I did get Profile Manager to silently install apps though it has it's problems. All our iPads were fully supervised and all setup in the exact same way I had around 40 iPads that would sucessfully silently install apps and I have other that wouldn't, they where all the same and after months with Apple Support they couldn't even figure out what was wrong and told me to go back to configurator as profile manager has known bugs such as these. We also had a problem where apps would download and install on 1 iPad but wouldn't install on the next and became a greyed out app on the home screen, again Apple, LEA and Smoothwall couldn't understand why it was working on some but not others.
I would suggest you trial it on a few iPads before doing the lot, I would have to say Profile Manager seems the best bet, although from my personal experience I think it's a pile of cr*p. You may also want to call your LEA and make sure that downloads work as there maybe a caching server on your LEA's network which will cause soooooooooo many problems if you share the same public IP with everyone else.
I'd take what some people say on here with a pinch of salt, I find there's normally a big argument regarding the whole Apple and Microsoft and Linux thing... it's all about finding what works best for your school I can only advise you on my personal experience and hope it helps. Some people will say "I was wrong" or "I didn't do it properly" blah blah that's fine. I've spent over 8 months and had formal training with these iPads and sometimes it's fact they just don't work properly it's a shame because they have the potential to be such nice and cool devices to be used in a school though all they seem to bring with them is frustration in my opinion.
Hope this helps buddy and good luck!
No criticism was intended....
Good advice this part.I would suggest you trial it on a few iPads before doing the lot...
Yes, that's advisable. These sort of network setups could definitely cause problem when you don't truly control your own network.You may also want to call your LEA and make sure that downloads work as there maybe a caching server on your LEA's network which will cause soooooooooo many problems if you share the same public IP with everyone else.
Absolutely.... it's all about finding what works best for your school
This thread is proving very informative thanks everyone.....it's interesting to hear your experiences. Sometimes with Meraki ( and this is not singling them out ) the apps just don't get pushed out to Ipads even thought you tell it to do so - sounds like a similar issue abillybob has with his silent installs.....I am going to have to have a think about all your comments as we have redeemed all our codes ( so if we move over to server based App installation with Profile Manager then as I understand we can't move them over) - I'll have to have a read about it from the links you have sent..
It would be nice to be able to use Apple Configurator and have the same Apps on every Ipad ( like you would image a pc ) but in the real world this isn't going to happen and people ask for odd extra apps from time to time...so the Ipads are different....
Anywhoo wish you all the best if you're stuck on anything don't hesitate to PM me!
pixellip (8th April 2014)
Hi - we use meraki - annoying as hell we trialled it with our 24 iPads but didn't realise that we now cannot move the £900 of apps over to apple configurator without repurchasing !! So I am talking to meraki atm to see if we can streamline / understand why the management console/mdm on iPads and what is actually downloaded don't all appear the same and why apps download fine on 15 iPads in a group but not on the last one ..... concerned that configurator seems to be problematic as well was hoping for a solution !! Meraki was chosen because was hoping to use it for androids/chrome books and iPads ...... hoping
Apple support isn't great and most of my fixes have either come from edugeek, other local schools or by fiddling, I don't think there is a perfect answer yet.
I do find Meraki a bit flakey. We only have 20 ipads but the VPP deploy installed on all the tablets but looking at the VPP only 6 or so have been claimed... no idea why. I wondered if its because I was using the same apple ID for them all but its very weird as some take the license and others don't... same with deploying free apps, I have te auto update apps setting all enabled and most just deploy the free apps auto but some just don't... I go into the Meraki app and check the installed apps and it will show some are assigned but not installed.
Interested in DEP as I don't like the Apple configurator too....why do some ipads reconfigure and others not.
At least we only have 20
It is possible to deploy apps to iPads silently without having to enter passwords.
Make sure all the iPads are signed in with an apple ID. you have to have individual IDs for each iPad AFAIK.
The trick is not to add apps under the apps section. What you do is just assign the licences under the MDM > VPP section. Once the licences are assigned they will deploy automatically. No further action needed.
As mentioned by others, it can tend to miss one or two iPads occasionally which can be frustrating.
It's not brilliant but it works. Kind of.
I've not found it to be that way here. If you assign apps to users through the VPP section alone, they will appear in the Managed Apps area in the Meraki MDM app on those users' devices, where they can then download them. They should also appear under the Purchased section in the App Store. Either way, though, they will not be automatically installed. To have that as well, you also need to deploy them to devices (using tags seems to work best) through MDM > Apps.
Ahh, I have removed the MDM app from the devices.
Try that with one iPad.
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