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Apple'e New Management Distribution Programme

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Started by Allanah King 08 Nov 2013 4:57pm () Replies (7)

Via Twitter this morning I can across this that I had not heard about before.

"Apple has replaced the unwieldy process of distributing hundreds or thousands of individual redemption codes with a new, streamlined method that allows administrators to remotely "assign" apps and textbooks to students or teachers."

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/11/05/apple-simplifies-bulk-book-and-app-deployment-with-new-managed-distribution-program

"The program works with free and paid apps from both the iOS and Mac App Stores, as well as books from the iBookstore. 

When a book or app is assigned to a device, it can be automatically downloaded and installed, or a push notification can prompt the user to install the item. Removal can also be done automatically when the assignment is revoked, and the license is immediately available to be moved to a different device. 

Apple says the program is available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. Institutions will need a compatible mobile device management service, like OS X Server's Profile Manager, to participate."

http://www.apple.com/nz/support/osxserver/profilemanager/

Not being terribly good 'under the hood' kind of person I wonder if anyone can help me understand how this could enhance or maybe replace the Apple Configurator issues!!

Would this be a hard thing to get going?

Could I do it?

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  • Mark Ellis (View all users posts) 08 Nov 2013 7:03pm ()

    Love to know as we have been looking at MDM for a while. Was looking at Casper suite but talking with Roger from Cyclone so I will contact him about this.

  • Matthew Thomas (View all users posts) 08 Nov 2013 8:22pm ()

    Hey Allanah -

    This is the thing I was talking about yesterday in the In App Purchase discussion thread.

    MDM isn't hard to run once it is set up, but you need to have some server skills to set it up. If you're not confident 'under the hood' of a server setup, you'd be better to have it set up for you. This could replace Configurator, but it leaves a lot more control in the hands of the end user (such as App placement in folders).

    This new system certainly looks really good. I like that it can be run on a Mac Server through Profile Manager, or with a specialised MDM such as the Casper Suite by Jamf. I wonder if Meraki will support this new way of deploying apps?

  • Miriam (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2013 12:40pm ()

    Matthew

    I am wanting to get this set up for our school, but don't have the skills to do it myself. Who would you recomment to set it up for us?

  • Jamie De La Haye (View all users posts) 19 Feb 2016 4:19pm ()

    Hi we are having trouble with our iPads

    This year we have used apple configurator MDM to wirelessly push apps to our iPads

    Apps are getting from A to B but today apps on the iPad when touched are not opening.

    Big issue with Seesaw and google apps. No rhyme or reason as some iPads work and some do not?

    Any ideas, anyone else having difficulty with configurator??

  • redbeard45 (View all users posts) 20 Feb 2016 9:04pm ()

    Just to clarify, if you are using Configurator to wirelessly push apps, you must be using Configurator 2?

    Has anything else on the network been changed - connected up to N4L or some other service being installed over the break? When was everything still working okay?

     

  • Jamie De La Haye (View all users posts) 22 Feb 2016 10:21am ()

    Hi yes we are using Apple Configurator 2 to set up iPads and profile manager 10.11 el capitan pushes apps to out iPads.

    N4L was set up last year, so no changes there in the short term

    Apps were working one day and then not the next. Apps on one iPad work and then on other iPad the same app does not open??

    Very strange and frustrating

    Thanks for any help

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