Integrating with Volume Purchasing

Integrating with volume purchasing (formerly VPP) is the first step to using managed distribution. To distribute apps and books purchased in volume, you must first add one or more locations to Jamf Pro.

When you add a location to Jamf Pro, you upload the service token that you obtained from Apple, and specify the country associated with the location. 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 in volume is populated in the app and eBook catalogs.

Volume Purchase Location Considerations

Consider the following when adding locations to volume purchasing in Jamf Pro:

  • To avoid issues with content scoping and renewal dates, it is recommended that you do not configure multiple locations for the same distribution content.

  • Each service token for the specific distributed content should only be allocated once. For example, 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 Jamf Pro. This limitation includes a single server instance.

  • If you upload a new token file to renew distributed content licenses, it is recommended that you do not delete the expired location from Jamf Pro before uploading the new server token file.

  • If you configured a location for your distributed content licenses and later integrated your environment with Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager, it is recommended that you do not add a separate location for these licenses.
    Use the "Renew Service Token" button on the location Details tab to upload the new token
    (.vpptoken) that you acquired from Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager. This will allow Location to display for your Apple School Manager token in Jamf Pro. When prompted, reclaim the service token to use it with your Jamf Pro instance. For information on how to obtain the token file, see the following documentation:

  • Deleting a location removes the instance from Jamf Pro but does not delete the settings in Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager.

Managed Distribution Types

After Jamf Pro is integrated with Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager, you can use Jamf Pro to distribute content via managed distribution by assigning content to users (user assignment), or directly to computers or mobile devices (device assignment). The following table outlines the managed distribution types:

Managed Distribution Type

Applies to

User Requirements

Basic Procedure

Managed distribution for computers

Mac App Store apps

Computers with macOS
10.11 or later

Managed distribution for computers involves the following steps:

1. Add a location to Jamf Pro.
2. Configure device assignments when distributing a Mac App Store app. For information, see Mac App Store Apps.

Managed distribution for mobile devices

  • App Store apps

  • Apps purchased in volume (including custom B2B apps)

Mobile devices with iOS 9 or later

Managed distribution for mobile devices involves the following steps:

1. Add a location to Jamf Pro.
2. Configure device assignments when distributing an App Store app or app purchased in volume. For information, see App Store Apps.

Managed distribution for users

  • App Store apps

  • Apps purchased in volume (including custom B2B apps for iOS devices)

  • Mac App Store apps

  • Books

  • Mobile devices with iOS 7 or later

  • Computers with macOS 10.9 or later

  • Valid, personal Apple ID

Managed distribution for users involves the following steps:

1. Add a location to Jamf Pro.
2. Invite users to register with volume purchasing. For information, see Volume Purchasing User Registration.
3. Create user assignments in Jamf Pro. For information, see User-Based Volume Assignments.

For more information on purchasing and distributing apps and books in volume, visit one of the following websites:

Requirements

To add a location to Jamf Pro, you need a service token (.vpptoken) from Apple.

Adding a Location

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. In the top-right corner of the page, click Settings images/download/thumbnails/79182964/Icon_Settings_Hover.png .

  3. Click Global Management.

  4. Click Volume Purchasing images/download/thumbnails/79182964/VPP_Accounts.png .

  5. Click New images/download/thumbnails/17105124/Icon_New_Button.png .

  6. Enter a display name for the location.

    Note: If you configure email notifications for the location, this name will be displayed in the email body.

  7. Click Upload Service Token and upload the service token (.vpptoken) for the location.

    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 Jamf Pro.

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

  9. (Optional) Select Automatically Populate Purchased Content if you want content purchased in volume 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 an invitation or get prompted to register with volume purchasing, select Automatically register with volume purchasing if users have Managed Apple IDs.

    Note: For users that have Managed Apple IDs to be automatically registered with volume purchasing, you need to create an invitation that includes the users in the scope and configure the invitation to automatically register the users. For more information, see Volume Purchasing User Registration.

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

  13. Click Save.

Adding Volume Purchasing Notifications

To make the managed distribution content management more efficient, you can enable a volume purchasing notification. This allows Jamf Pro to send you a daily email after the predefined condition is triggered. You can also specify the recipients to send the notification to. To properly configure a notification, at least one location must exist in Jamf Pro, and you must be logged in with a Jamf Pro user account that has full access or site access and an email address configured.
(An SMTP server must be set up in Jamf Pro. For information on setting up an SMTP server and enabling email notifications for Jamf Pro user accounts, see Integrating with an SMTP Server and Email Notifications.)

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. In the top-right corner of the page, click Settings images/download/thumbnails/79182964/Icon_Settings_Hover.png .

  3. Click Global Management.

  4. Click Volume Purchasing images/download/thumbnails/79182964/VPP_Accounts.png .

  5. Click Notifications.

  6. Click New images/download/thumbnails/79182964/Icon_New_Button.png .

  7. Use the New Volume Purchasing Subscription pane to configure the settings for the notification, including the display name, the trigger, and tokens that you want to monitor.

    Note: Jamf Pro users with the "Volume Purchasing Admin Accounts" privilege that have site access are allowed to manage notifications in the context of the site.

  8. Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the notification by adding recipients:

    1. Click Add images/download/thumbnails/79182964/Icon_Add_Button.png to add recipients of the notification. You can select the existing Jamf Pro user accounts, or manually add external recipients that are not registered in Jamf Pro.

    2. Click Done.

  9. Click Save.

After adding a volume purchasing notification, you must enable it.

Related Information

For related information, see the following Jamf Knowledge Base videos:

For related information, see the following Knowledge Base article:

Recently Purchased Volume Content is not Displayed in Jamf Pro
The Content tab for a location can be used when content recently purchased from volume purchasing fails to display in Jamf Pro. The functionality available in that tab allows you to pull that content into Jamf Pro.

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