Assigning Device Configurations

Use

You use device configurations to manage mobile devices effectively. You can assign device configurations in various ways:

?     You can use roles (in the device configuration itself)

You can assign device configurations to all users of a particular role. Choose this method to assign role-specific device configurations. This could be a device configuration, for example, that contains all the relevant mobile applications for a particular role. For information on further alternative ways to assign mobile components, see Assignment of Mobile Components to Users.

?     You can use hierarchies (in the hierarchy grouping)

You can assign device configurations at all levels of the hierarchy (except the root node) in the hierarchy grouping function. Choose this method to assign group-specific device configurations. This could be a device configuration, for example, that defines date and time settings for users in a specific region.

?     You can use the mobile device (in device maintenance)

In the device maintenance function you can use the mobile device to assign the device configuration. You must define the user of the respective mobile device to which you want to assign the configuration. Choose this method for test purposes and in exceptional cases only.

Prerequisites

?     You have defined the device configuration.

?     You have started the Mobile Administrator.

Assign Using Roles

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       1.      Choose the Device Maintenance function.

       2.      Find the device configuration to which you want to assign a role.

       3.      Switch to the Role tab page and add the role you want.

Assign Using Hierarchies

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       1.      Choose the Hierarchy Grouping function.

       2.      Find the group to which you want to assign a device configuration.

       3.      Switch to the Device Configuration tab page and add the configuration you want.

Assign Using Mobile Device

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       1.      Choose the Device Maintenance function.

       2.      Find the device that you want to assign a device configuration to.

       3.      Switch to the Device Configuration tab page and add the configuration you want. Specify the user for this particular device configuration.

Result

The device configuration is deployed on the device with the next synchronization, and the parameters are changed.  For those mobile components that were assigned using device configurations, the device configuration is not deployed on the mobile device until the device has been synchronized a second time.