[ConfigMgr 2007] How to run ConfigMgr on an iPad

Thought this was impossible? Well here's the evidence:

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No it's not the 1st April, I've not Photoshopped this and I'm not talking about using Remote Desktop or something else to connect this to a server.

So how am I doing it? Well it's part of my new Mobile Office setup pictured below:

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So I've got the MacBook Pro (sporting the new FAQShop Facebook Page - more on this in a minute). To left if the Apple Magic TrackPad (no more external mouse for me), and then to the left of this the glue that hold this all together:

The Huawei E585 MiFi from Three. Basically this little box of tricks is like having your own personal WiFi hotspot. Up to 5 devices can connect to this at the same time to make your own little portable, private network which can also access the 3G network.

So how does it work?

1. Turn on the Huawei.

2. Connect the MacBook to the Huawei.

3. Connect the iPad to the Huawei.

4. Run a clever little application on the iPad called Air Display that basically allows you to connect the MacBook to the iPad via IP (nothing up my sleeves, no smoke or mirrors or cables).

5. Then I load up VMware on the Mac to load my ConfigMgr VM and simply drag and drop the VM window (or any other app come to that) over to the iPad and hey presto...!!!

Because the devices are talking wirelessly I can pick up the iPad and walk away and use the apps physically running on the MacBook but that are displayed on the iPad screen (not really tried this but I've read reports of many that have).

Another thing to note is that the iPad case I use is NOT the Apple one which frankly has got bad reviews and is more expensive than the one I've bought which is available from Amazon here (there's also more pics there):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-Advanced-Luxury-Executive-Wallet/dp/B003PA53NG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1281697564&sr=8-1

This is a great case, cheaper than the Apple one and just works. I LOVE this setup as when I'm away from home I now have my own self-contained network with dual screens (amazing how much your productivity drops when using a single screen when you are so used to using dual screens all the time).

You're also not limited to dual screens with Air Display. In my home office I can have for example Word running on my 24" Cinema Display, VMware running on the MacBook Pro and then email or something else like TweetDeck running on the iPad (I'll soon need a bigger office with all these screens).

PS - The company behind Air Display (Avatron Software, Inc.) are apparently working on a Windows version of Air Display so pretty soon all of you running Windows as your primary OS will have the ability of "running" your apps on the iPad.

If you want to find out more about any of the products listed in this article here are the links:

Apple MacBook Pro: http://www.apple.com/uk/macbookpro/

Apple iPad: http://www.apple.com/uk/ipad/

Apple Trackpad: http://www.apple.com/uk/magictrackpad/

Three Huawei E585: http://www.three.co.uk/Mobile_Broadband/MiFi

Air Display: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/air-display/id368158927?mt=8

iPad Case: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-Advanced-Luxury-Executive-Wallet/dp/B003PA53NG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1281697564&sr=8-1

Enjoy..!!

Read the complete post at http://wmug.co.uk/blogs/cliffs_blog/archive/2010/08/13/configmgr-07-how-to-run-configmgr-on-an-ipad.aspx

Published Friday, August 13, 2010 7:12 AM by Cliff Hobbs - FAQShop.com and Microsoft MVP ConfigMgr/ SMS