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So where are schools at with Volume Purchasing?

Started by Jacqui Sharp 06 Nov 2012 4:44pm () Replies (119)


I have one school that has it set up on 90 iPads. It seems to be working ok except for finding certain apps. Have any other schools out there started it? I would be interested to hear how it is going, any problems or hints to help out other schools?


  • Amy McCauley (View all users posts) 06 Nov 2012 6:27pm ()

    I have just had the conversation today that we should set up our 100+ ipads using volume purchasing.  I’ve had a brief look at it - was it hard to get your head around and set them up? Any resources you (or anyone else) knows of that can help would be greatly appreciated! 

  • Amy McCauley (View all users posts) 17 Mar 2013 8:03am ()

    I have been trying to get my head around Config for months and months now, just when I thought all was great - 22 ipads successfully set up with config.  I went to put more apps on and nothing!  It would not work.

    Fustration levels through the roof, I was speaking to a person at our IT support company and he has been looking into a free (for schools) web-based software called Meraki.

    I put a question out on Twitter asking if anyone had used this before & Chris Goodrich (in the U.K - @cgood77) gave me a link to his blog post about setting up and using Meraki: Meraki Mobile Device Management.

    I have seen the dashboard you get and seems like a great system. As this is web-based you can update/ add apps from anywhere and you do not need to connect the iPads to your computer.  You can also get a lot of other information from the dashboard including where the iPads are (like find my iphone), how much battery life is left on each iPad, when it was last connected...and the list goes on.  You can also use VPP vouchers for paid apps.

    I am going through it with our IT guru tomorrow, so fingers crossed!  As I said to him, can't be harder than config!

  • Amy McCauley (View all users posts) 07 Dec 2013 6:45am ()

    Hi Monica,

    VPP and Meraki are great and easy to use once they are set-up.  Here is an overview of Systems Management in Meraki - thats the system that manages devices within Meraki:


    Here are the VPP instructions, if you haven't looked at this yet http://www.apple.com/education/it/vpp/

    If you are deploying paid apps within Meraki, you will get a prompt for the VPP codes, which you enter and the apps are deployed. 

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