How to Deploy Applications Software with Microsoft Intune

In my previous post HERE, I’ve explained about installing Intune client on a device. Once Intune client is installed, we can deploy applications through Intune. Also, you can assign a particular device to a user. This option is called “LINK” a device to a user. In SCCM 2012, the same feature is called as User Affinity.


How to LINK or Assign a Device to a User?

Once the client is installed and inventoried by Intune, we can link that device to a user who is already part of Intune DB. A computer can’t be linked or assigned to more than one user.

imageTo Link a different user to the computer, select the new user from the list of available users. If another user is already linked to this computer, the new user will replace the other user because a computer can be linked to only one user in Windows Intune.


How to Add a Device to an existing Device Group?

imageWhen a device group is already created in Intune then to add new member to that group, you can just right click on the group and edit. This will give you option to add new device to existing to group. Once device is added to the group, you can target software to that group. Unfortunately, this version of Intune don’t have option to target individual devices.

Now, How to Target or Deploy software to a device Group or User Group?

1. Go to “Software” Node in Intune Admin Console then click on “Manage Software” –> Select the application which you want to deploy and click on “Manage Deployment….”


2. In Manage software wizard, “Select Groups” window, you need to add respective device group and click “Next” button.


3. Deployment Action window, you need to select the deployment option. If you’ve selected Device group then you’ll get following options “Required Install”, “Do not Install” and “Uninstall”.  Interesting point is that “Available Install” option is not enabled for Device groups. Required Install option is just like mandatory option in SCCM.

Also, you’ve six options available for deadline. Those are None, As soon as possible, One week, Two weeks, One month and Custom. In custom option, you can schedule the deployment for a particular time.


4. When you select User group instead of Device group then in the “Deployment Action” window you’ll get only two options like “Available Install” and “Do Not Install”. No option like “Uninstall” and “Required Install” are NOT available for User Group, these options are available only when you select Device Group.

In Deadline, you’ve only one option and that is custom. So you can schedule a timeline after that time the software is available for assigned users in “Intune Company Portal”. Intune company portal is just like “Application Catalog” in SCCM 2012.



imageOnce the Device group is targeted to a software then you can speed up the process by refreshing the policy of Intune client. This can be done by right clicking on the device and selecting “Refresh Policy”.  Here comes question about Agent Policies in Intune. Yes, there are client agent policies settings similar to SCCM client settings in Intune as well. I’ll cover this in some other post.

6. When you target a software to “device group” then the software will automatically get installed as per the “Deadline” option selected. Note that the software package will get downloaded from cloud Intune server. So the download and installation may take time depending upon your internet connectivity.

7. When you target a software to “User Group” then the software will be available for that user in Intune Company Portal. You can launch the company portal site from Intune Client Applet or GUI.


Click on “Apps”, you’ll get the list of available applications for you. When you click on Acrobat reader, you’ll get option for installing the software. If you click install, same download process will follow as described in Step 6.


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2 thoughts on “How to Deploy Applications Software with Microsoft Intune”

  1. I don’t see any application in my Company Portal, although i have deployed two of them and have given specific group access.


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