Content Distribution Methods in Jamf Pro

Jamf Pro provides the following two distribution methods for distributing apps and books to computers and mobile devices:

  • Make Available in Jamf Self Service—When you distribute content using this method, it is made available in Self Service for users to install. You can choose whether or not to make the content managed when possible. For more information, see Managed Content in Jamf Pro.

  • Install Automatically/Prompt Users to Install—This method can either install the content on computers and mobile devices automatically, or it can prompt the user to install the content. This method automatically makes a mobile device app and book managed when possible. For more information, see Managed Content in Jamf Pro.
    The outcome of this installation method is dependent on whether the app is free or paid for by the organization using volume purchasing. The content is installed automatically if the following conditions of the device are met:

    Content Type

    Device Conditions

    Free apps or apps distributed via managed distribution by assigning the app to users (user-assigned managed distribution)

    • The device has iOS 7 or later.

    • The device is supervised.

    • The user is signed in to the App Store on the device.

    Apps distributed via managed distribution by assigning the app directly to mobile devices (device-assigned managed distribution)

    • The device has iOS 9 or later.

    • The device is supervised.

    Books

    • The device has iOS 8 or later.

    • The device is supervised.

    • The user is signed in to the App Store on the device.

    • The iBooks Store has not been disabled on the device.

    • The device is not configured to require an Apple ID password for all purchases.

    • If the book wasn't assigned to the user for managed distribution, the user has recently authorized an App Store purchase on the device, or the user's Apple ID has previously been used to install the book.

    • If managed book requirements are not met, the book is made available in Self Service for users to install.

    If these conditions are not met, users are prompted to install the content.

    Note: If a user is in the scope of a book and the managed book requirements are met, the book will be installed automatically on all iOS devices that the user is assigned to in Jamf Pro. On other iOS devices that do not meet managed book requirements or computers assigned to the same user, the book will be made available in Self Service.

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