VMware AirWatch Express setup – a quick walkthrough the console
So in my previous article I addressed the new offering from VMware AirWatch called VMware AirWatch Express. If you missed that article click the link to read that so that you understand why you’re seeing this console. The link to the previous article is found here – link. So With the new offering VMware AirWatch Express is trying to get customers that find MDM too pricy, too complex and thought it was not for them.
With VMware AirWatch Express offers MDM to the masses as it is a basic but very functional version of VMware AirWatch. So you are wondering what is offered and how can I configure this once I bought it? Well let me take you through the console so you can see the setup of a new environment.
So it starts with a few simple questions you need to answer, so connect to the console – the address of VMware airWatch Express console will be given to you by a VMware AirWatch representative. what you will be making is a blue print, a configuration that will be used for every device that is added later on. You can of course make more blue prints if needed.
1st Question: the first question asked starting the VMware AirWatch Express console is whether your end users will be using Apple devices. So if you answer yes here you will need to link an Apple account.
Steps to connect to Apple are not that hard, you need to download a Certificate request, create a certificate and upload it and connect with Apple.
2nd question: Name your blueprint, you need to give the blue print a nice name, be logical but because this is the VMware AirWatch Express version you won’t be creating dozens of blue prints so anything is cool.
3rd Question: Applications, we are at the applications section but first we need to know a few things. Select the devices platforms that you want to manage, it ranges from Android, Apple to Windows phone and Windows Desktop. also the question is asked in which country you are, this is because some applications are not allowed in every country. specify the country where the devices are residing most of the time.
Next up you get to choose the applications you want to deploy on the devices. you can search all the app stores and add the applications so they are either pushed automatically or delivered on demand if the user is requesting it.
So at the end you see which applications are added and for which platform they have been added. Nothing difficult about this and that is the power of this version, very simple easy to use.
4th Question: Resources. Your end users will want to use Email and Wifi, to basic needs in 2016. So the VMware AirWatch Express edition allows to set this. The configuration is straigtht forward and you don’t need to specify for which platform you are configuring it, that is all taken care of.
The Email configuration is done simple so there is no option to create a per app-vpn to connect to your mail server more safe. Email will be configured as they use it right now without MDM. Remember this is the VMware AirWatch Express edition and the advanced features, like a per app vpn, are in higher editions of the product which of course can be added later on.
5th Question: Policies. So with an MDM solution you want to be in control, why else would you want to manage devices. So there is a list of possibilities that you can set that will give you enough control over the devices for a standard MDM solution.
If you want more control and more features, again, you need to upgrade to the higher versions. This version, VMware airWatch Express is the basic version that offers good basic MDM that will work for many scenario’s.
Again as said before you can set a good number of policies and as you can see it is defined per platform so you don’t need some math degree to figure it out. Remember we are still in the console, just clicking around a bit.. almost there.
6th Question: Users. Well this is a simple step, you add new user to the system that you want to manage. We think this is used often is a small environment at first so you can add the users by hand. For larger environment you would setup a cloud connector to connect to your Directory service.
7th Question: review. Well technically it’s not a question, it is a review and you can click on the steps taken to review them. If you are happy with it, you can start managing devices. I think this is pretty easy, 7 steps to success in MDM.
So that concludes the walk through. If you are now wondering if this is enough I like to remember that there are different editions. So let’s include a pictures of the edition model of VMware AirWatch so you see how to upgrade. With our customer we use Green or Orange most of the time as they have more advanced Email features.
I hope this article helped you in your quest for a new MSM solution, thoughts on this.. see me at VMworld and we have a chat.