Managing Devices. Managing Apple devices has never been easier. iOS and OS X feature built-in support for Apple and third-party mobile device management (MDM) solutions. This means that deployments of any size are simplified so that teachers and students can get up and running quickly.

Device management features.

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.

The MDM framework in iOS supports the following features.

Managed accounts.

Installation, management, and removal of accounts that provide access to email and calendar.

Managed configurations.

Configuration of settings such as passcodes and restrictions.

Managed apps.

Installation, configuration, management, and removal of apps.

Device queries.

Querying of device, network, application, and security information.

Security commands.

Ability to enforce passcode policies and remotely lock or wipe a lost or stolen device.

Profile Manager.

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.
Learn more about Profile Manager

Third-party solutions.

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.

Enable the ideal teaching environment.

With iOS and OS X you have great tools to manage your classroom.

Keep students on task.

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.

Apple TV in the classroom.

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.
Learn more about Apple TV

Get started.

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.

Requesting a certificate is simple and free. Follow these instructions to get started.

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Request.

Contact your MDM vendor to request a Certificate Signing Request (CSR). Your vendor will sign the CSR and deliver it to you.

Verify.

Once you have a signed CSR from your vendor, visit https://identity.apple.com/pushcert and sign in with a verified Apple ID.

Create.

Click Create a Certificate and then agree to the Terms of Use.

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Upload.

Select your signed CSR and click Upload. After a moment, your certificate will be available for download.

Use.

This certificate can now be uploaded to your MDM server for use with the Apple Push Notification service.

Request a certificate for MDM.

Visit the Apple Push Certificates Portal