Device management made easy.
Centrally manage your school’s deployments and help support the classroom with a mobile device management solution.
Whether you deploy devices to a classroom or an entire school district, mobile device management (MDM) helps you configure devices with settings and restrictions wirelessly. MDM also makes it simple to install apps and books and provide access to school services such as email and Wi-Fi.
You can now distribute apps directly to all your devices — no Apple ID on the device is required. With iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, the Volume Purchase Program works with MDM and Apple Configurator 2 to provide device-based app assignment. Managed apps can be installed, configured and revoked over the air with MDM, or alternatively with classroom carts and Apple Configurator 2.
Mobile device management solutions provide a wide range of capabilities for routine tasks such as querying devices, networks, applications, and security information. With MDM it’s easy to view all your apps, battery life, storage capacity, free space, and more — you can install, manage, and remove accounts for email, calendars, and other services. iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan offer enhanced restrictions to control passcodes, device names, wallpapers, and AirDrop on managed devices.
MDM is a protocol built into iOS and OS X that allows institutions to set up and manage devices remotely. MDM servers use profiles to distribute configuration information for devices, so you can automate the configuration of settings, accounts, restrictions, and credentials.
Using MDM tools, instructional staff can manage devices and content for everyday classroom activities.
A number of vendors offer MDM tools that allow teachers to send students feedback and run assessments, all from the instructor’s device. Using Single App Mode in iOS, teachers and administrators can instantly direct students to a single assessment, app, or website. And iOS 9 includes features — such as spelling and grammar checking, auto-correction, and dictionary lookup — that can be temporarily disabled during an assessment.
With AirPlay, teachers and students can wirelessly stream content to a projector or HDTV via Apple TV. Instructors can even use MDM 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. Devices can also wirelessly connect to Apple TV without first connecting to the school's network. And you can preconfigure devices to connect with specific AirPlay destinations.
Mobile device management solutions are available from a wide range of vendors and come with different features and pricing. Invest in an MDM solution that best fits your school’s unique needs.
There are many mobile device management solutions provided by third-party companies that offer support for a variety of workflow options, management consoles, server platforms, and pricing structures. Whether your institution is looking for a cloud solution or an on-premise server, you can choose the architecture that’s best for your environment. It’s important to find the solution that suits your institution’s needs. With the right features and controls, managing your deployments with MDM can be easy and efficient.
OS X Server includes Profile Manager, an MDM service from Apple for deploying, configuring, and managing iPad and Mac in your institution. There are no client licenses to purchase in order to take advantage of its features.Learn more about Profile Manager
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 the Apple Push Certificates Portal 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.