New MDM for #iPad from Apple?

Apple Configurator available at Mac App Store
Skimming my #iPad hashtag content via Twitter, I stumbled upon mention of something called the Apple Configurator. It's not quite a mobile device management  (MDM) solution, but is worth checking out!

Here's the write-up that appears in Wired:
Apple Configurator makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution,” reads Apple’s description of the software.
According to Apple’s website, the tool lets users configure up to 30 iOS devices at a time. “Apple Configurator can be used by larger organizations and businesses to set up new devices, install enterprise apps, and enroll each device with a Mobile Device Management solution for remote management by an IT administrator,” the site reads.
“It is perfect for the classroom or student lab where devices need to be quickly refreshed and kept up to date with the correct settings, approved policies, apps and data. Apple Configurator can also be used to personalize devices with data and documents for specific users.”
I haven't had the opportunity to install it or check it out yet, but will try to give it a shot tomorrow.  In the meantime, some instructions on its use that may be helpful to schools, as well as a First Look by Randy Saeks! (includes video).

Apple Configurator assigns sequential device names to devices in the order they are connected. To make sure they correspond to a label on the device, or to the slot number of a cart or rack, follow these steps.
  1. If desired, label the devices with sequential numbers.
  2. Connect the Mac running Apple Configurator to a USB hub, rack, or cart with numbered slots. Do not connect devices yet.
  3. Open Configurator and click the Prepare pane.
  4. Set the base name for the devices (and optionally the first number to use).
  5. Check the "Number sequentially" check box.
  6. Select Supervision, iOS version, Restore, and Profiles options as desired.
  7. Click Prepare. Apple Configurator will wait for a device to be connected.
  8. Connect the lowest-numbered device to the USB hub, or connect an unnumbered device to the connector in the lowest-numbered slot. The lowest number is assigned to the name of that device as soon as Apple Configurator recognizes it.
  9. Connect the next lowest-numbered device or connect an unnumbered device to the connector in the next-lowest-numbered slot.
  10. Repeat step 8 until all connectors are in use.
  11. If you have more devices than connectors, when configuration of the lowest-numbered device is complete, disconnect it and connect the next device in sequence.  Repeat step 10 until all devices have been configured.

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Unknown said…
This does look promising. And you can use it to tie iPads to your MDM system it seems. Eager to download and try it!

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