It’s been over 17 years since Jamf is aiding schools here and abroad to accomplish more with Apple. As of 2019, Jamf serves over 14,000 schools and manages over 10 million Apple devices worldwide and counting. What is their secret? Well, there is no secret, but Jamf is well-known for its straightforward and automated method of deploying and managing Apple devices which they call the ‘Zero-touch Deployment Strategy.’
Zero-touch deployments are possible thanks to Jamf Pro with Apple School Manager integration. Apple’s official website defines Apple School Manager as “a simple, web-based portal for IT administrators to deploy iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac computers all from one place.” So how can you implement the Zero-touch Deployment Strategy? It has three simple steps which are shown in the image below:
Let’s break it down in detail:
1. Sign up for Apple School Manager by enrolling at https://school.apple.com/. While you’re at it, you can add user information of teachers, students, staff and other user types like managed Apple IDs by:
After the enrollment, link Apple School Manager with JSS (Jamf Software Server) for synchronisation. This enables automatic daily updates every time you add or remove user and class information. This also ensures that teachers and students get the right devices and apps they need. To do this:
2. To link an account to your MDM (Mobile Device Management) server:
3. Configure enrollment settings by going to Users tab.
Do the same procedure when you sync your Mobile Devices and Computers. Now you can move on to the second stage.
Surprisingly, this stage (which is the main topic of this article) is the easiest part because you only need to do the first step and let users to the rest:
This is the beauty and power of Jamf, the industry’s leading Apple management solution. It eliminates the need for IT to touch a device physically as they can configure it over the air from one central location. More importantly, it empowers teachers to provide their students with a better educational experience.
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