Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM

Let’s try to understand How to deploy Microsoft Store Apps Using ConfigMgr. Microsoft Store for Business allows organizations to automatically sync Microsoft store apps and make them available for ConfigMgr admins.

Once the Microsoft store for business application is synced with Configuration Manager, you can create a Microsoft Store application in the admin console similar to any other ConfigMgr application.

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Prerequisites

Let’s understand the detailed prerequisites to deploy MSfB apps with ConfigMgr (SCCM).

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  • SCCM Infrastructure Admin access is required.
  • The Browser where your console is installed should be compatible with Microsoft Store for Business.
  • The administrator account needed to integrate MSfB with ConfigMgr.
  • Employees need Azure AD accounts when they access the content from MSfB (only for Online deployments).
  • Proxy configuration requirements for MSfB
  • Devices must be Azure AD Registered, or Azure AD joined to the same Azure AD tenant where you registered the MSfB for online app deployment.
  • Azure AD Global admin (or appropriate) access to create Applications to connect the ConfigMgr site to Azure AD and MSfB.
  • Ensure all the configurations mentioned in the previous related posts mentioned above are in the section.

Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using SCCM

Now let’s see how to deploy an SCCM Application Object for Microsoft Store for Business (MSfB) app.

  • Launch Admin Console
  • Navigate to \Software Library\Overview\Application Management\Applications
  • Select an application called Company Portal
  • Click on the Deployment Types tab
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM
  • Right-click on the application Company Portal.
  • Select the Deploy option to deploy the company portal Microsoft Store application to Devices or User collection.
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM

Select Collection

  • From Deploy Software Wizard, click on the Browse button.
  • And select the Device collection you want to deploy this company portal app through SCCM.
    • Make sure you select “Automatically distribute content for dependencies
  • Click on the Next button.
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM

Select Content Details

  • Click on Add button to distribute the content of the application to the distribution point(s).
  • Select the DP you want to distribute the application.
  • Click on the Next button to continue.
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM

Deployment Settings

  • Let’s select the deployment settings for the company portal app
  • Action -> Install
  • Purpose -> Available

NOTE! – You can also select this as a required application from the Purpose menu.

  • By selecting the option called “Allow End users to attempt to repair this application,” you can allow users to repair or reinstall the company portal app from the software center.
  • Selecting the option called “All administrator must approve a request for this application on the device” give an opportunity for all admins to approve this application request.
  • Click on the Next button.
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM

Scheduling Options

  • Let’s check the options of scheduling Microsoft store for business applications via SCCM/ConfigMgr.
  • You can control the application available timing for the end-users with this option.
  • Click on the Next button.
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM

User Experience

  • Make sure you selected the User experience as per your requirement.
  • User Notification settings – Display in Software Center and only show notification for the computer restarts.
  • Click on the Next button.
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM
Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM

Alerts

  • Let’s check the alert options you have in the Deploy Software Wizard.
  • You can use SCOM integration with SCCM to get alerts about software deployments.
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Deploy Microsoft Store Apps using ConfigMgr | SCCM

Summary

  • Let’s see the summary and confirm every configuration is good to go.
  • Click Next, Next, Close to finish the deployment details.
General
• Software: Company Portal
• Collection: HTMD Collection (Member Count: 1)
• Use default distribution point groups associated to this collection: Disabled
• Automatically distribute content for dependencies: Enabled
Deployment Settings
• Action: Install
• Purpose: Available
• Allow end users to attempt to repair this application: Disabled
• Allow clients to use a metered Internet connection to download content: Disabled
Application Settings (retrieved from application in software library)
• Application Name: Company Portal
• Application Version:
• Application Deployment Types: Windows app package (*.appx, *.appxbundle, *.msix, *.msixbundle), Windows app package (*.appx, *.appxbundle, *.msix, *.msixbundle), Windows app package (*.appx, *.appxbundle, *.msix, *.msixbundle), Windows app package (*.appx, *.appxbundle, *.msix, *.msixbundle)
Scheduling
• Time based on: UTC
• Available Time: As soon as possible
• Deadline Time: Disabled
• Delayed enforcement on deployment: Disabled
User Experience
• User notifications: Display in Software Center, and only show notifications for computer restarts
• Ignore Maintenance Windows: Disabled
• System restart (if required to complete the installation): Disabled
• Commit changes at deadline or during a maintenance window (requires restarts): Enabled
Alerts
• Enable System Center Operations Manager maintenance mode: Disabled
• Generate System Center Operations Manager alert when a software installation fails: Disabled
• Create a deployment alert when the threshold is lower than the following: Disabled
• Create a deployment alert when the threshold is higher than the following: Disabled
Content (1):
• CMMEMCM.MEMCM.COM
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Results

  • Now you can go to the Deployments tab in the company portal application.
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  • Software Center Results
  • You can view the software center and see the Company Portal application
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Author

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 logger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…

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