Apple Configurator 2 2/5

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Apple Configurator 2

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By Apple (Apple Inc.)

Apple Configurator 2 makes it easy to deploy iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV devices in your school or business.

Use Apple Configurator 2 to quickly configure large numbers of devices connected to your Mac via USB with the settings, apps, and data you specify for your students, employees, or customers.

Rebuilt from the ground up, Apple Configurator 2 features a flexible, device-centric design that enables you to configure one or dozens of devices quickly and easily. Simply select a single device or many at once and perform an action. With Apple Configurator 2, you're able to update software, install apps and configuration profiles, rename and change wallpaper on devices, export device information and documents, and much more. You can also inspect any device to see details like serial number and hardware addresses, which apps and profiles are installed, and its console log.

Apple Configurator 2 integrates with the Device Enrollment Program to automate MDM enrollment as well as the Volume Purchase Program to seamlessly distribute apps from the App Store. The all-new Prepare assistant makes it easy to supervise and configure a cart of iPads for the classroom or quickly enroll a large number of devices in your MDM server for ongoing management. The built-in configuration profile editor supports creating and editing profiles with the latest iOS settings.

If you’re configuring devices in an environment where consistency is critical, Blueprints allow you to create a custom configuration for your devices that can be applied with one click. A Blueprint is a template device to which you add configuration profiles and apps and perform actions, just like you would to a connected physical device.

Fully automate Apple Configurator 2 and integrate its capabilities into your existing device management workflows using the included command-line tool, AppleScript scripting library, or Automator Actions. 

Support for iCloud Drive enables you to keep your configuration profiles and other settings consistent across multiple Configurator stations.

Release Notes

20/12/2017 | Version : 2.6.1 | Size : 62.6 MB
• Various bug fixes and improvements including restoring the ability to install configuration profiles on 3rd generation Apple TV

14/12/2017 | Version : 2.6 | Size : 62.6 MB
• Various bug fixes and improvements including restoring the ability to install configuration profiles on 3rd generation Apple TV

21/09/2017 | Version : 2.5 | Size : 62.5 MB
•Provisionally add devices to Device Enrollment Program (DEP)
•Skip Tap to Setup and Keyboard Chooser panes in iOS Setup Assistant
•Skip Sign in to TV Provider pane in tvOS Setup Assistant
•Optionally preserve data plan when erasing device
•New profile payloads and restrictions for iOS including Restrict VPN Creation, AirPrint Security, DNS Proxy, and Managed class behavior on supervised student devices for Classroom
•New tvOS payload for AirPlay Incoming Security
•Support for configuring tvOS devices running tvOS 11 on the local network subnet


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Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for Apple Configurator 2

Waste of Time (2.3)
02/11/2016 10:55:00 1/5 By stuartmorley
Trying to put my own app on a device from the VPP. It tells me another device is managing the MDM which it it not. Others have had this issue as well. Waste of time. Spending hours writing an app and then days trying to install on an Apple Device. I used to love Apple stuff but now the benfits and disadvantages are getting closer each day.

Hang your head in shame (2.2.1)
11/08/2016 11:03:00 1/5 By dolphins000
Configurator 1 was buggy, badly designed but slowly got useable (just). This has a basically better design but must be the buggiest software Apple has ever released. Welcome to the world of java null point exceptions, incomprehensible error messages and total frustration. You are forced to use this program once you have moved to Apple’s new app licencensing system which dispenses with the (almost impossible) spreadsheets of codes. However nothing actually works. I’ve spent at least 100 hours configuring 30 iPads with 48 apps. The only way you can get through it is to do as little as possible a few apps at a time. Otherwise it bombs out with non-sensical error messages after it has ground away for 10 or 20 minutes. This can never have been tested, the on-line forums are full of users trying to set up trolleys of iPads with this broken program. How can we be on version 2.2.1 when it is in such a shocking state? If anybody in Apple reads these reviews then please fix it - I love iPads but nobody should have to go through this pain to set them up for use in schools.

Total cack - wasted two days on this app. (2.2)
29/04/2016 17:46:00 1/5 By wadzee
Meanwhile, 300 children are without their iPads because of the inability of this app to roll out iPad apps to iPads. It’s so simple, it baffles me why Apple have made it this difficult!? I’d say stick with version one, only that was buggy and difficult too. Good thing Apple support get back to me with ‘Try the help pages’ responses when I email them. I’m now contemplating setting each iPad up as a standalone tablet - it’s gotta be easier than this. Would not recomment iPads to schools anymore… useless.

Garbage, stick with version 1! (2.2)
13/04/2016 14:14:00 3/5 By CCPSchool
edit for v2.2: What is this socery? It actually seems to work now with the recent update. I can actually setup the iPads, I can restore a backup and then continue to use the iPads in Configurator without them complaining that they’re not supervised. Changing the home layout and changing the notification settings through the app seems to work fine too. -------- I was excited that Apple released a new version of Configurator. I sent endless emails with feature requests and restriction requests and it’s good to see they’re included in this version, however: I’m sticking with version 1. This does nothing but throw errors. Using the migration assisstant does nothing. It shows the iPads as being supervised/prepared, but if you try and do anything to them, it complains that they’re not supervised. Even doing this by unsupervising a device in AC1, then trying to restore, then prepare, it STILL complains a device isn’t supervised yet I’ve just done what the program told me to to supervise them! It’s really really bad, to the point it’s completely unusable. I give up even trying to learn how this program works, why are Apple trying to be fancy with animations and full preview of iPads? It was perfectly fine it being a list. At least it worked! edit: After a few hours of doing what the app is telling me NOT to do I’ve managed to get 1 iPad working, and I’ve noticed these flaws: - Transfering apps takes a lifetime. It finishes syncing and you think “Oh it’s done”, it hasn’t. Half of the apps aren’t installed on the iPad. (This also doesn’t show in the activity window like it used to in v1, it just did it.) - It doesn’t like restoring from backups. I’ve had it error telling me that the device isn’t prepared/supervised, and I’ve had to wipe the iPad about 3 times in the process. - Renaming the iPads is impossible. I have 42 iPads and wanted to do them in batches, retaining their orignal iPad name. v2 ignores this. It also blocks you from manually changing the name on the iPad and it being relfected by Configurator (like in v1) - Blueprints are nice but they’re really troublesome, I’m still not sure how well it works, and if it’s even worth using. I’d get more iPads deployed quicker if I just did them 1 by 1, manually syncing certain apps (differnet ver of iPads and capacities). - Can’t edit profiles once they’re created. Or at least I can’t find the place where to do it. - Using the migration assisstant doesn’t seem to make any difference. It continually tells me that the organisation information is different. I don’t know how I can import this into v2 like the documents tell me, because I can’t find out how to export them from v1 in the first place! I’m going back to using v1. This is deadful.

Very buggy (2.1)
01/02/2016 09:37:00 1/5 By GMaybo
DON’T UPGRADE to Configurator 2 if you can avoid it. 1.7.2 works on El Capitan, so stick with it. This app is completely full of bugs and is extremely frustrating to use. I set up iPads for schools all around London, so I use Configurator all the time and 1.7.2 is definitely more stable (although it has its own quirks). Here is a list of bugs from only one installation that I did, on 42 iPads. There are other bugs that have arisen in many other cases as well, but I managed to document these: - Using a blueprint created with 9.2, it applies the blueprint to devices and then still requires apps and iOS (9.2.1) to be updated when it’s finished!!! - Profiles did not install on all devices - wifi and MDM, inconsistently on random devices (making sure to apply wifi before MDM) - When plugging devices in from syncing cart, they did not show up under supervised or unsupervised, only under ‘all devices’. - One iPad, though ‘completed’, had half of the apps greyed out (not fully installed) - Seems to ‘download’ apps every time it updates/installs on any device, rather than updating the app once in Configurator and pushing out - iTunes errors randomly popping up while updating apps - iTunes opens itself during iPad preparation - Highlight all connected iPads, click ‘Remove’ then ‘Profiles’ and it shows you MDM profile 20 times, as if you have to delete the Meraki profile from each device individually! Shows 2 copies of restrictions and one copy of Wifi profile - When running app updates, randomly failed on some devices - updated 2 of 3 apps on some devices, 3/3 on others. - Cannot choose standard iPad wallpaper when you want to display the device name on the lock screen. You must upload an image (not included) - Seems like once an app is purchased with the Apple ID signed in in Configurator, the app appears in the list. MDM app however, failed to install on all devices after several attempts. Had to ‘Choose from my Mac…’ for it to work. When checking to see if app was installed (cmd+i), it did not refresh the app list, so had to quit Configurator and then check to see if the app had installed. - Can no longer see what apps are installed on what devices, without going in to each individual device. 1.7.2 showed checkboxes with blank, tick and dash to show which devices had which apps Moral of the story? Stick with 1.7.2 - better the devil you know.

Unstable and frustratingly bad! (2.1)
25/01/2016 22:10:00 1/5 By CVDJP
I do not have the time to try to find work arounds with this new version of Configurator! Hours on the phone to Apple support. Quicktime videos of evidence and EDC reports and still no resolution. THis application falls over with timeouts and random unpredictable error messages. I have an estate of 90 iPads to prepare and I no confidence. Features promised seem to be welcome additions to the management of iPads in bulk… Shame that they don’t appear to work

Crashing (2.1)
21/01/2016 17:13:00 1/5 By Scottrhay_
I used to get by Ok with conifgurator 1, but the two times I have `upgraded` to conifgurator 2 (at different schools) the app has crashed upon running the `migration` from conifigurator 1. It just seems very buggy to me!

Unacceptable! (2.1)
17/12/2015 15:00:00 1/5 By Angry Technician
This new version of configurator is shockingly bad. We've got about 20 iPads for our science department that were originally setup using version 1.7, it had a bit of a learning curve but we managed to get all the apps needed onto all 20 iPads with relative ease. This new version, we have spent 3 days now trying to get the apps to install correctly. We tried doing it the normal way, setting up a blueprint, adding apps and a profile however none of the apps show up on the home screen once it's finsihed (they get listed in settings but you can't launch apps from there so kinda useless). When this kept failing we thought "Okay, we'll set one up manully, install the apps we need and do a backup. Then we can 'restore' that backup to others to get them all to the same state". Nope, said the configurator as it not only threw errors about the iPads already being prepared, but when we did eventually get the devices to restore from backup, none of the apps get installed. And to top it all off I can't revert back to configurator 1.7.x because "The item you've requested is not currently available in the UK store". If you are thinking if updating to version 2, don't! I am seriously regretting updating Configurator to version 2 as I now have to sit and manually install over 40 apps to 20 iPads. So thanks Apple for not only releasing something which doesn't work, but for denying us access to the older versions which did work and were familiar with.

More bugs than a dead buffalo (2.1)
09/12/2015 15:45:00 2/5 By sjlunn
(1) iOS upgrades fail with an error, regardless of level of previous iOS. (2) Applying profiles can throw error stating that only iOS 7 and upwards is supported, even if all devices are on iOS9.2. (3) Applying blueprints can throw error stating that only iOS 7 and upwards is supported, even if all devices are on iOS9.2. (4) Cannot create backup with name different to device. (5) Cannot apply backup to device as per Configurator 1. Throws error stating that device is already "prepared".

Think I’ll stick to V1 (2.1)
08/12/2015 16:15:00 1/5 By MrPetts
I migrated over a database of only 22 ipads with about 30 apps and am having no joy even updating my testing device. Just as I have gotten used to the bugs/annoyances of version 1, I don’t have time to find workarounds, etc for version 2. What I did see seemed OK, liked the Blueprint option. However, for the small userbase I have there is no need to upgrade. If it worked I would say go for it, but if you are stable-ish, stay stable-ish.

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