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Configuration Settings Payloads

The Systems Manager > Manage > Settings page allows you to configure the specific settings associated with a particular configuration profile. These settings and profiles can be used to ensure that your devices meet business requirements and receive the configurations your users need to work.

 

After creating a new profile, click the 'Add settings' option on the left to begin adding settings payloads to your profile. Profiles can contain multiple payloads at once, and multiple profiles can be installed on a device. Your settings and profiles should be tailored to how your device deployment and tag structure are organized. 

 

The rest of this article introduces each of the primary settings payload options.  

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Cross-Platform Settings

Restrictions

Set various restrictions on managed devices, which allow you to control what access and functionality your end users have. Some examples include blocking iMessage, the App Store, setting a Safari web content filter, enabling single app mode, or blacklisting/whitelisting iOS apps. Note that some of the iOS restrictions require devices to be supervised to be applied.

For a full list of SM Payload Restrictions broken down per device type, see the restrictions document.

Passcode Policy

Supported on: iOS, macOS, and Android

Enforce passcode requirements when unlocking iOS, Mac, and Android devices. Note that each operating system may enforce each requirement differently, or only support a subset of the configurations displayed. This payload does not allow you to specify a particular password to be pushed down to devices.

If using this in conjunction with the 'Restrictions' payload for iOS, ensure that the 'Allow modification of passcode settings (iOS 9+)' option is selected in restrictions.

Additional information about this setting can be found here.

SCEP Certificate

Supported on: iOS, macOS, tvOS, Android, and Windows

Push SCEP certificates to a device using Meraki's Certificate Authority.

Certificate

Supported on: iOS, macOS, tvOS, Android, and Windows

Push X.509 (.cer, .p12) certificates to devices. These certificates can be generated by a 3rd party certificate authority or by a locally hosted certificate authority. A good use case for this feature is to push a verified certificate to an iOS device to wirelessly authenticate via 802.1X.

These will automatically populate under the "Trust" feature in a WPA2-Enterprise WiFi profile under the "WiFi" tab.  See the "Certificates Payload (Pushing Certificates)" article for more information.

Wi-Fi Settings

Supported on: iOS, macOS, tvOS, Android, and Windows

Push out a wireless profile to your managed devices. Some example use cases for this feature are:

  • Providing an Internet connection for your devices, but do not want to explicitly provide the SSID name or credentials to the end user

  • Pushing out WPA2-Enterprise WiFi profiles with 802.1X authentication (EAP-MSCHAPv2, EAP-TLS, etc.) This can be further configured with "Trusted Certificates" that you upload, utilizing the "Certificate" feature described above.

Privacy and Lock

Supported on: iOS, macOS, Android, and Windows

Privacy options will allow/prevent Systems Manager from displaying SSID or location information for devices in scope of the profile.

The Lock options control the behavior of the Activation Lock feature on supervised Apple devices. Enabling 'Allow Activation Lock' will allow end users to use Activation Lock in the 'Find My' app with their personal Apple IDs.  Enabling 'Allow MDM Activation Lock' will automatically send a command to Apple to enable Activation Lock on a DEP-enrolled device. The command will enable Activation Lock on target devices using the Apple ID of an Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager administrator.

The "Privacy and Lock" payload setting modifies Dashboard-side configurations, rather than anything local to the device. If you create a profile with only this setting and attempt to push it to a device, the profile will fail to install with an Error: "The Profile is invalid - Empty Profile"

The best practice for this setting is to nest it inside a profile that has other device settings.

VPN Settings

Supported on: iOS, macOS, Android KNOX, and Windows

This option allows you to pre-configure client-to-gateway VPN connectivity for your iOS, Android (Knox), Mac and Windows devices with support for multiple connection types. Non-Knox Android devices should use solutions like AnyConnect, or apps that support AppConfig app settings like Pulse VPN. 

If you are hosting client VPN through a Cisco Meraki MX in the same organization, you can use the ‘Sentry’ configuration to automatically configure VPN.

Apple AirPlay

Supported on: iOS and macOS

With AirPlay configuration in Systems Manager, devices can be pre-provisioned with the connection details for AirPlay devices. This can be a great way to secure Apple TV and other AirPlay resources from unauthorized users while ensuring that presenters' devices have all the information required to connect. 

Systems Manager can also be customized to only list specific AirPlay devices, allowing for restricted general access to these resources.

Apple AirPrint

Supported on: iOS and macOS

Systems Manager can remotely deploy AirPrint network printer settings to Apple devices.  This allows for seamless printer configuration without the need for a physical connection to the printing device.

Contacts

Supported on: iOS and macOS

Allows you to sync contacts with a custom server using the CardDAV protocol. 

Encrypted DNS

Supported on: iOS and macOS

Configure Encrypted DNS settings using HTTPS or TLS. When the setting is pushed from the Dashboard it only applies to managed WiFi networks. When installed manually using Apple Configurator, this setting also applies to cellular.

Managed App Config

Supported on: iOS, tvOS, and Android

Preconfigure specific applications installed on your managed devices via key/value pairs. See the article Managed App Settings for more info.

Exchange ActiveSync Email

Supported on: iOS and Android KNOX

Deploy Microsoft Exchange email configurations to the native Mail app. For more information, see the article Configuring an Exchange ActiveSync Profile for more details.

Backpack Item

Supported on: iOS and Android

Backpack allows administrators to securely deliver content like student lesson plans or employee resources to managed devices. See the full article here for more info.

Web Clip

Supported on: iOS and macOS

Web clips are shortcuts to web URLs (similar to browser bookmarks) that appear on the homescreen of iOS devices for an easy way to access commonly-visited websites. Please be sure that the icon you upload is less than 144 x 144 pixels and in .png format. See the full article on web clips.

Single App Mode (Kiosk)

Supported on: iOS Supervision and tvOS Supervision

Supervised iOS and tvOS devices can be locked down to display a single application using the Single App Mode payload.

Apps in single app mode will not be able to update. The app must be able to close in order for the app to update. To close the app it must be either removed from single app mode or a different app must be pinned to single app mode.

Web Content Filter

Supported on: iOS Supervision and macOS 10.15+

On iOS devices, configure content filters for all web requests based on pre-determined categories or admin-defined domains. On MacOS devices, define the settings for a third-party web content filtering app. See the full article Web Content filtering for more info.

Global HTTP Proxy

Supported on: iOS Supervision, macOS, and tvOS Supervision

Specify a web proxy address to filter all HTTP traffic to and from iOS devices. Devices can only receive one of this type of payload 

Education Configuration

Supported on: iOS and macOS

Configure Apple School Manager Classroom settings. 

In iOS, this payload must be sent over the device channel. Additionally, supervision is required unless the payload only specifies as teacher configuration.

In macOS, this payload must be sent over the user channel. Student payloads are supported in macOS 10.14.4 and later.

Notifications

Supported on: iOS Supervision and macOS

Configure notification settings on a per app basis. Requires device supervision.

Single Sign On Extension

Supported on: iOS 13.0+ and macOS 10.15+

Deploy settings for third-party Single-Sign On apps, including the Apple Enterprise Connect extension. For more information, see the article Extensible Single Sign-on MDM payload settings for Apple devices.

Setup Assistant

Supported on: iOS and macOS

Choose which settings will be skipped when users launch the Setup Assistant on Mac or iOS devices.   

Android Settings

Samsung Knox

Knox-specific settings for Android devices enrolled through Knox and not Android Enterprise. For information on these features, see the Knox article. For more info on different types of Android enrollments, see the Android Enrollment article.

App Permissions

This setting allows for custom application permissions. Examples include denying an application access to the device's contacts, saved payments methods and even network access. Application permissions vary app to app and a list of relevant permissions can be found using the "Fetch permissions" button that appears once an app has been selected.

Device Owner 

Requires Device Owner Mode

Contains additional restrictions that can only be applied to Android devices that are provisioned in Device Owner Mode like preventing factory reset or adding additional accounts on corporate-owned assets.

See the section Recommended Android Settings under the Android Enterprise Deployment Guide Article for additional information relating to this setting.

Kiosk Mode

Requires Device Owner Mode

Locks devices into one or multiple selected applications. This can be configured with an unlock code to temporarily exit kiosk mode, or specify application upgrade windows.

See the article Android Kiosk Mode in Systems Manager for more info.

Android Restrictions

This payload includes several System and screen lock restrictions that can be applied to Android devices. Allow/restricts users to access various features like notifications, camera, bluetooth, account modification, and many others.

See the section Recommended Android Settings under the Android Enterprise Deployment Guide Article for additional information relating to this setting.

System Apps

Requires Device Owner Mode

Allows you to block specific pre-installed apps from appearing in device owner mode. Enter in the app identifier, such as 'com.google.android.dialer' for the default Google phone app. Note that different device vendors may have proprietary app IDs. For more information, see this article on Controlling Android System Apps.

Wallpaper & Lock Screen Message

Configure a custom message to be displayed on an Android device’s lock screen, and provide links to images that can be used as the system or lock screen wallpaper.  

Always-on VPN

Specify an Always On VPN App to ensure that the data from specified managed apps will always go through a set-up Virtual Private Network. This feature requires deploying a VPN client that supports both Always On and per-app VPN features.

Cross-profile

Configure cross-profile widgets from a set of specified apps to be available in a parent profile. 

Google Play Store Settings

Configure the Google Play Store auto-update policy for all apps installed on the device. This configuration does not affect the updating of apps provisioned via custom APK.

Google Play Store App Update Mode

Configure App Auto-Update on a per-app basis in one of the three following modes: High Priority, Default, or Postpone.

When using the High priority mode, the app should update as soon as a new version is published by the developer and has been reviewed by Google Play. If the device is offline at that time, the app will be immediately updated the next time the device is connected to the internet.

When using the Postpone mode, the app is not automatically updated for an initial 90 days after it first became out of date. After this 90-day period, the latest available version of the app is automatically installed using the default update mode. After the app is updated to the latest available version, a new 90-day postponement period will begin from the next time that the developer publishes a new version of the app.

iOS/iPadOS Settings

Calendar

Allow devices to sync corporate calendars (CalDAV) directly to the native Calendar app on iOS. 

Managed Domains

Establish a list of  email domains and Safari web domains  that will be treated as managed on an iOS device. Emails sent from a managed domain to an external address will be flagged in the Mail app. Downloaded attachments from a managed domain are considered follow the “Managed Open In” rules defined in the Restrictions payload. 

On iOS 9.3+,  admins may also provide an option to save users’ passwords in Safari from matching URL domains. Multiple password domains can be added.

Cisco Umbrella

Requires Supervision

Provide complete network visibility and control on supervised iOS devices by leveraging the power of Cisco Umbrella to filter DNS requests against malicious sites. Requires the Cisco Security Connector app. For more information on configuration, see the Cisco Security Connector article.

Cisco Clarity

Requires Supervision

Audit and gain insight into app-level network traffic flows on supervised iOS devices using Cisco AMP.  Requires the Cisco Security Connector app. For more information on configuration, see the Cisco Security Connector article.

Wallpaper

Requires Supervision

This payload allows you to specify the background wallpaper and lock screen image for your supervised iOS devices. Choose images with dimensions that exactly match your devices' dimensions.

Google Account

Allows you to push a Google account to Apple devices. Users will be prompted to enter credentials after the payload is pushed.

Per App VPN

Configure a VPN connection with AnyConnect or IKEv2. The device will only tunnel traffic when the specified applications are launched. 

Network Usage Rules

Allows you to disable cellular and roaming data for specific managed apps. See this article Cellular Data Management with Systems Manager for more infomation.

Home Screen Layout

Requires Supervision

Allows you to specify how application icons will be arranged across devices. This prevents users from rearranging icons, or uninstalling apps from the homescreen. Apps can still be removed from Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage . Note that apps that are installed that are not explicitly placed in this payload will appear in random order behind the icons that are set. Requires iOS device supervision. See the full article on configuring HSL

Lock Screen Payload

Requires Supervision

Configure a custom message or asset tag information to be displayed on the lock screen for an iOS device. Automatic properties such as Network name, Device name, or Device serial can be used in these fields.

eSIM Assignment

Allows you to configure an eSIM server URL and the ability to enable the requirement for the device to be network-tethered to run the command. 

Cellular APN Settings (APN)

Allows you to configure both Cellular (default) and Data APNs for iOS devices. The Cellular APN settings require iOS 7 or later. The Data APN settings require iOS 8 or later

macOS Settings

System Preferences 

Specify which options to lock out on your macOS devices. This payload is compatible on macOS 10.7 to macOS 13.0. It has been deprecated by Apple and is expected to not function on newer releases of macOS. Note that third-party preferences could be limited by pushing a script to install a custom .plist with the software installer. For an example of how scripts can be deployed, see this article Deploying scripts in Systems Manager.

FileVault 

Allows you to enforce FileVault encryption on Mac devices. See this article FileVault, for configuration details

FileVault Recovery Key Escrow 

Define a specific certificate that can be used to encrypt and decrypt the FileVault recovery key.  For configuration steps, refer to the FileVault article 

App Store

Configure restrictions for accessing the Mac App store. It is supported only on User channel (Apple User profiles).

Login Window

Specify the login window behavior on a Mac device including disabling or hiding components on the login screen.

Dock

Specify the dock settings such as dock size, position, or apps that can be added to the dock.

Firewall

Enforce Firewall settings including preventing unauthorized applications, programs, and services from accepting incoming connections. 

Kernel Extension Policy

Kernel Extension (KEXT) is a macOS feature which allows dynamic loading of code into the Kernel without needing to re-compile them. They are usually implemented as Bundles and this payload lets you to configure the KEXT’s on behalf of an end user.

Privacy Preferences

Accept or deny permissions for various apps under the ‘Privacy’ tab of the ‘Security & Privacy’ preference pane. 

Associated Domains

Allows you to define domains where an app can be linked to an extensible app SSO, universal links, or password autofill service on a Mac.

Content Caching

Allows you to modify the settings for the content-caching service on macOS.

System Extensions

Allows you to extend the capabilities of macOS by installing and managing system extensions in the device user space. You can create a dictionary of approved system extensions, and map the dictionary team identifiers (keys) to arrays of bundle identifiers, where the bundle identifier defines the system extension to install. Additional information can be found in the following documentation from Apple.

 

Chrome Settings

Enrollment

Force device to re-enroll into this domain after wiping.

Sign-in

Sign-in options & user account whitelist.

Device updates

Auto update settings including auto checking for updates and auto installing updates.

Kiosk mode

Lock device into one app.

Reporting

Reports the device state and tracking the recent device users.

Miscellaneous Settings

System time zone settings and other various settings.

 

tvOS Settings

AirPlay Security

Define the password prompt behavior and network connection type for AirPlay connections on an Apple TV. 

Conference Room Display

Requires Supervision

This payload forces the Apple TV into Conference Room display mode with an optional message displayed on the screen. 

When Conference Room Display mode and Single App mode are both enabled, Conference Room Display mode is active and the user canʼt access the Single App mode App.

Windows 

BitLocker

Allows you to enable local disk encryption on Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices​​ using Windows BitLocker.

See the article Windows BitLocker Encryption with Meraki Systems Manager for more info.