A robust solution/product is one that is upgraded regularly to suit the current organizational requirements and market trends. Patch Connect Plus is no exception to this rule. Working in tandem with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to ease third-party application patching, it only makes sense that Patch Connect Plus also grows to complement the expanding feature set of SCCM.
As most SCCM users are aware, SCCM can now integrate with Microsoft Intune. This hybrid SCCM comes with capabilities that enable users to manage both on-premises and roaming endpoints. However, hybrid SCCM also has a handicap: third-party application management.
Patch Connect Plus, with its latest addition of Intune Application Management, aims to overcome this limitation by expediting third-party application creation and deployment in Microsoft Intune.
Configuring Intune application management in Patch Connect Plus
The following steps help you configure Intune application management in the Patch Connect Plus console.
- Register a new application in Azure AD
The first step is to create a client ID and a tenant ID in Azure AD. Navigate to App
registrations and click + New registration.
- Once you have provided a suitable name and configured the account type according to
your requirement, click Register, and your application will be registered with a unique
client ID and tenant ID.
- Add API permissions to the registered application
The next step is to provide adequate permissions to the application created.
- Click + Add a permission. Under Application permissions, click DeviceManagementApps and enable DeviceManagementApps.Read.All, DeviceManagementApps.ReadWrite.All, and Group.Read.All.
- Once that’s done, grant admin consent to approve the permission, and select Yes
whenever prompted for consent.
- Create a new client secret
Navigate to the Certificates & secrets tab, and create a new client secret. Give it a
suitable description, and set the client secret to Never expire.
- Once the client secret for Patch Connect Plus has been successfully created, copy and
save the secret key to a secure location for any future use.
Intune configuration in the Patch Connect Plus console
- Copy the unique client ID and tenant ID. Navigate to Patch Connect Plus’ web console > Admin> Application Mgmt Settings > Intune Configuration. There, paste the client ID, tenant ID, and client security details, and click Save.
You have successfully configured Intune application management. The next step is to
deploy third-party applications.
Deploying third-party applications using Microsoft Intune
Let’s take a look at how to deploy third-party applications in Intune using Patch Connect
- Open the Patch Connect Plus web console > Application Management > INTUNE.
- Select the third-party application you wish to create. You can customize the deployment
- using scripts, then click Create Application.
- The selected third-party application will appear under Client apps as shown below.
- The next step is to assign a group under the enrolled devices for the application created. Under Properties, edit Assignments and click + Add group. Once the group is added, click Review + save.
Results – End-User View
- Once the groups have been assigned and saved, you can find the application created listed under the Apps section in the Company Portal.
- Click the application and install it as shown below.
You have successfully created and deployed third-party applications in Intune using Patch Connect Plus.
As you can see, setting up and configuring Intune application management in Patch Connect Plus is a simple process, and requires no additional infrastructure.
With Intune settings configured, you can now create and deploy third-party applications in Microsoft Intune using Patch Connect Plus. Try the 30-day free trial to get a hands-on experience of this feature and much more.