Posted by Charles Edge on June 24th, 2015

We have some devices that we support that are running iOS 7. But iOS 7 is old and so we can’t support every option on the platform. So what should you expect to be supported on iOS 7?

  • Open In management – Protect corporate data by controlling which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments
  • App Store Licensing – iOS 7 supported managing licenses via VPP; however, it was through codes that were distributed in Excel spreadsheets. Bushel supports managing VPP licenses. But we do not support managing these types of codes and therefore do not currently support VPP on iOS 7.
  • DEP. Originally, DEP was called Streamlined Enrollment – DEP enables us to automatically enroll devices during activation and we support doing so on iOS 7.
  • Open In Management was introduced in iOS 7 and so we support that feature going back to iOS 7. Because Bushel cannot manage apps on iOS 7 though, we cannot manage Managed Open In for apps.
  • Lock Screen. Bushel can control lock, wipe, reset passcodes, etc. Bushel cannot manage Activation Lock Bypass for iOS 7 as that feature is not actually available on iOS 7.
  • Custom Payloads (e.g. those created in Configurator that run alongside Bushel):
    • New User Accounts
    • Enterprise Single Sign-on
    • Per app VPN
    • AirPlay Profiles
    • Disable Cellular Data in Apps
    • Disable Airdrop
    • Disable Find My Friends
    • Disable Host Pairing
    • Disable OTA PKI Updates
    • Disable Touch IDs to unlock devices
    • Deploy fonts via profiles
    • Web Content filtering
    • Controlling AirPrint

Overall, Bushel is not as helpful for iOS 7 as it is for iOS 8 and iOS 9. But we can do a lot of the basic tasks that many environments look to us to do. Before you plan on integrating Bushel into your business processes for iOS 7 and below, we strongly recommend testing each feature to verify that the feature actually works.

Posted by Charles Edge on May 27th, 2015

A lot of people who have signed up for Bushel work for Apple partners, resellers, consultants, and specialists. A few weeks ago, we introduced a way for you to refer your friends to Bushel to gain free devices for yourself. Now we’re going a step further and inviting you to become an affiliate to monetize your referrals to Bushel!

The Bushel Affiliate Program is as easy to set up as, well, Bushel. Go to http://affiliates.bushel.com and give us some basic information about your organization (like tax stuff), and we’ll give you some simple links to have your customers and partners use when they sign up for Bushel. Then, we’ll send you a percentage of what your customers pay us. It’s just that easy. No contracts. No minimum sales. No fuss. No problems.


But wait, there’s more! If you post your affiliate link on social media within the next two weeks, we’ll even send you a special gift (yes, a real physical gift in the real physical mail and yes, it is a pair of those sweet sunglasses). Just tag us in your post so we know you shared it in case we don’t see it on our own!

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).

Posted by Charles Edge on January 24th, 2015


Mobile Device Management (MDM) includes the administration of mobile devices (in Bushel, this is any iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Mac). MDM solutions are third party products (such as Bushel) that have management features for mobile devices (we include the Mac in that definition).


Enterprise mobility management (EMM) includes the people, processes and technology required to manage mobile devices, networks, and services that enable mobile computing.


Device Enrollment Program (DEP) is a program from Apple that allows organizations to link Apple devices to their MDM solutions.


Volume Purchase Program (VPP) is a program from Apple that allows organizations (education organizations and organizations with a DUNS number) to purchase apps on the iOS and Mac App Store using a centrally managed account. Apps are purchased on a credit card and can then be deployed via an MDM solution.


The Apple Push Notification Service (APNs) is a service from Apple that forwards notifications of third party applications to the Apple devices. These include badges, sounds or custom text alerts. MDM commands are sent via APNs.

IP Address

Internet Protocol Address. The address that your device is provided by a network. An internal IP address might be and an external IP address might be

MAC Address

A Media Access Control address (MAC address) is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for network communications over a physical network.


Integrated Circuit Card Identifier (ICCID) are unique numbers stored and possibly engraved or printed on SIM cards and used to personalize devices.


Internet Mobile Equipment Identifier (IMEI) is a number used by GSM networks to identify devices.


Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID) is a number used as an electronic serial number on mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads.


Unique Device Identifier (UDID) is a number unique to all iOS devices. It’s like a serial number but longer!


Global Service Exchange (GSX) is the service provided by Apple to look up warranty information about Apple Devices that are enrolled in an Apple Device Management tool.


Post Office Protocol (POP) is a mail protocol used to download the messages from a mail server. Mail can be left on the server for a finite number of days. An example of a POP server is pop.gmail.com.


Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is a mail protocol used to access mail that is stored on a server. For example, in Bushel you might use imap.gmail.com. The difference between IMAP and POP is that IMAP is intended to leave mail on the server and have it synchronize between devices, making IMAP the best protocol to use when you have multiple devices that you’re enrolling in Apple Device Management.


Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is a protocol used to send mail. This includes sending mail from your mail client to a recipient or sending mail between two mail servers. In Apple Device Management you might see an SMTP address if you choose the Other option when setting up your mail. If you use Google to route outgoing mail, this setting might be smtp-relay.gmail.com.


Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is the address used to access a resource on the Internet. For example, to refer a friend to Bushel, you might use the following URL: https://signup.bushel.com?r=fd0fcf9e6d914a739d29c90421c0fb45

Posted by Michael Devins on January 16th, 2015

Apple technology continues to flood the workplace and Apple management solutions are more relevant today than ever before. And it isn’t just traditional, large organizations that are using Mac, iPhone and iPad at work anymore. That’s why we created Bushel. Bushel is Mobile Device Management, simplified for smaller environments. We set out to help these small and medium-sized businesses by building a simple, cloud-based mobile device management solution from the ground up. We’re not trying to be everything to everyone. Instead, we’re focused on being awesome for smaller types of environments!

We are a part of a larger company – JAMF Software. And the fact that JAMF already makes another extremely awesome and fully featured device management tool leads to some great questions around how Bushel stacks up against a full-featured Apple management tool like the Casper Suite. Let’s take a look!



Bushel delivers a key set of MDM features to small and medium-sized workgroups. The Casper suite delivers all of these same features, but it does so much more as well!

Bushel Features:

•Integrate with DEP, VPP
•Security policies (passcode, managed open-in)
•Email server settings
•Remote Actions (reset passcode, lock, wipe, etc.)
•Filevault Key Escrow
•Activation Lock Bypass
•Different settings and apps for different devices with Blueprints

Casper Suite Features :

•Integrate with DEP, VPP
•Customizable Security polices (passcode, managed open-in)
•Email server settings
•Remote Actions (reset passcode, lock, wipe, etc.)
•Self Service
•User Accounts & Groups
•Filevault Key Escrow
•Activation Lock Bypass
•VPP Codes
•License Tracking

“If Apple IT is your job, you want a tool like the Casper Suite. If Apple IT is a task, Bushel is a workflow that let’s you get back to your primary work.”

If you’re interested in seeing what a simple yet powerful MDM solution looks like, signup for a free Bushel account today! And if you need a bit more than Bushel offers, you can explore the capabilities of the Casper Suite!