1) I think you could look-into what folder itunes saves its data
2) copy folder to cd
3) overwrite folder on usb computer.
This is crude:
1) download software with itunes.
2) Clone the harddrive with Norton Ghost
3) restore onto machine with usb.
You typically create a master copy of software.
create an image
clone to other machines.
This should work for update too. Assuming you want to keep all machines the same.
Biting the bullet.
I'm not sure why the internet restriction. Is it some FAA requirement? Local management? Security?
I'd say buy a safe. Store laptop in safe when not in use.
I think you need a Mac to run 30 iPads cloning at a time. PC may be restricted to 5.
I do not thing transfering data by cd is any safer than by flash drive. If some malware is going to pollute some flash drive it's going to pollute a cd.
I think by using Linux, SELinux, or Mac OS you have reduced your security risk lower than any Windows solutions.
Thank you for the input. I played around with the folder copy idea and I think it is going to solve the app problem. I'm still curious about initial set up and I can't seem to find a 5 iPad restriction for cloning with a PC. If it is the case, I'm sure we will have to purchase a Mac for each of our 5 offices.
The reason for the weird set up in our office is because of security concerns. It is a government office and the government has a very unique network infrastructure. For instance, no apple product is allowed on a government network. It took an awful lot convincing to show that iPads were what we needed. A 200 iPad purchase with cases is cheaper than one year of paper publications required for our flights (Most expire every 8 weeks).
Thank you for the input.
Government iPad rollouts
iPads are also allowed in Congress
The US Air Force has deployed 18000 iPads.
I have seen these Gyrhead. You would think that because one DOD agency does it, all should have a way to do it. Unfortunately, the government doesn't make life this easy for us. The Air Mobility Command was able change IT policy to make theirs work efficiently. We are a much smaller group of users and we have to use the current IT policy for the time being.
The volume purchase program still requires connectivity to the Internet.
Apple has to "authorize" every purchase against an iTunes account before they give you a binary to install on the device.
If you bind all the 200 iPads to one iTunes account then things work. Assuming the devices always come back to a central place to install other apps.
This does not work if you want end users to be able to install apps by themselves
Also check out "Apple Configurator", its like a "ghosting" engine designed to mirror an iPad image to multiple devices. It has severe limitations as its designed to make identical copies.
Hope this helps,
If you decide to copy iTunes folders between a PC and a Mac, be sure to check if this works. You should try to talk to Apple Sales to see if they can help you.
You could copy down what you need a pc running iTunes & copy to cd & proceed to an apple store & try out your solution. Actually, copying from a PC to a Mac seems riskie. Better to have at least the same version of iTunes running on both machines. In Mac OS, most / nearly all applications are in a single folder so they are easy to copy. There is no registry. Options are keep in xml files.
I'd assume you could mail cds to the remote locations for duplication.
I have moved a harddrive between tower systems as part of a ghosting operations. My ghost image was on the hardrive. It wasn't too bad once you got the hang of it. Place you system on an internal harddrive & move between machines. Your security types may not be too pleased.