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Change MDM Server with Apple DEP

Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP) is a legacy method to enable automatic deployment of corporate-owned devices. Now, Apple has integrated the capabilities of DEP and VPP (Volume Purchase Program) into a single portal known as Apple Business Manager (ABM). So, an organization must upgrade to ABM to continue using Apple’s deployment programs.

ABM allows organizations to assign, reassign, or unassign devices. If you are planning to migrate your devices from any MDM solutions to Hexnode, you can reassign device licenses to the Hexnode server. Also, ABM allows you to assign licenses to different servers within the same MDM solution. In this way, an organization can change the MDM server associated with their devices in just a handful of steps.

Change MDM server of devices with ABM

Note that the server to which the devices are to be assigned or reassigned should be already linked with ABM using a secure token. In order to assign/reassign licenses,

  1. Log in to your Apple Business Manager account.
  2. Click Devices. Search and select the required devices from the list. You can filter devices based on their source, order numbers, device types, etc. Then, click on the database icon.
  3. Next, click the Choose device management menu and select the required MDM server to which the devices are to be assigned.

Notes:

  • You can also select None to unassign the selected devices from the assigned MDM server from the Choose device management menu.
  • You can also release devices in ABM if they have been lost, sold, or repaired. But, releasing a device will remove the device from ABM, and it cannot be added back unless it is enrolled manually through Apple Configurator 2 for supported iOS and tvOS devices. Mac devices cannot be added back to ABM using Apple Configurator 2.5 or later if they are released from ABM.