How to enroll Macs easily using Apple DEP or the Business Manager | Managing Macs with SCCM


One of the greatest drawbacks of Microsoft SCCM is its lack of support for the Apples Device Enrollment Program (DEP). A major shortcoming of SCCM is the way it provides for integrating Macs into the corporate IT environment. The procedure offered for integrating new Mac clients into the IT management system is to install the SCCM client program on the respective devices by hand. This is time consuming and unnecessarily cumbersome. So IT departments needing to support Mac clients frequently or in greater numbers in their organizations, will not find an ideal solution for managing these Macs in SCCM alone.

Since 2014, Apple has been offering the Device Enrollment Program, which makes it significantly easier to use Macs in a corporate environment. The underlying idea is simple: Organizations can buy Macs from distributors is a pre-registered state, easing and accelerating the subsequent enrolment process. The way this works is that organizations supply Apple with details of their device management via the Business Manager. This enables Apple or the reseller involved to preconfigure the systems prior to their delivery. A new Mac will then connect to the organization’s device management system automatically via Apple’s interface to be configured. The given device management must support this procedure, however. Microsoft SCCM by itself does not support DEP. Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM can help IT teams retrofit the SCCM with support for Apple DEP very easily while continuing to work with the management system’s user interface with no change. The reason is: Parallels Mac Management is a plug-in for SCCM.

Apple finalizes its support for Macs in business

By the end of November 2019, the Apple Device Enrollment Program available to date will finally be replaced by the Apple Business Manager, which was launched in June of 2018. This will be the only place where Apple will be offering services formerly performed by DEP for device enrolment and VPP for volume purchase of software licences in organizations. This means that from November, Admins will only be able use the Business Manager for their volume license purchases and automated devices enrolments.

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