Apple DEP

With the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP), you can purchase iPhones, iPads, and Macs in volume for distribution within your company.

DEP simplifies the deployment of mobile devices by providing the following features:

  • Configurable activation process.
  • Over-the-air configuration.
  • Automatic enrollment of devices with Sophos Mobile during device activation.

Preparation steps

To prepare the management of DEP devices with Sophos Mobile, perform the following one-time steps:
  1. In the Apple DEP web portal, create a virtual MDM server and link it to Sophos Mobile.
  2. In Sophos Mobile, create one or more DEP profiles that control various device attributes specific to DEP. With the DEP profile, you can also customize the setup assistant that starts when a device is switched on for the first time.

Deployment steps

When you purchase DEP devices, the typical deployment process includes the following steps:

  1. Purchase the devices from Apple or an approved DEP vendor.
  2. In the Apple DEP web portal, assign the devices to the Sophos Mobile MDM server.
  3. In Sophos Mobile Admin, assign a DEP profile to the devices.
  4. Distribute the devices to your users.
  5. When the users switch on their devices for the first time, the customized setup assistant starts. During setup, the devices are enrolled with Sophos Mobile and the user is assigned to the device. The devices will be supervised.
  6. If required, you can transfer additional task bundles to the devices to complete the provisioning.