SCCM MSIX App Deployment Guide to Deploy 7Zip.MSIX

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SCCM MSIX App Deployment Guide

I have shared my experience with MSI to MSIX conversion process in the previous blog post. In this post, you will learn how to create SCCM MSIX app deployment.

[Related PostSCCM MSIX Conversion Process 13 Steps Guide]

How to Convert MSI packages to MSIX?

Microsoft MSIX is future of Windows application installation technology. I have already explained how to convert MSI to MSIX in the following post here. I don’t think you can convert all the MSI packages to MSIX without any repackaging and programming efforts.

Video Guide SCCM MSIX Application Deployment Process

Create or Upload MSIX Application to SCCM – 7Zip.MSIX

The following steps will help to create SCCM MSIX App (7Zip.MSIX) from the SCCM console. You need to complete this step before SCCM MSIX App Deployment.

  • Navigate SCCM Console to Software Library WorkspaceApplication Management
  • Right Click on Application node and New
  • Create Application Wizard Page Specify settings for the application
  • Select the option “Automatically detect information about the application from installation files
  • Select – Type -> Windows App packages (*.appx, *.appxbundle, *.msix, *.msixbundle)
  • Click on LocationBrowse button to provide the source location of the 7Zip.MSIX application. It should be UNC path
  • Click on NEXT button to proceed
  • Create Application Wizard Page – Specify settings for the application
  • Automatically detect information about the application from installation files
    • Select – TypeWindows App packages (*.appx, *.appxbundle, *.msix, *.msixbundle)
    • Click on Browse button to provide the source location of the 7Zip.MSIX application. It should be UNC path
  • Click on NEXT button to proceed

SCCM MSIX App Deployment – Create New Deployment for MSIX App

The next step is to create SCCM MSIX App deployment. Once you have created the application (as mentioned above section), you can select the application called 7Zip.MSIX. The following steps will help you to create an SCCM MSIX deployment.

  • Right click on 7Zip.MSIX application (from SCCM console) and Deploy
  • Select a Collection (test collection) from Deploy Software Wizard page
  • elect the SCCM distribution point to distribute the content MSIX application from Specify the content destination
  • Click on Add Distribution Point button from Specify the content destination
  • Select Action “Install” and Purpose “Available” and select any of the following options:
    • Check “Allow end users to attempt to repair the application
    • Check “An administrator must approve a request for this application on the device
  • Click Next button
  • Select the Schedule the application to be available SCCM MSIX app on the Windows 10 devices (I selected the default options) and click on next button
  • Select the appropriate user experience for the installation of SCCM MSIX app from user experience page (I selected the default options) and click on the next button
  • Click Next, Next, Next, and Close to finish the wizard

How to Add a Device into a Device Collection for App Deployment

The next step is to add a device to a device collection (test collection). If you want to learn more about using collections in SCCM, then I would recommend reading the previous post. The best practices of creating SCCM collection. SCCM MSIX App Deployment guide will help you to understand the end to end process of MSIX application deployment.

  • Select the test “Windows 10 1809” device (my test device) and right click on the device from SCCM console
  • Select Add Selected ItemsAdd Selected Items to Existing Device Collection
  • Select Add Selected ItemsAdd Selected Items to Existing Device Collection option to add the device to a static collection
  • Select Device Collection you want to add the Windows 10 device and click OK

MSIX Application Content Distribution to DPs

Make sure that the 7Zip.MSIX application is distributed to relevant SCCM distribution points before deploying the application to the devices.

You can confirm the SCCM MSIX app content distribution status from Software Library workspace – applications – click on the application and check the content status pane in the console.

Windows 10 – MSIX Application Installation

I deployed MSIX application as available hence it was waiting for me at the Windows 10 software center. You can deploy 7Zip.MSIX application as required as well. This step is the SCCM MSIX App Deployment.

So if you deployed SCCM MSIX app as available, then end user interaction is needed to install the app. If you want the application automatically get installed on Windows 10 device, then you have to use required deployment.

  • Launch SCCM Software Center from Windows 10 start menu
  • Goto Applications Tab
  • Click on the MSIX application Icon which you want to install (7Zip.MSIX in my scenario)
  • Click on Install button from Applications – Application Details menu
  • The status will show you as Installing and there will be cancel button to cancel the installation process. More details about the troubleshooting SCCM application deployment can be done with Support Center tool
  • Once the MSIX app is installed successfully, then the Uninstall button will appear in Software Center near the application icon
  • If the MSIX application installation is failed, then you can check the SCCM log files to get more details of the MSIX app installation issues. Also, you can look at Windows 10 event logs –
    Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > Windows > AppxPackagingOM ? Microsoft-Windows-AppxPackaging/Operational to get more details.
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