The Device Enrollment Program (DEP) is a part of the Apple Deployment Programs (ADP), which help businesses and educational institutions easily deploy and configure iOS and OS X devices.
DEP provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy institutionally owned iOS devices and Mac computers that are purchased directly from Apple or participating Apple Authorized Resellers or carriers. This guide will give you an overview of program features, explain how to enroll, and help you get started.
DEP simplifies initial setup by automating mobile device management (MDM) enrollment and supervision of devices during setup, and enabling you to configure the devices without touching them. To further simplify the process, you can skip certain Setup Assistant screens so users can start using their devices
right out of the box.
Mandatory and lockable MDM enrollment
Your iOS devices can be preconfigured to require automatic enrollment into MDM. This ensures that
devices are configured based on your organization’s requirements, and guarantees that all users get those
configurations on their devices. You can also lock users’ devices in MDM for ongoing management.
Supervision provides a higher level of device management for institutionally owned iOS devices. It allows additional restrictions, such as turning off iMessage, AirDrop, or Game Center, and it provides additional device configurations and features, such as web content filtering and single-app mode. With DEP, you can wirelessly enable supervision mode on a device as a part of the setup process.
Zero-touch configuration for IT
With DEP, large-scale deployments of iPad, iPhone, and Mac are seamless. Once users activate their devices, you can immediately configure account settings, apps, and access to IT services over the air. There’s no need
for staging services, and no need for you to physically access each device to complete the setup.
Streamlined Setup Assistant
DEP makes it even easier for users to set up their own iOS devices and Mac computers. Using an MDM solution to configure your devices, users are guided through the activation process with the built-in Setup Assistant.You can streamline the Setup Assistant even further by specifying that certain screens be skipped.
Page 1: Your Contact Information (use a corporate email here, not a free account from gmail, yahoo, etc)
Page 2: Contact information of another person who can verify you are authorized to enroll your organization in the Program.
Page 3: Company Details and Mac Business Solutions' DEP Reseller ID (1BBEDD30)
Page 4: Review Details and Enroll
Enrolling your iPad with Casper Suite
Short video demonstrating an end user activating an iPad with DEP with the JAMF Casper Suite MDM. The end user experience is similar for other MDM solutions from AirWatch, MobileIron, MaaS360, and others.