Joined: 07 Aug 2006 Posts: 1 Location: Northern Ohio USA
Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:33 pm Post subject: iPad on my AD network?
So the back story is, one of our salesmen wants an iPad and keeps coming up with lame excuses as to why the laptop that is currently assigned to him isn't cutting it and he should have an iPad instead. I say if he wants an iPad so bad he can go out and buy one himself, but I won't support it, and I'm not even sure he will be able to use it effectively on our network. Beyond that, he'll have to rely on whatever apps are out there to present PowerPoint and work in Excel and Word files on his iPad.
So, the question is, can we connect one of these things to our AD network in a way that he will be able to browse directories and find the files he needs. Worst case we can just e-mail whatever he needs to him, but that seems kind of round about.
Joined: 29 Apr 2005 Posts: 16777195 Location: London, UK
Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:28 am Post subject:
I can't speak from a formal point as I only use my iPad as a test base. That said I don't think they are AD aware as run iOS not OSX.
if he hooks it up to Exchange for his e-mail then you will have remote wipe and policy control over it just like any other iOS device. In that case you get a bit more security ..... and remote wipe I believe.
No idea how you'd browse file shares with and iPad to be honest. You can use something like DropBox for remote file sync if needed but it won't integrate with your servers fully as far as I'm aware.
After having my iPad for the last few weeks I think it's a great tool that sits between the iPhone / smart phone and a full blown laptop. Is it right for your sales guy? well that's something for his / your bosses to decide and the business to pay for.
Support it will be a pain .... unless they get you one too of course
iPAD's don't support Active Directory integration. Moreover, as already mentioned, you can't just browse network shares at your leisure. In my experience iPAD's have been used in a corporate environment strictly to show off floor plans (via PDF's), photos, and send/receive e-mails.
To access files, use DropBox. For PDF's, use GoodReader. Other than that, you can't do much else with the iPAD in a corporate environment.
It's a great sales/marketing and content reading tool, but not so great content creation or corporate usage tool.
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