Enterprise Application Distribution

Although there are quite a lot of applications in iTunes Store, for some organizations choose to have a dedicated Enterprise iOS applications that is distributed only to the device in the organization.

MobiLock Pro offers you a simple and easy way to upload and distribute your Enterprise iOS applications, to all the device or devices in selected Device Profiles.

This tutorial guides you through the process of uploading your enterprise applications.

Enterprise App Store is a Paid feature post the Free Trial period.

Before You Begin

  1. Make sure Enterprise Store has been enabled for your account.
  2. Your account has been allocated the space required for your enterprise Application.

Video Guide:

Please watch the video below to get a visual walkthrough.

Overview

MobiLock Pro offers you to upload your enterprise applications in the following two ways,

  1. Upload the IPA file to MobiLock Pro Dashboard.
  2. Upload the manifest.plist file if the IPA file is self-hosted on your servers.

Uploading an IPA File

This option is useful where you have the IPA file but it is not hosted on any of your servers. Using this method you can upload the IPA files to MobiLock Pro dashboard.

  1. Login to MobiLock Pro Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Enterprise > My Apps > Enterprise Store section.
  3. Click on Upload New App > Upload iOS App.
  4. You will be shown a dialog with 2 buttons-
    1. Upload using IPA file.
    2. Upload using Plist link.
  5. Select Upload using IPA file.
  6. Either Drag & Drop the IPA file or Click on Browse Files and browse the file on your machine.
  7. Once you upload the file, MobiLock Pro, checks the validity of the IPA file to make sure that it is an Enterprise application. This process will take around 3-5 minutes of time depending upon the size of application being uploaded.
  8. If the application verification succeeds, then you will be shown a dialog with the App Information, with the list of Device Profiles where it can be Published.
  9. If you want to Publish this application now, select the Device Profiles where you want to publish this and click PUBLISH.
  10. If you want to Publish it later, just close the dialog.

Upload using Plist link

This option is quite handy if you have self-hosted the IPA file on your servers and/or do not want to upload the IPA file to an external server. Follow the below steps to upload a plist file to MobiLock Pro dashboard,

  1. Login to MobiLock Pro Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Enterprise > My Apps > Enterprise Store section.
  3. Click on Upload New App > Upload iOS App.
  4. You will be shown a dialog with 2 buttons-
    1. Upload using IPA file.
    2. Upload using Plist link.
  5. Select Upload using Plist link.
  6. Here you will see a text box to enter the link of your manifest.plist file. Please copy/paste the link to your manifest file here.
  7. MobiLock will now start reading the plist file and validate the IPA file and other entries. Note we do not store the IPA file, just download it temporarily for validating it.
  8. If the application verification succeeds, then you will be shown a dialog with the App Information, with the list of Device Profiles where it can be Published.
  9. If you want to Publish this application now, select the Device Profiles where you want to publish this and click PUBLISH.

Updating an Enterprise Application

If you want to update your Enterprise application, please follow the steps below,

  1. Login to MobiLock Pro Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Enterprise > My Apps > Enterprise Store section.
  3. Click on the App that you want to update. A panel from right-hand side will be opened.
  4. On the right-hand side panel, click on UPDATE button.
  5. You will be shown a dialog to Upload the New Ipa or Update the Plist file.
  6. If you are uploading the IPA file choose Upload using IPA file.
  7. If you are using self-hosted file then use Upload using Plist link.
    1. You can copy/paste if the URL has changed Or just click on Refresh icon.
  8. After this step, MobiLock Pro verifies the new IPA file and if the application verification succeeds, then you will be shown a dialog with the App Information, with the list of Device Profiles where it can be Published.

Uninstalling an Enterprise Application

To Uninstall an Enterprise Application, follow the steps below,

  1. Login to MobiLock Pro Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Enterprise > My Apps > Enterprise Store section.
  3. Click on the App that you want to uninstall. A panel from right hand side will be opened.
  4. On the right hand side panel, click on UNINSTALL button.
  5. Select the Device Profiles where you want to uninstall and click UNINSTALL button.
    1. Note that if this app had been set as Single App Mode, then the App will be uninstalled and the devices will be out of Single App Mode. However, the last profile settings will still be applied.

Deleting an Enterprise Application

You can either choose to Delete the application or Delete & Uninstall the application. Follow the steps below to do the same,

  1. Login to MobiLock Pro Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Enterprise > My Apps > Enterprise Store section.
  3. Click on the App that you want to delete. A panel from right hand side will be opened.
  4. On the right hand side panel, click on Bin icon below the package name.
  5. Here you can choose from either of the 2 options,
    1. Delete  - It would delete the IPA file from Dashboard.
    2. Delete & Uninstall - It would delete the IPA file from Dashboard and also Uninstall the app from device.




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