You use a Mobile Device Management solution (MDM), There are several good ones around - I recommend Meraki.
This guide is VERY handy - https://meraki.cisco.com/lib/pdf/mer...epaper_ios.pdf
Currently we have fifteen iPads that I've been lumbered with managing, on top of my existing duties (but that's another discussion...).
How do you do it? I'm looking for any and all advice in how to effectively manage things; from installing apps to backup/restore settings to the best way to loan them out to staff.
Thanks in advance.
fromtheinternet (6th August 2013)
Meraki looks exactly like what I'm after. Thanks very much!
the best way of managing them is probably using the apple configurator with ether a imac or a mac server. Im trying to get meraki working in a school that uses SWGFL filtering, all ports have been unblocked that meraki specified but the devices will still not sync up. AirWatch is another alternative to look into
We have the iPads bar coded and cataloged in our library management system and they are checked out just like a book. That way they can be reserved and reminders come up when they are due, fines, etc.
We don't have a sync cart. I've asked for one, but they're too expensive. Apparently it's more cost effective for me to do everything one device at a time.
If they don't like that, then say "fine, but the iPads will be out of service for a minimum of three days whenever updates or new apps need to be added - or you can pay for a sync cart and we won't have that issue. Your choice".
I have one in the office to sync the iPads we have in the library. It does 10 at a time and costs barely more than a single iPad. To be frank, if the school doesn't have enough money for that, then I wouldn't be sticking around for long as they seem willing to waste your time and can't do a simple cost-benefit analysis based on the amount of hours it will save you multiplied by your hourly rate. The opportunity cost of those lost hours along....sheesh.
I'll tag on the end of this thread as I'm in the same boat.
I've made a Meraki account and installed Apple Configurator. Both appear to offer the same restrictions. My question is do I need to use both Meraki and Configurator or will using Configurator alone suffice?
Re installing apps. Do I setup an iPad with all the apps or are they installed via Meraki or Configurator?
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