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OS X Mountain Lion Server For Dummies by John Rizzo

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Configuring Clients with Profile Manager

Profile Manager provides an automated way to configure account settings on Macs running OS X 10.7 and later, as well as iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices. It gives administrators fine control of devices and can be useful at home, as well as in business and education.

Profile Manager sets up the client devices for services running on Mountain Lion Server, adding configuration information about e-mail, virtual private networks (VPNs), and other services, including non-Apple technologies such as Microsoft Exchange Server. You can also set Profile Manager to configure settings limiting access to features such as the App Store. You can even set up parental controls for your kid’s devices. You can create profiles for all users, as well for specific users, for groups, or for certain devices.

Mountain Lion Server provides three places where you interact with Profile Manager:

check.png The Server app, where you turn on Profile Manager service. The Server app automatically pulls together basic user configuration information for client access to the services.

check.png The Profile Manager web app is where you edit the default configuration profile and create others for specific users, groups, or devices. The Profile Manager web app also pushes settings and invitations ...

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