Join Sean Colins for an in-depth discussion in this video Prerequisites, part of Mobile Device Management with Meraki: Managing iPads.
- [Voiceover] There really are no prerequisites for learning with this course. You do not need to purchase an iPad. You do not need to sign up for a mobile device management service with Meraki. You do not need to purchase a mobile device management server. You don't even need to sign up for an Apple customer number, or register for the Device Enrollment Program, or Volume Purchase Program. All of those things would, of course, be useful to you if you wish to follow along and do the things that I will do in this course while you're watching, but you don't need to actually do what I do in order to learn something from watching this course.
If you wish to follow along and do as I do while watching, then you will need the following. You will need to watch the movie on setting up an account with Apple or an Apple authorized reseller so your purchases of hardware can be placed into the DEP program. As I explain later, not all Apple hardware can be placed into DEP, so this step is really important. Contact your Apple enterprise sales rep or your Apple authorized reseller to learn more about how to properly purchase hardware for use with the DEP program.
You'll also need to apply for, and receive your Device Enrollment Program credentials as well as your Volume Purchase Program account. You'll also need to sign up online for a Meraki systems manager account. You'll need these things to follow along, and I show you at least how to get started with each of those applications here in the course. If you follow along and find that you need to pause for a few weeks while Apple sets up a DEP account for you, don't worry. That is completely normal, and to be expected.
During this course, I will tell you when an administrative process may be time consuming, so you know what to expect and don't get overly frustrated with the process. I want to reiterate that there is no prerequisite required for simply watching this title, and I highly recommend that you watch this title once straight through just to get a general understanding, and then watch it a second or third time after setting up the necessary account so you can follow along. If you wish, you may simply press the play button on the entire course to watch the whole thing all the way through.
Doing so will start your thought process in the right direction so you can create your own plan for the architecture of your network, your decisions about purchasing devices, and your decisions about how you will manage those devices. What you will learn about the process by simply watching these videos will be extremely valuable to you in creating your iPad 1:1 deployment program.
The first steps involve preparation: purchase planning, Apple enrollment, and expanding your Wi-Fi network to serve a large number of new mobile devices. Sean then reviews the merits of different MDM software. He shows how to configure push notifications, set up profiles that control iOS functionality, and shows you how to find and install apps. He then examines the setup process from the user's perspective and explores alternatives to mobile device management, such as app-less deployment and a simple hands-off approach to device management.
- Planning purchases
- Purchasing Apple equipment for the Device Enrollment Program (DEP)
- Enrolling in DEP
- Planning to increase Wi-Fi capacity and coverage
- Setting up Meraki
- Linking devices to MDM
- Creating and configuring MDM profiles
- Setting up an iPad that's been zero-touch deployed
- Examining alternatives to MDM