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Bushel shipping a new feature this week call Blueprints. Blueprints are similar to groups, and allow you to assign different options in Bushel to different devices that have a blueprint assigned to them. This also allows you to define one device per blueprint and therefore have different options for different computers. Pretty cool on a few different fronts. And it provides a lot of flexibility for some really, really cool new features we’ve planned for the product. Introducing_Blueprints For more on this great new feature, check out this great article from the new Bushel Product Manager, Michael Devins.

December 10th, 2015

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One of the tasks you’ll need to perform in Apple Configurator 2, is to assign Profiles to iOS devices in order to set them up with features or restrict the device from using certain features. I cover creating a profile here. To get started applying a profile to a device, bring up the Blueprints screen. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 10.44.35 PM Choose a Blueprint and right-click on it. Choose Profiles… Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 10.44.53 PM Browse to the profile and then click on Add Profile. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 10.45.11 PM The profile is then applied to any devices that the Blueprint is applied to. For more on Blueprints, view this article.

November 15th, 2015

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Apple Configurator 2 is a great new evolution in iOS initial and configuration management. And there are lots of great options. And to help you wrap your head around all this new fun stuff, I’ve written up a quick and dirty guide for using Apple Configurator 2. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 10.02.03 PM It’s not completely done, but it will be shortly. Hope this help someone. Enjoy!

November 14th, 2015

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Blueprints are a new option in Apple Configurator 2. Blueprints allow you setup a template of settings, options, apps, and restore data, and then apply those Blueprints on iOS devices. For example, if you have 1,000 iOS devices, you can create a Blueprint with a restore item, an enrollment profile, a default wallpaper, skip all of the activation steps, install 4 apps, and then enabling encrypted backups. The Blueprint will provide all of these features to any device that the Blueprint is applied to. But then why not call it a group? Why call it a Blueprint? Because the word template is boring. And you’re not dynamically making changes to devices over the air. Instead you’re making changes to devices when you apply that Blueprint, or template to the device. And you’re building a device out based on the items in the Blueprint, so not entirely a template. But whatever on semantics. To get started, open Apple Configurator 2. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.00.24 PM Click on the Blueprints button and click on Edit Blueprints. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.00.33 PM Notice that when you’re working on Blueprints, you’ll always have a blue bar towards the bottom of the screen. Blueprints are tiled on the screen, although as you get more and more of them, you can view them in a list. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.00.47 PM Right-click on the Blueprint. Here, you’ll have a number of options. As you can see below, you can then Add Apps. For more on adding Apps, see this page. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.00.55 PM You can also change the name of devices en masse, using variables, which I explore in this article. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.01.11 PM For supervised devices, you can also use your Blueprints to change the wallpaper of devices, which I explore here. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.01.21 PM Blueprints also support using Profiles that you save to your drive and then apply to the Blueprints. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.01.29 PM Blueprints also support restoring saved backups onto devices, as I explore here. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.01.39 PM For kiosk and single purpose systems, you can also enter into Single App Mode programmatically. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.02.25 PM   You can also configure automated enrollment, as described here. Overall, Blueprints make a great new option in Apple Configurator 2. These allow you to more easily save a collection of settings that were previously manually configured in Apple Configurator 1. Manually configuring settings left room for error, so Blueprints should keep that from happening.

November 11th, 2015

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