How do I add an Apple TV to Apple Business Manager?

Apple Business Manager is a great tool for businesses that buy devices such as Apple TVs, iPads, and iPhones, because this cloud portal streamlines the enrollment process for Apple devices.

Enrolled Apple devices are easier to deploy and fully manage, right down to controlling those devices ’access to apps, files, and data. It is also possible to select platforms with a wider range of functionality to work with Apple Business Manager (ABM) for iPhones and Macs.

Using Apple TV with Apple Business Manager

ABM has enough management capabilities to serve as a management platform for Apple TV devices, offering fewer features than an iPad or iPhone.

ABM is a great starting point for anyone looking to manage some of their Apple products. This platform enables automatic application deployment using Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP), publishing of custom enterprise applications, zero-touch device configuration, and content deployment. based on locations or groups of devices.

One of the key benefits of ABM is the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP). This program associates any Apple device purchased by a company, whether from Apple or an authorized reseller, with the customer number or Apple reseller number of the buying company. The DEP process facilitates device enrollment when it is received and activated by the end user.

Once a purchased device is already enrolled in DEP, ABM will apply any pre-configured profile with specific apps, content, or permissions. The enrollment process also allows IT administrators to administer mobile devices (MDM).

ABM allows credits to be stored in the license to allow their end users to obtain pre -purchased applications. Thus, end users no longer have to enter their personal or corporate credit card, which was previously required to obtain applications from the Apple App Store. ABM also allows organizations that have developed custom mobile apps for iOS to provide and publish them to devices without going through the App Store.

Another feature is ABM’s Managed Apple ID. Administrators can use ABM to provide Apple IDs for employees or accounts associated with Apple TVs. Managing Apple IDs can be very important for large companies that associate work email addresses with devices.

How do I assign new Apple TVs to Apple Business Manager?

This process is to enroll Apple TV in an organization’s ABM account. To get started, IT needs to provide the customer number or organization ID to the vendor that sells them Apple TV devices.

To take advantage of the automatic enrollment of Apple TVs purchased into their Apple Business Manager account, the organization must register and notify the seller, giving them Apple devices with their Apple Customer Number or Organization ID.

Once the organization has received, configured, and connected the Apple TV to the Internet, IT must ensure that it is enrolled in ABM. If the organization uses MDM for Apple TV administration, administrators must assign it to the default MDM server platform connected to the ABM Portal (Figure 1).

Figure 1. The Apple Business Manager portal showing Apple TVs enrolled in SimpleMDM.

Now that the device is enrolled, administrators can prepare all the apps that Apple TV will have. If the device is associated with an MDM platform, administrators can manage it using the MDM console or ABM itself. On an MDM platform, administrators can control many Apple TV features. Many configuration categories are available in the ABM Portal to manage a single device or groups of devices (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Apple TV service and application configuration options in ABM.

From this list, administrators can select which applications and configurations to deploy. When the administrator clicks the next button, ABM displays all possible configurations for that particular setting (Figure 3). Configuration options include Wi-Fi, VPN and password lock.

Advanced configurations in Apple Business Manager.

Despite these native features of ABM, many organizations still use third-party MDM platforms to manage all Apple and non-Apple devices on a single console. However, ABM supports the enrollment of Apple devices on non-native MDM platforms and helps organizations using them manage desktop computers, mobile devices, Apple devices, and everything in between.

ABM can offer core functionality that meets the basic needs of businesses as they exist today. It typically offers enough support for major devices such as Apple TVs, but it’s often not enough to function as a standalone administration tool for an entire fleet of desktops, smart phones and more.

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