As of September 2015, SD34 has implemented Apple’s Device Enrollment Program. Devices included in the DEP can be locked to a particular MDM service, in our case, Airwatch. This makes it impossible for a stolen device to be removed from the Abbotsford MDM. Even if the device is erased, as soon as it restarts it automatically logs in and is managed by Abbotsford Airwatch. Continue reading DEP and the Importance of Purchasing iOS Devices Directly from Apple
Acquiring and Installing Apps Using “Device Based Assignment”
- Log into your school’s VPP portal. https://volume.itunes.apple.com/ca/store
Search for an App. Click on the link to bring up the full description
Continue reading Acquiring and Installing Apps Using “Device Based Assignment”
Working with Device Profiles
- Device profiles are the primary means by which you can manage
devices. You can think of profiles as the settings and rules that, when
combined with compliance policies, help you enforce corporate rules and
procedures. They contain the settings, configurations and restrictions
that you want to enforce on devices.
- Each school should have 3 Device Profiles to start with:
- Wifi – set by the district
- Email – the email account shared by a set of iPads.
- Typically, iPad Keepers will use Device Profiles for:
- Deploying Web Clips
- Configuring Single App Mode
Example: Create and Deploy a Web Clip
Managing and differentiating groups of iPads is done through Smart Groups. Smart Groups can be created based on”tag.” Example: iPads tagged as “Teacher” can automatically be part of the a Smart Group looking for that tag.
Alternately, Smarts Groups can be a collection of hand picked iPads, not based on criteria.
A/ Device Dashboard
- The Device Dashboard is a good place to start when checking up on
your iPads. Bookmarking it would be a good idea.
- From here you can see if any iPads are not connected to the network. In the screenshot below you will see that 4 devices have not connected to the internet for more than 20 days.
The most important thing you can do to ready your iPads for the new school year is to make sure it has been updated to iOS 9.
- Prevent students from changing the lock/home screens
- Prevent students from setting a Pass Code on the iPads
- Hiding the App Store without losing the ability for the App Updates to occur
- Very few iTunes, if any, password requests when installing Apps with Airwatch
- A much better Keyboard which shows upper and lower case letters
- Ability to easily delete all your photos/videos
- Many, many more features