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Old 09-27-2012, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default BES App Whitelists = Not Really

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I've spent sometime researching how to implement whitelists in BES 5.x, and it seems that it really isn't implementable in a normal whitelist way.

Requirements:
- Provide a list of applications that users are allowed to run/install.
- Block all other apps.

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Possible Solution One: Use App control policies and set unlisted apps to "unallowed" and publish allowed apps, listed with 'optional"

Why this doesn't work: If you wish to allow users to install 200 approved apps, but not force it on them to install them....this is not the way to go. Apparently eventhough the app is listed as "optional" it still attempts to push the app to the device. The optional part just means they can delete it, or possibly skip it on a prompt.
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Possible Solution Two: App world "Application restriction List" which is a txt string of allowed ID's to be installed on the device.

Why this won't work: (a)Users would still be able to sideload apps, (b) not all apps appear in appworld (like googlemaps) so if you could lock it down to appworld, you may be losing a lot of necessary apps.
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Are there any solutions you guys have implemented for optional whitelist apps (and blacklist all others)? Or am I incorrect in the above items.

thanks.
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