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How to Use Application Supersedence in Configuration Manager

Updated: July 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Application management in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager allows you to upgrade or replace existing applications by using a supersedence relationship. When you supersede an application, you can specify a new deployment type to replace the deployment type of the superseded application and also configure whether to upgrade or uninstall the superseded application before the superseding application is installed.

When you supersede an application, this applies to all future deployments and Application Catalog requests. This will not affect the existing installations of the application.

ImportantImportant
When the option to uninstall the superseded deployment type is selected, a deployment type cannot be superseded by a deployment type that was deployed to a different collection type. For example, a deployment type that was deployed to a device collection cannot be superseded by a deployment type that was deployed to a user collection if the option to uninstall the superseded deployment type is selected.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Software Library.

  2. In the Software Library workspace, expand Application Management, click Applications, and then click the application that will supersede another application.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Properties group, click Properties to open the <Application Name>Properties dialog box.

  4. On the Supersedence tab of the <Application Name>Properties dialog box, click Add.

  5. In the Specify Supersedence Relationship dialog box, click Browse.

  6. In the Choose Application dialog box, select the application that you want to supersede and then click OK.

  7. In the Specify Supersedence Relationship dialog box, select the deployment type that will replace the deployment type of the superseded application.

    noteNote
    By default, the new deployment type will not uninstall the deployment type of the superseded application. This scenario is commonly used when you want to deploy an upgrade to an existing application. Select Uninstall to remove the existing deployment type before the new deployment type is installed. If you decide to upgrade an application, make sure that you test this in a lab environment first.

  8. Click OK to close the Specify Supersedence Relationship dialog box.

  9. Click OK to close the <Application Name>Properties dialog box.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Software Library.

  2. In the Software Library workspace, expand Application Management, click Applications, and then click the application that you want.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Properties group, click Properties to open the <Application Name>Properties dialog box.

  4. On the References tab of the <Application Name>Properties dialog box, select Applications that supersede this application from the Relationship type drop-down list.

  5. Review the list of applications that supersede the selected application, then click OK to close the <Application Name>Properties dialog box.

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for Configuration Manager.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. For instructions and examples, see Search the Configuration Manager Documentation Library.
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