Intune Beginners Guide to Deploy MSI Application

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Intune Beginners Guide to Deploy MSI Application

I guess is that application deployment is a most used feature in SCCM. Microsoft states that MSI is old technology and it can’t have modern world innovations. MSI is a decade old installer package file format used by Windows. In this post, you will see how to deploy MSI application from Intune.

The fact is most of the organizations use the MSI application to deploy their LOB apps. Moreover, most of the vendors still use MSI technology for their products. MSIX is the next generation of packaging technology that Microsoft is betting on. Hope we will see more adoption to MSIX technology from vendors.

Content:-

  1. Video Tutorial – Intune Beginners Guide to Deploy MSI Application
  2. Step by Step Guide to Deploy MSI Application from Intune
  3. Status/Monitoring – Intune MSI Application Deployment
  4. Intune Application Deployment – End User Experience of Co-Managed Windows 10 Device

Video Tutorial – Intune Beginners Guide to Deploy MSI Application

Step by Step Guide to Deploy MSI Application from Intune

Following steps are also explained in the video tutorial How to deploy MSI Application from Intune.

  1. Login to Azure portal https://portal.azure.com
  2. Navigate via Microsoft Intune – Mobile Apps – Apps
  3. Click on +Add to add new Intune application for SCCM client installation
  4. Select Line-of-Business app – App Type drop-down menu from Add app blade
  5. Click on App Package File to upload SCCM client <Application_Name>.MSI file to Intune
  6. On the App package file blade checkout the following settings Name: <Any Application Name>
    Platform: Windows
    App version: <Version Number>
    Size: Size in MegaBytes or GigaBytes 
    MAM Enabled: No
    Execution Context: Per-Machine/Per-User/Both (depending on the MSI package)
  7. Click on OK button on App Package file blade
  8. Click on App Information option from Add App blade                                                         Intune Application Information Details Deploy MSI Application
  9. Fill the following information details in App Information blade Name:- Any useful Application name is fine (Remember this name will appear in Company Portal)
    Description:- Any useful description is fine
    Publisher:- Name of the Publisher
    Ignore App Version:- No or Yes (Depending on the requirement)
    Category: Select a category which suits the application
    Display this as a featured app in the Company Portal – NO/YES
    Information URL:- Optional (I kept it blank)
    Privacy URL:- Optional (I kept it blank)
    Command-line Argument:- <Command Line explained below Try app.msi /? command to find out the options>
    Developer:- Optional (I kept it blank)
    Owner:- Optional (I kept it blank)
    Notes:- Optional (I kept it blank)
    Logo:- Optional (I kept it blank)
  10. Click OK, and Click Add to start the upload the <Application>.msi to Intune. This upload is going to take 10 minutes to complete. Wait for the following message to go away 😉 Your app is not ready yet. Check back again soon                                                    
    Intune MSI Application Deployment – Assignment Options
  11. Click on Add Group button on Assignment tab of the mobile application which you created.Deploy MSI Application
  12. Select groups where you want to assign this app from Add Group blade. There are 3 (three) Assignment types – Select one assignment type.
    The MSI application is per machine then it will get installed on machine context.
    Available for Enrolled Devices
    Required
    Uninstall
  13. Select Available for Enrolled Devices or Required
  14. Click on Included groups from Add Group blade
  15. Select the groups where you want to make this app required or available  from Assign blade
    Select the following option if you’re going to deploy the application to all users –                          All users – Make this app available to all users with enrolled devices
  16. Click on Select Groups to select a Group for required assignment from Assign blade
  17. Search the Device/user Group in the search option in Select Groups blade and select the DEVICE/USER group which you want to deploy
  18. Click Select to save and close the Select Groups blade
  19. Click OK to save and close Assign blade
  20. Click OK to save and close Add Group blade
  21. Click SAVE to save Assignment blade

Status/Monitoring – Intune MSI Application Deployment 

You can check the state of the deployed application in two places. I would personally prefer to check “App Install Status” (option#2) to get the status of the MSI application deployment.

Option 1:-

  1. Navigate via Microsoft Intune – Mobile Apps – Apps
  2. Click on the Application which you want to know the status
  3. From the application blade (the blade will be in application name), click on either User install status or Device install status to get the status of the application installation

Option 2:-

  1. Navigate via Microsoft Intune – Mobile Apps
  2. Click on App Install Status and select the application which you want to know the status of the application
  3. From the application blade (the blade will be in application name), click on Overview button to get a graphical view of MSI application deployment status

MSI Application Deployment

Intune Application Deployment – End User Experience of Co-Managed Windows 10 Device

This is the behaviour if you don’t configure Application deployment workload to Intune in Co-management configuration wizard. The option to offload co management workload to Intune is available only for SCCM 1806 (TP) or later.

Troubleshooting Hints:-

I’ve a troubleshooting section in my previous blog post here. I would recommend reading that for more troubleshooting details.

I had an another experience while testing this application deployment with a virtual machine. Initially I created application deployment as REQUIRED and it got failed during the enrollment status page. After some research I found there are other people also facing the similar issue.

The requested URL does not exist on the server (0x80190194)

I changed the assignment type to “available” and tried to install the application from company portal. It helped to successfully deploy the app. But not sure what is the issue with REQUIRED deployment yet. I think it’s better to try the same scenario with the latest Windows 10 1803 Cumulative Update and retry.

Resources:-

Intune MSI Deployment Guide – https://www.anoopcnair.com/intune-azure-end-end-msi-lob-app-deployment-video-guide/

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