Application catalog is very interesting feature of ConfigMgr 2012. As it’s new feature, we’re not very familiar with the installation and configuration best practices which we need to follow. The Application Catalog is the user’s gateway to the available applications that they can install while Software Center helps the user track the status of available and required software. More details about application catalog Vs. Software Center available HERE.
More helpful blog posts Tips and Tricks for Deploying the Application Catalog in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Helpful details about SCCM 2012 Application Catalog redirection issue myITforum.
Microsoft IT is using Application Catalog and in MMS 2012, Dharmendra Thotakura had explained about their experience in deploying Application Catalog. You can download the MMS 2012 CD-B320 session Video to get more details about application catalog deployment in Microsoft IT. Customizations done in Microsoft IT – Catalog access via Single Friendly Name using IIS redirection, Load Balancing through BIG-IP, ActiveX trust in browser to avoid Low right users Access issue.
In this post, I’m going to provide some more references which will help you to successfully deploy, maintain and troubleshoot application catalog feature in your organization.
The new Configuration Manager Application Catalog represents a great opportunity for you to deliver self-service application installation to your company’s users. By modeling the applications and publishing them in the Application Catalog, you can offer up a service that makes installing applications quick and easy for your end-users. Because the Application Catalog only shows applications that are deployed to the user, your end users also get a tailored experience just for their job role.
Installation of Application Catalog
Application Catalog Deployment Tips
- Branding the Application Catalog
- Support for users in untrusted forests
- Securing the communication by using HTTPS
- Customizing the communication ports
- Support for multiple languages
- Additional planning tips Verification Tips
- Verify Prerequisites Before You Install the Roles
- Verify the installation of the roles
- Verify client settings are configured
- Verify that the clients can communicate with the Application Catalog
How to resolve – 401 error: “Unauthorized: access is denied due to invalid credentials after launching Software Catalog.”