How does Aerohive's MDM solution work?

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HI , I am new to Aerohive , I have a demo AP230, I would like to know how Aerohive MDM system works ? We are educational institution using Meraki MDM to manage Apple VPP and devices. I heard you could do the same thing with Aerohive and Airwatch. I am not sure where to start.
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Aerohive's MDM solution is called Client Management and it supports iOS, Mac OS X, Android and ChromeOS devices. And Client Management is unique in its ability to onboard Chromebooks.

Client Management is different from other MDM solutions in that it integrates with the APs and is designed around the process of onboarding devices to the network. One key challenge for traditional MDM solutions is encouraging the employee to install the MDM enrollment profile onto their device.  Aerohive accomplishes this by using the network as a carrot, that is, if the employee wants access to the network, they must installed the MDM enrollment profile, otherwise, they are not allowed on the network. And removing the MDM enrollment profile will also remove them from the network.

This approach also has significant benefits for schools deploying large numbers of devices - large being many thousands of devices. The onboarding portal streamlines the enrollment process and uses MDM to automate the configuration of the WiFi settings on the device. This includes automatic installation of the PSK/PPSK or a certificate for 802.1x EAP-TLS, thereby transitioning from user authentication to device authentication, all without intervention from the user. This allows the IT administrator to delegate the onboarding to the student or employee since there are very few touch points and the configuration is automatic.

Our primary goal with implementing MDM technology is to use the capability to automate the configuration of the device and therefore, reduce support costs. This is especially important as more and more consumer devices enter the network and IT is faced with supporting these devices.