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    Teachers using own Apple IDs on supervised devices

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    We are about to issue our staff with iPads. We already have a number and they are all supervised by Configurator (hoping to switch to MDM once I get my head around it!). We would like to have these supervised too but have the staff able to purchase their own apps with their own ID - is this possible?

    Many thanks....

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    If they use their own, personal, non school appleids then you have no control. Don't do it!

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    Thank you for your reply - I've just shown my ICT Co-ordinator this! He did want to give staff the option to explore apps for themselves before we buy them and they know their own year groups better than me, hence the request for both ways of doing it. But any wisdom gratefully received!

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    The school won't have a licence for the app if staff purchase them with their own ID's. Fine if staff are expected to pay for them themselves, but not if it's being purchased via school money/account.

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    Also, if the Staff member purchases it on their Apple ID, when they leave they will take the app with them. The school then does not own it, its advisable to NOT do this and use the Institutional Deployment model.

    To learn about the different deployment models (it is very handy to know what they are and what is recommended)

    Page 24 - http://images.apple.com/uk/education...ment_guide.pdf

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    Thank you both for your reply. We would purchase apps through VPP and while I usually import all the codes into Configurator I understand you can email individual codes to users too?

    That link was very helpful! It does describe what my colleague wants in the Layered Ownership scheme. I guess he's happy if when a member of staff leaves they take the odd app with them (we only have about 25 members of teaching staff) but it's nice to have that clarified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammie View Post
    Thank you both for your reply. We would purchase apps through VPP and while I usually import all the codes into Configurator I understand you can email individual codes to users too?

    That link was very helpful! It does describe what my colleague wants in the Layered Ownership scheme. I guess he's happy if when a member of staff leaves they take the odd app with them (we only have about 25 members of teaching staff) but it's nice to have that clarified.
    All of the above answers are correct BUT this is as long as you are using Apple Configurator to deploy apps to devices, this will not scale well if and when you start to use an MDM solution to manage iPads and app deployment.

    The document link above, although useful is out of date when it comes to iOS7 deployments and using managed distribution with end user Apple ID's differs from the documentation above.

    http://images.apple.com/uk/education..._FF_ROW_UK.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brimstone View Post
    All of the above answers are correct BUT this is as long as you are using Apple Configurator to deploy apps to devices, this will not scale well if and when you start to use an MDM solution to manage iPads and app deployment.

    The document link above, although useful is out of date when it comes to iOS7 deployments and using managed distribution with end user Apple ID's differs from the documentation above.

    http://images.apple.com/uk/education..._FF_ROW_UK.pdf
    Thanks Brimstone for your reply. I've read the pdf, but I can't see where in it it says what I want to do would be an issue? I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just not sure which bit you're referring to! The generic apple ios7 info says this - Institutions purchase app licences through the VPP website, and can use their MDM solution to assign apps to students, teachers and staff over the air. Students can enrol with their personal Apple IDs without providing it to their institution, and apps are placed in their purchase history for self-service download, or are installed automatically via MDM. While I appreciate I may have got hold of the wrong end of the stick, I thought this meant you can distribute apps both automatically via MDM and to the teachers' own IDs? Feel free to put me straight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammie View Post
    Thanks Brimstone for your reply. I've read the pdf, but I can't see where in it it says what I want to do would be an issue? I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just not sure which bit you're referring to! The generic apple ios7 info says this - Institutions purchase app licences through the VPP website, and can use their MDM solution to assign apps to students, teachers and staff over the air. Students can enrol with their personal Apple IDs without providing it to their institution, and apps are placed in their purchase history for self-service download, or are installed automatically via MDM. While I appreciate I may have got hold of the wrong end of the stick, I thought this meant you can distribute apps both automatically via MDM and to the teachers' own IDs? Feel free to put me straight...
    Ok Tammie, let me explain....

    When a school buy's an iPad for the teacher to use, correctly setting them up and supervising them using Apple Configurator is all great, its the Apple ID part that you need for think more carefully about.

    It's unlikely that the teacher will want to have to come back to you to use configurator to install apps onto them or update the apps either. You have a think and say OK we will give each teachers an institution based Apple ID, with a school email address so we keep ownership of the content but....

    This does not work, why is that...?
    Because if that teacher leaves any new teacher will use a different email address, you will need to keep mountains of records for each teacher with an Apple ID and their passwords and you can't consolidate or edit info on Apple ID 's without this information...as I said it doesn't work.

    With an MDM and managed distribution of apps it doesn't matter at all what Apple ID's are used just as long as each iPads has a unique one. Teachers and students can create their own, (your MDM can't even see the Apple ID being used) you link your MDM with your VPP account, then invite users into your MDM via a push notification or email (using the teachers/student own email school address, not the one used for the Apple ID. This lets you assign and revoke apps the school have bought for them and they can also buy their own apps on the device if they want to.

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    Ok... so with Configurator we would run into problems because of the two IDs being used on each device needing a password. MDM doesn't have that issue because I'm effectively only using one ID, theirs.

    I'm a little confused with MDM though as I had a training course on it a couple of weeks ago and the trainer said you don't need an ID per device to push out apps OTA?

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    However you set them up, it's going to be a frustrating learing curve early on exacerbated by teachers impatiently demanding their iShiny toy ASAP.

    If they're going to be used by staff as personal/departmental devices it's probably best to get them to set them up themselves and set up an iTunes account tied to their work email address. The iTunes account can be tranferred to a new email address if the staff member leaves.

    If you have a trolley worth of them for the kids, you can set one up, save a back up and then restore it onto the rest of the iPads. This will restore paid apps too, but you still need to purchase extra licences via VPP to cover the school legally. The other option is to use Apple Configurator on a Mac Computer (it's mac only software).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammie View Post
    Ok... so with Configurator we would run into problems because of the two IDs being used on each device needing a password. MDM doesn't have that issue because I'm effectively only using one ID, theirs.

    I'm a little confused with MDM though as I had a training course on it a couple of weeks ago and the trainer said you don't need an ID per device to push out apps OTA?
    Correct, you don't need one Apple ID per device. We went for the Institutional Model, meaning we have one Apple ID signed into all our 59 iPads, from my seat and with a simple click, I can push Apps to all 59 iPads using Profile Manager (Apple's MDM solution) regardless if they are VPP or not.

    In terms of VPP, any Apple ID can redeem a VPP code, it does not have to be a special account or whatever, it just must be signed into the iPad(s) to redeem - One thing though, it cannot be the VPP Program Facilitator or Manager account.

    I have been doing this now for a 18 months or so, and see multiple threads of these questions being answered completely differently by each person. Everybodys deployment is different, meaning the steps you take are also different. Our deployment of iPads just works and carries on working due to the hard planning work I put in, it is important to inform teachers these are not the 'save the world' devices, they can't easily connect to Windows Shares, you can't save files as it has no real file system (Each app has a independent file system, meaning using an App to upload documents is out of the question due to the security contexts of the device). Try solutions and fiddle with it till it works is the best option. Also it matters what MDM are you going to be using in the future, the majority 3rd party ones work the same but using Profile Manager has differences that you must be aware of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brimstone View Post
    With an MDM and managed distribution of apps it doesn't matter at all what Apple ID's are used just as long as each iPads has a unique one.
    No it really doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SovietRussia View Post
    Correct, you don't need one Apple ID per device. We went for the Institutional Model, meaning we have one Apple ID signed into all our 59 iPads, from my seat and with a simple click, I can push Apps to all 59 iPads using Profile Manager (Apple's MDM solution) regardless if they are VPP or not.

    In terms of VPP, any Apple ID can redeem a VPP code, it does not have to be a special account or whatever, it just must be signed into the iPad(s) to redeem - One thing though, it cannot be the VPP Program Facilitator or Manager account.

    I have been doing this now for a 18 months or so, and see multiple threads of these questions being answered completely differently by each person. Everybodys deployment is different, meaning the steps you take are also different. Our deployment of iPads just works and carries on working due to the hard planning work I put in, it is important to inform teachers these are not the 'save the world' devices, they can't easily connect to Windows Shares, you can't save files as it has no real file system (Each app has a independent file system, meaning using an App to upload documents is out of the question due to the security contexts of the device). Try solutions and fiddle with it till it works is the best option. Also it matters what MDM are you going to be using in the future, the majority 3rd party ones work the same but using Profile Manager has differences that you must be aware of.
    I've also seen multiple threads with people giving out the completely wrong information to people which is why I despair on here. Can you please stop telling people they don't need unique Apple ID's on each device. Whilst you are using Profile Manager and this may work for you this is completely unsupported within the iOS Framework and is a workaround, when it fails and you call or email Apple they will just tell you need to be using unique Apple ID's and are unlikely to support you without this in place first.

    I've lost count of the number of schools I've been to and unpicked the mess they have got into with their deployment.

    BTW, Profile Manager will start to give you issues when you start to reach around 100 x iPads as Apple's own MDM can not cope with this numbers and more of them...

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    With VPP this is possible. You can revoke App licenses at anytime. It doesn't matter if it's there personal Apple ID , or one provided by the school. You can't however revoke Books from iBooks store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    If they use their own, personal, non school appleids then you have no control. Don't do it!
    This is not true at least here in the states using VPP. Apps can always be revoked.

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