Integrating with VPP

Integrating with Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) is the first step to utilizing VPP-managed distribution. To integrate with VPP, you need to add one or more VPP accounts to the Jamf Software Server (JSS).

When you add a VPP account to the JSS, you upload the service token that you obtained from Apple, and specify the country associated with the VPP account. You can also specify other information about the account, such as the contact person and Apple ID.

In addition, you can specify that all content purchased with the VPP account is populated in the app and eBook catalogs.

After the JSS is integrated with VPP, you can use the JSS to distribute content via VPP-managed distribution by assigning content to users (user-based assignment), or directly to computers or mobile devices (device-based assignment). The following table outlines the VPP-managed distribution types.

VPP-Managed Distribution Type

Applies to

User Requirements

Basic Procedure

VPP-managed distribution for computers

Mac App Store apps

Computers with macOS
10.11 or later

VPP-managed distribution for computers involves the following steps:

1. Add a VPP account to the JSS.
2. Configure device assignments when distributing a Mac App Store app. (For information, see Mac App Store Apps.)

VPP-managed distribution for mobile devices

  • App Store apps

  • VPP store apps (including custom B2B apps)

Mobile Devices with iOS 9 or later

VPP-managed distribution for mobile devices involves the following steps:

1. Add a VPP account to the JSS.
2. Configure device assignments when distributing an App Store app or VPP store app. (For information, see App Store Apps.)

VPP-managed distribution for users

  • App Store apps

  • VPP store apps (including custom B2B apps for iOS devices)

  • Mac App Store apps

  • eBooks

  • Mobile devices with iOS 7 or later

  • Computers with macOS 10.9 or later

  • Valid, personal Apple ID

VPP-managed distribution for users involves the following steps:

1. Add a VPP account to the JSS.
2. Invite users to register with VPP. (For information, see VPP User Registration.)
3.Create VPP user assignments in the JSS. (For information, see User-Based VPP Assignments.)

For more information on VPP and VPP-managed distribution, visit one of the following websites:

Requirements

To add a VPP account to the JSS, you need a service token (.vpptoken) from Apple's VPP store.

Adding a VPP Account

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. In the top-right corner of the page, click Settings images/download/thumbnails/16428663/Settings_icon.png .

  3. Click Global Management.

  4. Click VPP Accounts images/download/thumbnails/16428663/VPP_Accounts.png .

  5. Click New images/download/thumbnails/16428663/New_icon.png .

  6. Enter a display name for the account.

  7. Click Upload Service Token and upload the service token (.vpptoken) for the account.
    Note: Each service token should only exist in one location at a time. If the service token you want to upload already exists in Apple's Profile Manager, delete the service token from Apple's Profile Manager before uploading it to the JSS.

  8. Choose the country that is associated with the account.

  9. (Optional) Select Populate Purchased VPP Content if you want content purchased with the VPP account to be populated in the app and eBook catalogs.

  10. (Optional) Select Notify users when an app is no longer assigned to them if you want to send a notification to users when an app is revoked.

  11. (Optional) If your environment integrates with Apple School Manager and you do not want the users that have Managed Apple IDs to receive a VPP invitation or get prompted to register with VPP, select Automatically register with VPP if users have Managed Apple IDs.
    Note: For users that have Managed Apple IDs to be automatically registered with VPP, you need to create a VPP invitation that includes the users in the scope and configure the invitation to automatically register the users. (For more information, see VPP User Registration.)

  12. (Optional) Enter additional information about the account, including the contact person and Apple ID.

  13. Click Save.

Related Information

For related information, see the following Knowledge Base article:

Recently Purchased Content is not Displayed in VPP Assignment
The Content tab displayed in the VPP Account setting can be used when content recently purchased from VPP fails to display in the JSS. The functionality available in that tab allows you to pull that content into the JSS.

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