Deploying a Device-Based VPP iOS Application with Jamf Pro


Hi, this is CJ with Jamf Support, and today
we’ll walk through how to deploy a device-based VPP iOS application with Jamf Pro. Apple’s Volume Purchase Program, (or VPP,)
allows organizations to purchase apps and distribute them to students or employees,
while retaining the ability to reassign licenses as needed. With Jamf Pro, administrators can deploy VPP
applications to specific iOS devices, without the need for users to sign in to the app store
with their AppleID. Keep in mind we’ll first need to have purchased
a managed app license for the application in question through Apple’s Volume Purchase
Program portal. Not all applications are “Device Assignable,”
so make sure you check out the description below for a link to our Knowledge Base for
more information. Finally, we’ll just need to make sure we’re
running Jamf Pro version 9.82 or later, and that our iOS devices are running iOS 9 or
later. After logging in to Jamf Pro, we’ll click
the “Mobile Devices” icon at the top of the screen, then “Mobile Device Apps”
in the sidebar. Any application we add to this section of
Jamf Pro is said to be part of our “App Catalog.” If the “Automatically Populate Purchased
Content” checkbox in the VPP Accounts section of Jamf Pro is selected, any application for
which we’ve purchased licenses will already be present in the App Catalog. Otherwise, we can add our applications manually: To add a new application, we’ll click the
“New” button at the top of the page, then choose the “App Store app or VPP store app”
option. Here we can search Apple’s App Store for
the application we’d like to deploy. There’s also an option for uploading a VPP
Code spreadsheet, but this is an older method of VPP and rarely-used anymore. Once we’d entered the name of the application
we’d like to search for, we can hit “Next.” Find the application we’re looking for in
the list of results, and click “Add” to add it to your app catalog. Here, we can configure our application before
we save it. We can edit things like change the Display
Name for the application in Jamf Pro, choose a category for organizational purposes, and
more. The most important configuration we’ll make
here is our Distribution Method. This determines the method for deploying the
application to our end-user devices. We can either choose to make the application
available for download in Self Service, or choose to automatically install the application
on the end-user device. Next, we’ll choose the scope of our deployment. First, click the “Scope” tab at the top
of the page. Here, we’ll choose which devices receive
the application assignment. We can either scope to individual devices
manually, or to a Static or Smart group of devices – just make sure we have enough available
licenses purchased in Apple’s Volume Purchase Portal for the entire group in scope. If we’ve chosen to make the app available
in Self Service, we can head to the “Self Service” tab to set a custom application
description and icon. If the app requires custom configuration as
part of your deployment, we can set that in the “App Configuration” tab. Finally, head to the “VPP” tab and make
sure we select the “Assign VPP Content” option so that licenses for the application
are assigned to the devices in scope when we save. Any VPP tokens we’ve integrated with Jamf
Pro that contain licenses for the application we’re deploying will show up here – make
sure we select the correct token for our deployment. When ready, hit save in the lower-right corner. It may take a few minutes for the app licenses
to be assigned to your devices in scope, but once the assignment is made, we should be
able to see the application deploying to the devices. If we chose the “Make Available in Self
Service” deployment method, we can head to “Self Service” on the end-user device
and click the “Install” button next to the application. If we chose the “Automatically Install”
option, we should see the application begin to install automatically. Finally, if we have more applications to deploy,
we can head back to Jamf Pro and start on the next one. Thanks for watching! If you found this video helpful, go ahead
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tutorials. More information on this topic can be found
on Jamf Nation, or in our product documentation, which is linked in the description below. For all other questions, reach out to Jamf
Support using the Support Portal on Jamf Nation.

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