MindLink Mobile - Android for Work MDM
Mindlink Mobile supports Android for Work deployments.
1 Android for Work - Deployment
As of 16.8 MindLink supports the deployment of our mobile app through Android for Work. Before beginning the deployment process ensure that Android for Work is enabled.
To enable Android for Work, AirWatch administrators can leverage token-based setup by visiting the Google portal, verifying their domain and obtaining an EMM token for Android for Work. Administrators will then upload and verify the token in AirWatch.
Figure 127 – Apps & Books
Assuming the above has been done, to begin deployment through Android for Work you will want to head to the 'Apps & Books' section of the AirWatch console.
Figure 128 – List View
Once you have opened the 'Apps & Books' tab you will want to open the 'List View. From here you will want to navigate to the 'Public' tab.
Figure 129 – Adding the application -1
Once you are ready to add the application, you will want to press the 'Add application' button as shown above.
Figure 130 – Adding the application -2
Once you have pressed the 'Add Application' button you will be presented with the above screen. Here you will want to select the 'Search App Store' option, this will search the Google Play Store for the MindLink Mobile app. Ensure that the chosen platform is Android.
Figure 131 – Adding the application -3
When the search term 'MindLink' has presented itself you will want to click the 'Select' button. This will allow you to configure the various options based around the applications, such as deployment.
Figure 132 – Adding the application -4
Once you are happy with the configuration of the application deployment, you will want to ensure that the option 'Device must be MDM managed to install this App' is ticked. When this is selected, enrollment using Agent leverages the Android for Work functionality thus allowing you to manage the app through the AirWatch console.
2.1 Creating the per-app VPN
Figure 133 – Creating the per app VPN -1
In order to begin leveraging an app specific VPN to Android for Work enabled MindLink, you will need to create a profile specific to your Android for Work deployment. This guide will walk you through the VPN section so as to enable MindLink to utilize an app specific VPN.
Figure 134 - Creating the per app VPN -2
Once you have clicked 'Add' you will want to choose the platform which in this case is 'Android'.
Figure 135 - Creating the per app VPN -3
When you have chosen your platform, you will want to select 'Android for Work' as shown above
Figure 136 - Creating the per app VPN -4
Once you have reached this stage you can begin configuring the app-specific VPN. Note: that the settings here will depend on your existing IT infrastructure and is as such custom to your organisation.
2.2 Applying the per-app VPN
Figure 137 – Applying the per-app VPN - 1 By utilizing the AirWatch console you are able to enable an app-specific VPN configuration which will be applied to your Android for Work enabled MindLink Mobile app. To begin this process head to the 'Apps & Books' section of the AirWatch console.
Figure 138 – Applying the per-app VPN - 2
Once you have completed the above step you will want to navigate to the 'Public' tab from here you will want to look for the 'MindLink' app under 'app source' you will want to look for Android for Work.
Figure 139 – Applying the per-app VPN - 3
Once you located the application you will want to click on the 'Edit' button, from here you will be able to enable the app-specific VPN which will be leveraged by the MindLink Android for Work enabled app.
Figure 140 – Applying the per-app VPN - 4
Once you have clicked 'Edit' you will be brought to the screen above, if you navigate to the 'Deployment' tab you will want to enable the 'Use VPN' option and will then want to select your VPN specific profile that you created earlier. Note: that the profile used will be entirely dependent on your setup and organisational standards. Once this is done assuming everything is setup correctly Android for Work enabled MindLink will be leveraging the VPN profile you have created.
3 Pre-configured server URL and log on name
Figure 141 – Pre-Configuring the server name and server details - 1
To pre-configure the MLM server URL and log on name start by navigating to the 'Public' section of the 'Apps & books' feature, from here select the Android for Work enabled MindLink app. Once you have done this navigate to the 'Deployment' tab, the above is what you will see once this is complete.
Figure 142 – Pre-Configuring the server name and server details - 2
Here you will notice the 'Send Application Configuration check box. This is where you will be required to add your key-value pairs in order to allow MindLink to utilise a pre-configured server URL and/or a pre-configured log on name. To begin the process, tick this box.
Figure 143 – Pre-Configuring the server name and server details - 3
Once you have ticked 'Send Application Configuration' you will be presented with the above image. Depending on your administrative settings, you can assign key-value pairs to allow the MindLink app to utilize a pre-configured URL and/or a pre-configured log on name. Note: these pairs are custom to your deployment.
Figure 144 – Pre-Configuring the server name and server details - 4
As can be seen from above the pre-configured value that was applied has been successfully picked up by the device and has been displayed as such.