In Spring of 2014, Apple announced the Apple School Manager (formerly Apple Deployment Programs) which consists of the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and Volume Purchase Program (VPP). These programs help IT staff deploy and manage Apple devices as well as manage the apps purchase at Apple’s Mac, iOS and iBook stores.
The Device Enrollment Program (DEP) is used by iOS devices and Macs at activation time when they are reset or set up out of the box. When an iOS device or Mac powers up and starts the activation process it checks in with Apple’s central servers to see if it is managed by a specified MDM server or not.
The Volume Purchase Program (VPP) enables departments to purchase Mac and iOS apps as well as iBooks for any iOS devices and Macs.
Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) unit manages the Apple School Manager at Penn State University. These iOS devices must be owned by Penn State IT units/departments to be eligible for this program. If your Penn State college or department is interested in using any of these programs, please see our Agreements page.
There is a Penn State Yammer iOS Device Management group for announcements and discussions related to these programs. Once you are signed up with these programs, please go to the Yammer group and request access to join.
Information about Apple School Manager:
Using the Apple School Manager at Penn State:
- Service Level and End User Agreements
- Frequently Asked Questions
- How to use these programs at Penn State
- Get Help or Request your devices to be added to DEP
Penn State Presentations about Apple Deployment Programs