No. You do not have to use Apple Configurator to manage iOS devices. Mobile Device Management software such as Hexnode MDM, with its feature-rich functionality and hands-off approach, can handle the job perfectly.
No. Apple Configurator requires a physical connection. Every time a device needs to be updated, reconfigured, or issued to a new user, it must be connected by a USB cable to a Mac OS X computer.
Yes. Third-party MDM software packages such as Hexnode MDM can do everything that Apple Configurator can do, and much more.
If you have only a few devices to manage, and only require a few basic management capabilities that will not often change, then Apple Configurator may be all that you need. The same is true if your organization requires a hands-on approach with every device connected to the network.
Apple Configurator may not be for you if have a large organization or you a looking for a MDM solution that allows for ease-of-use across the board. MDMs are simple to use, completely wireless, and have advanced features for organizations of all sizes and can be tailored to meet their specific needs. Furthermore, Apple Configurator is not a good choice for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, since Apple Configurator wipes and restores each device to its factory settings the first time it is connected.
When it comes to managing Enterprise Mobility, Apple Configurator lacks remote, wireless, and batch operations. It also doesn’t have monitoring or reporting capabilities. On the other hand, Hexnode MDM is a powerful and feature-rich solution that can do everything Apple Configurator can do, and so much more. Hexnode’s hands-off approach and easy BYOD integration also makes it more time and cost effective.
Other advantages include:
Supervised mode is used to enforce tougher restrictions on Apple devices, therefore protecting the network and the devices connected to it from security threats such as viruses and other malicious attacks. Supervised mode is designed to give administrators better control over the entire network and makes for easier management. However, used without Hexnode MDM, it is not an easy process to set up as it would still require all devices to be physically connected.
Features include but not limited to:
Hexnode MDM is designed to work seamlessly with supervised devices. Through DEP integration, Hexnode MDM has the ability to turn on and off supervision mode wirelessly, so there is never any interruption of service.
Hexnode MDM in supervised mode is ideal for classroom-shared devices. This environment often requires a greater degree of control. Apps can be pushed silently, and the app lock feature can help to keep students focused.
Hexnode MDM in supervised mode is useful for corporate-owned devices as well as industries that use Point-of-service (POS) kiosks where iPads are used as terminals. Functionality stays limited and the network remains protected.
Other industries in which Hexnode MDM with supervision can play an important role: