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    Managing iPads. HELP!!!!!

    Hi All,

    We have a delivery of 100+ iPads turning up this week, and today i'm planning on setting up some way to configure them, we have profile manager configured on a macmini server, however i'm willing to look at other options, Meraki?

    I'm looking for ideas, suggestions on the best way to set these up as quickly as possible...I would like to install a set of general apps paid and unpaid & then specific apps to the class & individual e-mail accounts if possible. The problem I can see is that all the apps will be set up with the individual student apple ID's.

    If anyone has any ideas or suggestions please fire away.

    Thanks Again

    M

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    Search in Edugeek there are far too many questions just like yours that can help you out. They're always the same answers!

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    In a nutshell

    Start Up an iPad,
    Apple Config: Prepare, Supervise,
    iPad: update etc, set icons up as you like, set apps to auto update and install, safari homepage etc.
    Apple Config: Backup as base image,

    Meraki: Create a network, set up profiles etc
    Apple Config: Create a meraki profile & Import meraki Certificate, create a WLAN profile

    Rest of the iPads;
    Apple Config: Prepare (w/WLAN Profile), supervise (always update iOS, WLAN Profile, Meraki Profile)

    end user: setup apple id, add to ipad

    VPP: join program
    Meraki: add vpp, invite users, send out apps

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    Thanks smithson, just what I needed.

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    @mike86, these will be worth the read it's not always that simple...

    Apps just waiting
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike86 View Post
    Hi All,

    We have a delivery of 100+ iPads turning up this week, and today i'm planning on setting up some way to configure them, we have profile manager configured on a macmini server, however i'm willing to look at other options, Meraki?

    I'm looking for ideas, suggestions on the best way to set these up as quickly as possible...I would like to install a set of general apps paid and unpaid & then specific apps to the class & individual e-mail accounts if possible. The problem I can see is that all the apps will be set up with the individual student apple ID's.

    If anyone has any ideas or suggestions please fire away.

    Thanks Again

    M

    As you have Mac Mini Server I would strongly advise you to configure the caching server BEFORE you start deploying the iPads, you will need a static Public IP for it. This would make iOS updates and app deployment a lot quicker.

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    Thanks Brimstone, Where do I configure this & what is this for?

    I've set up one with configurator and tested Meraki and all seems to be working. Only thing i've not worked out is if I can send email settings out on a per user basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike86 View Post
    Thanks Brimstone, Where do I configure this & what is this for?

    I've set up one with configurator and tested Meraki and all seems to be working. Only thing i've not worked out is if I can send email settings out on a per user basis.
    Again look at the other threads.... I would highly recommend you checking with county to make sure you can enable Caching Server before you enable it and stop everyone else on the same public IP using Apple kit.

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    Cheers, I've had look through the other threads you posted & as we're a private school all should be good on that side of things...thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike86 View Post
    Thanks Brimstone, Where do I configure this & what is this for?

    I've set up one with configurator and tested Meraki and all seems to be working. Only thing i've not worked out is if I can send email settings out on a per user basis.
    Caching Server 2 only comes with Mavericks Server, it caches iOS, OS X and app updates locally on your network, just make sure you have a static public I.P. you can point this to otherwise it will not work. Link below

    https://help.apple.com/advancedserve...F-870CB0FADCDB

    You can configure Exchange Activesync accounts for email or other SMTP/POP email accounts using Apple Configurator, link below

    https://help.apple.com/configurator/...0/#cad812edaec

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike86 View Post
    Cheers, I've had look through the other threads you posted & as we're a private school all should be good on that side of things...thoughts?
    Sorted then as long as you have your own broadband you should be good

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    Thanks, We're still on Mountain Lion Server, so should be cool, with the apple Configurator i'm guessing I can put the basic settings in & let the user type their mail address/password. Or will I need to set an individual profile per iPad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike86 View Post
    Only thing i've not worked out is if I can send email settings out on a per user basis.
    You can do this in within a profile in Meraki, setup the email settings within a profile, and then assign a user to the device (user being the username for the email account)

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithson83 View Post
    You can do this in within a profile in Meraki, setup the email settings within a profile, and then assign a user to the device (user being the username for the email account)
    Winner, works a treat. Really appreciate all of your help the time this will save is unbelievable. As a (hopefully) final question, i'm guessing to install the initial base image I'm going to have to use Configurator with the iPads plugged in via USB...Is there a limit to how many I can do at a time or can I use a couple of USB hubs and do as many as I can fit on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike86 View Post
    I'm guessing to install the initial base image I'm going to have to use Configurator with the iPads plugged in via USB...Is there a limit to how many I can do at a time or can I use a couple of USB hubs and do as many as I can fit on?
    I tried using Hub's, and didn't get very far, may of been the Hubs though. You can get charge and sync trollys/docks etc, but otherwise you may be stuck with doing a three at a time as I was.
    (I think there is a limit of 30 or so, from memory, but could be wrong, a quick Google should tell you)

    a quick gotcha
    I had after the base image/prepare I had to wake the device up and move it onto the network screen for the WLAN profile to take properly, otherwise the Meraki profile then failed when I supervised them.
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