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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

iOS 8.3 Change to "Require Password"?

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I was hoping if someone could tell me if there were any changes in 8.3 to the way iOS requires passwords for installing apps. It seems like it's changed, but I may just be going crazy and I'm not sure.

Here's a quick overview of our setup

One itunes (we'll call it apple@school.org) account that is granted VPP licences from a "master" VPP account.
All 400 devices are signed in with the apple@school.org account with a restriction to prevent them from changing accounts.
A list of curated, installable apps are presented via the MDM app installed on the device (meraki in this case). We use the MDM to tailor the apps presented per site (site A may want different apps than site B, or have paid for different apps than site B). App installs are supposed to be initiated from the MDM app which then does a silent background install (this works).

The issue being is that I could swear in <8.3, if our users went to the "App Store" icon (instead of our MDM app) and tried to install an app that the apple@school.org had a license for, it would prompt them for a password. We don't divulge the apple@school.org password, as it's really our only means for keeping devices compliant considering that account is shared across all devices. However in 8.3, that password prompt seems to have disappeared. If a user tries to initiate an install from the "App Store" for an app that already shows as "purchased" the install immediately begins, no password required.

If I attempt to set the "require password for all purchases" profile option, the users are prompted for the account password even when attempting a silent push via the MDM app.

Is this behaviour new to 8.3? Seeing as how Meraki doesn't let one specify a baseline and notifications to be sent when out of compliance with said baseline, is my only real option creating individual itunes accounts for every device?

Thanks!

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.

Apps Supporting Managed Configuration

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Managed Configuration is a feature introduced with iOS 7, and increasingly supported by MDM providers. It allows an iOS app to receive configuration from an MDM service. The MDM service sends a plist dictionary of keys and values to the app on installation. Some MDM services allow token substitution in the values. This enables a username, for example, to be automatically sent to the app so the user does not need to type it in manually.

In theory any app supporting the native preferences system will automatically support managed configuration. In practice some apps are designed with the feature in mind. Below is a list of apps we have found to support this feature.

Please feel free to edit this wiki page and add to the list.

App Instructions More Info
Acronis Access formerly GroupLogic mobilEcho    
Box for EMM    
Casper Focus instructions  
FileBrowser for Business instructions  
Wandera MDO   demo
WebDAV Nav+ instructions troubleshooting
Foldr Airwatch Instructions, JAMF Capser Instructions  

Microsoft Office for iPad: full-featured, freemium, and finally.

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Microsoft today woke up and smelled the iPads. Now available on the App Store: Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. We are told these are not Lite versions or ported from desktop, but full featured and robust. Free to download, they promise faithful read-only access to your Office docs. Document editing and sharing is unlocked with an Office360 subscription.

(Microsoft also announced an MDM offering that ties into Active Directory. That should be interesting to explore soon.)

Watch a video of the event (viewable on iPad!) or check out the reviews on several prominent sites:

Word, via Ars Technica

Excel, via TUAW

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apple configurator and free app

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Greetings Admins

I am thinking about using Apple Configurator to deploy some iPads. I was thinking of setting up one iPad how I like it. Then Backing up that one, and restore the backup to multiple iPads. Would the restore also restore the Apps? And any setting associated with that app?

Also how do the updates work on apps installed from configurator?. I know with regular apps, that password of the apple ID that was used to download app needs to be entered before update happens.

Thank you all.
Rodrigo

Free iWork Apps via Apple Configurator?

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With iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMove etc.) now free for new devices I was wondering how I can install the apps via Apple Configurator without paying for them.

I have 15 brand new iPads, but when I login to the VPP store I am still asked to pay for the apps.

Thanks

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