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Overview and Prerequisites

Overview and Prerequisites

In this course, we review the enrollment options available and processes to follow for enrolling Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Macs in Microsoft 365. We look at some prerequisites and the options available for enrolling each type of device. We also work through a few hands-on demonstrations.

Learning Objectives

Understand the enrollment options and procedures for enrolling different Apple devices in Microsoft 365.

Intended Audience

  • Anyone who wants to earn a Microsoft 365 certification
  • Anyone who needs to enroll devices in Intune and Mobile Device Manager within Microsoft 365


You will require a basic understanding of Mobile Device Management in Microsoft 365.


Welcome to Overview and Prerequisites.

Now, before you can set up device enrollment in Intune, you have to complete some prerequisite steps. You have to ensure your devices are eligible for Apple device enrollment, you need to configure your domain in Microsoft 365, and you need to set the MDM Authority. You should also create groups in Azure AD to manage your devices and users. Configuring the Intune Company Portal allows you to brand the experience for end-users, so while it’s not “required”, it’s certainly recommended. You’ll also need to assign user licenses in the Microsoft 365 admin center.

Lastly, you’ll need to get an Apple MDM push certificate. This is because an Apple MDM Push certificate is required to allow Intune to manage macOS devices, iOS devices, and iPadOS devices. 

Adding the MDM push certificate to Intune allows users to enroll their Apple devices using the Company Portal app and by using Apple's bulk enrollment methods, including Automated Device Enrollment, Apple School Manager, and Apple Configurator. However, I should point out that while enrollment of iOS and iPadOS devices is available through Apple Configurator, enrollment of macOS devices is NOT available through Apple Configurator.

We’ll actually work through a demonstration later that shows you how to set up the MDM push certificate.

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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.