SharePlus Enterprise delivers rich configuration functionality using a simple approach. Adjusting SharePlus settings such as turning features on or off is as easy as editing a text file. This article provides an overview of the SharePlus configuration architecture.
SharePlus Enterprise can read settings from two sources:
- Local Configuration File - Configuration file deployed into the device with the application.
- Remote Configuration File – Deployed on a web server controlled by the Enterprise (on-premise or off-premise).
Configuration settings may be made in the local or remote file. When settings are maintained in the remote file, the application does not need to be re-deployed after a change. This is the primary advantage of using the remote file to store configuration settings. If a remote file is used, SharePlus will only use the local file to read the location (URL) of the remote file. It will then obtain all configuration settings from the remote file.
If a remote file is not specified in the local file, SharePlus will read all configuration settings from the local file.
The Local Configuration File
The local configuration file is an XML file stored inside the application package. It is configured before publishing the application and packed inside the application’s .IPA file with a .plist extension.
After editing the configuration file, the IPA file has to be re-signed, to ensure the IPA checksum will match it’s content. A sample local configuration file is attached to this post.
The Remote Configuration File
The Remote Configuration File is a similar XML file, which is published in a centralized location. If the devices have a “Remote Configuration” section in its local configuration, they will try to read the remote file and load the settings contained in it. A sample of this file may also be found attached to this post.
The use of a remote configuration file, facilitates governance, allowing IT Managers to modify the default settings of the device base centrally, without even having to push a new version of the product.
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