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IBM MaaS360 Platform Apple Volume Purchase Program Redemption Code Model Deprecation : 15 August 2022



IBM MaaS360 platform will be decommissioning the legacy Apple Volume Purchase Program(VPP) redemption code model effective 26 August 2022 with the MaaS360 platform release v10.87. Possible impact for customers, read abstract for details.


What is the Apple Volume Purchase Program Distribution Methods?
Organizations who participate in Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager can choose between two different distribution methods: managed distribution or redeemable codes. When administrators distribute an app to a device leveraging redeemable codes, this method permanently transfers ownership of an app to the Apple ID that redeems the code. Once distributed, administrators cannot revoke or reassign the redemption codes to other iOS devices.
This method is now superseded by managed distribution, a feature that lets organizations retain ownership of purchased apps after distribution. Administrators can revoke and reassign apps to different devices or users within the organization when those apps are no longer needed by a device or a user.  
For more information on Apple's VPP distribution methods, read here
Organizations that use the Apple Volume Purchase Program distribution method of redeemable codes within the MaaS360 platform will need to migrate their redemption codes to managed distributions before 15 August 2022.

MaaS360 Customers will no longer be able to leverage the Apple Volume Purchase Program redemption codes after 15 August 2022 within the MaaS360 portal. Managed distributions are leveraged going forward.

Customers must migrate existing Volume Purchase Program redemption codes to managed distributions. For more information on migrating Volume Purchase Program redemption codes to managed distribution, see details on the Apple support page here.
How to Identify if you are using Redemption Codes:
Administrators can identify applications that are leveraging Volume Purchase Program(VPP) redemption codes directly in the 'App Catalog' of the MaaS360 Administrator portal.
  1. Login as an administrator into the MaaS360 Administrator Portal
  2. Navigate to Apps->Catalog
  3. Look at the "VPP Codes" column.
  4. Click any of the hyperlinked numbers under the "VPP Codes" column to display that application's license details.
  5. Any licenses that show a "License Type" of "Code" need to be migrated to managed distributions to use the codes going forward. 
vpp code column
VPP code type

[{"Type":"MASTER","Line of Business":{"code":"LOB24","label":"Security Software"},"Business Unit":{"code":"BU059","label":"IBM Software w\/o TPS"},"Product":{"code":"SSYSXX","label":"IBM MaaS360"},"ARM Category":[{"code":"a8m0z000000GnQJAA0","label":"TROUBLESHOOTING"}],"Platform":[{"code":"PF025","label":"Platform Independent"}],"Version":"All Versions"}]

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Modified date:
10 June 2022