Configuration of Mobile Devices Using Device Configurations

Purpose

You can use this process to configure and monitor mobile devices. More specifically, you can configure:

?      The behavior of the client on the mobile device

?      The mobile components that are to be installed on the mobile device

?      The mobile device itself (for example, the start-up parameters and battery capacity monitoring)

?      The drivers installed on the mobile device

Process Flow

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       1.      In the Mobile Administrator, you define the parameter sets that contain the required parameters for the configuration. For more information about the possible parameters, see Defining Parameter Sets.

       2.      You define device configurations for the various mobile devices, users, user groups, or roles. In doing so, you determine the parameter sets that are to be used and the mobile components that are to be installed on the mobile device (see Defining Device Configurations).

Combine only those parameters in a device configuration that logically belong together in terms of their contents. Using a hierarchy in this way allows you to assign various different configurations to individual users for particular areas, and at the same time, to continue using the superordinate device configurations for other areas.

       3.      In the Device Configurations function you can also define which roles the device configuration is to be used for. This is particularly useful for assigning mobile components using device configurations.

       4.      In the Hierarchy Grouping or Device Maintenance function you assign the device configuration to mobile devices, users, and user groups. You can assign several device configurations if they do not contain any parameter sets that belong to the same type (see Assigning Device Configurations).

The system generates a message if you assign a configuration that contains parameters that are already defined in another assigned configuration.

Note that a configuration that exists lower down in the hierarchy (for example, a device configuration that is assigned to an individual user) overwrites those configurations that are assigned to a higher level that contain at least one matching parameter. Changes made at a later date to the higher levels in the hierarchy no longer affect the lower levels.

Alternatively, you can assign the device configuration by assigning a role to it. This option is particularly practical for assigning mobile components. To do this, start the role synchronization function after you have made the assignment and when you make changes to the device configuration. For more information, see Starting Role Synchronization.

Result

The devices of the affected users receive the new device configuration with the next synchronization. The configuration is performed on the mobile device automatically. The user does not have to carry out any other additional steps.

Example

You want to define that a group of users is to use time-controlled synchronization and that synchronization will take place at intervals of one minute (60,000 milliseconds).

To do this, create a new parameter set with the name TimedSync, for example. Define a row for each parameter to be configured. For each parameter, select MI_CONFIG as the type.

?      Select TIMEDSYNC once as parameter ID and enter true as the value to activate timed synchronization.

?      Select TIMEINTERVAL as the parameter ID for the other row and enter 60000 as the value in order to set the interval to 60,000 milliseconds.

Create a new device configuration. Enter the new parameter set TimedSync on the Parameter Sets tab page. You can also define additional parameters.

Assign the device configuration using, for example, the Hierarchy Grouping function. Find the group that you want to assign the device configuration to. On the Device Configurations tab page, add the newly created configuration.