I've heard if you contact your apple rep, Apple may restore your vpp codes so you can move to an MDM.
Read the Google doc below and nsdjoey write up.
IT Resources -- ios & OS X -- This is a fantastic web page. I like the education site over the business site.
View documentation, video tutorials, and web pages to help IT professionals develop and deploy education solutions.
scroll down after all the pretty picture. Click on the words "For It".
Joe Rowe's Excellent guides
IT managers who are new to configurator and managing a cart of ios devices:
[ original announcement -- https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4256735?tstart=0 ]
Quick help presentation for students:
good tips for initial deployment:
See nsdjoey writeup. See third post.
"Deploying a great quantity of iOS devices means creating a great quantity of Apple IDs. This script allows automated Apple ID creation from a spreadsheet."
Q. Is it possible to take an already deployed device, loaded with apps (paid and free), back it up in Configurator, and deploy it to other iPads and still get all the apps to come down along with the restore?
A. When you use Configurator to deploy apps, you must load VPP codes into Configurator and redeem the codes with Configurator. So to answer your question, the answer would be "no"… If you have an already deployed device (via iTunes) with apps and you make an "Unsupervised" backup in Configurator, the apps don't get backed up and don't get restored to the new iPads. Also, if you do a "Supervised" backup in Configurator, it will wipe the original device so all of your previous settings (including apps) will not be preserved.
I am also a Casper user and we use Casper to deploy all of our apps. We use both iTunes and Configurator initially when we set up our original "image" but after that we use Casper to deploy apps along with most of our configuration profiles. If you have more detailed questions about our Casper setup, connect with me on the Casper forums (nsdjoe) and I can go into detail there.