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Posted by Michael Devins on April 30th, 2015

Apple Deployment Programs Apple ID

You’ll use this Apple ID for the Volume Purchase Program (VPP) and the Device Enrollment Program (DEP). If this is your first time enrolling in any program on the Apple Deployment Programs website, you can create a new program agent account by following the steps below:

  • Go to https://deploy.apple.com.
  • Choose your country or region from the lower right corner of the window. Not all programs are available in all countries or regions.
  • Click Enroll Now.
  • Click Enroll next to Volume Purchase Program.
  • Enter and review your information carefully, then click Next.
  • Check your email for a message with the subject line “Enroll your Organization in Apple Deployment Programs,” then note your temporary password.
  • The program agent account will receive email notifications about the progress of your organization’s acceptance in the Volume Purchase Program. Make sure that any mail filters allow mail from all apple.com domains.
Apple Deployment Programs Help

 

The following information is required:

  • First and last name of the individual enrolling on behalf of the organization
  • This must be a legal, human name. First and last names such as “IT Coordinator” or “iPad Deployment” will be returned to you to correct the information.
  • A work email address that isn’t associated with an iTunes or iCloud account, and that hasn’t been used as an Apple ID for any other Apple service or website

CAUTION: Don’t use this new Apple ID with an iTunes or iCloud account, or any other Apple services or website other than the Apple ID for Students program and the Volume Purchase Program. Doing so causes the Apple ID to stop working with all Apple Deployment Programs.

  • Work phone number
  • Title/Position
  • Business information
  • Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S) number, which must match the legal organization name and address
  • Tax status (exempt or non-exempt)

Tax exempt status requires a VAT number from countries in the European Union. In Canada, an Apple customer number or Cert ID is required.

https://help.apple.com/deployment/programs/#/tesdc112ff8b

 

Apple Push Notifications Service (APNS) Apple ID

With Bushel, you will get up and running by obtaining an SSL certificate from Apple. The certificate allows Bushel to securely communicate with the Apple Push Notification service. You will complete this as a part of the account activation process. Here’s an overview of what will happen:

  1. Download the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) during account activation.
  2. Sign into the Apple Push Certificate Portal, then create a certificate and agree to the terms of use.
  3. Select the signed CSR downloaded from Bushel and click upload. After a moment, your certificate will be available for download.
  4. This certificate can now be uploaded to Bushel for use with the Apple Push Notification service.
iOS and the new IT

 

Employee / Device Apple ID

“An Apple ID is an identity that’s used to log in to various Apple services such as FaceTime, iMessage,
the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and iCloud. These services give users access to a wide range
of content for streamlining business tasks, increasing productivity, and supporting collaboration.

To get the most out of these services, users should use their own Apple IDs. If they don’t have one, they can create one even before they receive a device or use the Setup Assistant built into iOS. This gives users an easy and streamlined way to create an Apple ID right from their iOS devices. Users do not need a credit card to create an Apple ID.”

 

In other words, your users can log in with their personal Apple IDs on the enrolled devices. It will allow them to have the full product experience with access to all of the device’s capabilities.

Importantly, Bushel allows your organization to enforce security policies and protect company information accessed on those devices. Bushel leverages Managed Distribution with the Volume Purchase Program, which integrates directly with each employee’s Apple ID. Simply use Bushel to email each employee an invitation to receive Apps and Bushel takes care of the rest.

That means your organization doesn’t have to deal with the headache of company-owned Apple IDs to have a successful deployment. It also gives your organization access to a feature called “Managed Open-in,” which limits data from flowing outside of work email and work apps.

 

Bushel Account Login

You’ll use an email address to create your Bushel account. This email is not tied to any Apple programs and can be whatever you’d like.

As with other examples, using a company or shared work email (i.e. mdm@company.com or bushel@company.com) would allow for personel transitions without interrupting access to Bushel.

Note: there is only one administrator account for Bushel.

 

 

Posted by Charles Edge on April 15th, 2015

KG

Fun Facts:

  • I am married and have girl/boy twins and a Mini Teddy Bear puppy named Ted E.
  • I am a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan (yes I do consider “Cheesehead” to be a term of endearment).
  • I finished my first half marathon last October – my first two attempts were thwarted by a broken toe and a cancelled race.
  • I found my first generation iPod shuffle a couple of weeks ago. I charged it up and it still had a sweet set of songs from the mid 2000s (Speaking of music have you seen our new Bushel playlist on Spotify).

Sad Facts:

After a night of flying down an ice-covered, tree-lined sledding hill in high school I had one last trip down the tamer side of the hill to the car. One small jump and awkward landing later, I was in the hospital with a fractured pelvis. The next year my friends were determined to help me conquer my new fear of sledding. I begrudging walked to the top of the hill to find that the side of the hill that my accident occurred on was now labeled the “kiddie hill”.

Favorite Foods:

  • Italian
  • Chinese
  • Diet Mountain Dew and Beer (those are foods, right?)

Favorite trip:

Australia – I got to feed a kangaroo and hold a koala bear (which looks cute and cuddly until you see their massive claws up close).

Favorite joke(s) from my 7 year olds:

Q: Why couldn’t the tomato cross the finish line?
A: Because he couldn’t ketchup.

Q: What do you get when you mix a pig and a President?
A: Abra’ham’ Lincoln

Favorite part about working here:

Being able to help very busy SMB teams find an easy-to-use, device management solution to allow them to take a manual IT task off their never-ending to do list. (Yes, I know it sounds like a marketing answer, but it’s actually true).

Posted by Brittany Vogel on April 7th, 2015

Open enrollment is the tool that allows all of your users to add their Macs and iOS devices into Bushel themselves. You don’t need to share your Bushel username and password. Instead, you simply share the Open Enrollment URL (example: yourcompany.bushel.com) along with an Access Code (PIN). Your users will navigate to this link on their devices and enroll into Bushel.

Here is a step by step guide on how to set up Open Enrollment.

1. Login to your Bushel account at login.bushel.com

2. Next, click on Account in the Blue bar on the left side of the page.

3. In the account settings, click on the Open Enrollment tab across the top of the page.

 

Enabling Open Enrollment

4. The switch on the right side of the window will toggle Open Enrollment on and off. Click on the switch to turn on Open Enrollment.

Open Enrollment Settings

You will now have a few set up options for Open Enrollment.

5. Input an access code. You will give this code to your users to enroll their devices to your Bushel account. They cannot enroll their device without this code.

6. Select a duration of time you would like to have for Open Enrollment. You have quite a few options to choose from.

Open Enrollment Duration

7. You also have the ability to restrict Open Enrollment to an IP address.

8. Once you are completed with these options, click on the green Update Open Enrollment Settings at the bottom of the page.

Update Open Enrollment Settings

That’s it! Now you can send your users to yourdomain.bushel.com and they can enroll.

 

Stay tuned for more How Tos here on the Bushel Blog.

 

Posted by Charles Edge on April 1st, 2015

We get asked many questions from our users everyday. Users who have families, own small businesses, or run IT for big companies. A question we get asked frequently is what the differences are between Bushel’s MDM and Apple’s Family Sharing. We think they can compliment one another, according to how you use each.

But they’re very different services, made for very different purposes. Here are some of the main points from both Family Sharing and Bushel:

Apple Family Sharing:

  • Family Sharing supports up to 6 devices.
  • Each user in your Family Account gets access to all iTunes and App Store Purchases.
  • Access to a family photo album to share photos with each others devices.
  • Includes a shared calendar for planning family events.
  • The ability to share your location with your family members (other members of the same Family Plan account).
  • Parents can set limits for purchasing content from the iTunes and App Store.
  • Shared payment information for all accounts.

Bushel MDM:

  • Device inventory shows you storage usage, warranty status, device encryption, and much more.
  • Easy app distribution to all enrolled devices through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program.
  • Configure company email accounts.
  • Send Wi-Fi network settings to devices.
  • The ability to remote lock and erase devices to help keep your information safe.
  • Set up policies for passcode locks.
  • Deploy FileVault 2 disk encryption on Macs.
  • Use of Apple’s Device Enrollment Program.
  • The Bushel portal is accessible from any browser
  • Open enrollment process let’s users enroll their own devices.
  • Unlimited device count. You can even set a limit for devices allowed to enroll.
  • Free Bushel account with the ability to manage 3 devices for free for life!

The above is a great starting point for understanding the major differences between the two. We encourage you to learn more about Bushel and Family Sharing.

Want to know more about Bushel? Visit Bushel.com

Want to know more about Family Sharing? Visit Apple.com

Posted by admin on March 25th, 2015

Appreciate your Depreciation

April showers mostly bring May flowers, but for some, the season is less about gardening and more about good ol’ Uncle Sam. A few of my friends call it, Tax Extension Season. But tax time doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, I’d love to think one day it could actually be an underwhelming experience.

All things aside, it’s a great time to reflect on the previous year’s successes or areas of opportunity. And while Bushel can’t file for you, we can make tax time just a little closer to being on par with that less than memorable experience I’m at least dreaming of. We’ve put together a few resources to help make your life just a little bit easier.

First, here are some apps to help you do your taxes:

http://blog.bushel.com/2015/01/10-tax-apps-you-might-need-very-soon/

Second, if you’re using Bushel (or thinking about it), you’re likely going to need a list of devices, either for insurance purposes or to depreciate hardware on your taxes. Learn how to export a list of your assets in our blog post:

http://blog.bushel.com/2015/01/export-device-data-bushel/

I’m waiting for the day that we can write off our sweet puppies as dependents because they are precious and we love them dearly, but until then, the procrastinators among us will have just a few more tools to get the job done.

Good luck, and happy filing!