Distributing Apps Purchased with Apple School Manager

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

When you add a location to Jamf School, 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 catalogs. You can also distribute custom apps developed by your school or a third-party individual to devices using Apple School Manager and Jamf School.

Volume Purchasing Service Token Considerations

Consider the following when adding locations to Jamf School:

  • 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 School. This limitation includes a single server instance.

    Note: If you are using a Jamf School trial instance and have a service token in another MDM, create a new service token in Apple School Manager and upload that token to your Jamf School trial instance. When you purchase Jamf School licenses, you can delete the service token from the other MDM.

  • 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 School 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, 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 School. When prompted, reclaim the service token to use it with your Jamf School instance.
    For information on how to obtain the token file, see the Apple School Manager User Guide.

    Note: It is recommended that you only use one Apple School Manager account to integrate with volume purchasing. Using more than one account makes it difficult to isolate the account causing the issues when troubleshooting.

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

General Requirements

To distribute custom apps, you must enable custom apps in Apple School Manager. For more information, see Select and buy content in Apple School Manager in the Apple School Manager User Guide.

Uploading the Service Token to Jamf School

Requirements

To distribute apps with Apple School Manager, you must first transfer content licenses to a location and download the service token. For more information on transferring licenses to Apple School Manager, see the Apple School Manager User Guide. After assigning content to a location, you can navigate to Settings > Apps and Books in Apple School Manager to download the service token.

Procedure

Once you have downloaded the token from Apple School Manager, you can add apps and books to Jamf School by uploading the token to Jamf School.

  1. In Jamf School, navigate to Organization > Settings in the sidebar.

  2. Select the Content (Volume Purchasing) payload.

  3. Click Add Service Token, and then upload the token you downloaded.

  4. Click Apply.

  5. Click Edit images/download/thumbnails/85393622/Screen_Shot_2019-04-30_at_2.33.11_PM.png .

  6. If this account is not your primary account, deselect the Primary account checkbox.

  7. Choose a license assignment method.

  8. To invite users to Apple School Manager when they enroll in Jamf School, select the Automatically invite user checkbox.
    This can be performed by either a pop-up on the device or by adding a Web Clip to the Home screen.

  9. Click Apply.

The content is added to the Apps or Documents table in Jamf School. You must synchronize your volume purchasing account with Jamf School after purchasing or adding content via volume purchasing. For more information on how to synchronize, see Synchronization.

Distributing Apps to a Single Device

After adding apps to Jamf School, you can distribute content to a single device.

  1. In Jamf School, navigate to Devices > Devices in the sidebar.

  2. Click the device you want to distribute the app to.

  3. Click the Managed Apps tab.

  4. Click +Add apps.

  5. Click Add next to the app you want to install.

The app is installed immediately on the device.

Distributing Apps and Packages to Groups

After adding apps and packages to Jamf School, you can distribute content to devices by scoping it to device groups.

  1. In Jamf School, click Apps in the sidebar.

  2. Click Apps.

  3. Select the checkboxes next to the apps and packages you want to distribute.

  4. Click Edit Scope.

  5. Enter one or more device groups you want to distribute the content to in the Scope field.

  6. Choose one of the following installation methods from the Install Type pop-up menu:

    • To install the app or package on devices automatically, choose Change to automatic installation for all groups.

    • To allow users to install the app or package themselves, choose Change to on-demand installation for all groups.

  7. Choose the assignment method from the Volume Assignment Method pop-up menu.

  8. Click Save.

The app or package is available on the devices the next time they check in with Jamf School.

Related Information

For related information, see the following in the Apple School Manager User Guide:

Learn about custom apps in Apple School Manager
Find out more about custom apps.

For related information, see the following article from Apple's support website:

Distribute content with Apps and Books in Apple School Manager and Apple Business Manager
Learn how to deploy apps and books purchased in the Apps and Books section in Apple School Manager.

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