How to migrate to SimpleMDM from Fleetsmith

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SimpleMDM|July 7, 2020
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Fleetsmith recently announced that they have become part of Apple. This transition has resulted in core product features disappearing, causing frustration and uncertainty. Many users have reached out to SimpleMDM seeking information on how we stack up and how we can help with migration.

Given the consistency of questions received, we have compiled the answers in one place, here. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make the decision that is best for your unique circumstances and organization.

How does SimpleMDM compare to Fleetsmith today?

Fleetsmith

SimpleMDM

Cloud-based

Yes

Yes

End-users report interface is easy to use

Yes

Yes

Support for macOS

Yes

Yes

iOS and tvOS Support

beta

Yes

App catalog

Recently removed

Key Features:

• App Store (VPP) integration with Apple Business Manager to sync app licenses.

• Custom app distribution of IPAs and PKGs using the native MDM protocol.

• Private internal app store for your organization and distribution of PKG and DMG binaries to macOS using our fully-hosted Munki integration.

Supported app distribution methods:

• macOS: VPP, signed PKGs (MDM protocol), unsigned PKGs (Munki), DMGs (Munki)

• iOS: App Store, VPP, custom/enterprise apps

• tvOS: VPP, custom/enterprise apps

TCC / Privacy Preferences

Recently removed. Must create a dummy “Custom App” with configurations attached.

Fully supported via native profile builder in the admin interface

Kernel Extension Whitelists (KEXT)

Recently removed. Must create a dummy “Custom App” with configurations attached.

Fully supported via native profile builder in the admin interface

Custom configuration profiles

Recently removed

Deploy any configuration profiles that are supported within the Apple MDM spec. Custom profiles can be uploaded or created/modified within the built-in editor in the profile builder interface.

Scripts features

Removed but reportedly added back

Can be deployed using payload-free packages

Automated enrollment

Limited

Full native support for Automated Enrollment (DEP), including Setup Assistant options, macOS Account Setup, Custom Welcome Screens, and SAML/LDAP Authentication for Enrollment with SAML attribute sync.

Authentication

G Suite and Office 365 only

G Suite, Office 365, Okta, Azure, and any IdP solution supporting SAML or LDAP protocols

Pricing

$10/device/month or $99/device/year

$3/device/month or $30/device/year; volume pricing available

How do I migrate devices currently enrolled in Fleetsmith to SimpleMDM?

We are currently offering Fleetsmith customers a complimentary migration consultation to help prevent additional interruptions to end-users’ service and streamline moving devices into SimpleMDM. Please contact Support for more information.

How can I get started and try SimpleMDM?

We encourage everyone to download a  start a free, 30-day trial of SimpleMDM. Setup takes only a couple of minutes and does not require a sales call. You may convert your trial to a production account at any time by providing payment information. All features are available along with access to our Support team for the full duration of your trial.

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SimpleMDM is a mobile device management solution that helps IT teams securely update, monitor, and license Apple devices in a matter of minutes — all while staying on top of Apple updates automatically.

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