install fonts on an iOS device. To do so, first open Apple Configurator 2 and click on an existing profile or create a new profile for the font installation. Here, we’ll select New Profile from the File menu. At the Untitled screen, we’ll enter Fonts, as that’s all this profile will do. Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 3.09.28 PM Next, scroll down in the list along the left sidebar until you see Font. Click on Font and then click on Configure. Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 3.11.24 PM You are then presented with a dialog box to select a font file. Browse to the font you’d like to deploy and then click on Select (here I’m in /Library/Fonts). Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 3.12.57 PM Click on the plus sign (+) in the upper right corner of the screen if you’d like to deploy more fonts with this profile, or close the screen to be prompted with a dialog to save the profile you have just created. Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 3.13.25 PM When saving, you will be prompted with a standard Finder dialog to save the profile to your drive. Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 3.14.28 PM As you can see, the Font portion of the profile is just the binary representation of the font, so you won’t be able to ascertain much from that, but it’s now ready be deployed to devices directly via Apple Configurator 2 or using an MDM solution. Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 3.17.05 PM Now deploy the profile and the device will get the desired font(s)!

October 26th, 2015

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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!

October 1st, 2015

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Apple Configurator is a great tool to manage iOS devices. It’s also a pretty decent tool when you need to create profiles for use on Macs. Apple Configurator is easily installed using the Mac App Store. This involves 3 workflows:
  1. Prepare: Setup a device initially.
  2. Supervise: Manage a device using Apple Configurator long-term.
  3. Assign: Manage content on devices using Apple Configurator.
However you plan on using Apple Configurator, the first step to use the product is to download it for free and install it on an OS X computer. To install Apple Configurator, first open the App Store and search for Apple Configurator. Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 2.46.26 PM When listed, click on Apple Configurator. Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 2.47.28 PM Then click on Get, then click on Install App. If prompted for your Apple ID, provide it. Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 2.52.00 PM This downloads Apple Configurator to the /Applications directory on your computer. Once installed, open Apple Configurator and click on Prepare to get started with the product. I’ve done a series of articles at to help guide you through the process of getting comfortable with Apple Configurator.

August 12th, 2015

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