Bulk updating policies in MaaS360

Bulk update policies is the process of applying the same policy settings to multiple policies simultaneously.

When updating policy settings, you can choose multiple policies and apply identical settings to all of them simultaneously. For instance, if you modify passcode settings in policy A and perform a bulk update by selecting policies B, C, and D, MaaS360 applies the same passcode settings to the selected policies.

  • In this document, the term source policy refers to the policy you edit, while the term target policies refers to the additional policies you select for bulk update.
  • The status of the source policy must be Published or Needs publish. All existing policies qualify as target policies irrespective of their status.
  • You must exercise caution when selecting policies for bulk updates. Once the source policy is published, the bulk update operation cannot be canceled or undone.

Using bulk update in MaaS360

Follow these steps to bulk update policies in MaaS360:
  1. From the MaaS360 Portal Home page, navigate to Security > Policies.
  2. Open a MDM policy and then click Edit.
  3. After editing policy settings in the Configure Settings tab, click the Review changes tab.
  4. Click Apply changes to more policies.
    bulk update apply

    The slide-out panel Apply changes to more policies is displayed.

    Note: A struct is group of related settings in MaaS360 policies. When the name or ID of a struct, such as the SSID in a Wi-Fi profile, matches between the source and target policies, the settings in the target policies are updated with the corresponding settings from the source policy. However, if the name of the struct does not match, the entire struct in the target policy is replaced with the policy settings from the source policy.
  5. (Optional) Use search and filter options to narrow down the policies that are displayed for bulk update.
    search and filter options
  6. Select target policies that you want to update.
  7. (Optional) Click the Preview Changes option that is displayed against the policy to view the changes between the previous and the current version of that policy.
    preview changes
  8. (Optional) Select Publish additional policies along with current policy.
    • If this option is selected, MaaS360 automatically publishes target policies on publishing the source policy.
      Note: You must exercise caution when using this setting. If the policy is assigned to multiple groups, the new policy settings are automatically applied to all devices in those groups. It is important to carefully review policy assignments and consider the impact of the new settings on devices before selecting this option. For instance, if passcode settings are updated, affected devices will start displaying the new passcode prompt.
    • If this option is not selected, you need to separately publish each target policy.
  9. Click Confirm.

    The Publish policy window is displayed.

  10. Review the number of impacted devices and users, and then click Confirm.
    review devices and users

What to do next

Tracking bulk update history

You can track the history of all the bulk update events in the Bulk Edit History page.
bulk edit history detail
Follow these steps to track bulk update history in the MaaS360 portal:
  1. From the MaaS360 Portal Home page, navigate to Security > Policies. The policies list page is displayed.
  2. Click More in the top-right corner and then select Bulk Update History. The Bulk Edit History page is displayed.
  3. Review the history of all the bulk update events.
    MaaS360 displays the following details in Bulk Update History:
    Column Description
    Status The overall status of the bulk update action.
    Type The type of policy.
    Source Policy The policy that is used as a base for the bulk update.
    Policies updated The list of target policies that are selected for the bulk update action. You can use the link in the Policies Updated column to view the status of each target policy.
    bulk update history
    Administrator The administrator who performed the bulk update operation.
    Request Time Timestamp the bulk update action was triggered.
    Completion Time Timestamp the bulk update operation completed.