It took Apple long enough, but we may finally be rid of this horrendous process. It was nice talking to you folks and reading your posts, but I'm glad to be done with this mess. Hopefully, DEP and MDM will be enough.
In iPad one-to-one environments, schools are seeing more engaged students, better attendance, and higher test results. You can see this happening in districts and schools like Prince George’s County, and Essa Academy.
We understand that some schools are not able to give every student an iPad and are sharing devices across classes and students. We want to make learning with a shared iPad a great experience for these students as well as their teachers and administrators. We are already at work on significant changes to App distribution, Apple ID, and Apple Deployment Programs that we are planning to deliver next year to make using iPad in the classroom even better.
To simplify large deployments, including one-to-one and shared use, we want to make app distribution even easier. Today, Apple IDs are required in order to deliver apps and books to students. We are working to change this in the fall by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID. As currently planned, this will greatly reduce the number of steps needed to setup a device.
This change should eliminate the need to create generic Apple IDs solely for the purposes of getting content onto iPad. Schools will also have the option to prevent students from making personal purchases without approval.
We realize the complexity of obtaining parental consent for Apple ID for students under 13 can be a challenge, especially in large districts. We are working to change the Apple ID for Students program in 2016 – during the upcoming school year. With these planned changes schools will have the ability to create and manage Apple IDs on behalf of students that can be configured to access iCloud. It will also allow system administrators to reset student passwords. And, the new approach will still meet COPPA requirements.
We are improving the Apple Deployment Programs by unifying individual services into one program, simplifying the administrator experience. This will make it far easier to enroll, manage, and support a large deployment—and reduce many of the steps schools have to go through to get setup.
Today iPad is engaging students in their learning in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Alongside inspiring leaders, innovative teachers and engaged communities, we believe iPad is the best device for any student, grade and level. We will work to make it easy to get iPads into the hands of all students and teachers. The feedback we receive helps guide what we need to do to get there.
Hi everyone And special thanks for apple id batch script
i don't know what does this mean ?
Where should i sign in?
IMPORTANT: Apple uses a velocity check to prevent too many Apple IDs from a single IP address. You must contact your Apple business representative to request that your IP address is whitelisted for a short time.
Today GroundControl — the iOS fleet provisioning system — introduced a new and very powerful feature: GroundControl can now update the iOS firmware on your devices. Updates are cached, delivered as quickly as possible to your devices, and do not burden your WiFi network. Install critical Apple security updates to your entire fleet within 24 hours or less, without shipping to your depot.
Large fleets of mobile devices — such as in retail, transportation, or healthcare — typically require a labor-intensive mobile provisioning process, performed in a configuration depot. GroundControl dramatically simplifies that process, automating all processes to two steps: (1) Open the Box, (2) Plug it in. And its cloud-managed, distributed deployment model enables in-place reprovisioning, meaning you no longer need to ship devices back to the depot.
Like everything in GroundControl, the new iOS update feature is very customizable. To save time, payloads can be configured to update devices only below a specific version. Policies may be set up to patch only certain models, or at a handful of locations.
Note that when updating, GroundControl is able to install only the current Apple release. So no downgrading, folks. (This is a limitation from Apple, which adds the required cryptographic signatures to the current releases only.) And as a delivery mechanism, GroundControl won't help you prevent iOS updates. But there are other tricks on this site that may be useful to you.
For a demo or free trial, please use this form.
[Disclaimer: Aaron is both the admin of Enterprise iOS and the GroundControl CTO, but hey—we've got to pay the bills!]
We will be going thru our 3rd year of end of year 1-1 Student iPad collection this year.
Wanted to fist share a few things we have learned plus ask if anyone would be willing to share what works for them. Looking to possibly change our High School Classroom based collection model to a more centralized one.
- We treat the AC adapter and USB cable now as consumable items and do not collect. Started this policy before last years collection and I would highly suggest this as it has GREATLY helped our collection process.
- Damage standards and charge/no charge for damage has always been a challange for us. Anyone willing to share their standards and how they implement? Last year we did an expanded ‘Tier 2’ examination of ours after main classroom collection checking units out of our provided case for dents, damaged headphone jacks, button damage, etc and based parent damage charges off that ’Tier 2’ check. Since this was not done with Student present and even though we had photos we still had quite a bit of negative Parent feedback. What to avoid that so wondering what others are doing for EOY damage procedures.
- What are others doing for a timeline on Student 1-1 iPad collection? At our High School their stance is not until like 4th period of last Student day as they use for finals. Our Middle School sites are like 2 weeks ahead of last Student day so that is less of a collection timing issue.
Does anybody have any more information on the 3rd-party options for Web Filtering in iOS 8 (mentioned here)? I haven't heard any news since the release of iOS 8, where it was promised that there would be powerful extensions to com.apple.webcontent-filter to allow for more robust filtering by device. The current implementation left over from iOS 7 is unusable, since it blocks nearly all https:// traffic. I was really hoping to have an option that allowed me to just remove the "clear history" options and specify a blacklist only for students who have lost some web browsing privileges.
We are using Meraki MDM thoughout our schools estate, our devices are supervised and have disabaled the installation of Apps and the removal of apps.
The kids have realised they can visit websites and add a bookmark to the home screen, as the removal of apps is not allow there is no easy way to remove this "bookmark" from the home screen.
Does anyone know of a work around or is there something im missing that could prevent this.
Just wondering if anyone has this noticed this issue and the workaround.
8.1.2 and before
We could silently push apps via MDM and the app would install itself on the device as long as Automatic Downloads was turned on.
We can still push apps via MDM but they now appear under AppStore > Purchased. Now the user must search for the app ( recent makes it easier ) and install it themselves.
The issue. I have clients with 1000's of ipads in multiple locations that they want an app pushed to. Before this was easy, the apps would be available for use. Now each device must be touched to install the app. This becomes an issue with bandwidth, when 300 iPads are being picked up and 'installing' just before a meeting. Now someone has to run around and 'install' the app on each device so they are ready to go.
I've sent emails to Apple Engineering to see if this was a mistake or a 'fix'. Waiting on a reply.
Yesterday Apple released iOS 8.1.3 for all iOS-capable devices. The headline feature is to reduce the amount of space required for (future) software updates. This should help out those of us with 8 or 16GB devices. There is also mention of "new configuration options for education standardized testing." No idea what that means, since Apple hasn't updated the Configuration Profile Reference yet.
I always get a kick reading the list of security fixes, which is pretty lengthy for 8.1.3.
In other news, Apple announced massive quarterly results, with every product (but iPad) growing strongly year-over-year. Oh, and the Apple Watch is now expected in April.
Please can anyone provide any troubleshooting tips or fixes (if you have fixed a similar issue before) regarding this issue below?
I do not have the full details yet - no architecture specific info / logs etc.
Fifty (50) percent of app installs fail, not of MobileIron itself, but of the enterprise apps they distribute via MobileIron. This is for a large enterprise with normal IT architecture with MobileIron MDM configuration.
Thank you for any help,
AAA Mobility Solutions
For the past three years the iOS Enterprise app our company wrote has been made available over the air to our client's BYOD iPad roving-salesmen users (only about 40) using the itms download from a website. This was easy (the company set up a password protected page on their website and let those users know the password), and it allowed the user plenty of control - if a new version of the app was made available via the website, the company simply emailed all the users to let them know, and the users decided when to download it. This was especially important since the app is large, and needs to be downloaded when the user is somewhere with a good wifi connection.
Although the itms method still (just about) works for iOS8 devices, it's clear that Apple might drop support at any time, and recommend apps should be distributed via MDM. Therefore I have started looking at Apple Profile Manager on Mac OS X Yosemite Server to see whether we might recommend this to the client. I'm a developer not a sysadmin by trade, and have had no exposure to MDM before,
What I need to be able to do
The only use of MDM will be to allow all users to install our app over the air on any new iOS devices they own, and to install an updated version whenever we release one. The company is not interested in tracking or controlling any other aspect of the devices. So all that I want to do is have the user be able to enrol devices and self-install the app from our MDM server over the air whenever they want.
Profile Manager so far
I am at the stage of just having a look at how Profile Manager works, on a 'test' OSX Server system running locally in our office. I have set up a test user, assigned them to a group, allocated our app to the group, and enrolled an Ipad for the user. So far so good!
But whenever I enrol an iPad or upload an updated version of the app to Profile Manager, the app is pushed automatically to the iPads (with the user presented with a 'Cancel/Install/Update' alert as appropriate. I don't want this to happen; I just want the app available to users - somehow - so they can self-install when they want.
Can I achieve this or a similar effect with Profile Manager? If so, how? If not, what other MDM solution would you recommend?
Thanks for any advice.
Bushel, an Apple device management solution, powered by JAMF Software, today announced general availability, expanding Apple device management to businesses of all sizes. Bushel is a cloud-based solution designed to make it simple and quick for regular people to complete their management tasks, including Apple device setup, security and usability. The software had been in beta for some time now, and users could use it on an invitation-only basis. Bushel has just today become generally available to the public to sign up for either a free or paid account. You can find out more and sign up on the Bushel website.
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