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How to provision large number of mobile devices into Kiosk lock down mode

Applies to: SureLock and SureFox

If you're an IT administrator in an organization, it should not be difficult to understand how tedious it can become when it comes to configuring multiple devices. To make this process easy for you, SureLock and SureFox allow you to configure one device, export its settings to a file and then replicate the same settings to other devices in your organization. To explain the procedure better, we divide it into two steps:

Preparing the settings file:

  1. Install SureLock/SureFox on any one device and configure it with your required settings.
  2. Once you have finished the configuration, Go to Import/Export Settings
  3. If you want to activate SureLock/SureFox on your devices automatically, go to Advanced Settings under Import/Export Settings and enable Export Activation Code. The activation code will be encrypted and included in the settings file. Tap on Done to return back to previous screen.
  4. Tap on Export Settings to export your configuration to a settings file. By default, the settings file is exported to the SDCARD's root folder with a .settings extension such as SureLock.settings and SureFox.settings respectively. You can export the file to any location on device storage.

Configuring other devices:

The settings file holds all the configuration. There are multiple methods to configure other devices:

  1. Pushing the settings file: In this method, we need to copy the settings file to the root folder of device's storage. You can use an MDM solution to push the settings file remotely or copy it manually. Both SureLock and SureFox are pre-configured to automatically import new settings every 10 minutes. Once it detects the presence of a new settings file, it'll import and configure itself as per the new configuration received.
  2. Over The Air (OTA) Provisioning: SureLock and Surefox supports automatic import from http file locations too.
    1. Upload the settings file to a web server.
    2. Configure the Automatic Import File location for all the devices to the http path where the settings file has been uploaded.

Make sure the settings file name matches the automatic import file configured.

Tip: Visit Import/Export Settings->Periodically Check to modify the periodicity after which the check is made for new settings file

To learn more on how to secure and manage Android, iOS and Windows Mobile/CE devices efficiently, visit us at www.42gears.com

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The author is the founder of 42Gears, developer of affordable Mobile Device Management tools.

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