How to manage iOS apps using Hexnode MDM – Getting started with App Management

How to manage iOS apps using Hexnode MDM – Getting started with App Management


Getting Started with App Management App Inventory This right here is your very own app inventory. These four apps have
been added by default. You can add all kinds of apps to your inventory. Filter
them out by Platform, License, App type and Categories. Here you have App Groups. You can create groups to better organize and manage apps. While distributing apps
and all, you can select an app group instead of choosing the apps one-by-one.
App catalogs are more like a custom app store. You are not pushing the apps per
say but you are providing the users with a single place to choose the apps from.
The app catalogs appear within the Hexnode MDM iOS app. As for the App
Inventory, when pushing enterprise apps, you can only choose the apps in your app
inventory. So, you should first add all your enterprise apps to your app
inventory. Same with web apps, you should have them ready in your inventory before
deployment. For store applications, you’ll have the option to search and choose the
applications from the store, but still, it’s a good practice to add the required
store apps to your inventory. In that way, it’ll be easier to keep track of them
and more convenient to select the apps when pushing to devices. Let’s try adding apps to the app
inventory. Starting with an enterprise app. If you have the IPA file saved
locally on your computer, choose it to upload. If you have it hosted
appropriately elsewhere, provide the manifest URL and Hexnode MDM will grab the app for you. Pick a category or add one yourself. Description. Remove on
Disenroll… Check this if you want the app to be automatically uninstalled when you
disenroll the device. You can also disable backing up the app. App
Configuration, now this is one powerful feature! You can push in-app
configurations for supported apps. Let’s say it’s your company app and you want
your employees to fill in certain information or choose certain options
during first-time use. You know, info like Email or settings like port numbers or
licenses. Instead of leaving it to users and running the risk of incorrect setup
you can define in-app configurations to have those fields pre-filled and the
options pre-selected. Pretty cool, right? This is not for every app; the app vendor
needs to have it developed with a provision for in-app configurations. So,
grab the XML file with app configurations from your app vendor,
upload it here and you’re good. For a Mac app, toggle here and upload the
PKG file or put in the manifest URL. As for our IPA, let’s Add. There you go. You have the option to add
or change the app configurations. When you have a newer version of the IPA file,
you can just replace here and the updates will get rolled out
automatically. We’ll get to it later on. Let’s go ahead and add a web app, now. Be sure to put in the complete URL,
choose your own icon… and… Add. You can modify at any time the same way. Now let’s add a store app. Choose
platform. Go with iOS and Mac. You can toggle country here to add apps that are
available only in a particular region. Let’s add this Evernote for iOS now.
Likewise, you can add any Mac app too. If you have joined Apple VPP, you can link
your VPP account to bring all your volume purchased apps into Hexnode MDM for seamless distribution. Check out this link for more information on VPP. When you have a lot of apps in your
inventory, you might want to create some app groups to keep them organized. These groups will come in handy when you want to push the apps via policy. Instead of
picking out the apps individually, you can just select a group. Obviously, you
can only select the apps in your inventory. An App catalog is practically a custom
App store, where you showcase apps for the users to choose from. Let’s create a
catalog with some productivity apps. You can add apps or app groups in the
catalog. Remember that when you push a catalog, the individual apps don’t
straightaway install on the devices. Instead, the users see these apps
featured within the Hexnode MDM iOS app on their devices. They can choose apps
from this catalog and install in one tap. No need to search for apps on the public
App store.

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