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Deploying the School Manager SSL Certificate to School Managed Devices

This article is intended for IT Administrators.

Deploying a SSL certificate to school managed devices is straightforward. This guide will walk you through the process of getting the SSL certificate configured on your school’s device management platform.

Linewize has detailed the process for several commonly used device management platforms. If your school uses a solution not mentioned in this guide, please contact your Linewize Account Manager or Service Delivery Engineer to see if Linewize can help.

Microsoft Group Policy 

Group Policy is a feature of Microsoft Server that controls the working environment of user and computer accounts. Group Policy allows centralized management and configuration of operating systems, applications, and user settings in an Active Directory environment. Group Policy is normally used to deploy the Linewize SSL Certificate (.crt file) to Windows devices.

To Deploy Linewize SSL Certificate for Windows via Group Policy Object (GPO)

  1. Download the .crt certificate from http://certs.linewize.net

    Note: The certificate website is only available while connected to a School Manager network

  2. Create a new GPO by opening Group Policy Management
    1. Open the Run window (Windows Key + R)

    2. Type gpmc.msc and then select OK

    3. Expand the Domain Forest and select the Organizational Unit you wish the SSL Certificate to be added to

    4. Right-click the Organizational Unit and click Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here…

    5. In the Name box type Linewize SSL Certificate and then select OK 

    6. Right-click the Linewize SSL Certificate Policy and then select Edit

    7. Expand Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings> Security Settings > Public Key Policies 

    8. Right-click Trusted Root Certification Authorities and then select Import…

    9. Click Next

    10. Click Browse and select the location of the linewize.cacert.crt, then click Open 

    11. Click Next

    12. Ensure Trusted Root Certification Authorities is listed under Certificate store: , then click Next

    13. Click Finish

    14. Click OK

Microsoft Intune / Endpoint Manager

Microsoft Intune, which is a part of Microsoft Endpoint Manager is a cloud-based mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), and PC management solution. Microsoft Intune is normally used to deploy the Linewize SSL Certificate (.cer file) to Windows devices. 

To Deploy Linewize SSL Certificate for Windows via Microsoft Intune

Download the .cer certificate from http://certs.linewize.net

Note: The certificate website is only available while connected to a School Manager network

Follow Microsoft documentation on Trusted root certificate profiles for Microsoft Intune.

Jamf

Jamf is a solution to manage the setup and configuration of macOS and iOS devices. Jamf offers on-premises and cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) with centralized management and configuration of operating systems, applications and device settings. Jamf is normally used to deploy the Linewize SSL Certificate (.cer file) to macOS and iOS devices.

To Deploy Linewize SSL Certificate for Mac via Jamf Pro

Note: Presume Jamf Requirements have been met to allow certificate distribution using configuration profiles.

Download the .cer certificate from http://certs.linewize.net

Note: The certificate website is only available while connected to a School Manager network

Follow the Jamf documentation on Distribute Certificates Using Configuration Profiles.

To Deploy Linewize SSL Certificate for iOS via Jamf Pro

Note: Presume Jamf Requirements have been met to allow certificate distribution using configuration profiles.

Download the .crt certificate from http://certs.linewize.net

Note: The certificate website is only available while connected to a School Manager network

Follow the Jamf documentation on Distribute Certificates Using Configuration Profiles.

Meraki Systems Manager

Cisco Meraki Systems Manager is a solution to manage the setup and configuration of Android, Chrome OS, iOS, macOS and Windows devices. Systems Manager is a cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) with centralized management and configuration of operating systems, applications and device settings. Systems Manager is normally used to deploy the Linewize SSL Certificate (.crt file) for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows devices.

To Deploy Linewize SSL Certificate via Systems Manager

Download the .crt certificate from http://certs.linewize.net

Note: The certificate website is only available while connected to a School Manager network 

Follow the Meraki documentation on Certificates Payload (Pushing Certificates).