What is Apple Business Manager?
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by SimpleMDM
2y ago
Apple Business Manager, sometimes referred to as ABM, is a program that integrates with SimpleMDM to provide additional control over the enrollment of devices, the distribution of app and media licenses, and account management. Apple Business Manager became publicly available in 2018 as a natural consolidation of the Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) and Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) portals. Learn more about Apple Business Manager and how it simplifies information technology administration. App and book licensing Apple Business Manager allows companies to purchase app licenses direc ..read more
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New MDM features coming in iOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura
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by Lindsay Piethe
2y ago
Note: This article continues to be updated as Apple releases additional information and further clarification of upcoming functionality. This is not necessarily a list of features that have been added to SimpleMDM, but rather a list of new functionalities that Apple is making available within the Apple MDM spec. To request a new feature, submit a request via our suggestions forum.  This week during the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple announced a plethora of new MDM functionality coming to the new iOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura. Let’s take a look at the highlights:  Apple co ..read more
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Apple MDM vs. Android MDM: What’s the difference?
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by Lindsay Piethe
2y ago
Mobile device management (MDM) helps organizations oversee and maintain their team’s smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. As the great Apple vs. Android debate rages on, your mobile device management tool needs to accommodate the types of devices your employees use. If you are trying to decide whether to equip your team with Apple or Android devices, investigating MDM solutions ahead of time can help you select the platform that’s easiest for your team to manage.  Apple MDM and Android MDM have similarities and differences, but either type of device may be ideal depending on yo ..read more
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Managing Software Updates with MDM
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by kenziedettman
2y ago
In this article, we discuss how to forcibly delay software updates on devices, how to remotely install software updates, and the different options for controlling the software update experience for end-users. Deferring OS Software Updates Apple provides MDM with multiple options for delaying software updates and OS updates on devices. These can be found within the native Restrictions profile in SimpleMDM: So what do these options do? The “OS update delay” options prevents the ability to install operating system updates for up to 90 days after Apple publicly releases the update. Example #1: De ..read more
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Apple releases fixes for two zero-day exploits affecting Macs, iPhones, and iPads
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by Stephanie Newton
2y ago
Apple released patches for two zero-day vulnerabilities last Thursday, March 31, 2022. These exploits impact macOS 12.3 and iOS 15.4. At the time of writing, both updates were listed as “reserved” with very little information available. CVE-2022-22675 reportedly relates to an out-of-bounds write issue in the AppleAVD media decoder. The patch improves bounds checking to address this issue. CVE-2022-22674 is reported to be an out-of-bounds read issue impacting Intel Graphics Drivers that could lead to the disclosure of kernel memory. The patch improves input validation to stop the exploit. The ..read more
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How to add a Mac to Apple Business Manager using Apple Configurator on iPhone
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by Stephanie Newton
2y ago
Traditionally, the process to add devices to Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager required the devices to be purchased through a formal business or education account with Apple or an Apple-certified reseller. Once the purchase was made, the buyer could enter the order number into the Apple Business Manager to automatically add those devices to their ABM account. Starting with iOS 11+, Apple allows any iOS device to be provisionally added to Apple Business Manager by plugging the device into a Mac and using Apple Configurator. This enables companies that purchased devices through othe ..read more
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What is mobile device management (MDM)?
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by Stephanie Newton
2y ago
Mobile device management, or MDM, is the management and monitoring of notebooks, tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices, often using a third-party dedicated management platform. MDM platforms are designed to ensure users can access company resources, such as corporate data and authorized applications, while protecting sensitive data from security threats in a mobile environment. The term mobile device management has been floating around the IT sector for a long time. However, newer terms, such as enterprise mobility management (EMM) and unified endpoint management (UEM), have gained tr ..read more
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Managing Software Updates with MDM
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by kenziedettman
2y ago
In this article, we discuss how to forcibly delay software updates on devices, how to remotely install software updates, and the different options for controlling the software update experience for end-users. Deferring OS Software Updates Apple provides MDM with multiple options for delaying software updates and OS updates on devices. These can be found within the native Restrictions profile in SimpleMDM: So what do these options do? The “OS update delay” options prevents the ability to install operating system updates for up to 90 days after Apple publicly releases the update. Example #1: De ..read more
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How To: SAML Authenticated Device Enrollments
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by SimpleMDM
3y ago
In this article, we will discuss what an authenticated enrollment is, how to set up enrollment authentication within SimpleMDM, and different ways that it can be used within your device deployment process. What is an authenticated enrollment? Authentication for device enrollments allows you to integrate the MDM enrollment process with an identity provider. Once configured, users are forced to authenticate against their identity provider with their credentials in order to successfully enroll their device in MDM. For example, if you are using Okta as your identity provider, you can force users t ..read more
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Explained: macOS Kernel and System Extensions
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by SimpleMDM
3y ago
macOS and OS X versions have traditionally allowed the use of Kernel Extensions in order to enable applications to access OS-level functionalities on devices. This includes resources like memory, disk access, and other hardware. While Kernel Extensions provide a great deal of functionality, they can also expose security vulnerabilities. In macOS 10.15, Apple introduced System Extensions, which intend to replace Kernel Extensions. System Extensions provide third-party developers with access to certain system functionalities without exposing the level of vulnerabilities that kernel extensions do ..read more
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