Distributing Apps and Books

After enrolling devices, you can assign apps and books to those devices. You can distribute content to devices using one or more of the following methods:

  • Apple School Manager

  • App Store

  • In-house

When distributing apps purchased from the App Store, users must sign in with their Apple ID before the apps can be distributed. If you want to eliminate this step, you can purchase apps and books using volume purchasing and assign the licenses to your users' devices instead. Apps can be assigned to a device serial number on devices with iOS 9 or later.

Requirements

To distribute books purchased using Apple School Manager to users, users must have a personal or Managed Apple ID assigned to the location token uploaded to Jamf School.

Distributing Volume Purchased Content

Volume purchasing allows you to purchase apps and books in volume from Apple School Manager and distribute them by uploading a token to Jamf School. You must synchronize your volume purchasing account with Jamf School after purchasing or adding apps via volume purchasing. For more information on how to synchronize, see Post-Deployment Best Practices.

Note: Once books are assigned to a Managed Apple ID, they cannot be reassigned. Books cannot be distributed with Apple School Manager because they can only be assigned to a user, not a device.

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

Uploading the Location Token to Jamf School

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 (VPP) payload.

  3. Click Add VPP Account, and then upload the token you downloaded.

  4. Click Apply.

  5. (Optional) Click Edit images/download/thumbnails/64716845/Screen_Shot_2019-04-30_at_2.33.11_PM.png and edit the settings as needed:

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

    2. Choose a license assignment method.

    3. 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.

    4. Click Apply.

The app, book, or package is added to the Apps or Documents table in Jamf School.

Adding Apps from the App Store

It's possible to manually add iOS apps to Jamf School via Apple's App Store. However, to install these apps, you must be logged in to a device with an Apple ID.

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

  2. Click +Add App.

  3. Choose Add iOS App from the pop-up menu.

  4. Upload the file to Jamf School in the pop-up dialog.

The app is added to the Apps table.

Adding In-House Content

Adding In-House Apps and Packages

You must manually add in-house apps to Jamf School. In-house apps must be packaged with a valid .app file in its contents. You can also distribute a macOS package to computers by using in-house app distribution. For more information on how to build a macOS package, see How To Build Packages for macOS.

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

  2. Click +Add App.

  3. Choose the type of app you want to add from the pop-up menu.

  4. Upload the file to Jamf School in the pop-up dialog.

The app or package is added to the Apps table.

Adding In-House Books and Documents

You can manually add in-house books and documents to Jamf School. You can distribute these books and documents to any managed device.

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

  2. Click Documents.

  3. Click +Add Document.

  4. Upload the file to Jamf School in the pop-up dialog.

The app is added to the Documents table.

Distributing Content

All content added to Jamf School from Apple School Manager, the App Store, or in-house must be distributed manually using Jamf School.

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 the installation method from the Install Type pop-up menu.

  7. Choose the assignment method from the VPP Assign 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.

Distributing Books and Documents to Groups

After adding the content to Jamf School, you can distribute books and documents to devices by scoping them to device groups. When the book or document is set to install automatically on devices in the device group, the content can be found on the Apple Books app. When the book or document is set to install on-demand, the content will be available to download from the Jamf School Student or Jamf School Teacher apps. For more information on the Jamf School Student and Jamf School Teacher apps, see Jamf School Student App Overview and Jamf School Teacher App Overview.

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

  2. Click Documents.

  3. Select the checkboxes next to the books and documents 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 the installation method from the Install Type pop-up menu.

    Note: Only PDF files and iBooks can be installed automatically. All other file types must be distributed on-demand.

  7. Choose the assignment method from the VPP Assign Method pop-up menu.

  8. Click Save.

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

Related Information

For related information, see the following sections in this guide:

Deployment Guide: Next Steps

If you are completing this workflow as part of your initial setup of Jamf School, see Creating and Distributing Profiles for information on the recommended next steps in the setup workflow.

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