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Like many others here we've had several educators express interest in bringing iPads into the schools. We have thus ...
14th April 2012, 11:45 PM #1
Apple Configurator - Anyone have some experience with it yet?
Like many others here we've had several educators express interest in bringing iPads into the schools. We have thus far tried to be relatively hands-off with them but now the idea of a cart or lab of iPads has come up and we need to look at mass sync/configuration.
Apple recently released the Apple Configurator (not to be confused with the iPhone configuration tool) for bulk management and sync of iPads. It is OS X only, not available for Windows. Has anyone tried it yet?
15th April 2012, 10:18 AM #2
Anything you want to know specifically about it? Been looking at it recently for use within our school too, but the big issue comes back to you need a VPP (Volume Purchasing Program) for use with all the configuration tools. Not standard accounts etc, As well as a MDM server etc etc.
15th April 2012, 04:41 PM #3
We've spoken to our local Apple rep and have been told the VPP is not yet available here in Canada. So this at least I know may be a roadblock for us. What MDM server requirements are there? I'm hoping we can use Apple's provided tools rather than paying for a 3rd party MDM server.
15th April 2012, 04:43 PM #4
It doesn't have to be 3rd party, it's part of Lion server too.
Originally Posted by Destinova
Apple - Support - Lion Server - Profile Manager
Thanks to Steve21 from:
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15th April 2012, 05:01 PM #5
So still an additional expense since we're entirely a Windows organization. I suppose the good news is we can run OS X Server in VMware...
15th April 2012, 05:07 PM #6
The lack of VPP is frustrating me the more I think about it. Assuming we want to centrally manage these devices rather than just hand them to staff and students and let them to what they will - we really only have two options:
1 - Use the Apple Configuration and VPP to centrally manage and control the iPads and apps.
2 - Without the VPP we'd have to use the popular workaround of syncing all iPads to one iTunes account. An obvious software licensing violation, but the only present alternative.
I suppose there's a third option and that's to have an iTunes account for each and every iPad, but that's an administrative nightmare.
What's interesting is Apple is having a seminar here on April 26th regarding iPads in Education and the Apple Configurator. I may have to put the speaker on the hot seat.
15th April 2012, 05:23 PM #7
Pretty much the reason why no schools have ipads for lots of students (unless it's a 1 to 1 device who each have personal itune accounts).
Originally Posted by Destinova
Even with itune accounts there's a limit (10?) devices per account. So picking random figure, 100 ipads, that's still 10 accounts etc. Unless it's changed recently.
15th April 2012, 05:57 PM #8
You can actually sync an unlimited number of iOS devices to a single iTunes account. The 10 device limit is for iCloud, and the 5 device limit is for authorized computers.
15th April 2012, 06:01 PM #9
15th April 2012, 06:16 PM #10
Exactly. That's the "popular workaround" due to the lack of VPP I mentioned earlier. I don't want to go that route, but any other option seems to run the risk of managing 50 iPads becoming a full time job. I'm honestly going to pose this question to the Apple rep speaking here on the 26th. I expect I'll hear a lot of "coming soon" garbage, but it'll be fun to watch him squirm.
Originally Posted by Steve21
15th April 2012, 06:16 PM #11
Theoretically, if you have an AppleID registered per device and purchased the app each time on each AppleID then you could argue that you have enough licences ... the problem being that you still are in breach of T&Cs by using one AppleID to licence a hundred devices ... one of the problems with no VPP available outside of US.
I had thought about getting someone to look at automator to script purchasing a single app multiple times on different AppleIDs ... possibly I suppose.
Apple do get asked on a regular basis by ADEs, ASEs and AASPs outside of US about what is happening with VPP and repeatedly get stonewalled. Then again ... if you can find out who the VP for Education worldwide is then go and ask.
15th April 2012, 06:42 PM #12
John D. Couch is currently Apple's Vice President of Education - I'll see if I can dig up an email address.
Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
7th June 2012, 02:13 PM #13
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We are currently using it with carts, the Apple ID's can do 5 carts of 30 iPads. So thats 150 ipads per account for VPP apps. It has not been easy to use it with MDM at this point where everyone is playing catchup to Apple.
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