What are iOS configuration profiles?
A configuration profile is an XML file that allows you to distribute configuration information to your Apple iOS and OS X devices. If you need to configure a large number of devices or to provide lots of custom email settings, network settings, or certificates to a large number of devices, configuration profiles are the way to deploy these settings for Apple devices.
There are a few ways to deploy configuration profiles including physically connecting the device and using Apple Configurator or over-the-air using Amtel MDM. Apple iOS supports using encryption to protect the contents of profiles and guarantee data integrity. Devices running iOS 5 and later can be designated as “Supervised” with Apple Configurator in conjunction with Amtel MDM – granting admins additional control over a device’s configuration. There are two modes to configuration profiles, Draft and Release mode.
What settings are available in iOS configuration profiles?
Configuration profiles contain a number of settings that you can deploy, including:
- Restrictions on device features
- Wi-Fi settings
- VPN settings
- Email (POP, IMAP) settings
- Exchange settings
- LDAP directory service settings
- CalDAV calendar service settings
- Web clips
- Credentials and keys
What is Draft mode?
When utilizing Configuration Profiles in Draft mode with Amtel MDM, profiles must be manually deployed to all devices you wish to have them. Any future changes to the profiles (password changes, Wi-Fi password changes, etc.) must be manually deployed to devices again. Draft profiles are generally used for test purposes.
What is Release mode?
When utilizing Configuration Profiles in Release mode with Amtel MDM, profiles will be automatically deployed to all devices in the device group that profile was created for. Any future changes to the profiles (password changes, Wi-Fi password changes, etc.) will automatically be deployed to devices on the next system ping.