Introducing Apple Business Manager, a new place for IT teams to automate device deployment, purchase and distribute content, and manage roles in their organization.
ABM provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy institutionally owned Apple devices
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Mandatory And Lockable MDM Enrollment
Your iOS devices can be preconfigured to require automatic enrollment into MDM. This ensures that devices are configured based on your organization’s requirements, and guarantees that all users get those configurations on their devices. You can also lock users’ devices in MDM for ongoing management.
Through the Device Enrollment Program, businesses are able to supervise corporate-owned iOS and tvOS devices over the air. Supervision provides a higher level of device management, allowing additional restrictions from turning off iMessage or Game Center to customizing specific configurations and features.
Zero-Touch Configuration For IT
With the Device Enrollment Program, large-scale deployments of iPad, iPhone, and Mac are seamless. Automate mobile device management (MDM) enrollment for every device, so that when activated, they are immediately configured with account settings, apps, and access to corporate services over the air. There’s no need for staging services, and no need for IT to physically access each device to complete setup.
Streamlined Setup Assistant
The Device Enrollment Program makes it even easier for users to get set up on iPad, iPhone, or Mac. IT configures devices through a management solution, and users are guided through the activation process with the built-in Setup Assistant. IT can further streamline setup by specifying that certain steps in Setup Assistant be skipped — such as screens for Apple ID, passcode, or terms of service
What is Apple Business Manager and why was it made?
Apple Business Manager is Apple’s newest way for IT teams and businesses to automate their device deployment, app deployment and purchasing, and content distribution while working seamlessly with a mobile device management (MDM) solution. At this point, some of you may be thinking, “Doesn’t Apple already have a Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) and a Device Enrolment Program (DEP)?” Yes, they do! Apple Business Manager combines the power of DEP and VPP in one consolidated service to allow you to automatically deploy Mac, iPad, iPhone and Apple TV devices directly to users — configured with settings, security controls, apps and books. For a deeper dive, check out our blog on why DEP and VPP gave way to Apple business Manager.
As mentioned, Apple Business Manager helps you quickly and easily deploy your Apple devices to employees, automatically enroll them within Jamf without physically touching or prepping each device, simplify your setup and onboarding process, as well as get more out of your MDM.
Apple Business Manager also allows you to create Managed Apple IDs, a special account type that allows you to share your Apple Business Manager account with others in your organization.
What does that mean for you, the user?
You have a few options as you consider how to approach Apple Business Manager. First, if your organization is already enrolled in Apple’s deployment programs (formerly called VPP and DEP), you are able to use your existing tokens until they expire.
Apple has made it clear that Apple Business Manager is the best platform for businesses using their products going forward. The migration to Apple Business Manager is free, fast and easy. Head to deploy.apple.com to begin your migration. Once complete, your new Apple Business Manager account will show your server tokens and other associated content.
Note: Once you make the upgrade to Apple Business Manager, you will no longer have access to the Apple deployment program website.
If you are starting from scratch, enrolling into Apple Business Manager program is also relatively quick and easy. Any business is eligible to enroll in Apple Business Manager at business.apple.com. To get started, you will need to complete the online enrollment process by providing information including name, phone number and a valid D-U-N-S number for your company.
Once you are a part of the program and have downloaded your Apple Business Manager tokens, you are able to upload these tokens into your Jamf account by simply following the onscreen instructions.
Having the ability to enroll devices and manage the content that you have bought in volume all from the same portal location is going to streamline the amount of time you spend enabling your employees to perform at their best.
Depending on your needs, Jamf offers two solutions to help you integrate with Apple Business Manager and start managing your fleet of Apple devices today.
Deployment of corporate-owned devices is no longer a manual configuration process.
Users can get fully setup devices straight out of the box.
The Apple Business Manager (ABM) is a part of the Apple Deployment Programs (ADP), which help businesses and educational institutions easily deploy and configure iOS and OS X devices.
ABM provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy institutionally owned iPad and iPhone devices and Mac computers that are purchased directly from Apple or participating Apple Authorized Resellers or carriers.
How to activate DEP and obtain a customer ID
Navigate to http://deploy.apple.com
Click Enrol in DEP
Fill in the fields to submit to Apple and obtain a Customer ID.