Simple VPP Content Searches for Users

A simple VPP content search functions like a search engine, allowing you to quickly search the mobile device apps, Mac App Store apps, and eBooks in the Jamf Software Server (JSS) for a general range of results.

VPP content searches are based on the name of the app or eBook you are searching for.

Simple VPP content search results display the following information:

  • Name of the app or eBook

  • VPP account used to purchase the content

  • Type of content

  • Total content that has been purchased with the VPP account

  • Number of apps or eBooks assigned to computers, mobile devices, or users

  • Number of VPP assignments that the content is associated with

Search Syntax

This section explains the syntax to use for the following search functions:

  • Wildcard searches

  • Including multiple search terms

  • Excluding a search term

  • Returning all content

In general, searches are not case-sensitive.

Note: The default search preference is “Exact Match”. For most items, the option can be changed to either “Starts with” or “Contains”. (For more information about configuring account preferences, see JSS User Accounts and Groups.)

Wildcard Searches

Asterisks (*) function as wildcard characters in simple searches. The following table explains the different ways asterisks can be used to refine a search:

Usage

Example

Use an asterisk after a search term to return all results with attributes that begin with that term.

Perform a search for “key*” to return all content with names that begin with “key”.

Use an asterisk before a search term to return all results with attributes that end with that term.

Perform a search for “*note” to return all content with names that end with “note”.

Use an asterisk before and after a search term to return all results that include that term.

Perform a search for “*ABC*” to return all content that includes “ABC”.

Use an asterisk without any other terms to return all results for the item you are searching.

Perform a search for “*” to return all content.

Including Multiple Search Terms

Use multiple search terms separated by a comma (,) to return all results that include those search terms.

For example, perform a user search for “key*, *note” to return all content that begins with “key” and ends with “note”.

Excluding a Search Term

Use a hyphen (-) before a search term to exclude results that include the term.

For example, perform a user search for “ABC*, -*note” to return all content with names that begin with “ABC” except for those that end with “note”.

Returning All Content

There are two ways to return all content: use an asterisk (*) without any other characters or terms, or perform a blank search.

Performing a Simple VPP Content Search

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

  2. Click Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click Search VPP Content.

  4. Enter one or more search terms in the field provided.
    For information on the syntax to use to refine your search, see Search Syntax.

  5. Press the Enter key.
    The list of search results is displayed.

Viewing the Users that Content is Assigned To

You can view the users that content is assigned to.

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

  2. Click Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click Search VPP Content.

  4. Enter one or more search terms in the field provided.
    For information on the syntax to use to refine your search, see Search Syntax.

  5. Press the Enter key.
    A list of content is displayed.

  6. To view the users that the content is assigned to, click the number displayed in the In Use column.
    The users that have the content assigned to them are listed on the Users pane.

Viewing the VPP Assignments that Content is Associated With

You can view the VPP assignments that content is associated with.

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

  2. Click Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click Search VPP Content.

  4. Enter one or more search terms in the field provided.
    For information on the syntax to use to refine your search, see Search Syntax.

  5. Press the Enter key.
    A list of content is displayed.

  6. To view the VPP assignments that the content is associated with, click the number displayed in the VPP Assignments column.

Related Information

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

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