Assign devices added from Apple Configurator 2 to Apple Business Manager
You can add iOS and tvOS devices to Apple Business Manager using Apple Configurator 2, regardless of where the devices were purchased. When you set up a device that has been manually enrolled, it behaves like any other enrolled device, with mandatory supervision and mobile device management (MDM) enrollment. For devices that weren’t purchased directly, the user has a 30-day provisional period to remove the device from enrollment, supervision, and MDM.
There are several ways to add devices to one of the programs in Apple Configurator 2:
You don’t enable “Activate and complete enrollment”
You check this if you have a new or existing device that requires unique user authentication to enroll in MDM. The device is left at the Setup Assistant, and the user completes the enrollment.
You enable “Activate and complete enrollment”
You check this if you have an existing device that already has a record in, and is managed by, your MDM. This can include managing all the Setup Assistant steps so that the user gets a device that’s ready to use.
After a device is added by Apple Configurator 2
The device is placed into a group named “Devices added by Apple Configurator 2” in the Devices section in Apple Business Manager. You can then assign the device to one of your MDM servers. After assigning a device to your MDM server, any settings assigned by Apple Configurator 2 are no longer used for enrollment.
Important: You may need to refresh the list of devices in your MDM solution before these newly added devices appear.