Archive for December, 2010

318 Featured in IT Business Edge

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

318 has been a leader in bringing iOS into the Enterprise for some time. We have been sitting alongside our customers, working to get iPhones integrated into organizations of all sizes for years. Since the release of the iPad the quantity of projects we are involved with continues to increase. Now, 318 has been featured in a slide show on IT Business Edge illustrating “how 318’s team is advising clients who are trying to bring iPads and iPhones into enterprise environment.”

And if you would like to discuss how your organization can deploy iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch please feel free to contact your 318 Professional Services Manager or sales@318.com for more information.

Patch Management Made Easy: StarDeploy

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

There is a new donateware tool available for Mac OS X called StarDeploy. StarDeploy is a straightforward patch management solution that allows you to place items in Applications, Libraries or User Folders on a centralized server and have those items sync to client systems. StarDeploy also allows you to push out packages using the centralized file share as well.

The combination of StarDeploy and DeployStudio allows you to image and then patch manage systems in simplistic environments fairly quickly, easily and to do so in a cost effective manner. However, StarDeploy isn’t as object oriented as JAMF’s Casper Suite, FileWave, Symantec’s Altiris or other solutions you may currently be using or reviewing. The solution manages somewhat flat structures. You can create multiple file shares if you have multiple groups, but compared to how Casper or other comparable tools operate, this could get somewhat tedious to manage in complex environments. However, the cost is a donation that you can make and so it is inexpensive.

In our use, StarDeploy has been able to easily push out packages to a large number of systems very quickly. The packages that you build for StarDeploy can then be moved into other solutions if you outgrow StarDeploy. This makes for a nice modular approach where you can grow into a more complex solution or even have StarDeploy work in conjunction with other solutions; for example: allowing StarDeploy to manage lab environments and using a more robust solution for more robust environments.

Overall, StarDeploy makes an excellent addition to the toolkit of anyone with a keen eye on managing large numbers of Mac OS X systems. If you would like to discuss using StarDeploy, JAMF’s Casper Suite, FileWave or other products for patch management, contact your 318 Professional Services Manager or sales@318.com today!

Book On Enterprise iOS Integration Available

Monday, December 20th, 2010

The 6th book from 318′s staff is now available: Enterprise iPhone and iPad Administrator’s Guide. In this title, Charles Edge, the Director of Technology at 318, takes a look at lessons learned in our numerous iOS integration projects, from procurement to deployment to patch management. Per the publisher, Apress, the following indicates who the book is intended for:

This book is intended for IT staff members that will be charged with planning an iPhone and ipad implementation or pilot program, as well as those that will be charged with ultimately deploying and provisioning the devices and delivering support to iPhone and iPad users. Readers should have an existing background in IT management, systems administration, and end user support working in a medium to large business or enterprise environment.

If you are considering doing a large scale integration or remediation project for iOS-based devices in your environment then contact your 318 Professional Services Manager or sales@318.com for more information on how 318 can assist you in your endeavors.

318 Press Releases

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Today, 318 released two press releases pertaining to initiatives within the mobility space. These include the following:

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Challenged-by-Deployment-of-Apple-iPads-in-Your-Enterprise-Tips-From-318-Consulting-1371111.htm

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Leading-Enterprise-Class-Apple-Consultancy-318-Becomes-iPad-Reseller-1371114.htm

Also worth note is that 318 has been a reseller for Research in Motion, the makers of the Blackberry and Blackberry Enterprise Server, Google Apps and a number of other solutions that fit nicely into the mobility space. If you would like to discuss any of these topics please reach out to us at 877.318.1318 for more information on services and products that 318 can work to integrate and manage for your organization.

Have iPad, Must Print?

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

iOS 4.2 introduced a number of new features for the iPad. One of the most talked about was multi-tasking, along with AirPlay and Game Center. But another feature allows the iPad to be used by more people when at work: AirPrint. AirPrint introduces the ability to wirelessly print to AirPrint-enabled printers.

AirPrint-enabled printers are not yet common though, with HP having a number of devices supporting AirPrint currently include HP’s Envy e-All-in-One D410a, Photosmart Plus e-AiO (B2210a), Photosmart Premium e-AiO (C310a) and Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO (C410a).

If you have a printer that you love and don’t want to wait for a new version of the firmware that supports AirPrint or want to buy one, then there is a great little app called Printopia that can be used to print through your computers, or even to image files on your computer. Printopia can be found at http://www.ecamm.com/mac/printopia.

Printing is not yet available for all apps that you may have installed. It is built into Safari, Mail, Photos, Pages, Keynote and Numbers. Printing is also available in some newer versions of third party applications.

Note: Printing is not available for any devices that do not yet support multi-tasking (which includes the iPhone 3g by the way).