If you have enjoyed "Apple School Manager" then get ready for "Apple Business Manager". The program is in beta. I have not been able to attain access to get a deeper look. However, you can read Apple's documentation.
"Apple Business Manager" will incorporate the "Volume Purchase Program" and "Device Enrollment Program". These programs have been in need of an upgrade for some time. Now you roll VPP + DEP in with the ability to create "Managed Apple IDs". Unlike personal Apple IDs, your IT administrator manages the services that your Managed Apple ID can access.
There is much more included in the documentation. I will simply highlight several of the differences we can expect moving forward.
Managed Apple IDs have services and features disabled such as:
- App Store (allows browsing but not purchasing, paid or free)
- Tunes Store (allows browsing but not purchasing, paid or free)
- iBooks Store (allows browsing but not purchasing, paid or free)
- Messages (can be enabled for users in Apple Business Manager) • FaceTime (can be enabled for users in Apple Business Manager) • iCloud Keychain
- HomeKit-connected devices
- Apple Pay
- iCloud Mail
- Find My iPhone
- Find My Mac
- Find My Friends
- iCloud Family Sharing
As an administrator or manager, you use Managed Apple IDs in two main ways, with accounts and roles.
Accounts: Administrators can complete a range of tasks within Apple Business Manager to manage accounts. For example, you can assign roles or reset passwords for a specific set of users.
Roles: After a Managed Apple ID is created for a user, the administrator can then assign roles for the user. These roles define which tasks users can perform in Apple Business Manager and with their Managed Apple ID.
In addition, the administrator and manager can manually add an account at any time, such as when a temporary user is added to your business. You can also view and edit account information, such as the user’s name, ID number, and more. Depending on your role, you can also reset a user’s Managed Apple ID password and deactivate or restore an account.
Another feature that will be welcomed by many is the ability to manage locations.
There are some terminology changes. The account names in Apple Deployment Programs have been changed in Apple Business Manager to the following:
Program Agent will be called Administrator. Administrators are called managers.
- The accounts used to purchase apps and books from the Volume Purchase Program become content managers with the continued ability to purchase apps and books.
- The accounts used to manage MDM servers become device managers.
A note about the dubious nature of "serviced" device has been somewhat clarified.
If you replace an iOS device currently enrolled in Apple Business Manager through an Apple Authorized Service Provider, the replacement device is usually also available for enrollment. You can manually assign the device to a server using your order number.
If you replace a device that was assigned to a specific MDM server, the replacement device is automatically assigned to the same server.
If you have a Mac enrolled in Apple Business Manager and that Mac is serviced, it remains enrolled unless the logic board is replaced. If your Mac logic board is replaced, you can re-enroll the Mac in mobile device management manually.
There are many more changes that are exciting to see. I am not going to write about them here because I don't have screenshots to offer. If I can't decorate my posts with screenshots every now and again then I must leave the reading to you.
Read more about transferring licenses and adding content managers to specified locations.