We’ve just released the latest update to BlackBerry UEM and BlackBerry UEM Cloud. Among the many upgrades are improvements to migration, the management console, device management, and documentation.
- Migration of Android Enterprise devices: Customers who have configured BlackBerry UEM to manage Google Play accounts can now migrate Android Enterprise devices from an on-premises BlackBerry UEM server to BlackBerry UEM Cloud or another on-premises BlackBerry UEM server. The on-premises BlackBerry UEM server must be version 12.13 or later.
- Migration of BlackBerry Dynamics users: You can now migrate BlackBerry Dynamics users from on-premises BlackBerry UEM (version 12.13 or later) to a BlackBerry UEM Cloud.
- App protection profiles update: Microsoft Intune app protection profiles have added support for recent Microsoft Intune feature updates.
- Specify browser: You can now specify which browser opens web links in apps managed by Microsoft Intune.
- Factory reset protection profile improvements: For factory reset protection profiles, you no longer need to manually obtain the User ID when you specify Google accounts that can unlock a device that has been reset to factory settings.
- Delete users for value-added services: You can now delete users who have additional value-added services assigned unless the user can’t be removed from the service.
- Event notifications: The following event notifications were added:
- Connectivity > Service connections for UEM instance changed: This notification alerts you when the connection status changes for the BlackBerry Affinity Manager, BlackBerry Secure Gateway, BlackBerry Proxy, or BlackBerry Secure Connect Plus service.
- Server certificates > Certificate expiry: This notification alerts you when a server certificate is about to expire.
- BlackBerry Dynamics screen capture detection on iOS devices: You can enable an option in a compliance profile that reacts to screen captures of BlackBerry Dynamics apps on iOS devices. When you enable this option, you can specify the allowed number of screen captures per time period, how long a period lasts, an enforcement action to occur if the user exceeds the allowed number of screen captures, and how long the enforcement action lasts. The allowed number of screen captures is per app. If the user exceeds the number of screen captures on one app, they are prevented only from using that app, not all BlackBerry Dynamics apps.
If you enable the option and set the enforcement action to "Monitor and log", when a user takes a screen capture, a warning message stating screen captures are prohibited is displayed on the device. If you enable the option and you set the enforcement action to "Do not allow BlackBerry Dynamics apps to run", when the user exceeds the number of screen captures, a message that informs the user how long they are prevented from taking screen captures is displayed on the device, and the user is blocked from using the app for the period that you specified in the compliance profile. All violations are logged in a compliance violation report for BlackBerry Dynamics apps.
- Improvements to the BlackBerry Dynamics app activation process: Administrators and users can now activate BlackBerry Dynamics apps using simple passwords (for example, a password of any length) or QR codes instead of using the 15-character access key. This simplifies the activation process for users. Activating BlackBerry Dynamics apps using a password or QR code is the preferred method of activating apps. This feature requires that apps use BlackBerry Dynamics SDK 8.0 or later.
- Improvements to unlocking BlackBerry Dynamics apps: Administrators can now send a QR code to a user to unlock a BlackBerry Dynamics app. Users with access to BlackBerry UEM Self-Service can use the QR code to unlock the app instead of the unlock key. This feature requires that apps use BlackBerry Dynamics SDK 8.0 or later.
- Automatic activation of a BlackBerry Dynamics app for Apple DEP and User Enrollment devices: For Apple DEP devices and devices that are activated with Apple User Enrollment, a BlackBerry Dynamics app can be preconfigured so that it automatically activates during device enrollment without requiring the user to manually enter information. If the app is an authentication delegate, it can be used to easily activate other BlackBerry Dynamics apps.
- iOS New Capabilities: For iOS devices with eSIM cellular plans, administrators can request updated plan information from the carrier.
- Management of Chrome OS devices: You can now manage Chrome OS devices separately from Android devices in the following ways:
- On the Dashboard, in Devices by platform, Chrome OS devices are shown.
- In Users > Managed devices, Chrome is now an option for the OS filter.
- In Groups > Device, you can create device groups based on Chrome OS.
- In Migration > Migrate devices, Chrome OS devices are shown
IPv6: BlackBerry UEM server components now support IPv6, with the exception of BlackBerry Secure Connect Plus and components related to BlackBerry OS, and BlackBerry 10.
Windows 10 devices
- Support for Windows Hello for Business: For Windows 10 devices, you can now choose whether to allow biometric gestures (such as facial or fingerprint recognition) in the IT policy. You can also enable enhanced anti-spoofing for when facial recognition is configured on the device. These settings require Windows 10 version 1511 or later.
- Site improvements: The BlackBerry Docs site has improved search and navigation tools to make it easier to find docs for products and features. Click the magnifying glass in the top navigation bar to perform a keyword search. You can filter results by product, version, and document type.
- Navigation improvements: You can also click Let us help you find something on the home page and BlackBerry UEM page to open a Doc Map that will point you to the right doc, whether you’re looking for product information to help make a purchase decision or you’re already a customer and need administrator, end-user, or developer help.
What’s new in BlackBerry UEM Cloud
The following features are specific to BlackBerry UEM Cloud.
- Trusted connection between BEMS-Docs and Microsoft SharePoint: You can now import and remove individual CA and Intermediate certificates from the BEMS Cloud database using the BlackBerry UEM console. This allows administrators to import and replace individual self-signed and custom CA certificates to create the trusted connection between BEMS-Docs and Microsoft SharePoint.
- BEMS Cloud repository enhancements: You can now use the new users tab in the BEMS Cloud Docs service to search for users, view administrator defined repositories that users have access to, and view repositories that authorized users created. For administrator defined repositories, administrators can override the path and view the access permissions that users have.
- Updated repository error messages: When a repository is not successfully defined, a custom error message displays that explains why the repository did not save properly (for example, if you create a repository using the same name as one that exists, the error message Repository already exists with name displays). This allows the user and IT personnel to diagnose and fix the problem.