SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr

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Microsoft Store for Business

Let’s understand the process of SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr. Microsoft Store for Business gives IT decision-makers and administrators in businesses an easy way to find, acquire, manage, and distribute free and paid apps in select markets to Windows 10 devices.

Once Microsoft Store for Business (MSfB) is integrated with SCCM, you don’t need to create store applications manually. Instead, the apps will get automatically synced from MSfB to ConfigMgr. View these apps in the SCCM admin console, and deploy them like you deploy any other app.

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Prerequisites

Let’s go through the detailed list of prerequisites to integrate MSfB with Configuration Manager.

  • ConfigMgr Infrastructure Admin access is required
  • Browser compatible with Microsoft Store for Business
  • Administrator account needed to integrate MSfB with SCCM
  • Employees need Azure AD accounts when they access the content from MSfB
  • Proxy configuration requirements for MSfB
  • Devices must be Azure AD Registered or Azure AD joined to the same Azure AD tenant where you registered the MSfB for online app deployment.
  • Azure AD Global admin (or appropriate) access to create Applications to connect ConfigMgr site to Azure AD and MSfB

ConfigMgr Settings to Connect Microsoft Store for Business

Let’s check ConfigMgr Settings to Connect Microsoft Store for Business.

  • Navigate to \Administration\Overview\Cloud Services\Azure Services
  • Click on the Create Configure Azure Services button from the ribbon
  • Enter the name of Azure Service -> MSfB Azure Service
  • Enter the Description -> Description of MSfB Azure services
  • Click Next
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
  • Click on Browse either to import existing Azure application or to create a dedicated Azure app
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
  • Opted to create a dedicated Azure App. Click on the Create button.
  • Application Name: ConfigMgrService_MSfB
  • Home Page URL: https://ConfigMgrServiceMSfB
  • App ID URI: https://ConfigMgrServiceMSfB
  • Secret Key validity period: 1 Year
  • Sign-in with Azure AD admin account to create Azure Enterprise App
Connect MSfB Microsoft Store for Business with ConfigMgr | SCCM
Connect MSfB Microsoft Store for Business with ConfigMgr | SCCM
  • Enter the User Name and Password to create Azure AD app for MSfB
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  • Successfully signed In
  • Click on OK button to continue
Connect MSfB Microsoft Store for Business with ConfigMgr | SCCM
Connect MSfB Microsoft Store for Business with ConfigMgr | SCCM
  • Click OK to continue
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
  • Now you can see the Azure application (Web App) name
  • Click on Next button to continue
Connect MSfB Microsoft Store for Business with ConfigMgr | SCCM
Connect MSfB Microsoft Store for Business with ConfigMgr | SCCM
  • Enter the source file location for Microsoft Store for Business content
    • \CMMEMCM\Sources\Package Sources\MSfB Sources
  • Select language to display in the application catalog for apps you sync with MSfB. Language content will appear after you create an app from the synchronized license information.
    • I think it’s software Center instead of application catalog
    • I have not changed as I don’t have any non-English clients
  • Click on Next to continue
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
  • Click Next, Next, and Close from the Summary page
Create Azure service
• Azure Service Name: MSfB Azure Service Principle
• Azure Service Description:
Application Selection
• Server application: ConfigMgrService_MSfB
General Microsoft Store for Business Configuration
• Default language selected: en-US
• Languages selected to sync: en-US
• Location to download store application content: \CMMEMCM\Sources\Package Sources\MSfB Sources
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MSfB Side Configuration

Let’s login to the Microsoft Store for Business.

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  • Click on + Add Management tool
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
  • Search for the Management Tool by name in the search box
Connect MSfB Microsoft Store for Business with ConfigMgr | SCCM
Connect MSfB Microsoft Store for Business with ConfigMgr | SCCM
  • Enter the search word ConfigMgr (Or enter the name of the Azure Enterprise application)
  • Select Azure Enterprise application from the list
    • ConfigMgrService_MSfB
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  • Click on Add button
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
  • Click on Activate button
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
  • Now check the status and you can see the management tool is activated
Connect MSfB Microsoft Store for Business with ConfigMgr | SCCM
Connect MSfB Microsoft Store for Business with ConfigMgr | SCCM

Sync from Microsoft Store for Business

Now since you have connected MSfB with SCCM, let’s try to sync the store and SCCM using the following method.

  • Navigate to \Administration\Overview\Cloud Services\Azure Services
  • Select the Azure Service that you created for MSfB
  • Click on Sync from Microsoft Store for Business from the ribbon menu
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr

Results

Make sure the MSfB sync is successful with Configuration Manager from the Azure Services node of SCCM admin console.

  • \Administration\Overview\Cloud Services\Azure Services
  • Click on MSfB associated Azure Service
  • Check the Last Successful Sync Time

NOTE! – Synchronize app data to Configuration Manager (synchronization occurs every 24 hours). There is no custom sync option for MSfB and SCCM.

SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr
SCCM Sync with MSfB Microsoft Store for Business | ConfigMgr

NOTE! – I will share the steps (in the next blog post) to add Online and Offline store application to Microsoft store for business. Once you add the apps to the private store for your organization, you can sync this with SCCM with this Sync operation.

  • Navigate to \Software Library\Overview\Application Management\License Information for Store Apps
  • As you can see below all the synced applications are available in the License Information for Store Apps.
Connect MSfB Microsoft Store for Business with ConfigMgr | SCCM
Connect MSfB Microsoft Store for Business with ConfigMgr | SCCM

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