Create an iOS Shortcut to create a VM in ESXI

Ok, this one falls under the category ‘just for fun while actually being very handy’: Create an iOS Shortcut to create a VM in ESXI 🙂

When troubleshooting and testing deployments, you need some virtual machines to make your life easy… Snapshotting them before you configure them is of course a smart thing to do, but there are situations where you just need to create a new VM and start over.

I already discussed the methods of creating a ‘DEP capable’, sorry Apple, I mean ‘Automated MDM enrollment capable’, VM on both Parallels and VMWare but what about ESXI? Well I’m not going to spend too much time on this because it’s actually exactly the same as VMWare Fusion!

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Automated MDM Enrolment and Parallels Desktop.

Configure a virtual machine to behave like one of your “DEP” devices, or “Automated MDM Enrolment” – Parallels Desktop

UPDATE 20th of November: Parallels released an update for version 14

https://kb.parallels.com/en/124521
"Resolves an issue with the Apple DEP (Device Enrollment Program) not working in a macOS virtual machine"

CONFIRMED: Works perfectly in Parallels 14.1

In my previous post I discussed the steps to create a VMware Fusion virtual machine, which is behaving like your “automated MDM Enrolment” test device (previously known as “DEP”). While I personally use VMWare, in combination with my ESXI homelab, I promised to post the workflow for “Automated MDM Enrolment and Parallels Desktop” as well.

So I did some testing…

The good news is: it still works on Parallels Desktop 13, even with macOS Mojave.
The “bad” news is: I haven’t succeeded in getting it to work with Parallels Desktop 14. – See update above. I will test and update the blog ASAP.

Here is what I did, as well as the working configuration for Parallels Desktop 13 (confirmed on Version 13.3.2 (43368) with macOS 10.14.1)

Click here for the Tutorial on how to do this on Parallels 13.

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Automated MDM Enrolment and VMWare Fusion.

Configure a virtual machine to behave like one of your “DEP” devices, or “Automated MDM Enrolment” – VMware Fusion

Hi folks, I’m back! The past two weeks our new born son claimed all my time and energy, so no way I could focus on any tech related matter 🙂

To get back into the blogging activity, let’s start with something easy, yet very handy for those who are regularly testing MDM deployments.

Automated MDM Enrolment and VMWare Fusion: configure a virtual machine to behave like one of your “DEP” devices. This is nothing new, but from time to time I talk to people who are not aware of the possibility, so let’s have a look at how to do this.

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