One of the things that Apple Configurator 2, or an MDM solution, can do to make large-scale iOS deployments easier is to disable some of the screens displayed to users during the initial setup of an iOS device. This is critical when trying to get to a zero-touch deployment. On a DEP-based device, most of these steps would be disabled by your MDM solution. However, on a non-DEP-based device, these options would be disabled on the iOS device directly.
To disable the initial configuration screens during activation on an iPhone or iPad and therefore require less steps during the setup of devices, first plug a device into Apple Configurator. Then, right-click on the device and choose the Prepare… option.
From the prepare wizard, first choose whether the configuration will be automatic or assist during the initial configuration of DEP-based devices. Because there’s no MDM in this scenario, we’ll select Manual.
As mentioned, there’s no MDM for this deployment, so at the MDM server screen, we’ll elect not to use an MDM and then click on the Next button.
At the Supervise Device screen, we’ll go ahead and enable supervision, so that we can make use of some other options, such as disabling features in profiles that are only allowed to be disabled using a supervised device. Click Next.
Finally, we’re at that Apple Configurator 2 screen where we can disable activation screens. Here, choose the following that you’d like to disable:
Once you click on the Prepare button, you will run the Activation process on the iOS device; albeit without all the extra screens. Note that you can configure this for blueprints and so do this on devices en masse.
krypted November 7th, 2015