The use of tablets generates data that – especially in 1: n scenarios (i.e. multiple users per tablet) need to be backed up while data protection compliance must be guaranteed. Also, in the 1:1 use case it is often necessary to store or access data centrally (e.g. local file shares, etc.). As the only MDM system, Relution, therefore, offers a Filesfunctionality containing SMB and WebDAV connections to provide any file shares as a native file location in iOS. This feature is automatically configured on the devices via Relution policy or can be manually configured in the Relution app so that the student can’t go wrong. By implementing it as a location, the files are available in every iOS app that supports this storage concept.
When you navigate to Shares in the Relution app, you’ll see the following input fields:
The server URLs are entered in a sub-menu for SMB in the format
and for WebDAV as path
When using WebDAV https:// is necessary. When using SMB you have to add the actual share
Those fields already configured by the server-side are hidden, except for the user name,
which appears for control
purposes but cannot be changed.
The advantage is that users cannot see any server URLs.
By pressing the add button, additional server URLs can be added, with a maximum of 5
possible. This is only possible
if there is no MDM policy on the device, which configures shares.
The validity of the inputs is checked automatically (connection to the servers is
established). A green hook appears
next to the URL when the connection is successful. If not, the URL, user name or
password is wrong.
As soon as a valid login at a Samba or WebDAV Server exists, a new file location called “Relution Files” is created and is available in all apps that support these locations, such as the iOS Files app. The connected shares are displayed as folders under “Relution Files”. Then one of the folders can be selected and its content is displayed.
If the menu for loading or saving files is accessed in an app that supports file locations, files can directly be accessed on a configured server share (the example shows the Pages app, “Create Document”). The exact functionality depends on the app used.
In order to save the user from entering the server and share names, the parameters expected by the app can be sent to the app in a Relution Files configuration. In any iOS policy in Relution , add a “Relution Files” configuration like this: The corresponding configuration can include the following parameters:
Last update: September 2019