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Official Release of SDM 5.6 (on-prem)

Blog Post created by Myrja.Schumacher Employee on Nov 28, 2017

With SDM 5.6, Snow is now official Google EMM business partner for the Work Profile solution. The following features and improvements are new in SDM 5.6:

  • Google EMM & Android for Work

  • Integration with Google Play

  • SMM Language Support for German and Portuguese

  • New Android Client (Snow app)

  • SMM for Service Desk
  • Access control lists for domains

  • Corrections

 

Release information

Product:                             Snow Device Manager
New version:                     5.6 
Release date:                    November 27, 2017
Distribution:                      Installation media
Current status:                 Released 

New Features 

The following new features have been added to Snow Device Manager 5.6:

GOOGLE EMM & ANDROID FOR WORK

With SDM 5.6, Snow is an official Google EMM business partner for the Work Profile solution. See the official listing for Android business partners.

Snow Device Manager 5.6 introduces support for the Android for Work Profile solution, which enables SDM to act as Profile Owner on any device running Android 5.0 or later. The solution works by creating a container, or a Work Profile dedicated to business applications and content. The non-intrusive Work Profile enables SDM to manage business data and applications but does not grant access to personal data and apps. Work Profile applications are clearly indicated on the device with a red suitcase badge, and separated from personal apps – see screenshot.

Using SDM with a Google EMM account does not require Active Directory or Google Verification, and no extra charges apply.

Android for Work is available for all SDM 5.6 installations and may be activated at any time. Multiple accounts are supported. Please refer to User Guide: Snow Device Manager User Interface for details.

INTEGRATION WITH GOOGLE PLAY

The introduction of Google EMM provides seamless integration with Google Play enabling organizations to create a corporate app store, simplifying app distribution and improving volume licensing/bulk purchasing possibilities. Deployment options such as silent app installation, whitelisting, and pre-configured apps are all included in the package.

The Google Play integration enables your organization to work with BYOD scenarios (Work Profile) as well as corporate-owned devices (Device Owner).

APPLE CONFIGURATOR ENROLLMENT

SDM 5.6, enables customers to enroll iOS devices using Apple Configurator – a pre-requisite for high-level security scenarios. This capability provides mass-device configuration and simplifies the rollout of devices in some school scenarios.

SMM LANGUAGE SUPPORT FOR GERMAN AND PORTUGUESE

Snow Mobility Manager now provides language support for German and Portuguese.

Improvements

The following enhancements have been added to Snow Device Manager 5.6:

NEW ANDROID CLIENT (SNOW APP)

To align the Snow Android Client (Snow app) with best practices for Android, the way it handles permissions has been modified. Instead of requesting all permissions at installation, the Snow app now requests permissions as they are needed. At installation, for example, the Snow app will just request permission to read IMEI information. At enrollment, it will request the additional permissions needed. This change does not affect previously enrolled devices. Permissions are handled silently for customers using Android Work profiles.

SMM FOR SERVICE DESK                                                                                                           

Based on customer and user feedback, the following new features have been added to SMM for Service Desk in SDM 5.6:

  • Edit user info
  • Edit device name and phone number
  • Exchange collaboration (block/allow device)
  • Extended device Info (UX + SMM)

  New functionality is available for all 5.6 installations with SMM configured.


ACCESS CONTROL LISTS FOR DOMAINS

It is now possible to black- and white-list IP ranges for domain access on a domain level for any environment – relevant for customers with high security requirements.

 

Corrections

The following defects have been corrected in Snow Device Manager 5.6:

Service Now ID

TFS ID

Description

PRB0040669

18904

Packet for VPN (Samsung) Missing

PRB0040670

18991

SD memory card faulty information

PRB0040787

20590

Enrolling new devices (Apple)

PRB0040688

19752

Error when deploying restriction

PRB0041104

23370

Snow Device Manager problem configuring VPN package

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