A placeholder is a device that is not yet enrolled in the Jamf School MDM. As soon as the device is enrolled, the device will be automatically assigned to a group and get a device owner.
When we add a placeholder for a new teacher for example, you scan the box of the iPad and prepare the device in the MDM, for example make the device member of the Teacher group and set a device owner.
When the device is enrolled in Jamf School it will be automatically assigned to a user and the Teacher group. You can assign a profile to the Teacher group and / or assign apps to the Teacher group, these will be applied when the device is enrolled.
If you have many placeholders to create, then you can also use the bulk import tool (Organisation > Important / Synchronise). Just upload a .csv file with the usernames and Serial Numbers. Afterwards you can scan the iPad box and assign the device to a user.
Tip: You can use a barcode scanner to scan the device serial number from the box