Release Notes

Posted by Michael Devins on December 8th, 2015

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We are always working hard to enhance Bushel. Sometimes the changes are subtle. Sometimes, like today, the changes are much more substantial. Today, we released Blueprints and Bushel will never be the same – in a good way.

One of the biggest feature requests we receive is to be able to deploy different settings to different devices. While you can use Bushel to configure settings like Email, device security, and Wi-Fi networks, those same settings have always been applied to all devices.

We’ve heard your feedback and we’re doing something about it! With the new Blueprints framework in Bushel, you can now define different settings for different devices.

Configuring a Blueprint is (nearly) identical to what configuring Settings was like in Bushel of yesterday. In fact, your existing Settings have been automatically converted into “Blueprint 1.” All of your currently-enrolled devices are linked to this single Blueprint. That means nothing has changed for your current deployment.

With a click, you can create a second Blueprint. Or third, or more! Name it, customize it, deploy it. You can add devices to your new Blueprint. Mix and match Settings to your heart’s content. But we didn’t stop there.

Blueprints can be selected by new users during Open Enrollment, giving flexibility to your deployments out of the box. You can also make certain Blueprints private, hiding them from Open Enrollment and make them available only via a direct Open Enrollment link. You can even preassign Blueprints to devices before they come out of the box by integrating with Apple’s Device Enrollment Program.

To illustrate the potential of Blueprints, consider a scenario where some devices need a passcode and others do not. Or the scenario where some devices need the secure Wi-Fi network for the San Francisco office while other devices need the secure Wi-Fi network for the Cupertino office. With Blueprints in Bushel, you can mix and match settings to build as many different configurations as needed to support your deployment.

In short, Blueprints provide a flexible framework that makes Bushel even more helpful in more environments. We are excited to see how Bushel’s new Blueprint feature can help even more organizations transform their business with Apple technology.

Login to your Bushel account to explore Blueprints. You can also read more about Blueprints at our Help Center.

Posted by Charles Edge on April 16th, 2015

We’ve released an update last night that included some minor improvements and a new feature we call device assignment. We also added some improvements to open enrollment. Device assignment allows the Bushel admin to assign/reassign a device at anytime.
  • You can now edit the display name and email address of an assigned device.
  • You can now print a receipt (lots of people asked for this one!).
  • Improve the performance of Volume Purchase Program (VPP) apps.
  • Add the ability to unassign a Device Enrollment Program (DEP) device.
  • Addressed an issue with Wi-Fi settings changes not saving in some cases.
  • Addressed an issue where FileVault 2 was not enabled with certain symbols in passwords.
  • Added the MacBook Pro 11,2 icon to support new MacBooks.
  • Improve VPP license management.

Overall, not a lot of huge, crazy features, but a lot more back-end improvements than we’re listing here. Our next build will be here a little sooner than you might be used to (not that you have really noticed them coming along in the first place).