How to Deploy an iOS Application with Intune and SCCM

Benoit LecoursIntune, SCCM10 Comments

Updated 2018-03-19

One of Microsoft Intune feature is to deploy useful mobile applications that your users need to get their job done. We can think of the Office suite such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and One Note.

This blog post will show how to deploy Microsoft Word on managed iOS devices with Microsoft Intune and SCCM. This is the 9th post of the Mobile Device Management with Intune and SCCM 2012 blog series.

Microsoft Word for iOS devices requires Mobile Application Management (MAM) policies in Microsoft Intune. Since it’s a pre-requisites for Microsoft Word, we will configure a MAM policy in this post at step 2. MAM policies give the ability to protect company data without affecting personal data. You can also apply restrictions like Save As, Clipboard and many more. You can read more about MAM on Technet.

Step 1 | Create the Application in SCCM

Creating a mobile application is on the same node as standard applications.

  • Open the SCCM Console and navigate to Software Library / Application Management / Applications
  • Right-click on Applications and select Create Application

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  • Click Next

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  • Application successfully imported, click Next

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  • In the General Information section, type Word in the Name textbox and type Microsoft as the Publisher
    • In our example, we don’t specify all the information, but you can use them based on your needs
  • Click Next

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  • In the Summary section, confirm your settings and click Next

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  • Wizard completed successfully, click on Close

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We have not finish yet to configure the application, we will modify few things in the default deployment type like the name and requirements.

  • Click on Word application and right click on the deployment type microsoft-word – App Package for iOS from App Store
  • Select Properties

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  • On the General tab, change the name with Install for iOS and click Apply

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Since Microsoft Word for iOS is designed for iOS 8 and later, we will need to add requirements based on the operating system. In some case, you will need to create one deployment type for IPad only and one for IPhone only. In our case, Microsoft Word is design for both platforms.

  • Select Requirements tab and click on Add

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  • In the Create Requirement window, select Operating System as the condition
  • Select all iOS 8 and later and click Ok

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  • Click Ok

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Step 2 | Configure an Application Management Policies

Before deploying Microsoft Word, we must create an application management policies because you will get this error message during the deployment wizard.

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[su_note note_color=”#fcfcfc”]However, if you are installing an application that doesn’t require a mobile application management policy, you can skip this Step 2 and go to Step 3.[/su_note]
  • To create a MAM policy, navigate to Software Library / Application Management / Application Management Policies
  • Right click on Application Management Policies and select Create Application Management Policy

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  • In the General section, fill the Name textbox with Microsoft Office and click Next
    • This policy can be used for the Office suite

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  • Keep Policy Type section as default and click Next

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  • In the iOS Policy section, configure policies based on your needs, in our example we keep default configuration
  • Click Next

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  • Make sure your settings are ok and click Next

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  • Application management policy completed successfully, click Close

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You are now ready to deploy Microsoft Word on IOS devices.

Step 3 | Deploy the Application

Deploying mobile applications with Microsoft SCCM and Intune is advertised the same way as standard applications, required or available. Required deployment automatically install Microsoft Word as soon devices are enroll or will be enrolled. Available deployment publish the application in the company portal and users can install manually.

In our post, we will publish Microsoft Word in the Company Portal for users that have access to enroll their devices.

  • From the console, navigate to Software Library / Application Management / Applications
  • Right click on the application Word and select Deploy

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  • Choose the users collection that has access to enroll their devices by clicking on Browse
  • Click Next

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  • Leave as default and click Next

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  • Make sure the Purpose is Available
  • Click Next

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  • We will deploy right now, so leave it by default and click Next

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  • Leave as default and click Next

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  • Leave as default and click Next

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  • In the Application Management section, choose Microsoft Office as General Policy and click Next

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  • Verify your settings and click Next

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  • Deployment Software Wizard completed successfully, click Close

Step 4 | Installing the application from Company Portal

The application deployment is configured, your devices are enrolled, it’s not time to take your IOS device and install Microsoft Word. Finally!

  • From your iOS device, open and log into your Company Portal
    • If you don’t have it, install from App Store
  • Click on All Apps

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  • Click on Word

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  • Click on Install

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  • The Application will ask for an Installation confirmation. Once selected, the application will install

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 There you go, ready to use Microsoft Word on your iOS devices.

Extra!

To uninstall managed applications on device when an employee leaves the company, do a selective wipe on the device from the console, it will automatically uninstall applications managed by Microsoft Intune on the device.

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10 Comments on “How to Deploy an iOS Application with Intune and SCCM”

  1. Even before you develop a mobile app, there are many things for you to think about and plan in order to make your app a success. For starters, you need to decide who your target market is, on what mobile platforms you will make your app available, and the channels for marketing that you will use to help you monetize it. Visited to my webpage for future detail Mobile application distribution. Please contact us at any time.

  2. is it possible to deploay a particular version of the app from the app store (example: Word version X.X) and do not permit to update until I’ll distribute the new versione from SCCM?

  3. Can we use Intune hybrid and Intune cloud at the same time, targeting two different set of user groups?

  4. On the import we are able to browse Itunes to get to the Word app, and then select continue on the pop out browser, and then back in the wizard when we click next we get an import failed “cannot connect to Itunes” and it wants us to check our internet connection. Have you ever handled that? We were connected to Itunes to select the app and we can browse to it in IE no problem, how by clicking next can we “not” connect? Intune is new to our environment, so we are still learning as well. I appreciate all the thoughts.

    1. Also, we are able to get apps from the Play store and the others. It’s just with the apple store we are erroring out.

    2. Hello Chad,

      Not sure to follow.

      Do you have difficulty to import the link (Apple Store) into SCCM?

      Thanks

    1. Yes, you can deploy required application. However, they won’t be install automatically. Users will receive a pop-up that an application is mandatory. If they cancel the installation, it will come back on next sync.

      In case you have DEP program with Apple, you will be able to install automatically applications on mobile device without warning.

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