To retrieve the data on the sToken, AirWatch syncs with Apple Web services, and then it can display content for assignment and deployment. AirWatch distributes licenses by smart group and automatically publishes content when you save an assignment. Sometimes, you must manually deploy content, and this deployment is easily done with the actions menu.

Assign Content to Smart Groups

Assign content acquired from Apple's Volume Purchase Program (VPP) with managed distribution codes to smart groups.

  1. Navigate to one of the following areas:
    • Apps & Books > Applications > List View > Purchased
    • Apps & Books > Books > List View > Purchased
  2. Locate the specific content, select Edit Assignment from the actions menu, and choose the Assignment tab.
  3. Enter the number of managed distribution codes that you want to place on hold in the Licenses on hold text box. Use this setting to save the managed distribution codes for later use. You do not have to enter a value.
  4. Complete the other options on the Assignment tab.

    Setting Description

    Enable Device Assignment

    Enable this option to use the device-based method to assign licenses to devices for VPP applications.

    The system assigns licenses based on device serial numbers instead of the Apple IDs.

    Add Assignment By

    Hover over the setting and select License Codes By Smart Group to assign managed distribution codes.

    Allocate codes to a smart group by typing the name of the group. Options display, and you can select the appropriate smart group from the list. If necessary, you can create a new smart group.

    • Users or Devices – View the number of users for the order.
    • Allocated – Enter the number of licenses to allocate to the selected users. Do no exceed the total number in the order.
    • Redeemed – View the number of licenses that have already been redeemed, if any.
    Assignment Type
    • On Demand – Deploys content to a catalog or other deployment agent and lets the device user decide if and when to install the content.

      This option is the best choice for content that is not critical to the organization. Allowing users to download the content when they want helps conserve bandwidth and limits unnecessary traffic.

    • Automatic – Deploys content to a catalog or other deployment agent on a device upon enrollment. After the device enrolls, the system prompts users to install the content on their devices.

      This option is the best choice for content that is critical to your organization and its mobile users.

    If the Assignment Type is set to Auto when you Publish, AirWatch sends an invitation to Apple iOS 7.0.3+ and macOS 10.9+ devices so that they register with Apple's VPP if they have not already done so.

    Remove On Unenroll

    Set the application to be removed from a device when the device unenrolls from AirWatch. AirWatch enables this option by default.

    Prevent Application Backup Disallow backing up the application data to iCloud. However, the application can still backup to iCloud.

    Make App MDM Managed if User Installed

    Apple iOS

    Assume management of applications previously installed by users on their devices, whether applications are supervised or unsupervised.

    Enable this feature so that users do not have to delete the app version installed on the device. AirWatch manages the app without having to install the AirWatch Catalog version on the device.

    Use VPN

    Configure a VPN at the application level, and select the Per-App VPN Profile.

    Users access the application using a VPN, which helps ensure that application access and use is trusted and secure.

    Send Application Configuration

    Send application configurations to devices.

  5. Select Save when you finish allocating licenses to automatically publish the content.

Manually Publish Managed Distribution

When you first allocate managed distribution content to users, select Save to deploy content to devices. However, you can deploy managed distribution content with the publish option.

  1. Navigate to one of the following areas:
    • Apps & Books > Applications > List View > Purchased
    • Apps & Books > Books > List View > Purchased
  2. Select Publish ( publish) from the actions menu for the purchased content. The system deploys the content depending on the Assignment Type ( Autoor On Demand). If the Apple ID of a user is not registered, the system sends an invitation.

Books always push to devices On Demand.

Application configurations are vendor-specific key-value pairs you can deploy with an application to preconfigure the application for users. For resources about application configurations, see Application Configuration Information.

For an outline of the support for the managed distribution method by Apple IDs, see Managed Distribution by Apple IDs Overview.