iPads and corporate LANs

Novice question but what are iPads used for in the corporate environment, are they similar to blackberry where it will be mainly exchange email, or something more? If its accessing their files say on their network servers, how are they pulling that data off, how do they authenticate with the network - and how is the transmission of data from say a windows server to an ipad "secured" in transit?
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NeilMMCommented:
IPAD can be configured for use with your corporate email system for example Exchange Server.  It is also possible to use MDM solutions such as Mobile Iron or Airwatch to name a couple to manage these devices similar to a blackberry.  With MDM solutions you can push policies and protect corporate information.

In addition, you may also deploy some VPN clients for example Junos Pulse Client fron Juniper (if you use Juniper SSG in your environment offcourse) to configure secure VON tunnels to consume other intranet / web based applications hosted inside your corporate network.

Quite frankly it depends on what  you want to use your IPAD for and there are solutions avaliable.

I hope you find this information useful.
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pma111Author Commented:
Yes thanks. Say though ipad user wants to download word docs from \\internalserver - how would they ahcieve this,what tools/protocols? Do they need to authenticate via active directory?
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James HIT DirectorCommented:
You will require an app to browse resources on remote computers/server.

http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/filebrowser-access-files-on/id364738545?mt=8
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pma111Author Commented:
And these users just authenticate via AD credentials?
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pma111Author Commented:
And what are apps such as connect to tell from lagan in relation to management tools like mobile iron - in laymans terms? What does the connect to tell app do and what does the mobile iron app do?
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
I use successfully "Logmein Ignition" to connect to my servers and clients without limitations. Logmein Ignition is quite inexpensive and the remote computer can use the Logmein Free version. The security is great as well as the support service (if ever needed). The application is very straightforward so the learning curve is minimal.

It not only allows me to provide "Instant Support" to my customers but also allow me to connect remotely at nights for regular maintenance: I can reboot the remote computer, remove malware, perform updates, etc... Almost anything I can do as if I were sitting in front of the computer.

It is really a well designed application and I have no hesitation to recommended it.

Bits ...
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NeilMMCommented:
In brief MDM Solutions allow IT administrator to manage devices similar to how you would use a BES Server to manage blackberry devices.  You can set IT policies / password polices, perform remote wipes, push corporate apps etc onto devices managed via an MDM.  due to the cosumerization of devices many organisations are shifting to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), where users are allowed to use what ever device they prefer (Android / Ipad / Iphone / Galaxy Tab etc etc) and IT Departments support the underlying technology for example Exchange Active Sync or MDM platform.

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James HIT DirectorCommented:
Well, depending on their connection to your LAN it will define how they logon is recorded.
We use VPN for all mobile devices and require AD logon for access.
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pma111Author Commented:
BitsBytesandMore: how does logmein "login" say from outside your firewall, to an internal server in your private network? I assume somewhere windows/domain credentials still need be applied to gain access, or does logmein replace/overide the domain/windows credentials. excuse my ignorance.
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pma111Author Commented:
Spartan_1337:Well, depending on their connection to your LAN it will define how they logon is recorded.
We use VPN for all mobile devices and require AD logon for access.


-- can you go into  bit more info here please spartan for someone not so tech savvy, espeically around "depending on their connection to your LAN it will define how they logon is recorded. "
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Rob KnightConsultantCommented:
Hi,

Why not look at Good for Enterprise and Good Dynamics - this provides:

1. Email/PIM and Calendar Management - secure client which is encrypted AES 192 and used FIPS 140-2 encryption for data at rest and over the air
2. Mobile Device Management - full iOS policies when an MDM certificate installed
3. Secure borwser - access intranet sites without a separate VPN leveraging existing encrypted connection. Proxy internet access via existing content management
4. Use MobileEcho and Good to access files held within the enterprise without a separate VPN leveraging existing encrypted connection.

Regards,


RobMobility.
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Rob KnightConsultantCommented:
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
pma111... It is amazingly simple. Once installed on the "client" machine it resolves on its own the necessary settings (there is absolutely no intervention on your part needed...really!).

The Logmein information is collected by the client and published on an encrypted and extremely secure website that only you (or whoever you allow) can access.

The application on the ipad does the same: it connects to the website and views your available computers. Just click on any of the available computers, provide the correct credentials (username and password) and you are in.

The installation is so straighforward that there is no real learning curve. No questions of which ports to use, firewall settings, etc. It is just a 3-step installation and that's it.

Tested it and you will love it. I guarantee you will like it. Especially since the most needed features are totally free. Do it first from lets say for example, your computer at home to connect to your computer at work (install the Logmein Free version on both). Then add a second work computer and so on. Once you realize you love it, buy the Logmein Ignition for your iPad (it think it was about $15)....

Bits...



Bits...
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pma111Author Commented:
Im not looking for solutions on a specific tool. Im after some expert input how such tools work, and how they retreive data from private networks directly onto an ipad outside the firewall.
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
If this is what you are looking for, then you've found it with Logmein.... :)

Bits ...
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Rob KnightConsultantCommented:
Hi,

Well the Good solution works like BlackBerry - i.e. a server component access mailboxes on a users behalf and synchronises emails, calendar and PIM to a remote device over an encrypted connection.

The same connection can be used to access internet Intranet sites and the internet, thereby ensuring that all access can be monitored and controlled, where company poliy dictates.

In addition, the use of third-party tools that can leverage the Good encrypted connection means that you can access files within the corporate network and open them securely on the device - this is what MobileEcho does.

It also means that a range of other business applications can be integrated to provide access to more - e.g. CRM, Field Force Automation/Workforce Management tools and others.

Essentially, it means the iPad can become more than just a consumer tablet with some email and other apps on a big screened iPhone......

Regards,


RobMobility.
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Rob KnightConsultantCommented:
Hi,

In addition, you can run Remote Desktop clients on the iPad enabling your users to access rich Windows applications without needing expensive Windows laptops/desktops......

Regards,


RobMobility.
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