Assign purchased devices to Apple Business Manager
Your account contains a record of all the orders you have placed directly with Apple after March 1, 2011. Because accounts with participating Apple Authorized Resellers or carriers may not keep records going back to March 1, 2011, consult your participating Apple Authorized Reseller or carrier for your account’s order timeline.
Before you can assign devices, you must have entered your appropriate Apple customer number and/or communicated your Organization ID to a participating Apple Authorized Reseller or carrier and added their Reseller ID to your account. For information, see Manage device suppliers in Apple Business Manager.
Note: When entering your Apple customer number, leave off any leading zeros.
Secure sensitive data
During the device configuration process, you can increase the security of sensitive data by ensuring that you have appropriate security measures in place. For example:
Have your users authenticate as part of the initial setup flow in the Apple device’s Setup Assistant during activation.
Provide a preliminary configuration with limited access and require additional device configuration in order to access sensitive data.
Device assignment options
After an order ships, you can search for the order number and use it to assign devices to an authorized mobile device management (MDM) server. For example, when you place an iPad order for 5000 units, you can use the order number to assign all, or a specific number of, devices to an existing authorized MDM server. There are three ways to assign devices:
Serial number: You can assign devices by serial number to a specific MDM server. This method makes sense if the devices you need to assign are few in number, in your physical possession, and easy to erase. You can search for serial numbers using the search field at the top of the window.
Order number: Assigning devices by order number makes sense if a single MDM server is used for an entire device deployment (or a single order) and if devices are still in their original packaging and are going directly to the users. Order numbers also show the vendor. For example, orders purchased from Apple will appear as “Order number - Apple Inc. (Direct).” Orders purchased from a participating Apple Authorized Reseller or carrier will appear as “Order number - Name of reseller.”
Upload CSV file: You can upload a .csv file containing only the serial numbers you want. You can use this method when a specific group of users’ devices needs to be managed by a specific MDM server. You can also download a .csv file for a specific order number, split the file into smaller files, and upload those .csv files and assign them to specific MDM servers.
Assign purchased devices
In Apple Business Manager , click Device Assignments in the sidebar, then choose the method for device assignment:
If you choose Serial Number: Enter each serial number separated by a comma.
If you choose Order Number: The quantity and type of devices are shown.
If you choose Upload CSV File: You also upload a comma-separated value (.csv) file that contains a list of device serial numbers.
Choose Assign to Server from the Perform Action pop-up menu, select the MDM server to associate the specified devices with, then click Done.