Intro to integration and setup
This chapter describes the web-based portals available for deploying Apple devices, how to properly configure a Wi-Fi network (including AirPlay and Bonjour), and how to integrate devices with Microsoft Exchange Active Sync, Exchange Web Services, and Active Directory.
Apple has two web-based portals to automatically enroll Apple devices in a mobile device management (MDM) solution and buy content in bulk—all from one place: Apple School Manager and Apple Business Manager.
These web-based portals provide:
A fast, streamlined way to deploy iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV
Provide users with access to Apple services, set up device enrollment, and distribute apps, books and custom apps
Simplify initial setup by enabling you to configure the devices without touching them
Note: To learn whether Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager is available in your country or region, see the Apple Support article Availability of Apple programs for education and business.
Wi-Fi and AirPlay
AirPlay is Apple’s technology for streaming photos, video, or audio—and for mirroring from Apple devices to Apple TV. Mirrored content could be content that’s on the device, or live streams of what’s happening on the device screen. To use AirPlay, devices don’t need to be on the same network, or on any network at all. See Joining Apple devices to Wi-Fi networks and AirPlay overview.
macOS can communicate directly with your Microsoft Exchange Server using Exchange Web Services (EWS), which enables use of all your mail, calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks simultaneously. Mail, included with macOS, supports basic and certificate-based authentication for EWS.
If your organization currently enables EWS, you already have the necessary services in place with no additional configuration.
Mac computers access directory servers for user information and other administrative data. They can connect to an Open Directory, Active Directory, or LDAP directory server using plug-ins in Directory Utility, which can be accessed from Login Options in the Users & Groups preference pane. When you add a directory server, connection settings associated with that directory server are also added to the authentication and contacts lists in Directory Utility. Using Directory Utility, you can specify how a Mac accesses an LDAPv3 directory. You must know the DNS host name or IP address of the LDAP directory server.
If the directory isn’t hosted by a server that supplies its own mappings, you must know the search base and the template for mapping macOS data to the directory’s data. Supported mapping templates are:
Active Directory, for a directory hosted by a Windows 2000, or later, server
LDAPv3, for a directory that uses LDAPv3