Let’s understand how to add Microsoft store application to ConfigMgr. Microsoft Store for Business license and admin access is required to complete this activity. MSfB gives the opportunity for organizations to automatically make store applications available for SCCM admins.
This guide gives you the opportunity to find, acquire, manage, and distribute free and paid store apps to SCCM and deploy them to Windows 10 devices. Make sure you have already completed the connection configuration between SCCM and MSfB.
NOTE! – This feature is getting deprecated by Microsoft. So this feature won’t be available after the 2022 Nov release of SCCM.
- SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
- Add Microsoft Store Application to ConfigMgr | SCCM | MSfB
- Create Microsoft Store Apps available in ConfigMgr Application
- Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM
Decide Offline or Online Applications
The MSfB supports two types of application licenses and you should be very careful with the license type of application you want to add. For Offline apps, you don’t need devices Hybrid Azure AD registered or joined.
- Online: Windows 10 devices must be Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)-joined or hybrid Azure AD-joined.
- Offline: Devices don’t need to connect to the store or have a connection to the internet.
NOTE! – If your device is domain joined and it’s not registered with Azure AD, the only option is to use the license type as Offline for apps with Configuration Manager.
Search Store Applications from MSfB
Let’s log in to the Microsoft Store for Business and start searching for the apps you want to add to Configuration Manager.
- Login to MSfB with Azure AD admin account https://businessstore.microsoft.com/
- Navigate to Shop for my group
- Go to the Management Tools section
Add Apps to Private Store
Already found the required apps (above section). Now let’s add those to the organization’s private store.
- Click on any application – Animotica – Movie Maker
- Select License type: Offline
- Click on Get the app
- Successfully added the app Animotica – Movie Maker to the private store
- This app will be available in the admin console after the next MSfB sync with ConfigMgr
- Click Close to continue
- Once successfully added, you can see the newly added app listed
Now let’s check whether the ConfigMgr synced with Microsoft Store for Business services or not. To confirm this:
- Navigate to \Administration\Overview\Cloud Services\Azure Services
- Click on MSfB associated Azure Service
- Check the Last Successful Sync Time
- Make sure the latest updates are synced
NOTE! – Synchronize app data to Configuration Manager (synchronization occurs every 24 hours). There is no custom sync option for MSfB and SCCM.
Now it’s time to check the Applications node to confirm whether the newly added Windows store for Business application is available underneath License Information for Store Apps node.
- Navigate to \Software Library\Overview\Application Management\License Information for Store Apps
- As you can see below all the synced application is available in the License Information for Store Apps
- Now you are ready to deploy the new store app to Windows 10 devices
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Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. E writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…