Use Cases

Posted by Charles Edge on June 24th, 2015

We have some devices that we support that are running iOS 7. But iOS 7 is old and so we can’t support every option on the platform. So what should you expect to be supported on iOS 7?

  • Open In management – Protect corporate data by controlling which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments
  • App Store Licensing – iOS 7 supported managing licenses via VPP; however, it was through codes that were distributed in Excel spreadsheets. Bushel supports managing VPP licenses. But we do not support managing these types of codes and therefore do not currently support VPP on iOS 7.
  • DEP. Originally, DEP was called Streamlined Enrollment – DEP enables us to automatically enroll devices during activation and we support doing so on iOS 7.
  • Open In Management was introduced in iOS 7 and so we support that feature going back to iOS 7. Because Bushel cannot manage apps on iOS 7 though, we cannot manage Managed Open In for apps.
  • Lock Screen. Bushel can control lock, wipe, reset passcodes, etc. Bushel cannot manage Activation Lock Bypass for iOS 7 as that feature is not actually available on iOS 7.
  • Custom Payloads (e.g. those created in Configurator that run alongside Bushel):
    • New User Accounts
    • Enterprise Single Sign-on
    • Per app VPN
    • AirPlay Profiles
    • Disable Cellular Data in Apps
    • Disable Airdrop
    • Disable Find My Friends
    • Disable Host Pairing
    • Disable OTA PKI Updates
    • Disable Touch IDs to unlock devices
    • Deploy fonts via profiles
    • Web Content filtering
    • Controlling AirPrint

Overall, Bushel is not as helpful for iOS 7 as it is for iOS 8 and iOS 9. But we can do a lot of the basic tasks that many environments look to us to do. Before you plan on integrating Bushel into your business processes for iOS 7 and below, we strongly recommend testing each feature to verify that the feature actually works.

Posted by Charles Edge on May 13th, 2015

Many choose a pretty long company name when signing up for Bushel. The Open Enrollment link is generated based on the shortened version of this company name. This link can then be supplied to your users to make it quick and easy for them to enroll (or add) devices into your Bushel. Some end up with a company name that’s difficult to tell others or difficult for others to type. Many of our customers would also like a link on their site that customers can be pointed to. There are a few ways of achieving shorter, easier, or custom links. We’ll go through two, but there are a lot of other strategies you can use as well.

Use A URL Shortener

The first and easiest way to get a short link to your open enrollment page is to use a URL shortening service, such as bit.ly. If you go to the bit.ly site, you can simply type in an address in the text entry field and click on Shorten.

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The page then shows you a shorter link. These links will usually difficult to verbalize, but shorter for sure. Click Copy to get the link into your clipboard and you can then email or text it to whomever you like.

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Redirect From A Page On Your Site

An easier item to tell people if you’re calling them and stepping them through adding their device to Bushel is a URL that is your site and then something like /bushel or /enroll. I find that many people misspell enroll, so I’d use something else, but the concept is the same. To do this, we’ll add to your bag of tricks a very little piece of code for redirecting a website to another place. 301 redirects are usually better, but a basic redirection page is also very helpful in a number of situations. The following example code can be saved as an index.html page and will redirect traffic from one site to another. A common use of this is to redirect an http site to an https site or to redirect from a page on your site to a page on another site, like ours. In this example, we’ll place this index page in the web directory for http://pretendco.bushel.com on your webserver server so when people go to enroll, they use the URL http://www.pretendco.com/bushel (switching out pretendco.com with your organization’s domain). When visited, the link will simply redirect users to the new site:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<HTML>
<HEAD>
<TITLE>Bushel Enrollment Secure Redirect</title>
<meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="0;url=https://www.krypted.com">
</HEAD>
<BODY>
You will now be redirected to https://pretendco.bushel.com
</BODY>
</HTML>

Above, we create an HTML tag, a heading tag, a title tag and finally the meta http-equiv refresh. The content used between the body tag is simply to inform a user who might happen to see this site what is happening. Simply copy this into an html file and you’re off to the races. If using OS X Server, you can drop into /Library/WebServer/Documents by default, to redirect users elsewhere. For each web server, that location, which is relative to the root Apache folder of your site.

Posted by Charles Edge on April 23rd, 2015

At Bushel, we listen to what our customers ask us for. And one of those things continues to be a way for consultants, resellers and other organizations to monetize referring customers to Bushel. And we listened. And yesterday, we announced that we will release an affiliate program in May. The Bushel Affiliate Program will allow our partners to define sales teams within a special affiliate portal, then refer Bushel and receive a commission for all of the referrals.

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At Bushel, we like to reduce intimidation and make things as simple as possible. As with the rest of Bushel, the affiliate portal will be low-friction. The signup should take 2 or 3 minutes and you should be able to have your customers signed up and deploying devices within 15 minutes of starting to sign up to be an Affiliate! The Affiliate Program is perfect for members of the Apple Consultant Network, resellers, carriers and others. We are offering generous commissions and look forward to welcoming you to the JAMF Nation!

We haven’t released the program just yet, but sign up to stay informed about it at www.bushel.com/affiliates.

Posted by Charles Edge on January 30th, 2015

Bushel is featured by Chuck Joiner on his most excellent new episode of the MacVoices podcast, available at
http://www.macvoices.com/macvoices-15055-charles-edge-jamf-software-discusses-mobile-device-management-bushel/

You can also just watch it here:

Special thanks to Chuck for having us on his show!