User-Based VPP Assignments

The Jamf Software Server (JSS) allows you to assign content purchased through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) to users for user-based VPP-managed distribution.

The JSS allows you to assign the following types of content to users:

  • iOS apps

  • Mac apps

  • eBooks

After apps have been assigned to users, you can also use the JSS to revoke them from users. eBooks cannot be revoked.

When you create a VPP assignment in the JSS, you choose a VPP account, and all content purchased for VPP-managed distribution using the account is automatically available. Then you specify the content that you want to assign, and the users you want to assign it to (called “scope”).

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

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

Requirements

VPP user assignments require computers with macOS 10.9 or later and mobile devices with iOS 7 or later.

To assign VPP content to users, you need:

Creating a VPP Assignment

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

  2. Click Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click VPP Assignments.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/15181961/New_icon.png .

  5. Use the General payload to configure basic settings for the VPP assignment, including the VPP account.
    Note: The assignment is automatically added to the site that the VPP account belongs to.

  6. Use the Apps and/or eBooks payload to select the checkbox for each app and/or eBook you want to assign.
    If a recently purchased app or eBook is not displayed in the list, follow the steps in the Recently Purchased Content is not Displayed in VPP Assignment Knowledge Base article to add that app or eBook to the list.

  7. Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the assignment.
    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.

Revoking Apps from Users

To revoke specific apps from all users in the scope of a VPP assignment, you remove the apps from the VPP assignment.

To revoke all the apps in a VPP assignment from specific users, you remove the users from the scope.

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

  2. Click Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click VPP Assignments.

  4. Click the VPP assignment you want to revoke.

  5. Select the Apps payload and remove apps from the assignment as needed.

  6. Click the Scope tab and remove users from the scope as needed.
    For more information, see Scope.

  7. Click Save.

If the Notify users when an app is no longer assigned to them checkbox is selected for the VPP account, a notification is sent to users.

Revoking All Apps from Users

For each VPP account, you can revoke all apps that have been assigned to users.

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

  2. In the top-right corner of the page, click Settings images/download/thumbnails/15181961/Settings_icon.png .

  3. Click Global Management.

  4. Click VPP Accounts images/download/thumbnails/15181961/VPP_Accounts.png .

  5. Click the VPP account for which you want to revoke all apps.

  6. Click Revoke All and then click OK to confirm.

If the Notify users when an app is no longer assigned to them checkbox is selected for the VPP account, a notification is sent to users.

Viewing Content Associated with a VPP Assignment

For each VPP assignment, you can view the apps or eBooks in the App Catalog or eBook Catalog in the JSS if the content has been added to the catalog. This allows you to modify the scope of the content to redistribute it.

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

  2. Click Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click VPP Assignments.

  4. Click a VPP assignment to view the content.

  5. Select the Apps and/or eBooks payload.
    A list of content is displayed.

  6. If the app or eBook has been added to the App Catalog or eBook Catalog in the JSS, click the link next to the app or eBook to view the content in the respective catalog.

The content is displayed in the App Catalog or eBook Catalog, and you can modify the scope to redistribute the content. For information, see the following: App Store Apps, Mac App Store Apps, and eBooks Available in the iBooks Store.

Adding Content Associated with a VPP Assignment

For each VPP assignment, you can add the assigned apps and eBooks to the App Catalog or eBook Catalog in the JSS if the content has not yet been added to the catalog.

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

  2. Click Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click VPP Assignments.

  4. Click the VPP assignment for the content you want to add to the App Catalog or eBook Catalog.

  5. Select the Apps and/or eBooks payload.
    A list of content is displayed.

  6. If the app or eBook has not been added to the App Catalog or eBook Catalog in the JSS, click the button next to the app or eBook to add it to the respective catalog.

The content is displayed in the App Catalog or eBook Catalog, and you can add the content to the catalog for distribution. For information, see the following: App Store Apps, Mac App Store Apps, and eBooks Available in the iBooks Store.

Viewing the Users that VPP Content is Assigned To

For each VPP assignment, you can view the users that VPP 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 VPP Assignments.

  4. Click the VPP assignment for which you want to view the users that the content is assigned to.

  5. Select the Apps and/or eBooks payload.
    A list of content is displayed.
    For each app or eBook, you can view the number of users that the content is assigned to in the In Use column.

  6. To view the users that the content is assigned to, click the number displayed in the In Use column.

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