Last September, Microsoft announced that Intune was finally able to distribute Win32 applications. This was a major show stopper to go full MDM for Windows 10 devices for many company and would keep using SCCM to fulfill this duty. The feature is now out of the preview state and fully ready to roll!
In this post, we will detail how to deploy a Win32 application with Intune. We’ll use Google Chrome with the MSI installer.
- Download the Intune Win32 App Packaging Tool from GitHub
Prepare Intune Win32 application
This step consist of “wrapping” all the required files into an Intune format (.intunewin).
To view help, run IntuneWinAppUtil.exe -h.
- Open a command prompt as admin and browse to the folder of IntuneWinAppUtil.exe
- Run the following command line IntuneWinAppUtil.exe -c <source folder> -s <source setup file> -o <output folder>
- in the example we used Google Chrome : IntuneWinAppUtil.exe -c D:\Sources\Google\Chrome\72.0.3626.121 -s GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise64.msi -o D:\Sources\IntunePackages
- Process is completed
- At this point the source files are ready for Intune
Create Intune Win32 Application
- Go to the Azure portal
- Browse to Intune/Client Apps – Apps and click Add
- Select Windows app(Win32) from the App type drop list
- Point the App package file to the previously created .intunewin file and click Ok
- Select App Information and complete the missing required fields. Click Ok.
- Depending on the application format, install and uninstall command lines will be auto-completed. Adjust parameter as needed.
- Select Requirements. OS architecture and minimum OS are required.
- Detection rules works the same way as in ConfigMgr application model. In case of an MSI it is simple. Select Manually configure detection rule, select rule type MSI and it should be auto-populated
- Just as detection rules, the Return codes can be configured as in ConfigMgr. Modify if needed
- Click Add to complete the wizard. At this point it will upload the .IntuneWin file.
- Soon after, a notification will display to say it’s ready to go!
- At this point, the application can be deployed the exact same way as other application from Intune. The End user notifications are similar to what SCCM provides.
- In the Company portal, again similar experience from SCCM.
- Installation are log in the IntuneManagementExtension.log that can be found under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\IntuneManagementExtension\Logs
See Microsoft documentation for more details on Intune Win32 Application
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Contributor of System Center Dudes. Based in Montreal, Canada, Senior Microsoft SCCM consultant, working in the industry for more than 10 years. He developed a strong knowledge of SCCM and MDT to build automated OS deployment solution for clients, managed large and complexe environment, including Point of Sale (POS) related projects.