13 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2015 8:20 AM by Kenny42
stovaaa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am deploying 30 iPads with nearly 100 apps to teachers, and administrators. I would like to organize them into "Science", "Special Ed", "Social Studies", etc. Is this possible with Configurator?


iPad, iOS 5.1
  • gyrhead Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)

    You can create a master iPad with all the apps in prearranged folders and user Configurator to deploy the backup of this master to the cart or wherever the targeted ices are.

  • gyrhead Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)

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    Re: Apple Configurator Questions

    Mar 23, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to Donkeymusic)

     

    In my testing I was able to both apply a backup (enabling me to create folders with apps inside) and apply a profile that kept the wireless configuration. Unlike applying a backup in iTunes, it did not rename the devices in the configurator. I was also able to add individual profiles to each device that added individualized email account settings. Have you tried doing both? You might have to uncheck and recheck a profile for a specific device and hit apply to make sure it "sticks."

  • stovaaa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Doing this is not as big of headache as I imagined. I figured I would have to make multiple masters for "Admins", "Special Ed", etc. Not the case though. The folders stay intact and only include the apps that are chosen. This little piece of software is pretty good for being free.

  • brnipad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK -- I'm confused.  I've got my master iPad with all 60 free Apps.  They are sorted into folders for Math, ELA, etc.  But, when I do the configurator backup it doesn't backup the Apps.  I can't find the Apps in the Configurator.  Do I need to download them through the Apps Store on the Macbook?  I did it originally directly onto the iPad.

  • stovaaa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The apps need to be downloaded by your MacBook, then pushed to the iPad using Configurator. The reason for this is so Configurator can track how many licenses of each app you have remain (assuming your are doing VPP).

  • heebeeut Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have all the apps down loaded in iTunes, added to configurator, but when I restore from backup, no apps are loaded.

  • MuttiAllen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You need to make sure that all the Apps boxes are checked on the Apps Tab in Configurator.  You can check them all at once by doing one with the Option Key held down.

     

    If you've restored previously, and you refresh and all the Apps aren't checked, it will remove them all!! 

  • JJMGinc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Apple Configurator supervised iphone: will not backup & install the Apps specified. All Apps have been 'Checked'

  • cerna348 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So I fave worked with apple configurator for over a year. We have created a few backups, updated apps, and restored from backups many times. I work in a school with over 100 i-pads and we use apple configurator to manage app distribution and updates.  I have a different backup set for each grade level. I ran into a problem this weekend. I updated all apps, downloaded the new version into configurator, and then refreshed the i-pads. I had two grade levels not update smoothly. So I created a new backup and restored from the back up. I had two i-pads that did not restore correctly from the backup. All the apps are present and updated, but they are not in folders like the "master" and backup. Anyone ever seen anything like this before?

  • BudaBoy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Right, so I have a master iPad, all apps added and backup taken. I then supervise a second iPad tick all the same apps and restore from backup. Sweet, two iPads exactly the same. So I plug 10 iPads that have previously been supervised. Add the new apps and tell it to restore from the new back up. Now however, I have some 30 odd apps scattered over a number of screen and no in the app groups I put them in. Can anyone please tell me what's going on this? Configurator is literately greying my hair right now!

  • Kenny42 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Configurator is very quirky. I would close Configurator, re-authorize the iTunes account in iTunes and then re-launch configurator and try to install the apps again. You can also try un-checking all the apps in configurator, hitting apply, then checking all the apps again and hitting apply.

  • Kenny42 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Yes, all the time. It did not restore from your backup. All it did was install the apps you selected. Restart configurator and then try to restore from the backup again with all the apps you want installed checked. Configurator will erase the iPad then re-install all the apps according to the backup you chose. I rarely ever see Configurator work perfectly. For future reference, watching the log files while configurator is imaging devices is a good spot to start troubleshooting.

  • Kenny42 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    BudaBoy,

    It did not restore from your backup. All it did was install the apps you selected. Restart configurator and then try to restore from the backup again with all the apps you want installed checked. Configurator will erase the iPad then re-install all the apps according to the backup you chose. I rarely ever see Configurator work perfectly. For future reference, watching the log files while configurator is imaging devices is a good spot to start troubleshooting.