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is there a ways to create multiple apple ids at once for a school iPad deployment?

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Sep 11, 2012 1:15 PM

how doe you create 180 apple ids for a school deployment with out creating them one at a time?

iPad 2, iOS 5.1.1
  • MessagingTech Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    From my understanding, you can use Apple Configurator with 1 iPad using 1 iTunes account and copy the settings, apps, etc all to the same devices     

  • nsdjoey Level 3 Level 3 (645 points)

    If you want to create a bunch of Apple IDs, there is a batch Apple ID creator available (I haven't tried it, but it looks like several people have been successful with it). You will need to contact your Apple rep prior to running this to request that your IP address be whitelisted for a few days. Otherwise, you'll be blocked after creating your third Apple ID from a single machine.



    As MessagingTech suggested above, you can also use Apple Configurator to install apps on iPads without having to create separate Apple IDs for each device. But this would require the iPads to be tethered via USB for the installs (can't do it OTA without an Apple ID). Works well for cart environments...not as convenient for 1:1 deployments.


    Hope this helps!


  • iToaster Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)

    apple configuratior and lion or mountain lion server profile manager

    use apple configurator to update IOS if needed number the ipads and install profile manager trust certificate

    and profile manager auto enrollment, configure a deploy profile in apple configurator to get the ipads on your wireless. configure whatever other settings you require in profile manager, eg staff wireless, LDAP, vpn,email etc


    with your server trust certificate, auto enrollment profile and wireless connection profiles configured

    your IOS devices will automatically join the server profile manager from there you can assign to users groups

    etc. Auto enrollment needs to be configured in profile manager, this can save a lot of time


    profile manager will allow you to lock wipe and change settings remotely. if you only use apple configurator

    you'll have to have physical access to the device. depending on how you setup profile manager you can change device settings outside of your network - open filrewall access, port forwarding etc


    if you supervise IOS devices with apple configuratior, they will not be able to sync photos music with itunes on other machines. you;ll only be able to manage them from the machine that "supervised" the devices

    Apple configurator preparing, does not effect the usual operation of IOS devices other than what you have allowed or disallowed in apple configurator profiles.


    The advantage of a supervised device is if you have a device that needs to be deployed to another user or something isn't working, you plug it back into the "supervising" machine and the device is automatically returned to it's supervised state

  • gyrhead Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)

    If you are using iBooks textbooks each one needs to be associated with a unique Apple id; in this case you will need an id for each device.  We successfully created 140 ids from one computer with no whitelisting issues.

  • 1sma Calculating status...

    Hi iToaster,


    I have to deploy 20 iPads within my college and our network is configured with LDAP single login. Users are able to login into any given machines within the college and all their respective drives, home/shared drives, applications (I.e. mails, outlook) are assigned compare to their users' profiles (students, teachers, admin staff and exec). Our network infrastructure is mainly Windows based with Live edu accounts though we have 2 departments using iMacs, mac book pros and a Mac OS X server/rack. The iPads are use for a trial within the college and more will come if the experience is proven successful. I've installed apple Configurator and managed to place the string to see the users, groups and respective departments. My questions are:


    1. I was wondering if it's possible to have a login window (from the lock screen) onto the iPads that will prompt the users with our Ldap structure in place.


    2. Even though I can add all the users it seems that it will be adding single users to separate groups within the apple Configurator.


    3. Is there anyway I could supervise wirelessly?


    I am sure I will have play, test and review before full deployment.


    Thanks in advance.



  • bispymusic Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)

    I highly recommend AGAINST you setting up 180 Apple IDs to manage centrally. Instead I highly encourage you to contact your Apple Education Team by ringing 1-800-800-2775. They can give you a schedule of online webinars taught by their System Engineers who are experts at iPad Deployment Scenarios for Education.


    In a nutshell, you will want to use a single Apple ID for central iPad Management. Multiple Apple IDs are ideal for situations where the end users manage their own iPads. You can also look at Apple Configurator for managing iPads without using individual Apple IDs on the end user devices, but that has its own pitfalls as well.


    To sum it up, definitely take advantage of the Apple Education Team for guidance on this.

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    I was wondering if you could elaborate on how you were able to create that many iTunes IDs on one computer without running into issues where Apples blacklists your IP. Our computers only allow us to create 1-3 IDs. After that, we get the "please contact iTunes support to complete this transaction" error. There's no possible way I can go around to the other departments asking them to each create IDs. Your help is much appreciated.

  • gyrhead Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)

    Did not do anything special, it just worked.  I suspect that due to our firewall and NAT setup it may have masked the IP address of the originating machine. You should contact apple to get the ip white listed.

  • RichB Level 4 Level 4 (1,565 points)

    AppleIDs were designed to be used by individual users, except if used for buying or redeeming VPP codes. Textbooks are purchased for one user so let them create their own AppleID at home or help them do it at a a deployment staging process like Mike described here:



    You have to coordinate in advance with your Apple Systems Engineer to make sure you don't get locked out if all devices will appear to be coming from one IP to the Internet.


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