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    With Managed Distribution, if I have 100 iPad's, can I make a single email address the 'owner' of all those devices and then push out the software that way? Or does each iPad device need its own email address? Confused.

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    It doesn't say there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    With Managed Distribution, if I have 100 iPad's, can I make a single email address the 'owner' of all those devices and then push out the software that way? Or does each iPad device need its own email address? Confused.
    Yes you will require a unique Apple ID per iPad, this can be any Apple ID and does not need to tied to the school, with Managed Distribution the process is as follows;

    Create Apple ID per iPad.
    Download token from VPP and upload to your preferred MDM solution to link them
    Send invite to iPad users
    Invited users enrolled in your MDM to accept the invite (some MDM's send a push notification for this others send an email so you may need email accounts on each iPad), they will also need to sign in to the app store with Apple ID and password
    If device are supervised and you have the account locked so users can not sign out you can now push apps silently to the iPads (again this will depend on the MDM you are using as to how well this works)

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    So what stops me using the same apple ID on all the iPads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    So what stops me using the same apple ID on all the iPads?
    The reason this will not work is,if you are using the same ID on every iPad how do you make sure every iPad has received the app you have pushed out? You do not want students and teachers coming to you saying they do not have the app.

    When scaling iPads if you get a major problem and need some support from Apple the first thing they will tell you is you are not following the correct framework guidelines?

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    If you are using an MDM you will see on the list of apps that its installed? Have you made a ton of Apple ID's then or do staff and pupils use their own?

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    I'm looking at doing this. Is there a way to bulk create Apple IDs for the iPads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snagrat View Post
    I'm looking at doing this. Is there a way to bulk create Apple IDs for the iPads?
    Ha, they require credit added to each account to unless you jump through ten minutes of hoops with each one, Apple hates sysadmins and would not do anything to make their lives easier.

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    We can create the accounts within App store and create without credit cards can't we?

    I know it'll take time but don't want to assign a credit card to the accounts

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    Quote Originally Posted by snagrat View Post
    We can create the accounts within App store and create without credit cards can't we?

    I know it'll take time but don't want to assign a credit card to the accounts
    Yes but it will not allow you to tie an ipad to it till it has credit. The workaround it to trick it by logging in a copy of iTunes to it and buying a free app which then I think removes this lockout, its just another stupid hurdle they have put in.

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    Ok. Can we have the same credit card assigned to multiply Apple ID?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snagrat View Post
    Ok. Can we have the same credit card assigned to multiply Apple ID?
    You can but I wouldn't put a credit card on one though - free-for-all comes to mind.

    We do ours in batches with a zero credit AppleID for every 15 or so with the VPP tied in through Profile manager, that way we can buy enough licences for all of them and assign only as many as we need with that arrangement. It is a compromise between Apples nutbar our way or the highway one device per student model and one that is remotely workable. We did need to supervise the iPads via configurator beforehand to allow the silent app push though.

    Also when working with the Apple server stuff, if it does not work first time reboot it a bunch of times, it may not throw any error messages but there is usually some unhandled nonsense going on in the background silently messing up the software.

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    So you use one Apple ID for multiple devices? Is there a limit to how many you can do?

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    @SYNACK I am confused. Are you saying you use 1 ID for 15 devices and still use VPP managed distribution?

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