If your organization currently uses Apple Deployment Programs like DEP or VPP, you can upgrade to Apple School Manager.
Apple School Manager is a service that lets you buy content, configure automatic device enrollment in your mobile device management (MDM) solution, and create accounts for your students and staff. Apple School Manager is accessible on the web and is designed for technology managers, IT administrators, staff, and instructors.
Upgrade to Apple School Manager
After you upgrade, Apple School Manager will have all of your:
- Account credentials
- MDM servers
- MDM devices
- Server tokens
- Device orders
- Other items associated with your account
After you complete the upgrade, use the Apple School Manager portal to access your data. You won’t have access to the Apple Deployment Programs website after you upgrade.
Choose a domain for Managed Apple IDs
After you upgrade to Apple School Manager, you'll be asked to enter your school’s website. Apple School Manager uses the school website for your Managed Apple IDs. For example, if your website is www.myschool.edu, your Managed Apple IDs will look like email@example.com.
If your website domain is different from your email domain, you might prefer to enter your email domain instead. Your Apple School Manager admin can change the default domain after upgrading.
Invite VPP Program Purchasers to Apple School Manager
Your school might have one or more separate Volume Purchase Program (VPP) accounts. If your school has these accounts, after you upgrade to Apple School Manager, you must invite them separately from your users. Learn how to invite VPP Program Purchasers to Apple School Manager.
Changes to roles for Apple School Manager
Apple School Manager introduces some changes to the roles that you assign to your users.
Agent is now Administrator
With Apple Deployment Programs, Agent was the highest level of administrative access. Agents had the ability to accept the Apple Deployment Programs Terms and Conditions on behalf of your institution.
In Apple School Manager, this role is now called Administrator. Your institution can have up to five Administrators in Apple School Manager.
Admins are now Managers
With Apple Deployment Programs, there were Admins for DEP, VPP, and Apple ID for Students. With Apple School Manager, Admins are now called Managers.
The type of Admin a user is converted to depends on their responsibilities:
Role in Apple Deployment Programs
Role in Apple School Manager
Apple ID for Students Program Admin
Any Apple Deployment Programs Admin that had the ability to create other Admins becomes a People Manager in Apple School Manager.
A single user can have multiple roles in Apple School Manager. If your user was an Admin for more than one program, they’ll be assigned all roles that apply in Apple School Manager. The Administrator or Site Manager can add, remove, or change Manager roles after you upgrade.
Managed Apple IDs for all roles
When your previous Agent and Admins log in to Apple School Manager for the first time, their Apple IDs are converted into Managed Apple IDs. If their accounts weren’t previously set up with two-factor authentication, they should set it up at that time.