13. Performing Mobile Device Management

Mobile Device Management? Isn’t that what this book has been doing up to now? Managing mobile devices? Well, yes and no. Mobile Device Management in the context of this chapter is a specific concept that addresses some of the liabilities of “manual” configuration profile use in a way that gives you greater device control and makes device management nicer for your users.

The Problem with Configuration Profiles

Configuration profiles, as we’ve used them so far, are handy, but they have some weaknesses. First, we can’t just push them out to devices. Even with the “convenience” of SCEP, the device user still has to go to the URL, log in, enter a password, and so on. It’s kind of a pain. Profile updates exacerbate ...

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