It is best to begin with an iPad right out of the box. Through Configurator, you can skip certain steps and provide some basic information about your institution by preparing your iPad as brand new. Here is where you have the option to supervise your device—if you choose not to supervise, some options may not be available. So, let’s explore the Profile option.
Prepare iOS Devices
If you have an MDM server, you can actually create a profile that configures to the wifi network and the server and load this profile directly onto the iPad. I do not have one of these, so we’ll be using the Manual enrollment for now and continuing on past the ‘Enroll in MDM server’ page.
These options will determine whether or not your users will be able to sync and pair with their own computer (at work or at home). There are pros and cons to both, and it really depends on how you intend the iPads to be used.
Assign to Organization
This information will show up in your settings and is a way to claim ownership over the iPads. It’s good. Do it. If you’re setting these up from a central library branch, you can fill out the information for wherever you want them to belong or be returned to, etc. The options are endless!
Configure iOS Setup Assistant
Ahhhh, my favorite window. When you open an iPad and go through the setup process, it forces you to go through a bunch of steps that can be a pain to undo later on. If you’re setting up a bunch of iPads, ain’t nobody wanna do that for every device. So just set them all up here and safe yourself the trouble. Again, what options you choose all determine how much ownership your users have. Once you’ve selected the options you want, you’re done with this process!
Once the iPad is prepared, we can dig into the Blueprint.