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Apple's App Volume Purchase Program

VPP redemption code migrated apps not available in getVppAsset

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Problem 1
Apps are migrated from VPP redemption to managed distribution.The getVPPAssetsSrv does not give the adam Id for these apps. These apps are paid apps which were originally purchased around 2012 and migrated in Jan 2016. Few other apps which were purchased around 2012 and migrated in Jan 2016 work fine.
Problem 2
Could not get app details for few apps in getVPPAssetsSrvUrl. Tried getting app details via https://vpp.itunes.apple.com/lookup
and through contentMetadataLookupUrl.
Anyone have any ideas?

How to Install iOS Apps Silently

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To install apps without prompting the iOS user, a few steps need to be taken. This article outlines those changes and provides additional gotchas to be aware of:

SimpleMDM Blog: Install iOS Apps Silently

Feel free to ask additional questions here. I'm happy to help.

Taylor
simplemdm.com

VPP Invite To Program does not work on iPads

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Recently we noticed that the Invite To Program command or the Invitation URL does not render properly in iPads. The links should redirect to App Store where the user will be shown Terms and Conditions to accept and join the VPP Program for the organization.
Instead, these links open in Safari and remain there un-rendered. Refer the below image:

This has been raised by several of our customers recently. We have noticed this issue in both iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.3.2 version iPads. In iPhones, there are no issues at all.

Have you guys noticed any such behavior lately? Are there any workarounds?

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Cheers,
Mahesh

Apple Fixes Custom B2B VPP Functionality in iOS 9

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iOS 9 was plagued with a bug that prevented customers from deploying VPP licenses of Custom B2B apps directly to devices using the new iOS 9 device-level assignment feature. This was a widespread bug that affected all MDM products.

Just today, Apple released iOS 9.3.2. In the release notes there's a fix that references this bug. Looks like Custom B2B apps should be device-assignable now.

More info here:

http://simplemdm.com/2016/05/16/apple-releases-ios-9-3-2/

Here are the original Apple release notes:

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Deploy personalized education apps using JAMF / Casper Suite

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Hi folks -

If you work in K-12 schools and use JAMF Casper for your iPads, then I have a pretty neat announcement that you may find interesting.

You can now utilize eSpark to deploy personalized educational apps to your students, tailored to their unique learning needs. eSpark uses the standardized tests that your district already takes, and then adapts to each student's ability levels as they progress. If you've struggled with how to use the iPads in your district to effectively help teachers differentiate instruction, then this may be a really good fit. And users to Casper Suite can enable the integration in just a few minutes.

Here's a recent article with more details: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-03-01-espark-partners-with-jamf-to-hel...

If you'd like to learn more, feel free to reach out to me directly - luke@esparklearning.com. Thanks!

- Luke Shepard
CTO, eSpark

How Should I Distribute My In-House App?

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We've found that the various Apple app deployment options are often confusing for our customers. We've put together a general guide explaining the four routes that can be taken, providing an explanation of when each program is appropriate to use.

http://simplemdm.com/2016/03/21/how-to-deploy-ios-apps-for-businesses/

As always, I'm happy to field any questions in the forums here. Thanks!

How to silently update enterprise app on supervised devices without VPP?

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We have a couple dozen iPads installed as kiosks at various locations, remotely managed via Meraki. We've used Apple Configuration to put the devices in supervised mode, however, we did setup a shared Apple ID that all the devices were logged into upon setup, and we also set passcodes on the device.

Our kiosk app is an enterprise app, and I'm pushing from Meraki by creating a managed app linking to our manifest.plist file.

However, as we push out updates, we're getting inconsistent behavior. What I'd like is to have the app silently update without any user intervention, which does sometimes happen. But sometimes it requires the user to accept the update. I don't believe we've been asked to re-enter the password, but I'm not sure, as I have to wait for the user reports to trickle in from the various locations.

Again, we're not using VPP, which is what all the silent update sources I can find seem to assume. Just a standard enterprise distribution app.

Would love any suggestions!

No-Apple ID, App Distribution by Device: Which MDMs have this already?

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One of the most anticipated features of iOS is the ability to distribute VPP apps to devices without Apple IDs, as long as certain conditions are met: device is on iOS 9, app was purchased through VPP, app developer opted in, MDM supports this feature.

What is unclear at this time is WHICH MDM providers support this feature today. As far as I can tell, very few were ready on day 1. Was yours?

Does your MDM support per-Device app distribution? Please post your MDM vendor and your experiences here. Maybe we can get them to prioritize this feature.

iOS 9 assign apps directly to a device

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Is anyone already testing how the new apps to devices in iOS 9 will work?

Is there any mdm already capable of this?

Thank you,

Jordi

Looking for VPP Consultant

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We are a startup that recently stated publishing apps for beta customers through the VPP program. We are looking for some help better understanding the VPP program, recent announcements by Apple, and options for distributing iOS apps within businesses as a 3d party publisher.

We'd like to find someone who could spend some time on the phone with us and we are happy to pay for the time. If you can recommed someone or if you are interested, please post here or send me a note directly to cpeterson@facing1.com.

WWDC: What's New in Managing Apple Devices? Quite a lot!

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Apple has posted all the WWDC session videos online, and there a lot in there. The Tuesday morning session on "What's New in Managing Apple Devices" contains especially important new announcements for the community of iOS administrators. There's a lot of great changes coming to iOS 9 and OS X "El Capitan."

In the spirit of the new, more open, WWDC Non-NDA, I'm linking to the full video and offering a short summary of the topics covered. It's really good to keep in mind that beta software is not production software, and may change before release.

In my opinion there were three big announcements. They are....drumroll:

  1. Devices can receive apps WITHOUT an Apple ID
  2. Apple is making supervision MUCH more important. Supervise your devices NOW.
  3. A whole new Configurator 2

If your job depends on managing Apple devices, I encourage you to watch the entire hour session.

Presenter: Todd Fernandez, Senior Manager, Device Management

Apple's Device Enrollment Program: A request to pronounce it by its letters "D.E.P." and not as a word "dep." DEP is now available in 26 countries

Enrollment optimization: New key in MDM to wait until device is fully configured. MDM commands now wait until..Apple ID, etc.

Automated Enrollment: enroll in MDM without screen taps. How does it work?

  • Set up DEP
  • Connect to Apple Configurator
  • Configurator completes setup

App Distribution

  • Focus on VPP Managed Distribution. 3 big changes
  • VPP now in 26 countries
  • Multinational app assignment: Purchase VPP apps in any country, distribute to any country where app is sold
  • And...

Assign VPP distribution apps to devices (#1 Big announcement of the day)

  • No invitation process
  • No Apple ID required on device
  • Does not appear in users purchase history
  • Installation and updates controlled by MDM server
  • Need to buy app for each device
  • Can be revoked and re-assiigned
  • "Smooth migration" from user assignment: app and data stays in place

NOTE: Requires Opt In from App developer on iTunes Connect. Best for apps to store app data in cloud.

Caching Server
Now also caches iCloud data, documents, CloudKit data, Photo Library, on-demand app resources

MDM Commands

  • Can convert apps from unmanaged to managed without losing user data
  • Can install via MDM or Configurator while app store is disabled. (This is a biggie!)

Enterprise Apps
New explicit user trust flow for apps, prevent user from trusting apps, Apps installed via MDM do not require explicit trust (finally)

New MDM Commands

  • Available software updates
  • Update to latest iOS (DEP supervised devices only)

New Payloads

  • Network usage rules
  • Restrict:Screen recording, trust new enterprise app authors, treat airdrop as unmanaged, automatic app downloads, iCloud photo library, keyboad shortcuts, modify device name, passcode, wallpaper, news, pair with Apple Watch

Deprecating MANY profile restrictions: these will require supervision in the future. (#2 Big announcement of the day)

  • Restrict App Installation
  • Restrict App Removal
  • Restrict FaceTime
  • Restrict Safari
  • Restrict iTunes
  • Restrict Explicit Content
  • Restrict iCloud documents and data
  • Restrict Multiplayer Gaming
  • Restrict Add GameCenter Friends

Configurator 2 (#3 Big announcement of the day)

  • “We’ve received a lot of feedback"
  • Completed reinvented. "Apple Configurator 2” — New blue logo
  • Devices front and center
  • discrete tasks
  • easy automation
  • multiple stations
  • companion to DEP and MDM
  • Command line tool, scripting library, automator.

More information about automating workflows with Configurator is available in Session 306.

VPP invite gives "Your session has time out. Try again" when accepting the agreement

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I'm getting the below error when accepting the agreement to VPP invite. Can anyone suggest how to proceed with this ?
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Bushel is now Generally Available!

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Bushel, an Apple device management solution, powered by JAMF Software, today announced general availability, expanding Apple device management to businesses of all sizes. Bushel is a cloud-based solution designed to make it simple and quick for regular people to complete their management tasks, including Apple device setup, security and usability. The software had been in beta for some time now, and users could use it on an invitation-only basis. Bushel has just today become generally available to the public to sign up for either a free or paid account. You can find out more and sign up on the Bushel website.

Apple expands iTunes VPP to 16 new countries

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Apple has announced that its iTunes Volume Purchase Program is now available in 16 additional countries. The full list is now:

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States.

In addition, Apple is now allowing VPP credits to be purchased through resellers (at least in the U.S.). Previously, credits were sold direct only. Support your favorite reseller and purchase locally!

Got iTunes Volume Purchasing? Get six iWork & iLife apps for free.

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Late last year Apple dropped the price of its suite of productivity apps to precisely zero dollars. Well, that is if you purchased a device after September 13, 2013. That was all well and good for individuals. But if you signed up for the institutional iTunes Volume Purchase Program (VPP) it wasn't so easy to send these "free" apps to devices.

Apple has simplified this — somewhat — and published the new information in a Knowledge Base article. Here is the beef:

  • You need to be enrolled in VPP.
  • You need to have an invoice or purchase order showing you purchased devices after September 13, 2013.
  • Includes Keynote, Pages, Numbers, iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie. (Keynote is Apple's PowerPoint alternative and is pretty damn good.) Each of these are normally $10.

See the document for the step by step. By the way, it appears this isn't all you can eat. You will be eligible for a quantity of free apps matching the quantity of devices purchased after the cutoff date. Let us know in the comments what your experience is.

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