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Post 1 made on Thursday August 15, 2019 at 09:02
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So I created an Apple business account thinking that would be the ticket for managing employee iPad's and user ID's. From what I'm gathering, it turns out you need to have a separate device management software that sits over the top of the Apple business manager. Apple business manager can manage users, devices, and what apps you can purchase. The MDM software manages which device gets to use what app. There appears to be a bunch of 3rd party software applications and maybe "Apple Configurator"? I don't have a Macbook handy to download Apple Configurator to test.

Does anyone have any recommendation on whats the best way to manage 10-15 iPads? I thought about just creating a random account or two to manage the devices but I didn't like that. However, after digging into this MDM thing, that may be the approach we take. I don't like the idea of me having to purchase and decide which apps they can use.
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Post 2 made on Thursday August 15, 2019 at 11:54
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My bosses solution to the best way of managing 10-15 iPads was to buy 10-15 Surfaces and never looked back.
Post 3 made on Thursday August 15, 2019 at 11:55
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On August 15, 2019 at 11:54, Short Stop said...
My bosses solution to the best way of managing 10-15 iPads was to buy 10-15 Surfaces and never looked back.

Smart boss!
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OP | Post 4 made on Thursday August 15, 2019 at 12:18
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Sounds great but half of these iPads are for electricians who are simply reviewing plan and entering their times daily.
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Post 5 made on Thursday August 15, 2019 at 13:00
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There's some people at the office who love their Apple devices so we had to get an old Macbook on the network to run any of the software they needed.
OP | Post 6 made on Thursday August 15, 2019 at 14:02
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On August 15, 2019 at 13:00, Short Stop said...
There's some people at the office who love their Apple devices so we had to get an old Macbook on the network to run any of the software they needed.

Makes sense. Might pick up an old MacMini.
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Post 7 made on Thursday August 15, 2019 at 14:58
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On August 15, 2019 at 14:02, drewski300 said...
Makes sense. Might pick up an old MacMini.

Yes that will do.

Another way to run the software is to setup a virtual machine on the office network running the mac iOS. A buddy setup a VM on his offfice's print server because it's always on and connected to the network. He can hop on it remotely and make changes as needed.

I'm sure there's other ways but a MacMini would probably be the fastest path to the solution you're looking for.
Post 8 made on Thursday August 15, 2019 at 15:58
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OT...

Is there a way to configure one iPad with settings & apps then clone/image it to other iPads? So that you don't have to configure each one individually and so if someone "breaks" something we can just reload it?
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Post 9 made on Thursday August 15, 2019 at 17:06
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Apple historically believes its devices are best managed by the individual therefore even Apple's own Management software isn't as granular as Active Directory/Group Policy for Windows.

Some good solutions are:

[Link: jamf.com]

[Link: filewave.com]

If your not familiar with them, cost, setup etc leads to boss's descision!

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OP | Post 10 made on Friday August 16, 2019 at 08:13
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On August 15, 2019 at 15:58, Mac Burks (39) said...
OT...

Is there a way to configure one iPad with settings & apps then clone/image it to other iPads? So that you don't have to configure each one individually and so if someone "breaks" something we can just reload it?

Can't you just back up and restoring that backup in the new device? That's not a timely process but I think that's the only way to do it without a business account. For whatever reason, you need a D-U-N-S number so an individual can't setup a business account easily.
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OP | Post 11 made on Friday August 16, 2019 at 08:18
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On August 15, 2019 at 17:06, GeneD said...
Apple historically believes its devices are best managed by the individual therefore even Apple's own Management software isn't as granular as Active Directory/Group Policy for Windows.

Some good solutions are:

[Link: jamf.com]

[Link: filewave.com]

If your not familiar with them, cost, setup etc leads to boss's descision!

Smart boss!

Thanks for the recommendations!
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