With an MDM solution in place, IT administrators can securely enroll devices in an education environment, configure and update settings, set restrictions, and install apps. MDM also provides a simple way to enable user access to school services while ensuring devices are properly configured.
iOS and OS X have a built‑in MDM framework that allows third‑party MDM solutions to wirelessly interact with iOS devices and Mac. This lightweight framework was designed from the ground up to be scalable enough to fully configure and manage all of your institution’s devices.
Installation, management, and removal of accounts that provide access to email and calendar.
Configuration of settings such as passcodes and restrictions.
Installation, configuration, management, and removal of apps.
Querying of device, network, application, and security information.
Ability to enforce passcode policies and remotely lock or wipe a lost or stolen device.
OS X Server includes Profile Manager for remotely managing iOS devices and Mac. Profile Manager makes it easy to configure iOS and OS X devices so they’re set up to work with your school resources and have the settings your institution requires. And there are no client licenses to purchase or maintain in order to take advantage of OS X Server features — making Profile Manager the simplest and fastest way to get started with mobile device management.
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MDM solutions are also provided by third-party companies and offer support for a variety of server platforms, management consoles, workflow options, and pricing structures. Whether your institution is looking for a cloud‑hosted solution or a server that’s installed on‑premise, you have the flexibility to choose an architecture that’s best for your environment. With the right controls in place, managing your institution’s devices can be easy and efficient.
With iOS and OS X you have great tools to manage your classroom.
Single app mode, an extension of Guided Access in iOS, allows teachers, proctors, and administrators to temporarily limit an iOS device to a single app. You can enable single app mode wirelessly with MDM. This is a powerful tool for focusing student attention and securing devices for assessment.
Teachers and students can wirelessly stream content from their iPad or Mac to a classroom projector or HDTV via Apple TV using AirPlay. You can preconfigure systems to connect with specific AirPlay destinations. And MDM can be used to prompt a student to mirror their iPad or Mac on a specific Apple TV, so they can present to the entire class without complex configurations.
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Once your institution has selected an MDM solution, there are a few simple steps to get up and running. Beyond basic installation and configuration of your server, you'll need to obtain an SSL certificate from Apple. This certificate enables your server to securely communicate with the Apple Push Notification service. Your third-party MDM solution provider can help you get this started.
Contact your MDM vendor to request a Certificate Signing Request (CSR). Your vendor will sign the CSR and deliver it to you.
Once you have a signed CSR from your vendor, visit https://identity.apple.com/pushcert and sign in with a verified Apple ID.
Select your signed CSR and click Upload. After a moment, your certificate will be available for download.
This certificate can now be uploaded to your MDM server for use with the Apple Push Notification service.