APNS Renewal – don’t let your APNS certificate expire!
Greetings Community Members! The one year anniversary of APNS integration with Centrify for Mobile is quickly approaching and I wanted to provide some information regarding renewal of APNS certificates to avoid any loss in functionality for iOS and OS X devices.
When a new APNS certificate is created and issued by Apple, it comes with an expiration date exactly one year from the date of creation. The current APNS certificate in use must be renewed and uploaded into the Cloud Manager prior to expiration In order to continue management of currently enrolled iOS and OS X devices. Failure to renew the certificate before it expires will require a new certificate be created and all iOS devices will need to re-enroll in order to restore MDM functionality. APNS configuration is specific for Apple iOS and OS X only - does not apply to Android devices.
You can verify your current certificate expiration from the Cloud Manager under Settings > APNS Certificate. In this example, the certificate will expire on October 11, 2013 @ 6:55pm
To renew the APNS certificate, follow the steps below
The below example shows the matching certificate is set to expire on October 11, 2013
The updated expiration date of the renewed certificate now displays October 11, 2014 in the below example. The actual expiration will be determined by the date when the new certificate is created by Apple
After renewing and uploading the new certificate into the Cloud Manager, be sure to test MDM functions and iOS device enrollment to ensure everything is working as expected.
If you have enrolled iOS devices , it is necessary to setup a APNS Certificate so that you can enroll iOS devices and ensure connectivity. For details on how to setup APNS Certificate refer to this video.
Apple only issues certificates that are valid for 1 year from the time of issue. It is important to ensure that you renew this certificate every year before the expiry date else your iOS devices will not communicate with Centrify Cloud Service.
To check the current expiry date follow the steps below and take steps to ensure the validity of your certificate.
1. Login to "Cloud Manager" - https://cloud.centrify.com/manage
2. Go to Settings
3. Click on APNS Certificate
4. On the top you will see the "Current Expiry Date"
5. To renew your certificate visit https://identity.apple.com/pushcert and follow the steps.
Additional info can also be found in the Administrators Guide on page 41
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