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Deploy software to mobile devices in Windows Intune

Updated: April 1, 2014

Applies To: Windows Intune

The information in this topic leads you through the steps to deploy software to mobile devices by using Windows Intune.

Before you publish software installer files to Windows Intune cloud storage, you want to make sure that you have the files available and that they meet specific requirements. Consider the following:

  • The installer files that are required for the software must exist in a storage location that Windows Intune can access and all associated files must be in the same location.

  • No single file size is larger than 2 GB.

  • Verify that you have a minimum Internet speed of 768 kbps.

You must publish software installers or external links to Windows Intune cloud storage before you can deploy the software to users.

  1. In the Windows Intune administrator console, click Software > Managed Software > Add Software. If prompted, enter your Windows Intune credentials.

    noteNote
    When you start the Windows Intune Software Publisher for the first time, a short delay occurs while the application is installed.

  2. On the Before you begin page, click Next.

  3. On the Software setup page, select External link in Select how this software is made available to devices.

  4. Enter the external link for the software in Specify the URL, and then click Next. Before you publish the external link, be sure to test the URL from the default Internet browser of a target mobile device.

  5. On the Software description page, provide the information that you want users to see in the company portal for the software, and then click Next. The following settings are available:

     

    Setting Details

    Publisher

    Enter the name of the publisher. For example, Microsoft or Contoso.

    Name

    Enter or change the name of the software. The software name will be displayed in the company portal. It will also be used for software searches that try to find this software. Each software package should have a unique name. If the company portal detects multiple apps with the same name, it will only display one of the apps.

    Description

    Enter a description for the software. The description will be displayed in the company portal.

    Category

    Select the category that best fits this software. Use Other Apps for software that does not match the predefined categories. The category that you select is used to classify this software. This setting is optional.

    Display this as a featured app and highlight it in the company portal

    Select this option to display the app prominently in the company portal on user’s devices.

    Icon

    Choose whether to associate an icon with the software. The maximum size for the icon is 250 x 250 pixels. The recommended size is 32 x 32 pixels. This setting is optional.

  6. On the Summary page, verify the software information, and then click Upload. Click Close to exit the wizard.

The software is ready to be deployed after you publish it to Windows Intune cloud storage. Consider the following:

  • Cloud storage: Uploaded software is stored in Windows Intune cloud storage that your organization purchased. If you have insufficient free space to upload the software package, you are notified of this during the upload process. Windows Intune cannot determine whether there is enough free space until after the software upload has started. For details, see Cloud storage requirements.

  • License agreements: The software is ready to be deployed after you publish it to Windows Intune. Before you deploy the software, make sure you have the appropriate licenses for the software. For details, see Manage license agreements for computer software in Windows Intune.

  1. In the Windows Intune administrator console, click Software > Managed Software > Add Software. If prompted, enter your Windows Intunecredentials.

    noteNote
    When you start the Windows Intune Software Publisher for the first time, a short delay occurs while the application is installed.

  2. On the Before you begin page, click Next.

  3. On the Software setup page, select Software link in Select how this software is made available to devices.

  4. Select the software installer file type for the mobile device.

     

    Software installer type Supported devices

    App package for Android

    • Android

    App package for iOS

    • iOS

    Windows Phone app package

    • Windows Phone 8

    Windows app package

    • Windows 8

    • Windows 8.1

    • Windows RT

    • Windows RT 8.1

  5. Enter the full path to the software installation file in Specify the location of the software setup files or browse to its location.

  6. Applies only to the Windows Phone App Package installer type

    • In Code-signing certificate, enter the code-signing certificate that you obtained when you set up Mobile Device Management. For more information, see Step 2: Set up direct management for mobile devices.

    • In Certificate password, enter the password for the code-signing certificate.

  7. Applies only to the App Package for iOS installer type

    Enter the full path to the manifest file in Specify the location of the manifest file or browse to its location.

    The manifest file is required to distribute your iOS application wirelessly. It is provided by Apple with your iOS application. This file is an XML .plist file that you can use to find, download, and install any iOS applications that are located outside of the Apple store. The manifest file cannot exceed 10 MB.

    noteNote
    Based on the setup file you specify, Windows Intune Software Publisher attempts to automatically extract information to use for the name and description settings.

  8. On the Software description page, provide the information that you want users to see in the company portal for the software, and then click Next. The following settings are available:

     

    Setting Details

    Publisher

    Enter the name of the publisher. For example, Microsoft or Contoso.

    Name

    Enter or change the name of the software. The software name will be displayed in the company portal. It will also be used for software searches that try to find this software. Each software package should have a unique name. If the company portal detects multiple apps with the same name, it will only display one of the apps.

    Description

    Enter a description for the software. The description will be displayed in the company portal.

    Category

    Select the category that best fits this software. Use Other Apps for software that does not match the predefined categories. The category that you select is used to classify this software. This setting is optional.

    Display this as a featured app and highlight it in the company portal

    Select this option to display the app prominently in the company portal on user’s devices.

    Expiration Date

    Applies only to the App Package for iOS installer type

    Provides the expiration date for the iOS package signed by Apple.

    Icon

    Choose whether to associate an icon with the software. The maximum size for the icon is 250 x 250 pixels. The recommended size is 32 x 32 pixels. This setting is optional.

  9. Applies only to the App Package for iOS and App Package for Android installer types

    On the Requirements page, specify the architecture and the operating system that is required before the app will be installed on the mobile device, and then click Next.

  10. On the Summary page, verify the software information, and then click Upload. Click Close to exit the wizard.

The software is ready to be deployed after you publish it to Windows Intune cloud storage. Consider the following:

  • Cloud storage: Uploaded software is stored in Windows Intune cloud storage that your organization purchased. If you have insufficient free space to upload the software package, you are notified of this during the upload process. Windows Intune cannot determine whether there is enough free space until after the software upload has started. For details, see Cloud storage requirements.

  • License agreements: The software is ready to be deployed after you publish it to Windows Intune. Before you deploy the software, make sure you have the appropriate licenses for the software. For details, see Manage license agreements for computer software in Windows Intune.

When you deploy software to the Windows Intune company portal, users can browse for and install software that has been deployed to groups that the user belongs to. When you deploy software, you select from the list of groups that exists in Windows Intune. Make sure create the user and device groups according to the needs of your software deployment. For details, see Use groups to manage users and devices in Windows Intune.

  1. In the Windows Intune administrator console, click Software > Managed Software.

  2. Select the title of the software that you want to deploy, and then click Manage Deployment.

    noteNote
    When you select multiple items, and include both mobile device apps and computer software, you can only deploy the software as an Available Install.

  3. On the Select Groups page, select the user groups to which you want to deploy the software, and then click Next.

  4. On the Deployment Action page, select Available Install from the Approval column for each group.

  5. Click Finish.

You can monitor software deployment status and software adoption in the Windows Intune administrator console.

noteNote
Statistics for mobile applications will be displayed only if there are users to whom the application was deployed or if there are users who attempted to download the application.

  1. In the Windows Intune administrator console, click Software > Managed Software. Click any software in the list to display the status of the software and general information about the software.

    noteNote
    Available user statistics relate to the number of users to whom the application is currently available; whereas the number of download attempts relates to all attempted downloads over time by any users to whom the application was available at any point.

  2. Click Filters, and then select a filter to restrict the displayed list of managed software.

  1. In the Windows Intune administrator console, click Software > Managed Software. Click any software in the list to display the status and list general information about the software.

  2. Select the software, and then click View Properties for more information about the software. The following tabs are displayed:

    1. General: provides details and links to the software status and details.

    2. Users: provides the list of users to which the software or application was deployed.

    3. Computers: This tab is available for computer software only. Provides the list of computers to which the software was deployed as a required installation.

 
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