MDM is pretty much required if you have more than 50 devices to manage. I’m going to do a brief look in to how I use it and go in to more detail in sections later.
I use Meraki (It’s Free)! I was set to use Casper but they needed like 2 months to come to our site to configure a few thing so I started looking at other options and found Meraki.
I can’t get in to to much detail here but setup was easy, no one had to come to our site and the tech support was great. Their idea is, that if you youse their MDM then maybe you’ll buy their hardware. Anyway…
You can see we are looking at details of my iPad, I blurred out some cause, I don’t know you… All of the content is created for you when the device is registered with the MDM. After, it’s registered you can search for any device by almost any detail. Serial #, name, tag (like Student, Teacher, whatever you can think of). I have all the students name their device, last name, first name, home room (HR6P). I want to see all the students in 6th grade that are in Mr. Potter’s home room, I search hr6p. I then have many options I can apply, including locking the devices to a specific app.
But the most common use is the clear lock code. Kids forget this ALL THE TIME…
You can see here that I can also see all the apps installed. More on that in another post.
A big misconception: you can push apps over the air to devices. No you can’t. Your actually going to be suggesting someone install an app. The only thing you can do is add an app to your list that has a tag, you can then add the tag to people who you want to have the app, they are then notified by pop up message to install the app, touching the OK button will open the App Store and using their account, download and install the app. Now, if you are buying the app for the students then you can insert serial numbers which they can automatically redeem via the App Store through the push but you lose all rights to the app, it is now accociated with the apple id used to redeem it. If you are doing this, please see my post on VPP Configurator… The same applies to when using MDM.
More bang for your buck?
Casper suite and the others you pay for would like you to believe you get more from them. Truth is they are all the same. Apple only allows so much you can do from any MDM and Meraki has it all covered and will save your school Thousands of dollars. I think Casper is around $2000 a year for our number of devices.
BTW, I use Mercury Browser on my iPad when doing anything in Meraki. Mercury saves the password and I can jump directly to certain areas in Meraki without having to enter the pass each time.