Consistently managing deployment and configuration for student-owned Apple devices, while also supporting school-owned Windows devices. Isendoorn College wanted to leverage DEP functionality within Micro Focus ZENworks Configuration Management to provide a seamless iPad installation and configuration experience for students
Isendoorn College is an IT pioneer, and was quick to deploy tablet devices as learning aids and maintain an extensive Wi-Fi network for its students.
The College worked closely with Micro Focus to introduce a modern technology suite. Running on Linux, the College chose Micro Focus Open Enterprise Server (OES) as its secure file and print environment. NetIQ eDirectory was also implemented, as a full-service, secure LDAP directory to provide a scalable and agile platform to run the College’s identity infrastructure and multi-platform network services.
Jan Hoetink, System Administrator at Isendoorn College, explains how IT supports the learning environment: “We work with G Suite for Education and are in the process of rolling out managed iPads to all our students. We also support 350 school-owned Windows devices, so we needed a multi-platform management environment. Students were already bringing in their own devices for learning purposes, but we have introduced a more structured process so every student can access the same set of applications without version or connectivity issues. This means centralized configuration management and for this we use ZENworks Configuration Management.”
Jan’s colleague, Alexander van Bruggen adds: “Because we are dealing with children, we want to make the iPad installation and configuration process as easy as possible. Students can purchase an iPad through our school scheme and the easiest way for us to provide zero touch configuration is through Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP). Unfortunately, ZENworks Configuration Management didn’t support this functionality at that time.”