About Volume Content

With managed distribution for computers and mobile devices, you can use Jamf Pro to fully control your apps. Jamf Pro can be used to automatically update apps in Jamf Pro and on devices on a schedule, and force app updates at any time.

Jamf Pro allows you to distribute App Store apps and apps purchased in volume directly to computers and mobile devices for managed distribution. Because managed distribution for computers and mobile devices is device-based, user registration with volume purchasing is not required and users do not need to provide an Apple ID. Apps distributed directly to devices do not appear in the user's own App Store purchase history and cannot be updated by users. For more information, see Device-Assigned Managed Distribution.

Jamf Pro also allows you to distribute App Store apps and books to users for managed distribution. Because managed distribution for users is user-based, it involves user registration and user assignments. For more information, see User-Assigned Managed Distribution.

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 describes the managed distribution types:

Managed Distribution Type

Applies to

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. For more information, see Integrating with Volume Purchasing.
2. Configure device assignments when distributing a Mac App Store app. For information, see Apps Purchased in Volume.

Managed distribution for mobile devices

  • App Store apps

  • Apps purchased in volume (including custom apps)

Mobile devices with iOS 9 or later

Managed distribution for mobile devices involves the following steps:

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

Managed distribution for users

  • App Store apps

  • Apps purchased in volume (including custom 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 User-Assigned Volume Purchasing Registration.
3. Create user assignments in Jamf Pro. For information, see User-Assigned Volume Assignments.

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