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How to Mass Deploy the Ditto tvOS Receiver Using Meraki

This guide allows Ditto and Cisco Meraki administrators to zero-touch deploy the Ditto tvOS Receiver across multiple supervised Apple TVs simultaneously.

Important first steps

The instructions below assume:

Deploying Large Numbers of Receivers?

Parts of this processs can be automated even further. Please contact your Ditto account representative for additional Cisco Meraki deployment options.

Step 1 - Preconfigure Cisco Meraki in Ditto

  1. Log in to the Ditto Account Portal
  2. Navigate to the My Organization area
  3. Select Deployment
  4. Select the Ditto tvOS Receiver tab
  5. Select Cisco Meraki from the Apple TV MDM Type options
  6. Note the configuration settings that appear. It may be helpful to keep this page open, as you will need this information in the following steps.

Step 2 - Deploy Ditto tvOS Receiver in Cisco Meraki

  1. Log in to your Cisco Meraki portal
  2. Mouseover Systems Manager and then choose “Apps” under Manage
  3. Select "+ Add app" at the top right of the screen
  4. Select tvOS
  5. Select "App Store app"
  6. Click "Next"
  7. Search for "Ditto Connect" and select it when it appears
  8. Ensure “Auto-install / auto-uninstall” is checked
  9. Select the appropriate scope for your Apple TVs
  10. Press Save
  11. In the navigation pane, mouseover Systems Manager and then choose “Settings” under Manage
  12. Click the “+ Add Profile” at the top right
  13. Select Device profile (default)
  14. Click Continue
  15. Provide a name for the Profile Configuration such as “Ditto Receiver Settings”
  16. Choose the appropriate scope for your Apple TV devices
  17. In the left column, choose “Add Settings”
  18. Click the “tvOS” device type to filter the available options
  19. Choose “Managed App Config”
  20. Select tvOS as the platform
  21. Select Ditto Receiver from the App dropdown
  22. Enter the settings displayed in your Ditto Account Portal from the end of step one above EXACTLY as they're displayed. If the fields are incomplete, missing or incorrect, your receivers will not pair with your Ditto account.
  23. In the left column, choose “Add Settings”
  24. Click the “tvOS” device type to filter the available options
  25. Select Single App Mode (Kiosk)
  26. Set the Device Type to “tvOS”
  27. Select Ditto Receiver for the app
  28. Click Save

It may take a few minutes for these settings to propagate across your devices.

Step 3 - Link Devices to Rooms in Ditto

At this point, your Apple TVs are now configured and paired to your Ditto account. You now need to link each receiver to a room.

If you havent created rooms for your receivers yet, follow these steps:
  1. Return to the Ditto Account Portal
  2. Navigate to the Rooms section
  3. Create a room for each receiver you added through Cisco Meraki
  4. Ditto is now ready to use with your Apple TV. Users can now mirror their screens using Ditto Connect.
If you already created rooms without receivers, follow these steps:
  1. Return to the Ditto Account Portal
  2. Navigate to My Organization section
  3. Select Deployment
  4. Click the Ditto tvOS Receiver tab
  5. Under Quick Link Rooms, select Begin Linking and you will be presented with a list of unlinked receivers added through Cisco Meraki
  6. Select the room each receiver should be assigned to from the drop down beside the receiver name

Step 4 - Disable AirPlay

Protip

Disabling AirPlay on Apple TVs running Ditto Receiver enhances security by preventing users from using AirPlay to interrupt an in-progress mirroring session. Disabling AirPlay also alleviates mDNS concerns on the network and provides one simple way for all users to share their screen, regardless of device.

The following steps are not required, but we highly recommend performing them for the best Ditto experience.

  1. Login to the Ditto Account Portal
  2. Navigate to the My Organization area
  3. Select Deployment
  4. Select the Ditto tvOS Receiver tab
  5. Download the AirPlay Disabling Profile (This option only appears if you've selected Cisco Meraki as your MDM Provider)
  6. Log in to your Cisco Meraki portal
  7. In the navigation pane, mouseover Systems Manager and then choose “Settings” under Manage
  8. Click the “+ Add Profile” at the top right
  9. Select "Upload custom Apple profile"
  10. Click Continue
  11. Click the Upload a .mobileconfig file link
  12. Upload the file downloaded from your Ditto Account Portal above
  13. Select the scope for your Apple TVs
  14. Click save

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