Import accounts into Apple School Manager using SFTP
You can use the Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) to upload all the .csv files to Apple School Manager. You may want to do this for the following reasons:
Your Student Information System (SIS) is not currently supported by Apple School Manager but may be in the future.
You do not have an SIS but want to import the same information from the system you currently use.
When you set up SFTP, Apple School Manager gives you .csv template files and the access information for a private SFTP server. You can open the files in a spreadsheet app (such as Numbers).
Before you upload your templates, you may want to decide how to create your Managed Apple IDs. See Create Managed Apple IDs.
Note: SFTP upload requires a third-party app on macOS. If you do not have an SFTP client installed, you can find one in the Mac App Store.
Creating an SFTP connection to upload your data requires a role with the “Configure institution” privilege. Depending on your SFTP app, future uploads can take place automatically after the zipped file is placed in a folder.
You can then assign roles to your staff, instructors and students. Any time you upload new files, that information is automatically added to Apple School Manager and updated there. Data is never written back to your SIS or other systems.
After you have made the initial connection, Apple School Manager expects updates to include every .csv file, even if nothing has changed with a particular file. For example, if you have new students to add but no new staff, classes or rosters, you must still upload those files.
Important: Before you export your data, read Template information for importing records, Best practices for merging data and Students template to understand how to properly configure your .csv files with the appropriate information.
Add users with an SFTP app to Apple School Manager
In Apple School Manager , sign in with an account that has the role of Administrator, Site Manager or People Manager.
Click Settings at the bottom of the sidebar, click Data Source below Institution Settings, then click Connect next to SIS/SFTP.
The SIS/SFTP Assistant opens.
Click Add next to Find Students, Instructors and Classes, then select Set Up SFTP.
Apple School Manager generates a URL, user name and password to use when uploading files. Use this information to configure your SFTP app.
Click Download Templates to download the template files to your computer, then read the instructions for using templates in the Filling Out Data Files section, which explains in detail the formatting requirements and expected contents of each file.
Open the templates, add your data in the columns, then save the files that have a .csv extension.
When your files are filled out, create a zip archive of all six files (select the files in the Finder, then go to the File menu and choose Compress 6 Items).
Open your SFTP app and create a new SFTP connection. This process will differ for each app.
Enter the URL, username and password generated by Apple School Manager.
After the connection is made, locate and open the dropbox folder and drag and drop your zipped file.
In Apple School Manager, click Continue and wait for the file to upload.
If your upload contains errors, you can review a log identifying the files and lines that contain errors. Correct any errors in the data files and upload a new zipped file. You do not need to remove the previous file from the Apple SFTP server.
After you successfully upload your file, you will see what was imported — for example, the number and type of users, the number of classes, and locations. You can also adjust the window to display additional users.
To review the information, click Review SFTP Data.
After you have reviewed the SFTP data, then click Continue.
This automatically opens Creates Students and Classes.
Click Preview Accounts and Classes, preview the SFTP data, then click Create Accounts and Classes.
After the process is complete, click Close to close the SIS/SFTP Assistant.
You can now view the imported accounts and classes in Apple School Manager.