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Application Guide Part V: Add macOS Application

Add macOS Application

  • Navigate to App Portal
  • Select macOS
  • Click New Application

From here Administrators have the ability to choose the application type and configure the corresponding details:

Add Enterprise App

  • Enter a Name
  • Enter a description (optional)
  • Upload your *.pkg file
  • Upload the corresponding manifest *.plist file 
  • Add your custom application configuration with Edit (optional)
Setting Configuration Description
Name e.g. Empirum Agent The display name of the application being added.
Description e.g. Emprium Agent will create a unique hybrid management scenario for macOS devices.  The description of the application to display. Will be displayed in App Portal in Silverback.
PKG File Choose File Upload your *.ppkg
PLIST Files Choose File Upload your mandatory corresponding manifest PLIST file.
App Config <dict>
We are offering two ways of configuring the application. If you add the configuration in the App Portal section,  this will be used every time as default when you add the application into a Tag. However you can at every time adjust and overrule the configuration inside the Tag with the edit button. The documentation about the App Configuration XML should be part of the applications developer, so please get in touch to receive information about the configuration options for your desired application. With the following example you can configure Google Chrome.     
  • Click Save

Manifest *.plist

Please contact your application developer to provide you the needed manifest file. Any manifest file for macOS enterprise applications contains the following information. 

  • md5-size (needs to be splitted in several blocks if the application exceeds 10MB)
  • size in bytes
  • download url (will be added automatically by Silverback)
  • bundle identifier
  • bundle-version
  • kind
  • subtitle
  • title

Please download your example *.plist for reference here:  Download

VPP Applications

When integrating with Apple’s VPP Program, VPP applications will automatically show in the App Portal. These cannot be added manually and will be imported by the system.

By editing VPP Applications the VPP Operation Mode can be defined.  

App Management Setting Description
VPP Operation Mode
  • User Preferred
  • Device Preferred
  • Device Only (recommended)
  • User Only

For VPP apps, allows you to specify how licenses should be assigned to users and devices, and in what order of preference.

User Preferred will attempt to assign licenses to Users first, by failing it switches Devices.

Device Preferred will attempt assign licenses to Devices first and failing that, use Users

User/Device Only will only allow this app to be assigned to Users/Devices respectively.

These settings can be set to a default value in the Volume Purchase Program section in the Admin Tab.

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