Configuring centrally managed iPads for the first time can be confusing. What is the best way to set up an iPad for a teacher, a student, or a BYOD device while still securing school data and applications? This guide details how to set up a school owned iPad for use by a teacher.
Setting up an iPad in this way provides the following benefits:
- The teacher can purchase and install their own personal apps.
- The school can distribute apps and books purchased under Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme and, more importantly, claim them back for redistribution later.
- The teacher can customise the iPad as if it where their own while still allowing the school to enforce settings such as WiFi configuration and passcodes.
- You can prevent data leakage through iCloud.
Note: This procedure can only be carried out on iPads supervised by Apple Configurator. The iPad should either be brand new or factory reset before following this guide.
Preparing the iPad
Turn on the iPad. The grey iPad unlock screen will be displayed. Do not enter any of the set up information at this point. We need to supervise the iPad through Apple Configurator and apply any configuration profiles before the iPad set up process is completed.
Connect the iPad to a Mac running Apple Configurator. Apple Configurator should detect that there’s an unprepared iPad and display a number above the Prepare icon at the top of the screen.
In the Name box enter a relevent name and tick the “Number sequentially” box. If you choose the name “Teacher”, for example, and have more than one iPad, they will be automatically named “Teacher 1”, “Teacher 2” etc.
Make sure Supervision is set to On.
Create a management profile by clicking the + icon and configure the settings to your requirements.
Creating a Management Profile
You will probably want to include the following in your management profile as a minimum:
- Wifi and proxy server connection settings to prevent the teacher having to do any manual configuration. If the teacher will be using the iPad outside of school do not use the HTTP Global Proxy option as this enables the proxy settings for all network connections.
- An MDM profile for remote management.
- Passcode requirements
- Do not restrict the App Store.
To push out apps to the iPad click the Apps tab at the top of the screen. From here you can click the + button and add any applications your require. For more instructions on how to do this take a look at our iPad add installation guide.
Once you are happy with your configuration click the Prepare button at the botton of the screen. The iPad will now be configured for use and updated to the latest version of iOS.
The iPad can then be handed to the teacher without further configuration to allow them to go through the consumer set up process themselves. This gives the teacher the opportunity to enter their personal Apple ID and sync any of their personal apps or information.
From this point on the iPad will act as a consumer bought device other than the settings you have pushed to it through the management profile. But because this is a supervised iPad you can at any time plug it back into Apple Configurator and install volume purchased apps, adjust the settings, carry out backups, or reassign the iPad to another user without loss of data.
You also have the advantage of being able to remove apps purchased via Apple’s VPP and reuse them on other iPads simply by reconnecting the iPad to your Mac and unassigning them.