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Prepare for software deployment with Windows Intune

Updated: April 1, 2014

Applies To: Windows Intune

Before you manage and deploy software in Windows Intune, use the information in this section to learn about:

Use the following sections to learn more about software deployment with Windows Intune.

The Software workspace in the Windows Intune administrator console provides information about detected and managed software. The following pages are available:

 

Software workspace page Details

Overview

The Software Overview page lists software distribution alerts and the current status of your cloud storage.

Detected Software

The Detected Software page contains the software inventory data that the Windows Intune detects on managed computers. Software inventory is only available for computers. Therefore, Windows Intune does not detect or list software for managed mobile devices. You can perform the following tasks from the Detected Software workspace:

  • View software properties

  • Add license agreements for detected software

Managed Software

The Managed Software page is where the software that you want to deploy to your managed computers and mobile devices is uploaded, deployed, and managed on an ongoing basis. You can perform the following tasks:

  • View and modify software properties

  • Add license agreements to managed software

  • Manage software deployments

  • Delete software

  • Add new software

The Windows Intune Software Publisher starts when you add or modify software from the Windows Intune administrator console. From Windows Intune Software Publisher, you select a software installer type that will either upload software (programs for computers or apps for mobile devices) to be stored in Windows Intune cloud storage, or link to an online store or web application. When you start the Windows Intune Software Publisher for the first time, a short delay occurs while it is installed.

You can make software available to users by using an external link or by using a software installer. Each installation type has different requirements that you must have in place before you deploy software.

Use the External Link installation type when you have a:

  • URL that lets users download software from the online store

  • Link to a web-based application that runs from the web browser

External links are available to users through the Windows Intune company portal. The supported devices vary depending on the type of external link you use.

 

Software type Supported devices

External links to an app store

  • Windows 8

  • Windows RT

  • Windows Phone 8

  • iOS

  • Android devices

External links to web applications

  • Any device supported by Windows Intune

Use the Software Installer installation type to upload a signed software package to Windows Intune cloud storage and make the software available to users through the Windows Intune company portal. You can use a software installer type that installs software on computers. Or, you can use a software installer type to install apps on managed mobile devices without the app being certified by or installed from the store for the device. In other words, you can use an installer type to sideload apps on managed mobile devices. The supported devices vary depending on type of software you deploy. For details, see Device-specific requirements to install software

This section provides a summary for the software deployment process in Windows Intune.

 

  Process Details

Step 1

Determine what software you need and whether it meets Windows Intune distribution requirements.

Device-specific requirements to install software

Step 2

Determine whether existing groups meet your needs for software distribution.

Use groups to manage users and devices in Windows Intune

Step 3

Prepare the software installer files.

Step 4

Publish the software to Windows Intune cloud storage.

Publish software to Windows Intune cloud storage

Step 5

Distribute software to mobile devices and computers.

Mobile devices

Computers

Step 6

Monitor the software distribution

Mobile devices

Computers

The following sections list the software deployment requirements.

Mobile devices and computers must run a supported operating system to install software that you deploy by using Windows Intune.

Computers

For the complete list of supported operating systems for managed computers, see Requirements for the Windows Intune client.

 

Mobile devices

  • Windows RT

  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8

  • Google Android 2.1 or later versions

  • Apple iOS 5.0 and later versions

Before you begin to use the Windows Intune Software Publisher, you need to install the full version of Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. After you install the .NET Framework, you might have to restart your computer before the Windows Intune Software Publisher will open correctly. For details, see Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Web Installer).

Each type of device uses specific installation types to install software. Each software installation type has specific requirements before you can select it for software distribution.

 

Platform

Software installer type

Supported file types

Requirements

Computers

Windows Installer

(.exe)

  • The Windows Installer files must support silent installation, that is, without requiring user intervention. If your software uses any other type of Setup file, or requires user interaction during setup, that software cannot be installed by using Windows Intune.

    Refer to your software documentation to find the relevant command-line options, such as /q, to force the software to install silently on the managed computers.

  • Any additional files and folders that are required by the software’s Setup program must be available from the location that you specify for the software setup files.

Computers

Windows Installer

(.msi, .msp)

  • The Windows Installer files must support silent installation, that is, without requiring user intervention. If your software uses any other type of Setup file, or requires user interaction during setup, that software cannot be installed by using Windows Intune.

    In most cases, Windows Installer (.msi) and Windows Installer Patch (.msp) files do not require any command-line arguments to be installed by Windows Intune. Check your software documentation. If command-line arguments are required, they must be entered as Name=Value pairs (such as TRANSFORMS=custom_transform.mst).

    Do not specify options, such as /q or /quiet, as command-line arguments. The software installation will fail on computer when you use these options.

  • Any additional files and folders that are required by the software’s Setup program must be available from the location that you specify for the software setup files.

Android

App Package for Android

(.apk)

The App Package for Android is not available as a software installer type until you set the Mobile Device Management Authority to Windows Intune.

  • To distribute an Android application, you must have an .apk package.

For details, see External dependencies for enrolling Android devices.

iOS

App Package for iOS

(.ipa)

  • The App Package for iOS is not available as a software installer type until you set the Mobile Device Management Authority to Windows Intune and provision users.

  • To distribute an iOS application, you must have a valid .ipa package and a manifest file. The manifest file is an XML .plist file that is used to find, download and install any iOS applications that are located outside the App Store. The manifest file cannot exceed 10 KB. For more information, see the relevant Apple documentation.

  • The .ipa package must be signed by Apple and the expiration date indicated in the provisioning profile is still valid. Windows Intune can distribute enterprise certificate iOS applications. Not all Apple developer certificate applications are supported.

  • Your enterprise must be registered for the iOS Developer Enterprise Program.

  • Make sure that your organization’s firewall allows access to the iOS provisioning and certification web sites.

For details, see External dependencies for enrolling iOS devices.

Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone app package

(.xap)

Before you distribute a Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1 app package, you must set the mobile device management authority to Windows Intune, set up users, and obtain an enterprise mobile code-signing certificate. For details, see External dependencies for enrolling Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

Windows RT

Windows app package

(.appx, .appxbundle)

The Windows app package for Windows RT devices is not available until you set the mobile device management authority to Windows Intune, provision users, obtain a code-signing certificate, and sideloading product activation keys. For details, see External dependencies for enrolling Windows devices.

All software that you deploy must be packaged and uploaded to Windows Intune cloud storage. Before you deploy software, make sure there is enough storage space available to upload your software. A trial subscription of Windows Intune includes 2 gigabytes (GB) of cloud-based storage that is used to store managed software and updates. A paid subscription includes 20GB, with the option to purchase additional storage space at 1GB increments by using the Windows Intune Extra Storage Add-on. The following rules apply to purchasing additional cloud-based storage for Windows Intune:

  • You cannot purchase additional storage during any Windows Intune pre-release or trial period.

  • You must have an active paid subscription in order to purchase additional storage.

  • Only billing administrators or global administrators for your Microsoft Online Service can purchase additional storage through the Windows Intune account portal. To add, delete, or manage these administrators, you must be a global administrator and sign in to the Windows Intune account portal.

  • If you are a volume licensing customer who has purchased Windows Intune or the Windows Intune Add-on through the enterprise agreement, contact your Microsoft Account Manager or Microsoft Partner for pricing information and to purchase additional storage.

  1. In the Windows Intune account portal, in the left pane under Subscriptions, click Manage.

  2. On the Billing and subscription management page, click the Windows Intune subscription for which you want to purchase additional storage.

  3. On the Subscription details page, by Optional add-ons, click Add more.

  4. On the Select number of licenses page, under Optional add-ons, enter the additional number of GB of storage that you want to buy for the Windows Intune Extra Storage add-on. For example, if you currently have 20 GB, and you want to add another 10 GB, enter 10.

  5. On the Review important information page, review the order summary information, and if it is correct, click Place order.

  6. The Order confirmation page opens to display the order details. Click Finish to complete the process.

 
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