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Using the iOS Provisioning Portal

As you already know, the iOS Provisioning Portal is used to request and download developer certificates, to register devices, to create App IDs, and to create and download provisioning profiles. You have already gone through the steps for requesting and downloading the developer certificate; the rest of this chapter will focus on the other areas of the Provisioning Portal.

Adding a Device ID

You can add a device ID individually, or you can upload a batch of device IDs in a .deviceids file generated by the iOS Configuration Utility. The iOS Configuration Utility is available to enterprise members only, so it is not covered here. Instead, the following walks you through adding an individual device ID.

Start by signing into the iOS Provisioning Portal Web site (developer.apple.com/ios/manage/overview/index.action), then click Devices in the left-side menu bar. Click the Add Devices button found on the right side of the Devices Web page. Enter a device name followed by the 40-character device ID, as seen in Figure 6.12. (I tend to be descriptive with the device name, adding the device owner’s name and device type, for example, “Kirby Turner’s iPad2.”) Click the plus sign (+) button to enter another device. When you have entered all the devices, click the Submit button. That’s it. The device IDs are now registered.

Figure 6.12.

Figure 6.12. Add Devices page in the iOS Provisioning Portal

You can edit the name of a registered device, but you cannot change the device ID. If a device ID is no longer valid—for example, you no longer own the device—you can remove the device from the list by marking the check box next to the device name, then clicking the Remove Selected button at the bottom of the registered device list.

Adding an App ID

Adding an App ID is almost as easy as registering a device ID. Once again, sign in to the iOS Provisioning Portal. Click the App IDs menu item in the left-side menu bar, then click the New App ID button found on the right side of the page, shown in Figure 6.15. This takes you to the Create App ID page.

Figure 6.15.

Figure 6.15. Click the New App button found on the App IDs page in the iOS Provisioning Portal.

On the Create App ID page, seen in Figure 6.16, enter the description for the App ID. Use a name or description that makes sense to you. For instance, you might use the name of your application when creating an explicit App ID. The description you enter is used throughout the portal, so enter a name or description that will help you identify the App ID.

Figure 6.16.

Figure 6.16. The Create App ID page

Next, set the Bundle Seed ID, aka the App ID prefix. You can have the portal generate a new seed for you, or you can select from a seed that you previously generated. If you plan to share Keychain data access among multiple applications, you need to use the same Bundle Seed ID for each application’s App ID.

Last, enter the Bundle Identifier, aka the App ID suffix. Remember to use the reverse domain name naming convention. Include an asterisk (*) as the last character if you wish to create a wildcard App ID.

Click the Submit button to save the App ID. Clicking the button returns you to the App IDs page. Scroll down the page to see the newly created App ID in the list of App IDs.

In the list of App IDs, you can choose between two actions: Details and Configure. The Details action is available only for wildcard App IDs. Click the action to see the details of the wildcard App ID.

The Configure action is available only for explicit App IDs. Click the action to configure the App ID for Push Notification. You do not need to configure the explicit App ID for In App Purchase and Game Center services as these services are enabled by default for explicit App IDs.

Creating a Development Provisioning Profile

The development provisioning profile brings you (the developer), your device, and your App ID together so that you can run and test your application on your iPad. To create a new development provisioning profile, log in to the iOS Provisioning Portal and click the Provisioning link found in the left-side menu bar. Click the Development tab at the top of the Provisioning screen, then click the New Profile button. This will take you to the Create iOS Development Provisioning Profile page, seen in Figure 6.17.

Figure 6.17.

Figure 6.17. Create iOS Development Provisioning Profile page

Enter a name for the provisioning profile. (I like to use descriptive names, for example, “Hey Peanut Dev Profile.”)

Select the development certificates that will be associated to the provisioning profile. This identifies the development certificates used to code sign the application for development. You should select the developer certificate for each team member who will be using the development provisioning profile.

Select the App ID for the profile. Each profile can have only one App ID. You can use a wildcard App ID if you wish to use the same development provisioning profile for more than one application.

Finally, select the devices that the developers can use for running and testing the application on a device. Then click the Submit button to generate the development provisioning profile.

Downloading a Development Provisioning Profile

Once a development provisioning profile has been generated, team members can download and install the profile. To download the development provisioning profile, log in to the iOS Provisioning Profile, click the Provisioning menu item, then click the Development tab on the Provisioning page. You will see a list of development provisioning profiles, as shown in Figure 6.18. Click the Download button for the profile you wish to install.

Figure 6.18.

Figure 6.18. List of development provisioning profiles

Now you are ready to install the provisioning profile.

Installing a Development Provisioning Profile

There are a few ways to install a development provisioning profile. You can copy the profile file to ~/Library/MobileDevice/Provisioning Profile, but the most common way is to use the Organizer window in Xcode. This will ensure that the profile is stored in the proper directory, and it will create the directory if it does not already exist.

To install using Organizer, launch Xcode and open the Organizer window (Shift-cmd.jpg -2). Select a device on which to install the provisioning profile, then click the + button to select the .mobileprovision file you downloaded from the iOS Provisioning Portal. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the .mobileprovision file onto the Provisioning list in the Organizer window; see Figure 6.19.

Figure 6.19.

Figure 6.19. Click the + button or drag and drop the .mobileprovision file to add the development provisioning profile.

Another way to install a development provisioning profile is to drag and drop the file onto the iTunes icon in the dock. Note, however, that this will fail if the provisioning profile directory does not exist.

You can also copy the .mobileprovision file directly to the ~/Library/MobileDevice/Provisioning Profiles directory. To make it easier, add a shortcut for the directory to Finder. When you need to install a new provisioning profile, simply drag and drop the downloaded file onto this shortcut; see Figure 6.20.

Figure 6.20.

Figure 6.20. Finder window with a shortcut folder to the provisioning profile directory

A third option is to drag and drop the provisioning file onto the Xcode icon in the Dock. This will copy the provisioning profile to the appropriate directory and to your iPad device if connected.

That’s it for installing a development provisioning profile.

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