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12-03-2010, 09:19 AM
Anyone doing this? Using APN (Apple push notifications) with a PKI and certificates and all?
Looking at managing 300 iPads looking for advice.
12-03-2010, 11:52 AM
I don't know diddly about that stuff. Latest MacTech had an article (http://www.mactech.com/articles/mactech-synopses/305206-26.09-2609CoreSec-Synopsis.html) (subscription required) by one M. Hjörleifsson. He briefly describes SCEP, and goes on in some detail about MobileIron and also something called Tarmac by Equinux.
But i'm clueless about such things... i just toss those names out so you can use teh google.
12-03-2010, 12:04 PM
yeah the jamf guys gave me a webex demo of their new mobile profile management features in Casper version 8. It is pretty slick, but I still have to buy APN and some sort of PKI. I am thinking for now just get them out there and let the users manage them, and if we need to step in then we will make those decisions. I honestly have enough on my plate managing 6,000 Macbook, 2,000 iMacs and 40 OS X Servers. No need to add 300 iPads to the mix just yet.
12-03-2010, 12:06 PM
Hasn't Casper Suite just brought out iOS mobile device management (MDM) but maybe too much to update to version 8 or a cost implication ?
But i am sure you can build and iOS profile and deploy using Apple methods.
As such maybe check out http://www.apple.com/ipad/business/integration/ as there is a load of stuff in the Docs about certs etc.
I might have my first proper deployment in new year so also wondering about all of this!
12-03-2010, 12:11 PM
Yes Casper version 8 supports it. I have 8 but not ready to roll it out just yet. If I upgrade to 8, I have to upgrade 8,000 clients with the new self service app, which isn't a huge pain, but a pain never the less.
12-03-2010, 12:14 PM
Ok let mw know if you find anything (ie. not Casper ). I have tinkered with Apple tools but seams to fail quite a bit. Still no expert on all of this ;-)
I understand....not wanting to do the casper 8 roll out in your case, something for the summer holidays when you re image.
12-03-2010, 12:24 PM
Well, Casper uses the apple tools and just wraps a web interface with it and then backs it by a database so when a client checks in, they get policy. I got a live demo and the push policy is pretty slick. They disabled safari on the casper end and sure enough with in seconds the iPad was missing safari. You re-enable it, and bam right back where it was.
However, the MDM (mobile device management) tools from apple is all you need, but to have the slick web based GUI and the database of policies you would need the Casper Suite. There are additional costs per a client in Casper as well, just like any other managed device.
I am still trying to wrap my head around the server side stuff. APN and PKI and how to set that up, pay for it, and so forth. The JSS can host it all (minus the APN) if you want or you can have the client point to a third party source, like if you use say verisign or whatever for your certs.
However, what I need to do is gather up what is needed and give the costs, because I don't make decisions with money, I just give out technical info out to those that do.
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