Many organizations do not need to manage devices for their mobile fleets for various reasons, including possible privacy or legal issues. However, they may need to distribute mobile applications, so AirWatch offers the flexibility of deploying the standalone catalog that works independently of the MDM feature.
Users do not have to enroll with AirWatch using an Agent, but rather enroll with the AirWatch standalone catalog. This catalog distributes all application types, public, purchased, internal, and Web.
Although end-user devices are not enrolled in MDM, you can access a device record in the AirWatch Console. The device record is for auditing purposes and the status of these devices in the AirWatch Console displays as App Catalog Only.
You can configure a standalone catalog for Android and Apple iOS platforms, but it can only distribute applications with the on-demand push mode.
Standalone Catalogs and Organization Groups
Set configurations for the standalone catalog in an organization group level depending on the type of deployment you have.
- On-premise deployments – Configure the catalog at the first level after the Global organization group.
- SaaS and Shared SaaS deployments – Configure the catalog at the first level after the Customer organization group.
Basics of the Standalone Catalog
The standalone catalog has limited functionality compared to other catalogs. To decide if it can benefit your deployment, determine how end-users interact with it and if the unmanaged deployment of applications is sufficient. See Standalone Catalog Functionality for more information.
Read Enable the Standalone Catalog for instructions to enable the standalone catalog without requiring users to enroll in full MDM.
See Steps to Deploy a Standalone Catalog for an outline of how to configure the standalone catalog.
The Standalone Catalog and the SDK
For applications created using the AirWatch SDK to communicate and work with the standalone catalog, the device user must activate the application within the catalog. See Set SDK Communication With the Standalone Catalog for more information.
Regular AirWatch Catalog
For information on the regular AirWatch Catalog see VMware AirWatch App Catalog.