Getting Started

Wavelink Avalanche is a mobile device management system. Network security features allow you to manage wireless settings (including encryption and authentication), and apply those settings on a schedule throughout the network. Avalanche also provides tools for managing maps, alerts, and reports. The Avalanche Console is available over an Internet connection using a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Chrome.

Use the Avalanche Console to manage your devices. You can view device details (such as battery power or location), manage device settings (such as WiFi settings or GPS acquisition), and distribute or delete software. In addition to these tasks, you can create Avalanche users who can access the Console and assign them specific privileges, set the Console to alert you when certain events happen, remote control your devices, and create reports that display Avalanche information.

This section provides help for taking the first steps to device management with Avalanche:

1  Install Avalanche. For more information, see Preparing to Install Avalanche.

2  Activate licenses for Avalanche. You should activate the number of licenses based on the number of devices you want to manage. For more information, see Licensing.

3  Create regions. A region allows you to group server locations that share a set of similar characteristics such as geographic location or role within your organization’s structure. For more information, see Managing Regions.

4  Create folders. Folders are groups of devices that connect to the same device server. For more information, see Creating a Folder.

5  Configure profiles. A profile allows you to manage configurations and settings centrally and then deploy those configurations to as many locations as necessary. Use profiles to update or modify multiple servers or devices instead of manually changing settings for each one. Profiles must be enabled before being applied.

The following list provides information about each type of profile:

Mobile Device profile

A Mobile Device profile manages settings on your AIDC mobile devices, as well as adding, changing, and removing custom properties and registry keys.

Smart Device profile

A Smart Device profile is a collection of payloads that configure settings on Android or iOS devices. There are two types of Smart device profiles: a device settings profile or an application configuration profile.

Mobile Device Server profile

The Mobile Device Server profile configures how the mobile device server interacts with devices and the Enterprise Server.

Alert profile

An Alert profile allows you to track events on your network and send notifications by e-mail or proxy server.

Network profile

A Network profile provides gateway addresses, subnet masks, WWAN settings, and encryption and authentication information to devices on your network.

Software profile

A Software profile allows you control over where and when software and files are distributed to mobile devices.

Scan to Config profile

Scan to Config profiles allow you to print network settings as barcodes, and then the settings are applied on the device when they are scanned.

6  Assign profiles to locations. You can assign configured profiles to locations from the Console. When you assign a profile to a location and perform a synchronization, the settings from the profiles are applied to the location and any associated devices. For more information, see Applying Profiles to Folders.

7  Perform a Deployment. To deploy settings to the selected locations, perform an update. For more information see Deploying Changes.

8  Connect Devices. Ensure that your mobile devices have Enablers installed, and configure the Enablers to connect to a device server. For more information, see Connecting Devices to the Avalanche Server.

Once you assign and deploy a profile, the servers or devices retain their configuration values until you change the profile or assign a new profile with a higher priority. Even if you alter device configuration values without using Avalanche, when the server queries the device, it restores the configuration values from the assigned profile.

 


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