Creating a Configuration Profile

Configuration Profiles let you define settings for the iPads. The common settings which you can set using Configuration Profiles are wireless network settings, the age restrictions for iTunes content, and enabling or disabling areas of the iPad like the camera, Safari, Facetime etc.

If you would like to view a complete list of the settings available, Apple’s online help for Apple Configurator has them listed at http://help.apple.com/configurator/mac/1.0/#cad5370d089. Apple’s PDF version of Deploying iPhone and iPad using Apple Configurator is also available at http://images.apple.com/nz/iphone/business/docs/iOS_Apple_Configurator_Mar12.pdf.

To create a Configuration Profile, click on the Settings link at the top of Configurator’s Prepare window so you are looking at this screen;

Screen Shot 2013-02-18 at 7.46.52 PMThe bottom section of this window is where you can add a Profile.

Go ahead and click the + button, and choose Create New Profile, and you’ll see this screen;

Create Configuration Profile

 

You must enter a name for the profile. A profile can contain multiple settings. Some people insist on only one settings per profile (so making one profile for wireless settings, another for restrictions, another for web clips). The best way to set these up depends on your environment, but if you have settings which you think you’re likely to want to change at a later stage, it’s probably best to keep them in a separate profile. There’s no limit on the number of profiles you can add onto a device.

After you’ve entered a name for your profile, it’s tempting to click Save, thinking that this saves the value you’ve entered. Not so, the Save button saves the entire profile, so you don’t need to click Save after you have completed a panel.

When you select a panel (here I’ve selected Wi-Fi) you’ll see a description and a Configure button.

Wireless Panel with no payload

Here Configurator is asking you to create a Payload (a setting). Click Configure and you’ll be able to enter values for the payload. If you decide that you don’t want to configure this payload, you’ll need to click the – button at the top right of the window to delete the empty payload. If you don’t you won’t be able to save the profile.

The example below shows a simple WPA2 password entered for a wireless network called SchoolWireless.

SchoolWireless Sample payload

What your payload needs to be for the wireless network will depend on your own wireless network setup.

After you have completed the payloads which you want, click Save

You’ll see the Profile available for deployment in Configurator’s main window.

Sample profile ready for deployment

 

 

 

 

 

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