Re: RFC: standardized network provisioning

I hear that the latest Apple IOS uses a random MAC address when scanning
local wifi hotspots - so "people" can not track the device so easily...
seems like a good addition.

It would also be interesting if I could automatically change my MAC
address every so many configurable minutes - both on wifi and wired
interfaces... a bit like I can do with my IPv6 address...

On Thu, 2014-06-12 at 15:24 -0500, Dan Williams wrote:
On Wed, 2014-06-11 at 12:12 -0400, Chuck Anderson wrote:
Has any thought been given to implementing standardized network
provisioning similar to how Apple's .mobileconfig works?

We are using CloudPath XpressConnect to provision Windows, Mac, Linux,
Android, iOS, etc. with our WPA-Enterprise EAP-TLS configuration &
certificates.  XpressConnect's Linux support uses a native Linux
binary and relies on communication with the NetworkManager DBUS API.
The rapid changes in this API and other system components on Linux
cause this to break frequently.  For example, XpressConnect works on a
freshly installed Fedora 20, but not one updated with the latest
package updates.

XpressConnect for iOS just generates a .mobileconfig file server-side,
and the client downloads that and installs it to configure- the network
settings, install certificates, etc.  There is no client-side code at

It would be nice if NetworkManager supported a similar methodolgy for
standardized network configuration provisioning.

That would be nice, and if the .mobileconfig is well-formed enough we
might as well just use that format.  It might not be too hard to create
an importer (similar to the VPN plugin importers) that could just be run
client-side that would send all this to NetworkManager.

I've filed:

and this would be a great standalone project for anyone that wants to
help out or get into NM development!


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