Introduction to device management in Apple School Manager
Apple School Manager provides a fast, streamlined way for you to deploy Apple devices that your organisation has purchased directly from Apple or from a participating Apple Authorised Reseller or network provider. You can automatically enrol devices in your mobile device management (MDM) solution without having to physically touch or prep the devices before users get them. And with your MDM solution, you can further simplify the setup process for users by removing specific steps in Setup Assistant, so users can get up and running quickly.
See the Education Deployment Guide to learn more about the steps of deploying Apple devices successfully in your learning environment for both one-to-one and shared deployments.
Note: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV devices can be added directly using Apple Configurator 2. See Assign devices added from Apple Configurator 2.
You can also control whether a user can remove the MDM profile from the device. For example, you can order the devices from Apple, configure all the management settings and have the devices shipped directly to each user’s home address. After a device is unboxed and activated, the device is automatically enrolled in your MDM solution and all management settings, apps and books are ready for the user.
Here is how this simple process works: after enrolling in the programme, an Apple School Manager manager with the proper privileges signs in to the website, links one or more MDM servers to the account, and then associates specific devices to one of the MDM servers. The devices can then be assigned to users with MDM. After a device is activated, any MDM-specified configurations, restrictions or controls are automatically installed.