7 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2013 7:34 AM by Technique inis
WormInTheApple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

 

I'm using ARD to administer an iMac lab. I know how to install packages using ARD, but App Store apps require an Apple ID. I want to install free educational apps (not paid) on every machine in my lab.

 

  • Should I make a new Apple ID for myself as administrator, or for the school? Or can I use my own?
  • How do I automatically install an App Store app on every computer? Do I have to manually enter my Apple ID and password on every machine or is there an automated way, as with packages?

 

The current version of ARD (3.6) doesn't seem to have been updated with the App Store in mind. There should be a way to enter my credentials and automatically "sign" the apps, then deploy them with one click like regular packages.

 

Or, is there a limit to the number of seats that can run an app downloaded under one ID, even with free apps? In that case, how the heck do I get a free app installed on every machine?

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

  • 1. Re: How can I install an app from the App Store to all the iMacs in my lab?
    cathy fasano Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)

    I'm in the same boat as you -- except that I manage both a school lab (volunteer job) and macs in the enterprise (pay job).  What I think we need is the Education Volume Purchasing Program

    http://www.apple.com/education/volume-purchase-program/faq.html

     

    Unfortunately this all seems a little rough around the edges -- for example, I have found updates for AppStore apps on the support.apple.com updates download site, but then when I install them via ARD they don't actually update the software.  (The AppStore icons still show as needing the updates, and the version info reports the old version.)  The documentation is also vague about which AppleID to use in which circumstance.  I think they just haven't finished thinking through the implications of the various procedures and policies upon the various kinds of customers.  When we deployed Mountain Lion on the school lab, we made an install usb and went around and installed it on each computer -- and it appears that you are on the honor system as far as paying for all of the licenses that you install.  We did!  But they appear to have no way to enforce it.

     

    So far, I have only deployed 9 Lion macs in my day job, and our "solution" to the AppStore showing updates problem has been to drag the AppStore icon off of the users' docks so they don't see them!

  • 2. Re: How can I install an app from the App Store to all the iMacs in my lab?
    hodgy52vst Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My lab macs are registered under the same Apple ID.  I create an automator application.  I push the automator app thru ARD to a local admin desktop.  I log on all lab macs to local admin.

     

    Then thru ARD  I launch the automator app.  and wait.  If you have large downloads,  I recommend 4-5 cpus at a time.  see attached picture for an example automator app.  You will need to familarize yourself with automator, yet i hope this helps.

     

    example automator app.png

  • 3. Re: How can I install an app from the App Store to all the iMacs in my lab?
    chicster Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)

    Many apps can just be file dropped in.  For instance, when iMovie updated and all my Lion computers needed the update, I just updated one and then copied the program to the others with ARD.  Many other apps are self contained and will work that way.

     

    For the others, well....  

  • 4. Re: How can I install an app from the App Store to all the iMacs in my lab?
    TeenTitan Level 4 Level 4 (2,410 points)

    chicster wrote:

     

    Many apps can just be file dropped in.  For instance, when iMovie updated and all my Lion computers needed the update, I just updated one and then copied the program to the others with ARD.  Many other apps are self contained and will work that way.

     

    For the others, well....  

    same I have all my Apps on the ARD computer, and When there an update I copy the updated app to the other computers.
    if that dosen't work, mid update, i'll pause the update, Find the update file on the computer, move it to the desktop, resume download, when the download completes I have the update on the desktop that I can push out to the other computers.

  • 5. Re: How can I install an app from the App Store to all the iMacs in my lab?
    Technique inis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    So is there any way, without passing by Automator, or without copying the updated files, to update AppStore with ARD ?

    working with unix command or something like software update softwareupdate -i -a

  • 6. Re: How can I install an app from the App Store to all the iMacs in my lab?
    Newham Bridge Administrator Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'd love this to get sorted out as updating apps can be really easy (use copy feature of ARD into the Applications folder) and sometimes it can be a pain.

     

    A simple UNIX command like the one above would be ideal. There's one there for system updates but nothing for the app store.

  • 7. Re: How can I install an app from the App Store to all the iMacs in my lab?
    Technique inis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm still looking every week to see if something pops out from Apple or someone else.

     

    Still trying to work somehing out with Automator but it's not easy.