Apple Business Manager

Deploy Apple devices without lifting a finger.

Whether you have ten Apple devices or ten thousand, it’s easy to deploy and manage them with Apple Business Manager. It works seamlessly with mobile device management solutions, so you can set up Mac, iPad, iPhone and Apple TV over the air – without any need for manual configuration.

Configure and update device settings.

With Apple Business Manager, you can manage Apple IDs for employees that need administrative access to Apple Business Manager. The accounts are for ABM portal use only, and can’t be used for services like iCloud, the App Store, iTunes, or Apple Music.

Monitor & ensure compliance with policies such as app usage and encryption.

Apple Business Manager allows administrators to remotely monitor and configure device and app policies that address security and user privacy, which is especially helpful for remote workers!

Set up Exchange ActiveSync on devices.

Let users access your Microsoft Exchange Server.

Purchase & deploy chosen applications in bulk with Apples Volume Purchase Program (VPP)

Using VPP (Volume Purchase Program) you can deliver & purchase apps in bulk to be distributed to individual users, easily! Click here to discover new Apps HardSoft reccomend for your business!

Query devices for settings and content.

IOS, iPadOS or macOS compatible devices, once enrolled onto Apple Business Manager all allow you to query and return device information to give a full picture on how your devices are begin used past, present & future use. A list of the queries can be found here.

Remotely wipe or lock devices if they’re lost or stolen.

Corporate owned devices support remote locking & wiping when enrolled to Apple Business Manager. Keep your devices and any data they contain safe!


If you are already enrolled in the Device Enrolment Program (DEP), you may be able to upgrade your existing programs to Apple Business Manager, bringing together everything needed to deploy supported Apple devices. If your organisation has also enrolled in the Volume Purchase Programme (VPP), this program will be upgraded at the same time as DEP. See Upgrade to Apple Business Manager from Apple DEP.

Apple has both ISO 27001 and ISO 27018 security certifications. Your business can be assured that all Apple products have the very highest level of security. Have a look here at the full list of Apple’s security features Product security certifications, validations, and guidance.

Get more control than offered with Apple Business Manager. With an MDM, you can provide users with fast and secure access to managed corporate data, apps & permissions from their assigned personal devices. And with device support, intuitive workflows, simplified deployment options, and advanced management and security features, HardSoft makes deploying your MDM simple.

Consider an MDM (Mobile Device Management) solution

Mobile device management (MDM) is a type of security software used by an IT department to monitor, manage and secure employees’ devices that are deployed across your business. Add an MDM to Apple Business Manager to gain more control over your devices! Click a Solution below to find out more.

Need More? Consider a MDM Solution from Jamf or Cisco Meraki

Compare Cisco Meraki & Jamf below:




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Apple Business Manager & MDM FAQ’s

What is the cost?
To setup Apple Business Manager & Jamf Now (FREE) is free to all our customers. If you need Jamf Pro or Systems Manager then you can find more information & pricing by visiting the MDM category of our website.

How are the subscription costs billed to my company?
This will need to be paid by direct debit and will be a separate payment to any lease/rental contracts.

There are many buzzwords like DEP, MDM, and ABM. Can you explain the terminology?
The Device Enrolment Program (DEP) is part of Apple Business Manager (ABM), which helps businesses and schools easily deploy and configure iOS and macOS devices. DEP simplifies initial setup by automating mobile device management (MDM) enrolment and supervision of devices during setup and enabling you to configure the devices without touching them.

Can I add Mac computers into the MDM?
Yes, any Apple iPad, iPhone, MacBook, iMac or device using macOS, iPadOS or iOS can be registered.

If HardSoft help configure an Apple DEP solution, can you add onto the scheme existing devices?
We can BUT all must have been purchased via an Apple Approved Reseller- such as HardSoft. There are fifty UK Apple Approved Resellers. Purchases from Amazon, Curry’s, and John Lewis can be added into the MDM but not with over-air updates and some functionality is lost in respect of remote wipe, bricking etc.

What does the customer need to provide to Apple to enrol devices?
We require the customer’s DEP Customer ID (Apple will provide this to the customer after online registration), the HardSoft DEP ID, the device IDs of the devices sold (serial numbers or IMEI numbers), and a few details about the order, such as delivery date.

Does HardSoft specify in the terms of sale that the device must be removed from device enrolment when the customer no longer owns it?
No, but the Apple device enrolment terms agreed to by the customer at sign up require a customer to remove devices that they no longer own from their enrolled programs. Be aware that any devices lost, stolen will need removing.

Is there a charge to participate in Apple device enrolment?
Apple does not charge customers to participate in DEP or the device enrolment service or Apple School Manager scheme. An MDM solution such as Jamf Pro or Systems manager will cost.

Could customers create their own API?
Organisations should be able to develop functional integration with Apple’s device enrolment APIs using two or three developers in about 10 weeks. Alternatively, an off the shelf solution should be considered. HardSoft offer several MDM solutions perfect for companies of any structure or size.

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