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Install Fonts Using Apple Configurator

I guess someone asked for it, although it wasn’t me… But you can install fonts on Apple devices, using Apple Configurator. To do so, first open Apple Configurator and click on an existing profile or create a new profile for the font installation.

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 3.02.29 PMScroll down in the list along the left sidebar until you see Font. Click on Font and then click on Configure.

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 3.02.37 PMYou 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.

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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 click Save to save the changes.

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Now deploy the profile and the device will get the desired font(s)!

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Apple Configurator 1.4.1 Now Available

About Apple Configurator 1.4.1 is now out, to complement iOS 7.0.3 and OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Configurator 1.4.1 is available from the Updates tab of the Mac App Store and requires OS X Mountain Lion or later, as well as iTunes 11.1 or later.

Per http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5995?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

What’s new in Configurator 1.4.1

• Options to configure which Setup Assistant steps display during device setup
• Fixes an application quitting issue that could occur when saving a profile with invalid options
• No longer removes Mobile device management (MDM) enrollment profile from a supervised device when refreshing it
• Fixes creation of Font profiles for iOS 7
• Renames the Supervision Profile which appears on devices to Configurator Trust Certificate. For more information, see this article.

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Hey Configurator, Get Me Some Logs!

Did you know that you can ask Apple Configurator to give you a lot more logs than it does by default? Holy crap. Makes life so much simpler when you’re having problems, to actually get real logs. And then there’s that… To get more logs, close Apple Configurator and then write All into the LogLevel key in com.apple.configurator:

defaults write com.apple.configurator 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.

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My New Book on Apple Configurator

My next book, coauthored with Mr. TJ Houston, is now available. The rough draft was mostly complete the week of MacSysAdmin in Sweden. I announced the book at the conference and was busy at work after to get as much as possible complete. And after many an hour and month spent editing this book (props to TJ for doing a lot of the editing), it’s finally  available on Packt Publishing. To quote the site, this is what the book is on:

The Apple Configurator is an incredible piece of software which grants full control in mobile device management, but on a larger scale. The popularity of people taking their own devices to work has grown tremendously. However, valued professional and personal information is at risk, through loss, theft, or hacking. Instant Apple iOS Configuration Utility How-to is a hands-on guide that eliminates any worries that are associated with the deployment and security of iOS devices. This book provides practical, quick win solutions to combat these issues, with clear, concise, and informative examples providing solutions to secure, remote wipe, and encrypt devices. The book will further explore how to personalize iOS devices for configuration and deployment.

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With the Instant Apple iOS Configurator Utility Book How-to, learn to build profiles with customised control settings, with examples on how to capture device information and use console logs for added protection. You will become skilled at tracking and installing provisional profiles for greater security. We will also explore developing workflows for successful deployment, installing software and applications whilst managing files on iOS devices, and how to deploy enrolment profiles for mobile device management solutions en masse. If you are looking for a complete guide that provides simple solutions to complex problems, look no further.

To buy, visit this link: http://www.packtpub.com/apple-ios-configuration-utility/book

Note: I think the title is a little off, that’s in progress for being fixed.

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iPads In The Enterprise Training From TrainSignal

TrainSignal, a popular site for computer based training videos, has built a course for iPads in the Enterprise. As a technical reviewer, I’ve had a chance to check out all the content, and it’s a good overview of what it takes to deploy iOS in enterprise environments. The course covers Apple Configurator, iPhone Configuration Utility and other tools common in such a deployment as well as the general concepts that those not yet familiar with iOS should get before embarking on such a deployment.

The course is narrated by and developed by John O’Neill Sr., who brings a really upbeat and refreshing tempo to the table. To access the content, check it out at http://www.trainsignal.com/iPads-in-the-Enterprise-Training.aspx.

 

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Penn State MacAdmins Back for 2013

Last year, I had a great time at the Penn State MacAdmins conference. There were tons of smart people to mingle with and everyone had plenty to discuss when it came to managing the Mac. There were a lot of people from education but also plenty from companies. The talks were well run and the conference location, the Penn Stater, was awesome. I love how it’s like a big winding maze.

Having gone to school in a town like State College (Athens, GA), I’ve always had a warm spot for cute college towns. And State College is clearly a special place. I’d recommend a trip there to anyone that loves places like Ann Arbor, Norman, Stillwater, Opelika, Corvallis, Blacksburg, Madison, Manhattan (Kansas), Ithaca, Iowa City, Ames, Morgantown, Lafayette (Indiana), Lawrence, Champaign, Logan, College Station and of course, Oxford Mississippi (Ole Miss is a truly special place).

So you’re lucky then, ’cause the Penn State MacAdmins Conference is back for 2013, being held in beautiful State College, PA at Penn State University. The Conference is May 22nd through 24th with a new introductory Boot Camp being held the day before (May 21st) to prep admins for the rest of the conference. And May is one of the best times to visit a place like this. Spring is in the air, kids are getting ready to graduate, the flowers are in bloom and of course, there’s no more snow to be shoveled. A month later and the school would practically be shut down, the town a ghost town.

But in late May, college towns are electric. So don’t just stay at the Penn Stater the whole time, go explore downtown and that Nittany Lion thing – and the spot where Joe Pa’s statue used to be. Take a carriage ride, swing by the Governor’s Pub, have some red meat at Otto’s and of course, perform the underclassmen ritual of throwing up on College Ave! And yes, there’s a College Ave, as there should be. Anyway, the social element of a conference like this is great. Meet those people you tell to RTFM on the ‘ole Enterprise List, the people whose feeds you read and the people whose feeds you deleted  ’cause they talk about college football too much…

The Call for Proposals is now open, so to submit a talk, use http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/submit-proposals.

This year, there will also be sponsors. To sponsor, see http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/sponsorships.

Or to attend, see http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/registration.

To sign up for the conference newsletter, see http://psu.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=acd8b6acc541596a7bdf8e517&id=d37a7e26fd.

And for an example of what you are in store for:

PS – There are 12 teams in the Big 10. While at State College, make sure to remind everyone wearing blue of this fact.

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More Information On Session From JAMF Nation

JAMF has posted some information on the session I did at JAMF Nation User Conference a few days ago. I’m guessing they’ll be posting the videos up there soon enough.

More information at http://www.jamfsoftware.com/news/2012/10/25/session-mass-ios-deployments.

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Keynote From JAMF Nation

In case you were there and would like a copy, here’s the slides from the presentation I did this week at the JAMF Nation User Conference 2012. If you weren’t there, then perhaps they will help you in some way.

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The session was recorded so I’ll try and post when it becomes available for download.

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Restricting Access To Sites On iOS Devices

One of the more common requests we get for iOS devices is to restrict what sites on the web that a device can access. This can be done in a number of ways. The best, in my experience, has been using a proxy.

In Apple Configurator 1.2 there’s an option for a Global HTTP Proxy for Supervised devices. This allows you to have a proxy for HTTP traffic that is persistent across apps.

Each Wi-Fi network that you push to devices also has the ability to have a proxy associated as well. This is supported by pretty much every MDM solution, with screens similar to the following, which is how you do it in Apple Configurator.

The above has I am all about layered defense, though. Or if a proxy is not an option then having an alternative. Another way to disable access to certain sites is to outright disable Safari and use another browser. This can be done with most MDM solutions as well as using a profile. To see what this would look like using Apple Configurator, see the below profile.

Now, once Safari has been disabled, you then need to provide a different browser. There are a number of third party browsers available on the App Store. Some provide enhanced features such as Flash integration while others remove features or restrict site access.

In this example we’re using the K9 Web Protection Browser. This browser is going to just block sites based on what the K9 folks deem appropriate. Other browsers of this type include X3watch, Mobicip (which can be centrally managed and has a ton of pretty awesome features), bSecure (which ties in with their online offerings for reporting, etc) and others.

While this type of thing isn’t likely to be implemented at a lot of companies, it is common in education environments and even on kiosk types of devices. There are a number of reasons I’m a strong proponent of a layered approach to policy management for iOS. By leveraging proxies, application restrictions, reporting and when possible Mobile Device Management, it becomes very possible to control the user experience to an iOS device in such a way that you can limit access to web sites matching a certain criteria.

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Volume Purchasing Program Now Available In More Countries

The Volume Purchasing Program is a program from Apple that allows you to buy gift codes en masse for distribution to users, either by mail merging them and sending them out or using a special tool for distribution, such as Apple Configurator or an MDM solution. If you’re in the United States and work with iOS, you’ve likely been using the Volume Purchasing Program for awhile. But for users in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom, the Volume Purchasing Program is new and probably being well received.

The Volume Purchasing Program allows users to receive the codes and install/purchase software without being gifted money to do so, although in most cases the users will need Apple IDs. This is because the Volume Purchasing Program still requires codes to be redeemed, although if you’re using Apple Configurator you can deploy apps without tying them to unique AppleIDs.

Overall, the Volume Purchasing Program is a great way to be able to control and manage app expenditures, and for users in the newly added countries, will help with deployments large and small. To access the Volume Purchasing Program site, see http://www.apple.com/business/vpp. To quote Apple:

Deliver essential business apps to your employees with the Volume Purchase Program, now available in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, and the US. VPP makes it easy to purchase iOS apps in any quantity and distribute them to your users. You can also have custom apps built for your company’s unique needs. Search thousands of useful apps, specify any quantity, and use a corporate credit card to complete your purchase. Download the updated VPP Guide for details.