Configurations & Accounts

Configurations allow an administrator to set up accounts, services, and other functionalities on devices. Some configurations can be shared between device groups, some are linked to just one device group, and others are created as accounts for individual devices.

Available Profiles


SimpleMDM supports many configurations, including:
Configuration NameAllows you to define...
App restrictionsan app whitelist or blacklist to hide undesired apps from iOS. Requires supervision. Note: app restrictions are assigned to device groups under the "restrictions" tab.
AirPlay destinationan available destination to stream audio and video to.
AirPrint printeran AirPrint-compatible printer for devices to utilize.
APNan Access Point Name. This is also called a Cellular payload. Sometimes used in advanced deployments.
CalDAVa WebDAV or CalDAV calendar account.
CardDAVa WebDAV or CardDAV contacts account.
Emailan Exchange, IMAP, or POP-based email account.
Filevaultrequirements around using Filevault full disk encryption. Also supports escrowing and rotating personal recovery keys.
Global HTTP proxyan HTTP proxy that all web traffic on the device will be forced to pass through. Requires supervision.
Googlea Google account to use for email, contacts, and calendaring.
Home screen layoutan icon and folder layout on the iOS home screen and dock. Requires supervision.
LDAPan LDAP account, typically used to populate Contacts in iOS.
Single app lockan app that is forced to run at all times on a device. Requires supervision.
Single sign-on accounta Kerberos account to be used to sign into websites and apps.
Subscribed calendara calendar subscription. These appear in the device's calendar list.
VPNa VPN account, such as L2TP, PPTP, Cisco, or other popular technologies.
Wallpaperan image to appear in the background of the home and/or lock screen. Requires supervision.
Web clipan icon on the home screen that acts as a shortcut to a website.
Web content filtera website whitelist or blacklist to control web access in the Safari app. Requires supervision.
Wireless networka WiFi network that the device can access.
This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. Refer to the SimpleMDM interface for the latest capabilities.

Custom Configuration Profiles


Sometimes an organization needs a feature available in Apple Configurator that isn't supported by SimpleMDM. Or, an organization may have previously built configurations in Apple Configurator that they are not ready to rebuild in SimpleMDM. In these cases, SimpleMDM allows configurations that have been exported by Apple Configurator to be uploaded and distributed to enrolled devices.

To upload a custom configuration to SimpleMDM, follow the instructions below for creating a configuration and choose "Custom Configuration Profile" as the configuration type.

Creating Profiles


Most configurations require first creating a shared configuration profile and then assigning it to device groups. To create a shared configuration profile:
  1. Click "Configs" on the left hand side of the screen and select the "Profiles" subsection, if needed.
  2. Click the "Add Profile" button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Select the profile you would like to create.
  3. Complete the following configuration screen and click "Save".Your newly created configuration profile will appear listed on the configurations screen. 

Assigning Configuration Profiles to Device Groups


A shared configuration profile will not be pushed to any of your devices until you have assigned it to at least once device group. To assign a configuration to a device group:
  1. Click "Devices" on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. Edit a device group by clicking the "edit" link next to the name of a device group.
  3. Click the "Configurations" tab.
  4. Select the configurations that you would like to apply to the group and click "Save".
Once you click "Save", the configurations are automatically pushed to the devices in the device group.

Creating Accounts


Some configurations, like email accounts, are assigned directly to devices instead of device groups. To create an account for a device:
  1. Click "Devices" on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. Click on the name of the device you would like to create an account on.
  3. Click the "Accounts" tab.
  4. Click the "Add Account" button in the upper right hand side of the screen. Select the type of account you would like to create.
  5. Provide the required account information. When creating the account, you may have an option to create or select an applicable Provider (like an Exchange server).
When you click "Save", the configuration is automatically pushed to the device.


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