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Managing iOS Devices with OS X Lion Server by Arek Dreyer

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Terminology

In the context of iOS device management, a profile is basically a collection of settings. iPhone Configuration Utility offers configuration profiles (which define settings such as Wi-Fi settings, email and calendar accounts, and security policies) and provisioning profiles (which facilitate the development, distribution, and use of apps not distributed via the iTunes Store). Lion Server Profile Manager provides a web app you can use to deploy configuration profiles to iOS devices. It does not provide functionality for provisioning profiles, and as a result that is not discussed in this document.

A payload is what’s inside a configuration profile. A payload is a collection of settings.

A configuration profile is a collection of payloads ...

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