Jamf and Apple Configurator

Utilizing MDM in a Shared Device Environment

Adam Derrick, Lehigh University


Students are vulnerable in shared classroom settings, not just because they are sharing a common iPad but also because they are sharing private information with their institution. Helping students feel comfortable enough to share this data allows faculty to provide the most efficient digital classroom and can strengthen the student experience.

This presentation will discuss helpful tools to ensure data is stored and removed from your shared iOS device securely. Explore simple workflows to provide a zero-touch deployment when new devices are purchased. Learn about utilizing new offerings in Jamf, Apple Configurator, and other MDM solutions to make technology work for you in your unique environment while ensuring security compliance.



Jamf Pro is comprehensive enterprise management software for the Apple platform, simplifying IT management for Mac, iPad, iPhone and Apple TV.

Apple Configurator

Apple Configurator features a flexible, device-centric design that enables you to quickly and easily configure one or dozens of iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and iPod touch devices connected to your Mac through USB. Simply select a single device—or many at once—and perform an action.

Key Terms/Tags:

MDM solutions, mobile device management

Directions for Jamf and Apple Configurator:

  1. Visit the Jamf website and create an account for a free trial. After e-mail address verification, click “Add APNs” and download the Certificate Signing Request. Sign into the Apple Push Certificates Portal with an existing Apple ID (or create a new one). Click on “Create a Certificate” and upload the file you downloaded in Step 1. Follow the prompts, then download the Apple Push Certificate. Upload the Push certificate file you downloaded from the Apple Push Certificates Portal in the previous step. After Apple ID verification, begin adding devices to your account.
  2. Visit the App Store and download Apple Configurator using your Apple ID. Blueprints allow you to create a custom configuration for your devices that can be applied with one click. A Blueprint is a template device to which you add configuration profiles and apps and perform actions, just like you would to a connected physical device.