iCafe VPP Manager automates many of the tasks associated with managing Apple's Volume Purchase Program.
Activate the plugin and watch the videos located on the plugin's main page.
Sure, you can visit http://chrisnilsson.com/vpp to view the videos before installing the plugin.
Yes, Apple allows organizations to maintain the ownership of apps purchased under VPP provide the codes are redeemed under an enterprise owned account. Normally, this is accomplished with the Apple Configurator utility. This is a good solution if you have the ability to physically sync every iOS device with a Mac computer every time an app code needs to be redeemed. The other method is to allow end users to redeem codes under the enterprise account. This involves sharing the enterprise credentials. For large organizations, this may not be a desirable approach. The iCafe VPP Manager allows you to share the enterprise credentials securely with staff members and provides an automated method for changing the password on a schedule
Please visit the Apple VPP site http://www.apple.com/education/volume-purchase-program/
The front end of the iCafe VPP Manager is only available for WordPress users who have subscriber rights or higher.
Your Program Administrators will need to be contributors or higher.
While we can't make specific recommendations for your environment, we have been successful both with a custom utility to directly upload users into the WordPress Database as well as a direct integration with our Active Directory via a WordPress LDAP plugin (AuthLDAP)
I currently manage over 10,000 iOS devices for a 30,000 student K-12 district. My staff of 10 instructional technology specialists have deployed over $10,000 worth of apps using the iCafe VPP Manager. You can learn more about us from our technology integration site http://icafe.lcisd.org.
Apple VPP is confusing and managing iOS deployments is worse. While this plugin seeks to simplify the process for end users, the Program Manager must set it up correctly. Reach out to me on twitter @chrisnilsson or via the plugin support page for simple questions about configuration. For help designing a massive iOS deployment including Apps and Mobile Device Management please email me at email@example.com for consulting rates.
Please reach out to me on Twitter @chrisnilsson with suggestions. I'm always making improvements!