Intune MSI Application Deployment Video Guide Microsoft Endpoint Manager Step by Step Guide? How to upload and deploy MSI applications to Windows 10 machines with Intune via Azure console? MSI application deployment could be one of the most used features in Intune (at least for a couple of years).
In this video post, we will see the step-by-step MSI application deployment (Intune LOB application deployment) process.
NOTE! – Do not include the msiexec command or arguments, such as /i or /x, as they are automatically used. For more information, see Command-Line Options. If the .MSI file needs additional command-line options, consider using Win32 app management.
Introduction – Intune MSI Application Deployment
This post is also an end-to-end guide to creating MSI applications in Intune via the Azure portal. I already blogged about MSI MDM deployment via the MDM channel in the following post, “How to Deploy MSI App to Intune MDM Using SCCM CB and Intune“. This will include:-
- Uploading the MSI LOB app to Intune
- Deployment or Assignment options
- End-User Experience on Windows 10 machine
- How to Troubleshooting with event logs and Pending Sync
- How to get application installation status messages back to Intune console
Upload MSI LOB application to Intune
Uploading the MSI LOB app to Intune is a very straightforward process. Login to Azure portal and navigate via Microsoft Intune -> Mobile Apps -> Apps -> + Add button and select app type as “Line-of-Business app”. Click on “App package file,” browse to the MSI source file location and click on the OK button, as you can see in the video here.
You have to complete/fill the “App information” section before you can proceed with uploading the MSI to Intune. There are a couple of mandatory fields which you need to fill in. Command-line options are also available in this section. But, as per my experience, you can see in the video as well.
I have not used any silent switch for MSI, but by default, Intune/MDM on Windows 10 will install the app as silent (without any user interaction or input). Click on the ADD button to complete the MSI app creation process in Intune on the Azure portal.
Deployment or Assignment options of MSI Intune LOB application deployment
It would be best to wait until the application is successfully uploaded to Intune before you can create an assignment (or deployment). An assignment is a method that we use to deploy MSI applications to Windows 10 devices. You can deploy applications to Azure AD dynamic user groups or device groups. In this video/scenario, I used the AAD dynamic user group to target the MSI LOB apps. More details are available in the video here. There are different deployment types available in Intune.
Available – The user needs to go into the company portal and trigger the installation
Not applicable – Won’t get installed
Required – Forcefully get installed without any user interaction
Uninstall – Remove the application from the device
Available with or Without enrollment – Mobile Application Management (MAM) without MDM enrollment scenarios.
End-User Experience on Windows 10 machine
Windows 10 machines will get the new application deployment policy once the assigned user is logged into that machine. What is the option to speed up the application deployment to the machines? You need to sync with Intune services using the following method (manually).
You can go to “Settings – Access Work or School – Work or School Account – Info (click on this button)” and click on Sync. This will initiate Windows 10 machine sync with Intune services, and after a successful sync, the machine will get the latest application policies.
How to Troubleshooting with event logs and Pending Sync
Unlike SCCM/ConfigMgr deployments, we don’t have log files to look at the application installation status via the MDM channel on Windows 10 machines. So, you need to rely on the Company portal for troubleshooting the MSI application troubleshooting.
As you can see in the following pic, the installation is waiting for “Pending Sync“. In this scenario, you can immediately initiate a manual sync to kick start the installation process, as I mentioned above.
Event logs – Windows Logs – Applications are where you can get the status of MSI application installation via MDM or Intune channel on to Windows 10 machine.
How to get application installation status messages back to Intune console
To get the installation status of the MSI LOB apps to Intune on the Azure portal, you need to sync your work or school accounts with Intune services. The installation status will be blank in Intune blade unless the device is not synced with Intune after installing the application on the Windows 10 machine.
Initiate the sync via “Settings – Access Work or School – Work or School Account – Info (click on this button)” and click on Sync. Once the sync is completed successfully, you can try to check the Intune Device Install Status in Intune to check the status.
- How to add an app to Microsoft Intune – here
- How to add Windows line-of-business (LOB) apps to Microsoft Intune – here
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…