VPP User Registration

Before you can assign content purchased through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) to users for user-based VPP-managed distribution, users must be registered with VPP.

A user registers with VPP by accepting a VPP invitation. The following table describes the different methods you can use to distribute invitations:

Distribution Method

User Experience on macOS

User Experience on iOS

Notes

Send the invitation via email

The user clicks the URL in the email invitation and, if prompted, enters credentials for their LDAP directory account or a JSS user account. The user then connects to the App Store where they enter their Apple ID and complete the registration process.

 

Prompt the user to accept the invitation and make the invitation available in Self Service for macOS

A notification appears on the user's computer prompting them to register with VPP. The user can also access the VPP invitation in Self Service for macOS. The user then connects to the App Store where they enter their Apple ID and complete the registration process.

A notification appears on the user's mobile device prompting them to register with VPP. The user then connects to the App Store where they enter their Apple ID and complete the registration process.

The user only needs to accept the VPP invitation on one device, even if the invitation is shown on multiple devices.

Make the invitation available in Self Service only

The user can access the invitation in Self Service for macOS. The user then connects to the App Store where they enter their Apple ID and complete the registration process.

The user can access the invitation in Self Service Mobile for iOS by clicking VPP Invitations. The user then connects to the App Store where they enter their Apple ID and complete the registration process.

The user only needs to accept the VPP invitation on one device, even if the invitation is shown on multiple devices.

Automatically register only users with Managed Apple IDs and skip invitation

N/A

Only users that are in the scope of the invitation that have Managed Apple IDs are automatically registered with VPP. The users do not receive a VPP invitation and are not prompted to register with VPP.

Users that are in the scope of the invitation that do not have Managed Apple IDs do not receive an invitation and are not registered with VPP.

To configure automatic registration options for the VPP invitation, the Automatically Register with VPP if users have Managed Apple IDs option must be enabled for the VPP account. (For more information, see Integrating with VPP.)

After a VPP invitation is sent, it is available in Self Service on any computer or mobile device that the user is assigned to. If the user has more than one VPP invitation, they must accept each invitation individually. If the user does not accept the VPP invitation and attempts to install an app or eBook assigned through VPP, they are prompted to accept the VPP invitation before the app or eBook is installed.

Note: The JSS also supports device-based VPP-managed distribution, which allows distributing Mac App Store apps directly to computers and App Store apps directly to mobile devices. For device-based distribution, VPP user registration is not required. For more information, see VPP-Managed Distribution for Computers and VPP-Managed Distribution for Mobile Devices.

Requirements

To register users with VPP, you need a VPP account set up in the JSS. (For more information, see Integrating with VPP.)

To send a VPP invitation via email, you need an SMTP server set up in the JSS. (For more information, see Integrating with an SMTP Server.)

If you send a VPP invitation via email and require users to log in, users must log in to a registration page with an LDAP directory account or a JSS user account. For users to log in with their LDAP directory account, you need an LDAP server set up in the JSS. (For more information, see Integrating with LDAP Directory Services.)

To send a VPP invitation by prompting users, you need:

  • Computers with macOS 10.9 or later that are bound to a directory service and/or mobile devices with iOS 7.0.4 or later (For more information, see Binding to Directory Services.)

  • A push certificate in the JSS (For more information, see Push Certificates.)

To configure automatic registration options for the VPP invitation, the Automatically Register with VPP if users have Managed Apple IDs option must be enabled on the VPP account. (For more information, see Integrating with VPP.)

Sending a VPP Invitation

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

  2. Click Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click VPP Invitations.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/16429895/New_icon.png .

  5. Use the General pane to configure basic settings for the invitation, including the VPP account and the method to use for sending the invitation.
    Note: The invitation is automatically added to the site that the VPP account belongs to.

  6. (Optional) To automatically register users in the scope of the invitation that have Managed Apple IDs and send an invitation to the users that do not have Managed Apple IDs, select the Automatically register with VPP if users have Managed Apple IDs checkbox.
    Users that have Managed Apple IDs are automatically registered with VPP and do not receive an invitation or get prompted to register with VPP. Users that do not have Managed Apple IDs receive the invitation via the method selected from the Distribution Method pop-up menu.
    Note: This checkbox is only displayed if the Automatically register with VPP if users have Managed Apple IDs option is enabled for the VPP account. (For more information, see Integrating with VPP.)

  7. Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the invitation.
    Note: If the site of the VPP account is changed at any point, users that do not belong to that VPP account's site are removed from the scope of the invitation. For more information, see Scope.

  8. Click Save.

A VPP invitation is immediately sent to the users you specified. You can view the status of the invitation in the list of invitations.

Viewing VPP Invitation Usage

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

  2. Click Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click VPP Invitations.

  4. Click the invitation you want to view usage for.

  5. Click Usage.
    Basic invitation usage information is displayed, such as the status and last action.

  6. To view additional details such as the date sent and the invitation ID, click the username for that item.

Resending a VPP Invitation

The JSS allows you to resend VPP invitations to users that have not yet registered with VPP.

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

  2. Click Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click VPP Invitations.

  4. Click the invitation you want to resend.

  5. Click Resend.

A VPP invitation is immediately sent to users in the scope that have not yet registered with VPP.

Related Information

For related information, see the following section in this guide:

User-Based VPP Assignments
Find out how to assign content to users for VPP-managed distribution.

For related information, see the following Knowledge Base article:

Redoing VPP Registration for an Unintended Apple ID
Find out how to redo the VPP registration for a user that registered with VPP using an unintended Apple ID.

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