Friday, May 1, 2015

Mobile Device Management has arrived!

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I was fiddling around in my Office 365 tenant and saw that the Mobile Device Management now appears as a license for the user as shown above.

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I then headed to the Office 365 Admin portal and sure enough on the menu on the left hand side I see Mobile Devices.

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When I select this I get some information on the right and a Get Started button which I press eagerly.

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Office 365 starts settings things up for me and says it may take a few hours (!). Actually, it took the whole of about 5 minutes.

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Now I see the above. I select the Manage settings in the top right.

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From the window that appears I select Set up from Configure an APNs Certificate for iOS devices.

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At the next screen I select Download your CSR file link and store it on my C: drive.

I then select Next to continue.

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Here I select the link for Apple APNS Portal.

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I login with a company Apple ID.

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Once logged in I select the Create Certificate button.

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I Accept the Terms of Use

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I now upload the CSR file that I downloaded previously.

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I receive confirmation that all is good. I select Download to get a copy of this Apple Certificate and store it on my local hard disk.

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I return to the Office 365 Admin portal and upload the Apple Certificate I just downloaded into Office 365.

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I now get the message that the Certificate Uploaded Successfully.

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In the top right corner of the windows I now have a green check indicating that my Apple Certificate is uploaded and valid.

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Select the link Manage device security policies and access rules near the top of the page.

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I’m now taken to the Office 365 Compliance center and the option Device Management as shown above.

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I select the option to create a new policy by selecting the + (plus) icon. I then given the policy a name and select Next.

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Now I can select all the device security options I want.

When complete, I press Next to continue.

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I now get the option to select more configuration options as shown above.

When complete, I press Next to continue.

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I now elect whether I wish the policy to be applied to my users. At stage stage I will leave the option set to No and press Next.

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I now get a summary to review and when complete I select finish.

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You should now see your policy listed as shown above.

If I now want to apply that policy to a user I select the pencil icon to edit it.

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I select the Deployment option on the left and then Yes. I then select the + (plus) icon that appears to add the desired user(s) to whom the policy should apply.

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Unfortunately, at this stage I get the above error that doesn’t allow me to apply the mobile device policy to a user for some reason.

I suspect I have stuffed up somewhere so I’ll do some research and post an update soon.

Till then, if you see Mobile Device Management appear in your Office 365 tenant, have a play and let me know how you go.