Managing iPads with OSX Sever?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Gadget24, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Gadget24 macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2011
    Hey all,

    This is my first post so please forgive my noob-ish-ness...
    I work for a small hospital and we are getting iPad's for our doctors. We will have about 30. I'm looking for a good way to configure them all in mass as well as mange them remotely. I was looking at mobile device management software (so far airwatch is our top contender), but I thought if OSX server had some good tools for that it would (over time) save us money to manage that way.
    Has anyone been in a similar scenario? Any suggestions...?
    Thanks for your help!
  2. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Welcome to MacRumors. :)

    Managing iOS devices is something that Apple enhanced recently in the latest version of their server OS. This isn't something I'm personally familiar with but I think this link will help. It's Anandtech's review of Lion Server and they spend a little time reviewing the iOS management options. I think that should get you started.

    The best part is that Lion Server is a $50 upgrade to any modern Mac. If you wanted to purchase a new system you could start with a $599 Mac Mini and add the $50 Server upgrade and have a system thats fully capable of managing all 30 systems. If you needed more robust hardware there is the Mac Mini Server that comes with the necessary software and 2 x hard drives in Raid 1 for uptime. Then there's the $2500 Mac Pro which is a server class system that you'd have to configure to support Raid and then add the $50 Server upgrade. Frankly, for managing 30 iPads the Mac Minis will have more than enough power. Its a pretty easy thing to do, actually.
  3. Gadget24 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2011
    That article is very helpful. Thank you! Mac Mini is exactly what I was looking at hardware wise. Other than the iPads this will be our only piece of apple equipment so I didn't think we needed anything too extreme.
  4. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

    Mattie Num Nums

    Mar 5, 2009
    MDM is a pretty extensive project. Have you looked into JAMF Casper? It can do MDM and client management. Its a great tool!
  5. Prov1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2011
    One thing to remember and probably the first thing that you will need to do is get your Apple Push Notification certificate from Apple, and it is not the quickest process (if you are planning on deploying right away). Without it, you can not manage the ipads whether you have the JAMF or Lion Server.
    That being said, we currently own both, but have not moved over to the Lion Management. JAMF is a great product with great support.
    Also, you will need the iphone config utility.

    Good luck.
  6. electrolux76 macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2008
    +1 for Jamf Casper Suite. I use it at my job. Excellent package with excellent support.
  7. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

    Mattie Num Nums

    Mar 5, 2009
    Of course you need an iPhone Dev Account to get your MDM push cert. I would really call JAMF. We have ours up and running and its great. The best part is the Self Service where we can post App Store Apps or our own in house Apps.
  8. rwwest7 macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2011
    MDMA is extensive, but Casper is even more so. Much more so! MDMA does almost everything Casper does but for pennies compared. In Casper when you open the iOS part you see the exact same screen and settings as in MDM. Casper is great at inventory and managing Macs, they have some work to do for iOS.

    Stoopid auto spell "fix". That's MDM not MDMA
  9. MacDann macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2007
    Can see the end of the Earth from here
    We adopted over 2500 iPads this year, and looked closely at third party products for management.

    Our environment is 100% PC based, so supporting these was going to be a difficult task.

    Apple has done a very good job with MS Exchange when it comes to management of the iPad. While it's not the panacea that a third party product is, it's relatively inexpensive and you probably already have it running in house.

  10. NUR6 macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
    Purchased Mac Mini server at Apple store and Apple Cert was sent to me at time of purchase-zero delay.

    Good reference and series for OS Lion Server setup:

    Mac Mini server is made for this scenario.
  11. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    Something my company likes is called Filewave. We use it mainly for our Mac computers, but there is an iOS part that works.
  12. jonini macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2011

    Hi, i have the same scenario! almost 30 ipads that we need to manage. We need to buy the mac but it is very important to reduce costs, so we think in mac mini.

    Are you sure that MAC MINI with lion 10.7.2 for use profile manager will be ok?
    we dont want to spend a lot of money in a mini and after buy it let know that only works with mac pro!

    Thank you Very much!!!

    Best Regards!!!

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