VMware Workspace ONE UEM: Distributing Office Using Apple Business Manager – Feature Walk-through

VMware Workspace ONE UEM: Distributing Office Using Apple Business Manager – Feature Walk-through


Hello, my name is Robert Terakedis, and I’m on the Technical Marketing team at VMware, responsible for VMware Workspace ONE and Apple platforms. Today, I have a quick walk-through of how to deploy Microsoft Office using volume-purchased licenses in Apple Business Manager. One item to note: this walk-through does assume that an admin has already added their location token from Apple Business Manager into the Workspace ONE Unified ENdpoint Management (UEM) console. To start, I’m an Apple business manager looking at apps and books. I’ll filter for macOS applications and search for Microsoft. Starting with Microsoft Word, I’ll choose the location where I’d like to assign purchase licenses, enter quantity, and click Get. Once I confirm the purchase, Apple Business Manager processes the purchase, and then adds the new licenses to my location, repeat this same process for the other apps in the Microsoft Office Suite. Now in Workspace ONE UEM, I’ll click Apps and Books>Applications>Native, and then click on the Purchase tab. I’ll filter for macOS applications on the left of the list view, and press the Sync Assets button to force an immediate sync of all the licenses. By refreshing the list view, you can see the newly purchased Office licenses are shown in the list view. Using Microsoft Word is an example, I’ll click on the app name to begin assignment, I’ll click enable device assignment, and confirm the prompt in order to assign licenses directly to the device instead of requiring the device user to have an Apple ID, next I’ll click Save and assign to start assigning the app to users or devices. In the scenario, I’ll click add assignment, and choose the existing organization group as the assignment group, I’ll allocate the entire volume of licenses for assignment, choose my assignment type, and click Save. Clicking Save and Publish, and then Publish again completes the app assignment workflow. With apps being licensed by device, we can also enable automatic updates, in this example, using Microsoft Excel, I’ll select the app, click Enable Auto Updates, and confirm the selection. By doing so, Workspace ONE UEM will check for updates to the app on a regular basis, and initiate updates when devices are found to be on older versions, note there is also the ability to manually force an app update, which can be useful if you do not wish to leverage automatic updates, and instead need more control over when apps are being updated. With the apps published to devices, admins may also wish to control first-run behavior or other functionality in the office apps, in this case, I can click Add, Profile, and select macOS device profile. I’ll provide a name for the profile, such as Microsoft Office preferences, and assignment group, next, I’ll click on the custom settings payload, and click Configure, I’ll paste in the Preferences dictionary for one office app in the box, next I’ll click the plus sign to add an additional payload, and paste in the dictionary for the next apps preferences, note you can only paste a single dictionary in each payload window, meaning you need to use the plus sign to add additional custom settings payloads for each app. Once all the payloads have been added, I’ll click Save, and publish, and then publish to deploy the preferences for Office. Thank you for your time, and I hope you found this quick walk-through helpful.

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