How to configure Azure Site Recovery for Hyper-V on-premises to Azure

Before we delve into this, we’d like to give you a brief on what Azure Site Recovery is. Being in the IT Services Industry, it becomes very crucial for a Managed Service Provider (MSP) to adopt a well thought BCDR Strategy. BCDR stands for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. It is meant to keep your data safe and your work up and running causing minimal to no hindrances even when outages occur. You can set up and manage replication, failover, and failbacks. You can even replicate on-prem virtual machines.

Azure Recovery Services contributes to this strategy.

Site Recovery can manage replication for:

  • Azure VMs replicating between Azure regions
  • On-premises VMs, Azure Stack VMs, and physical servers

Prerequisites

Prepare on-Premises Hyper-V:

1) Review requirements and prerequisites

2) Verify your internet access. So, if you’re controlling access by an IP address, make sure that the IP address-based firewall rules can connect to Azure Datacenter IP Ranges and the HTTPS (443) port. Allow IP address ranges for the Azure region of your subscription.

3) Prepare to connect to Azure VMs after failover

We assume that you already have the following set-up in place:

  • A Recovery Services Vault in the Azure portal
  • A physical computer on which you want to install the configuration server

If TLS 1.0 is disabled on the computer where the configuration server is being deployed, make sure TLS 1.2 is enabled and that the.NET Framework version 4.6 or later is installed (with strong cryptography enabled).

Procedure:

Log in to the Azure portal

In the portal, go to the Recovery Services vaults blade and select your vault.

In the Resource menu of the vault, click Getting Started and scroll down to the Hyper-V machines to Azure section.

Click over Prepare infrastructure.

Check all the pre-requisites- network, storage, OS and other resources are all adequate.

Once the minimum requirement is tested, select the “Yes, I have done it” option in the drop-down under deployment planning.
Click on Next.

On the next tab (Source Settings), select the client_HyperVsite and move ahead to the next page.

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The next tab is “Target Settings”. Choose the required subscription, resource group, post-failover deployment model, storage account and network suitable for the replication. Move ahead to the next page.

Select the Virtual machines for which you want to enable Replication.

The fourth tab is Replication settings, here, select the OS type, OS disk and Disks that you want to replicate.

Moving next, select the Replication Policy and finally go through the summary of all the configurations.

Once checked, click on Enable replication at the bottom of the window.

Once you have done that, check replication health, status, failover health and Active location in the Replicated items section of your selected vault.

Steps to Install the Provider on HyperV on-premise Server:

1) Run the setup file

2) Now in the Azure Site Recovery Setup wizard, go to Microsoft Update. Opt in to use Microsoft Update to check for any Provider updates

3) Accept the default installation location for the Provider and Agent in Installation, and then click Install.

4) After installation, in the Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Registration Wizard, go to Vault Settings, select Browse, and in Key File, select the vault key file that you downloaded

5) Specify the Azure Site Recovery subscription, the vault name, and the Hyper-V site to which the Hyper-V server belongs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hyper V?

Hyper-V is a hypervisor or a server virtualization tool that would allow one to create virtual computing environments. You can then manage and operate multiple OS from a single Physical Server.

What is the difference between Hyper-V and VMware?

Hyper-V and VMware both are hypervisors. Hyper-V is a virtualization tool from Microsoft and VMware is from VMware.
Hyper-V supports Windows and Linux whereas VMware supports Windows, Unix, Linux and macOS.
Hyper-V is suitable for smaller organizations since its cost is based on the number of cores on the host.
Whereas, VMware is suitable for larger organizations since it is billed on the number of CPUs.

How to disable Hyper-V?

Firstly, to know if your Hyper-V is active or not, type Win+R, and type msinfo32.exe and in the System Information tab that opens up, you can see if the Hyper-V is enabled/active or not.

Once you have checked that, go to the Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off

Click on the + beside Hyper-V > Hyper-V platform > uncheck the box beside Hyper-V Services

Once you do this, the Hyper-V would be disabled.

What are the benefits of Azure Site Recovery?

No need to maintain hardware
Since it’s in the cloud, it will be accessible from anywhere
The cost would be comparatively less
Deploy replication, failover, and recovery

How much does Azure Site Recovery cost?

The cost would depend upon the average number of instances that are billed.
It is also free to use for the first 31 days then it is charged at $16 and $31.

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What is Microsoft Azure? A Mini-Guide to clear the clutter

What is Microsoft Azure?

You’ve surely heard about Microsoft Azure a lot. It has been the talk of the town. It would be a rare occurrence that you considered switching to the cloud and haven’t heard about Azure yet.  

Microsoft Azure is the second largest but the fastest-growing public, cloud-computing platform. Azure has more than 200 products and cloud services under its umbrella. Any cloud-computing product that could be useful to a business, can be found on the platform. It helps you digitally transform the way your business functions and operates.

Azure provides IaaS, PaaS and SaaS products. It acts as a  development, service management and hosting environment and provides data storage for hosting, managing and scaling web-apps along with computing services.

Simply put, it is an online platform that gives you ready-access to data and helps manage them on cloud.

 

Starting from the basics themselves. What is Cloud Computing? 

Using the internet to store and access your files, software and other services. It also gives you the flexibility to have extra storage space. It is easier for you to save and recover files when they are on the internet.  

So, where are the files stored when you start accessing your files and software via the cloud?

On the Datacenters which has massive remote servers – (that belong to the vendor), located around the world. In 2018, Microsoft said that Azure was available in 54 regions and that 12 new regions were being developed.

 

Where can you see the usage of Cloud Computing?

It is because of cloud computing that:

  • You are able to stream your favourite web series and videos on the internet
  • Gives you access to Machine Learning and Data Analysis
  • Create and post blogs
  • Data Storage and Backup
  • and a lot more

 

What can you do with Microsoft Azure? 

  • Build Virtual Machines 
  • Build Databases 
  • You get access to 3rd party software that is tied up with Azure 
  • Migrate and host your Apps, Servers, Databases and virtual desktops
  • Store massive amounts of data on the cloud

 

Reasons why you should migrate to Microsoft Azure Cloud- 

  • Backup & Disaster Recovery 
  • Cutting-edge technology 
  • Enhanced safety and security 
  • Scalability 
  • Cost efficiency (Pay-as-you-go Model) 

 

The benefits of switching to cloud are

  • Improving on application performance 
  • Flexibility on the working landscape 
  • Increasing cost savings 
  • High efficiency 
  • No need to buy and maintain hardware/ physical infrastructure 

 

Disadvantages of Microsoft Azure:

  • Massive Learning Curve – requires expertise
  • Management can be hectic and time-consuming

 

How to start using Azure? 

By signing up to Azure’s pay-as-you-go service available in the portal. But if you want to test waters, you can do that by signing up with a free account and you’ll receive a $200 credit to be used up to a period of 30 days. 

What can you do with the $ 200 credit?

You can use your credit to try services that aren’t there on the free list.

 

Azure Services

Azure Services are bifurcated into 21 categories, which have 600 services

AI Machine Learning Management & Governance
Analytics Media
Compute Migration
Containers Mixed Reality
Databases Mobile
Developer Tools Networking
DevOps Security
Hybrid+ Multicloud Storage
Identity Web
Integration Windows Virtual Desktop
Internet of Things

 

What is Azure Migrate?

Azure’s own Migration tool that centralizes large-scale migration for servers, databases, applications, and even virtual desktops. It streamlines discovery, assessment and migration for these workloads and extensibility to ISV partner tools that give you choice throughout your migration journey. Finally, you can also track migration progress end-to-end with Azure Migrate.

 

Azure Certifications

Here’s a generic overview of the major Azure Certifications

Fundamentals AZ – 900 Azure Fundamentals
AI – 900 Azure AI Fundamentals
Associate AZ – 104 – Azure Administrators
AZ  – 204 – Developing Solutions for Azure
AZ – 500 – Microsoft Azure Security Technologies
Expert (Solutions Architect Expert) AZ – 303 Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies
AZ – 304 Microsoft Azure Architect Design
Expert (DevOps Engineer Expert) AZ – 400 Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions
Specialty AZ – 120 Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads
AZ – 140 Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop
AZ – 220  Microsoft Azure IoT Developer

If you’d like to know more about these certifications, you can visit this page from Microsoft which gives you extensive information.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Azure need you to learn to code?

You don’t need any programming skills for Azure. But you’ll need to know the fundamentals and you can learn more about it on the Microsoft Website or through online resources. But if you are looking forward to going into Developer roles, you would need to learn to code.

How long does it take to learn Azure?

How quickly you’ll be able to learn or grasp depends on your level of expertise and interest in cloud platforms and the basics of Networking. If your grasping power is good and it is your area of interest, you can finish the fundamentals course within a few days too.

Which is the best – AWS or Azure?

Although there can never be a clear cut comparison as the need of every organization is different. Azure may meet all the required needs and at the price for Company A but it might not be the same for Company B. Azure has better hybrid support when compared to AWS, but AWS has better documentation than Azure.

How do you choose between AWS and Azure? How to know which platform is right for you?

You can compare both the platforms on the features and services and their pricing models. Factors like storage, scalability, learning curve, future growth of the platform, support services, pricing, documentation etc. You’ll have to analyse based on these factors and you’ll soon reach an answer.

 

Should I certify myself in AWS or Azure?

AWS being the first entrant into the market leader amongst all other cloud platforms has more market share and popularity. Azure was launched 4 years after AWS and it is the second-largest cloud platform but also the fastest growing one. According to a research done by Indeed.com, the period between Oct 2015 and Oct 2019, shows that there was a steady increase in Job Seekers for the 3 biggest cloud platforms. But a recent report told a different story where web searches for AWS dropped by 5.5% while job seeker interest for Azure rose by 15.39%.” So the demand is slowly inclining towards Azure.

 

What can an Azure Solutions Architect do for you?

An Azure Solutions Architect from Infrassist will provide advice and guidance during the design of customer cloud solutions. The architect will help you choose the cloud service of your choice along with other service suggestions. You can expect pre-sales assistance and a strategically planned road map to execute and implement the project. They will be responsible for helping you map out a cloud computing strategy, create policies and it does the decision making for you.

What can an Azure Administrator do for you?

Once the Azure Solutions Architect helps you land on Azure Cloud, the Azure administrator would help you manage Cloud Services that range from Computing, Networking, Storage, Security and many such cloud functionalities within your Microsoft Azure Portal. The admin can help you set up Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Desktops, Load Balancers, Application Gateways, Azure AD DS, Site Recovery & migration, Backup, a hybrid Azure AD Infrastructure and a lot more. 

How can we help you? 

The Professional Services Team at Infrassist works on cloud services and does various projects surrounding Intune MDM/MAM, SharePoint, OneDrive, Autopilot, Power BI, Power Automate and a lot more. We also help set up DLP, enable Tenant Level Features, Identity and Access Management services. We also provide Azure Solutions Architect and an Azure Administrator to help you land on the Azure Cloud Platform and help you explore expansion opportunities.

 

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Azure Site Recovery

What is Azure Site Recovery and how to perform Failover Testing

Azure Site Recovery

Azure Site Recovery is part of a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Service. It is like having a backup server. The idea behind Azure Site Recovery is to replicate the on-premise server on the cloud. This is an ongoing process- if you ever face an IT Outage, this can come into play and save the day.

 

Create a different VNET under the Azure environment for performing the Failover Test.

 

  1. Go to Virtual Network on the left side of the dashboard

Virtual Network

2. Click on ADD

 

  • Get the Public IP address to verify the VM’s by login into it. To get the Public IP Got to ALL Resources > Select Add Public IP address

 

Why perform a failover test?

A test that is run to validate a systems ability to bring operations back to normal during an IT Outage or a server failure and accommodate extra resources.

When the on-premise server gets down you fail over to Azure, post which, Azure VMs are created.

 

Open the Azure Site Recovery Dashboard

 

  • Click on the Option of “Test Recommended

  • Select the option of Failover Test by clicking on the ellipses “…”.

Select the option of Failover Test by clicking on

 

  • Click on Test Failover

 

 

  • Select the Recovery Point and Virtual Network which you created for performing the Test.

 

  • It performs the Test automatically in the background. On Dashboard > Virtual Machines > You will observe, it will be creating the VM.
  • You can assign the Public IP on the automatically created VM and then Connect the RDP /SSH from your end.

 

 

  • Under Failover logs, you will observe the status of each ongoing activity.

 

 

  • Once you see that all the activities are completed and observe the green checkmark status. Then go ahead and run the “Cleanup Test Failover”.

 

  • Now to clean up the things which were created during the Test Failover while Testing-

 

  • Delete the Public IP and Virtual Network which were created earlier. To delete them – All Resource> Select Public IP and virtual network and click on Delete.

 

 

  • Once the test is completed for the VM, after a few mins you will see that VM under Performed successfully.

 

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How to Change Username in AD and O365 without deleting the Profile

Change Username in AD and O365

Read to know how you can change username in AD and O365 without having to delete the profile of the user.

  1. Connect to your DC Server using Admin credential
  2. Then, open AD Users and Computers and select that user needs to be updated name
  3. Right-click and renamechange username
  4. Set the Full name old username to new username and add appropriate Full name, First, Last and Display name (new username)
  5. Make sure the Mail attribute is with a new username by checking in user propertieschange usernames in ad properties
  6. Open Elevated Windows PowerShell in DC Server and run sync command to sync newly added username to O365 by using this command: “Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -policyType Delta”policy
  7. Go to the O365 admin portal using the Admin credential and check the name. You may see the old username but with a new Display name.
  8. Now, connect to DC again and open Elevated Windows PowerShell to sync the same name as the display name in O365 like AD.
    Use this command: Connect-Msolservice and enter Admin credential and then
    run 2nd command: Set-MsolUserPrincipalName -UserPrincipalName oldname@test.onmicrosoft.com -NewUserPrincipalName newname@test.onmicrosoft.com
  9. Go to O365 and check and it must be showing a new name.
  10. Connect user PC/Machine with the new username.
  11. Open Elevated Command Prompt and run whoami in Command Prompt. You might see an old username as a profile path.
  12. Then, login with Admin user in same PC/Machine and go-to C:Users and rename old username with new username.
  13. Open Elevated Command Prompt and run this command to sync “gpupdate /force” and sign outupdate policy ad & o365
  14.  Login with a new user account, we can see that this user logged in with a new user but in c:userstemp profile.
  15. Now, open Regedit in user machine and go to path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionProfileList and check for profile image path C:UsersTemp and rename it with “.temp” instead of “Temp” at the last in the profile listregistry editor AD
    registry editor
  16.  Remove “.back” from the Profile image path C:usersold username to change it with  C:Usersnewuser name.
  17. Login with a new username on PC/Machine and check the user profile path by opening CMD. it should be like C:Usersnewuser profile path.
  18. At last, check any shared drive/network drive path or any path linked (like Roaming Profile etc) from DC. This is to make sure all data appear correctly to the new user profile in the new user PC/Machine. 

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Cloud Migration: Reasons to migrate and tips to convince your clients

Reasons why you should migrate to the cloud

While we may think the majority of the companies have moved to the cloud, the recent Hafnium attack and many others portray a different story. There are many organizations that still function on on-premise servers and haven’t moved to the cloud. This shows that there are still many who are skeptical about Cloud Migration. The question here is, how secure is the cloud? Is cloud actually safe? 

Let’s answer this question for you then. 

The recent activities are a testament and throw light on how unsafe or vulnerable on-prem servers are. The simple answer to this is, that your data could actually be more secure on the cloud than it is on-prem. 

 

Here are the reasons why Cloud could be more secure

  1. Multi-Factor Authentication: Added layers of security with features like MFA, where before you sign in from a new device, an OTP or a verification mail is sent to verify your identity and ensure that the access is granted to the right person. 
  2. Safe attachments & Safe LinksCloud services, scan an attachment or any link that is being sent from another person. If the file is not secure, a message pops up which warns you to not download the files or open the link. 
  3. Encrypted data: Data and files are encrypted hence you don’t have to worry about your files falling into unsafe hands. 
  4. Quicker Operations: Your SMB will be able to coordinate and work on projects at a greater pace.
  5. Backups have your back: Doesn’t matter if you forgot to save your files, they will be automatically backed up on the cloud. You would never have to worry about losing a file or its content when you are working cloud. 
  6. Seamless Collaborations: A benefit that has come to use during this pandemic. Teammates can work on the same files, make changes, feel more connected, have office meetings online, cloud just makes it more seamless.  
  7. More Storage Space: Microsoft offers its licensed user 1 TB of free storage space on the cloud which would be difficult when it comes to an offline medium.
  8. Your data at your doorstep: You and your team can simultaneously work on the same file no matter where in the world you are. Even if you don’t have your laptop with you, or it’s damaged or corrupted, the cloud will have stored all your data in a safe place.

 

Tips to keep your data and systems safe: 

  • Update Patches regularly, as and when they are released
  • Have a good firewall in place- to keep you away from suspicious traffic
  • Enable MFA
  • Encrypt all your cloud data 

 

Tips on convincing your clients for Cloud Migration

As an MSP, if you want to convince your customers to migrate to the cloud, you must have a fool-proof understanding of the cloud which will help you understand the reason behind your clients’ reluctance, their dismissal and you’ll then have reasons to convince them for the migration. 

Once you frankly discuss the concerns your clients have migrating to the cloud, whether it be due to higher costs, data security etc., you’d be able to give them accurate solutions to mitigate these concerns. 

To give them something to trust, you can start with small changes, and then gradually aim for a complete migration to the cloud. 

Once your clients start using cloud services, there are high chances that they’ll be able to trust the platform better. 

Show them the unsafe world and then show them the safe world and how you can help them transition. Highlight the problems they may face when using an offline medium (higher chances of losing a file and never being able to recover it, limited storage, server hack concerns, etc.) 

Put forth the benefits of the cloud(larger storage space, backups and disaster recovery, constant maintenance, fewer chances of server getting hacked etc.)

Although cloud services may seem expensive initially but over time if you consider the operational costs you may incur in an offline medium, the cloud is a good investment. In order to keep up with the pace of this competitive world, cloud migration will be a saviour in the future.

Be honest with the pros and cons and leave the decision up to your client. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cloud migration?

It is the process of transferring or migrating any data, databases, apps, servers, virtual desktops or any other such business element to the cloud. It could be a cloud to cloud migration or an on-premises to cloud migration depending on the need.

 

What are the phases of cloud migration?

Discover, Plan, Migrate, Post Migration Support

 

How do you do cloud migration?

Expanding on the answer above would give a clear idea of how one can perform cloud migration:

  1. Discover: A phase where after taking the initial call, there’s a discovery session on what has to be migrated, the amount of data that has to be migrated
  2. Plan: Which migration method will be used, what will be migrated first and the stages in which it’ll be divided
  3. Migrate: As decided, the migration process is kickstarted and is completed in the stipulated amount of time
  4. Post-migration Support: Once everything has been migrated, one usually gives post-migration support for a small period of time to see if everything is running smooth and if any issues arise then remediation can be done immediately

 

What is 7 R’s cloud migration planning/strategies?

The 7 R’s are the migration strategies that have been renamed by AWS. They are –

  1. Re-host: The Lift-and-Shift Model, which is, moving from a dedicated platform to a shared one without any modifications. It is the most common migration method.
  2. Re-platform: Lift and Reshape. To optimize what is migrated to make it cloud-compatible
  3. Re-factor: Decouple and Rewrite. Migrate and Modify the architecture
  4. Re-purchase: Shop and Drop. Switch to another app/product
  5. Relocate: A hypervisor level lift and shift
  6. Retain: Keep the source environment as-it-is
  7. Retire: De-commission and remove the old on-prem server

What is the most common cloud migration model?

The most common cloud migration model is “Lift-and-Shift”.

Conclusion: 

Migrating to the cloud has immense benefits; yes, cloud services may seem expensive but curated packages and the pay-as-you-go pricing, can help cut costs. Packages start from basic all the way to premium, so your client can choose the one that is the most suitable for them. There are different cloud types and models available. Present them the package that you think would be appropriate for their business and then they will be more likely to purchase. 

Migration is an extensive, exhaustive process. Migrating to the cloud while taking care of the daily tasks and simultaneously growing your business can seem daunting, but it is important.

Infrassist utilizes industry-recognized best practices to design, build, deploy, and drive the right cloud solution that aligns with your clients’ needs. We will migrate your data from one cloud environment to another and take the burden off of your IT team.

 

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Apple Integration with Azure Active Directory

Apple Integration with Azure Active Directory

Apple Integration with Azure Active Directory

 

Apple Integration with Azure Active Directory- Apple has combined the capabilities of the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and Volume Purchase Program (Apple VPP) to simplify managing Apple devices and apps to a single portal known as Apple Business Manager (ABM).  It provides additional control over the enrollment of devices, distribution of app and media licenses, and Apple program administrators. Apple Business Manager became publicly available in the spring of 2018 and is a natural consolidation of the Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) and Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) portals.

Why organizations need Apple Business Manager?

  • In an enterprise when you have ten devices or ten thousand, it’s easier than ever to integrate, manage, deploy and secure your Apple devices. With Apple Business Manager, devices can be distributed directly to employees and used right out of the box all without manual configuration.
  • It is a web-based portal helping IT administrators deploy iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. They can easily provide employees with access to Apple services, set upApple Integration with Azure AD steps
  • Device enrolment, and distribute apps, books and custom apps — all from one place.
  • Standardizing the IT environment.
  • Automated enrolment: IT can automatically provision devices into MDM during setup — right out of the box. IT can also customize the onboarding experience to streamline the process for employees.
  • Higher level of control: By using supervision, IT can use controls not available for other deployment models, including additional security configurations, non-removable MDM and software update management.
  • Centralized Management: With the secure management framework in iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS, IT can configure and update settings, deploy applications, monitor compliance, query devices and remotely wipe corporate data.
  • Bulk Buying and App/Content Distribution with the Volume Purchasing Plan: The Volume Purchasing Program is another important tool, integrated into the Apple Business Manager program, for organizations that are looking to purchase large quantities of apps and books, manage app licenses as well as keep track of purchases and inventory.

    device enrollment Apple with Azure AD

Federated Authentication in Apple Business Manager with Azure AD

If your business is using Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) as your identity provider, then you can use Federated Authentication to connect your instance of Azure AD with Apple Business Manager. This is a great way to create a seamless login experience for your employees.

  • Identity by Azure Active Directory
  • Streamlined set-up
  • Flexible enrollment

Apple Business Manager Cost:

  • It itself is free to use. However other costs, such as device costs, subscription costs for the MDM solution and perhaps the membership costs for the Apple Developer Program (if you are looking to distribute custom apps to businesses in the portal) will need to be considered.

 

The process to enroll:

  • To enroll in the program, go to business.apple.com and click Enroll Now. You’ll need to provide information about your business including your D-U-N-S number, and an email address that hasn’t been used as an Apple ID for any Apple service or website.
  • After you upgrade, the Business Manager will have all of your:
    • Accounts
    • Account Credentials
    • MDM servers
    • MDM devices
    • Server Token
    • Device Orders
    • Other items associated with your account.

 

  • After you complete the upgrade, use the Apple Business Manager support portal to access your data. You won’t have access to the Apple Deployment Programs website after you upgrade.

If your organization currently uses the Device Enrollment Program (DEP), you need to upgrade their Business Manager. If your organization only uses the Volume Purchase Program (VPP), you can enrol in Apple Business Manager and then invite existing VPP Purchasers to your new account. Upgrade to continue using the Device Enrollment Program and Volume Purchase Program. Apple Deployment Programs are no longer available as of December 1, 2019.

 

Key reasons to migrate from Apple DEP/Apple VPP to Apple Business Manager:

  • Unified console to manage your organization’s devices, apps and content
  • Enhanced corporate data security with ABM specific Managed Apple ID which cannot be used for iCloud, iTunes and other Apple services
  • Granular control over devices with Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), using which organization can associate the required role permissions to the administrators.
  • App licenses can be transferred between pre-created Locations based on usage trends in the organization
  • Default MDM servers can be configured for different device types if your organization utilizes multiple endpoint management solutions to manage different devices