Synchronization

Synchronization allows you to sync data from Apple School Manager or Somtoday with Jamf School. Using synchronization, you can import users, classes, and location from Apple School Manager to Jamf School. You also have the option of using one-way or two-way synchronization. With one-way synchronization configured, information is only synched from Apple School Manager to Jamf School. With two-way synchronization configured, information is synched from Apple School Manager to Jamf School and from Jamf School to Apple School Manager.

Syncing with Apple School Manager

Before synchronizing data from Apple School Manager to Jamf School, you must configure the synchronization settings to sync one-way or two-way.

General Requirements

To synchronize information with Apple School Manager, you must integrate Jamf School with Apple School Manager. For more information, see Integrating Jamf School with Apple School Manager.

Configuring Apple School Manager Synchronization Settings

  1. In Jamf School, navigate to Organization > Settings in the sidebar.

  2. In the Apple School Manager settings section, click the payload with the Apple ID you use for Apple School Manager.

  3. Select the Enable Synchronization of Managed Apple IDs with Apple School Manager checkbox.

  4. To choose which locations in Jamf School are populated with user accounts from locations in Apple School Manager, select the Creating missing users checkbox.

  5. If you want to distribute books or audiobooks to student devices, click Invite users to register with volume purchasing.

  6. Configure the Location settings as needed to sync users from locations in Apple School Manager.

  7. Click Save.
    One-way synchronization is now configured.

  8. (Two-way synchronization only) Use the Apple School Manager SFTP payload to do the following:

    1. Configure basic settings, including selecting the Enable option to upload users to Apple School Manager through SFTP checkbox.

    2. To automatically upload student, staff, roster, class, and location information in Jamf School to Apple School Manager using SFTP, select the Automatically use SFTP to upload data to Apple School Manager during synchronization checkbox.

    3. (Recommended) Deselect the Creating missing users and Creating missing classes checkboxes to prevent users and classes from being added to Jamf School before the sync is completely configured.

    4. Click Save.

    5. (Recommended) Manually sync using the "Synching Manually" section in this article and fix any errors that occur.

  9. Navigate to Dashboard in the sidebar and click Synchronize now.

The configured settings will now sync from Apple School Manager to Jamf School.

Configuring Automatic Synchronization with Apple School Manager

After configuring one-way or two-way synchronization settings, you can configure the automatic synchronization settings for Apple School Manager. If you only want to synchronize apps, books, or devices purchased through Apple School Manager, you do not need to configure these settings because apps, books, and devices are automatically synced every 24 hours.

  1. In Jamf School, navigate to Organization > Settings in the sidebar.

  2. In the Apple School Manager settings section, use the Synchronization payload to configure the synchronization time from the Automatic synchronization settings pop-up menu.

  3. Click Save.

The configured settings will now automatically sync from Apple School Manager to Jamf School during the time period you specified.

Syncing with Somtoday

  1. In Jamf School, navigate to Organization > Settings in the sidebar.

  2. Click the Synchronization payload.

  3. Choose "SOMToday" from the Synchronization Method pop-up menu.

  4. Configure the synchronization time from the Automatic synchronization settings pop-up menu.

  5. (Optional) To test the sync configuration, click Test Sync Configuration.

  6. (Optional) To automatically delete users in Jamf School that were synched with removed Somtoday users, select the Delete Removed Users checkbox.

  7. Click Save.

Manually Sync

You can use the Synchronize Now button on the Jamf School dashboard to manually synchronize the following:

  • Apps, books, or devices purchased through Apple School Manager

  • Classes and users in Apple School Manager

  • Users invited to associate their Apple ID with the service token in Apple School Manager

  • Any missing Automated Device Enrollment placeholders

  • LDAP users

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