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Setting up iPads for public use; limiting features/apps

bigFOIG

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How would I go about doing this? I'm going to have about 30 iPads that I'll be setting up for classroom use and I need to limit the features and apps on them so that people can't screw around with the settings. I also have a MacBook Pro if that'll be needed.
 

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There is obviously a way since at the Toronto Auto Show this year, there was a ton of iPads on the floor to show car specs rather than the old piece of paper. You couldn't get "out" of their app.

However, since I hate Apple, I have no idea how. There should be something on their development site maybe?
 

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I read a white paper that some tech posted on how he rigged the iPads for use in a final exam at a school or something. It was basically a mix of locking down the WIFI network and blanking the iPads with iTunes (backup-restore image) between sessions. All of the content was accessed by Safari on a closed LAN (local IIS server or Apache server or whatever).

It's quite simple actually. no internet = no iTunes = no apps.
 

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you could use the iphone configuration tool (it works on windows and mac) to create different configuration profiles. However using this would require provisioning them one at a time. If you need to provision the configuration settings wirelessly (wifi or cellular) you would need a MDM solution. Apple has one but it is not as feature rich as the other third party solutions.
 

bigFOIG

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I read a white paper that some tech posted on how he rigged the iPads for use in a final exam at a school or something. It was basically a mix of locking down the WIFI network and blanking the iPads with iTunes (backup-restore image) between sessions. All of the content was accessed by Safari on a closed LAN (local IIS server or Apache server or whatever).

It's quite simple actually. no internet = no iTunes = no apps.

I think this is what I'm looking for! Do you think you can find that article for me somehow?
 

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I read a white paper that some tech posted on how he rigged the iPads for use in a final exam at a school or something. It was basically a mix of locking down the WIFI network and blanking the iPads with iTunes (backup-restore image) between sessions. All of the content was accessed by Safari on a closed LAN (local IIS server or Apache server or whatever).

It's quite simple actually. no internet = no iTunes = no apps.

However if you use configuration profiles you can actually remove the itunes and app store so even if there is a network connection they won't have the icons on the tablet.
 

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