The main difference between a device template and a compliance policy is that a device template is used during provisioning and never after that; a compliance policy is applied to Esper-managed devices after they’ve been provisioned.


Templates

Device templates provide an easy way to define how you want your devices to behave once they’ve been provisioned and are managed by Esper. You decide the apps you want installed, the compliance policy applied, background wallpapers, device settings, and the group you want the device to fall in—all in one place. Once created, a template can be used to provision all the settings on a new device with the click of a mouse.


Once a device has been provisioned with the template, it’ll be set and ready to use in production.


TIP: Templates are not meant for any other purpose except for provisioning devices.

Now, after provisioning, if you change your mind and want to apply changes to individual devices or groups of devices, you can do so in the Esper Dashboard. These are categorized by Devices and Groups.


Compliance Policies

Individual Devices

To make a change to an individual provisioned device:

  1. In the Esper Console, click Devices in the navigation sidebar
  2. Click View Details on the Device tile for the device you’re changing
  3. Click the Compliance Policy tab
  4. Select a new policy to install from the Select Policy dropdown
  5. Click Apply Policy

Groups

To make a change to a group of Esper-managed devices:

  1. In the Esper Console, click Groups in the navigation sidebar
  2. Click View Details on the Device tile for the group you’re changing
  3. Click the Compliance Policy tab
  4. Select a new policy to install from the Select Policy dropdown
  5. Click Apply Policy

In the case of both Devices and Groups, you’ll need to create a new Compliance policy if none of the existing policies meet your needs.