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Nov 24, 2021
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The ongoing pandemic has caused a sudden surge in the demand for managed devices over the last couple of years. This is mainly due to the fact that businesses have restructured their working models, causing a shift from work from office scenario, to work from home or remote locations or more precisely the ‘work from anywhere’ concept. But what about the devices? Won’t it be too hard to configure each and every device at remote locations? Well not really. That’s where zero-touch comes into play. Zero-touch streamlines the whole process of enrolling devices in bulk. In this article, we’ll see how zero-touch deployment can be achieved in Macs.
The term zero-touch suggests automation. And here it means automation in device enrollment or provisioning. With zero-touch, you can automate device deployment lightening the load on IT admins, and making it easier for employees. It makes the devices ready-to-work right from unboxing.
How does it work? Basically, when a user turns on the device for the first time and connects to a network, the device connects to a DHCP server. The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server provides IP address, name of the file for configuration, and its location. The device then downloads the file, installs and sets up the device configuration settings.
Before, IT admins were involved in each aspect of provisioning and configuring, hardware resources. Now, with zero-touch you don’t have to sit for hours writing commands and imaging the device. The perks include-
With macs, zero-touch enrollment can be made possible with Apple Business Manager (ABM) and a UEM (or MDM) of your choice. ABM consolidates Apple’s DEP and VPP. DEP, is Apple’s automated device enrollment platform, which allows bulk enrollment of devices by applying necessary configurations. VPP on the other hand enables businesses and educational institutions purchase and distribute apps in bulk. With ABM consolidating both services, we can manage both using a single platform. And what does a UEM solution do? it provides seamless device enrollment and management options, by integrating ABM features with its advanced settings.
First, you need to enroll your organization in Apple Business Manager. Click here to go to the ABM page and click on Enroll now. Then you’ll be asked to enter organization details like organization name, D-U-N-S number, phone number, website, and other related information. From here, it can be put into just three steps.
After these steps, your devices will be enrolled with your UEM solution. When the user turns on the device, they’ll be asked to enter some information. These include country, language, preferred network etc., and then the configurations will be automatically applied to the device.
Hexnode supports DEP enrollment for Apple devices, that is iOS, macOS, and tvOS. Follow these simple steps to enroll your Mac devices with Hexnode, with zero-touch-
Now, just follow the steps mentioned earlier and upload the token in Hexnode and set up the following configurations-
Zero-touch provides a convenient and time-efficient way for enrolling macs in bulk, allowing users to get things started within a matter of minutes. Replacing the traditional method, which requires a great deal of time and effort with doing repetitive tasks, zero-touch is indeed a boon to the IT admins.
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