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Deploy App and Distribute its Content in ConfigMgr

Deploy App and Distribute its Content in ConfigMgr

In this post, we will go through steps required to deploy an application and distribute its content to the Distribution Point or Distribution Group.

Once you have create an application in the ConfigMgr, you must deploy to the targeted collection. This collection could be users or computers.




This post is still in development. Feedback is welcomed 😃

1. Deploy the App and Distribute the Content

    1. Browse to \Software Library\Overview\Application Management\Applications and select application. Right click the application and select Deploy. This will open the Deploy Software Wizard.

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    2. On the General page, browse to the Collection where you would like to deploy and click Next
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      Deploy Software Wizard – General

    3. Add Distribution Point or Distribution Point Group, and click Next once added
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      Deploy Software Wizard – Content

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      Deploy Software Wizard – Content

    4. For rest of the settings, I will keep default as shown in the screenshots below. You can change settings to suit your requirements where possible.

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      Deploy Software Wizard: Deployment Settings


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      Deploy Software Wizard: Scheduling


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      Deploy Software Wizard: User Experience


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      Deploy Software Wizard: Alerts


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      Deploy Software Wizard: Summary


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      Deploy Software Wizard: Completion

2. Confirm Deployment

To confirm deployment, check the Deployments tab in the details pane. You will see the targeted collections.

Targeted Collections

3. Monitor the deployed content

To view the status of deployed content, browse to the application \Software Library\Overview\Application Management\Applications and click on the Content Status in details pane. This will take you to the Monitoring screen where you can see Success or Progress.

Check Content Status
Content Monitoring

4. Check Software Center

Deployed app should be available in the Software Centre on one of the devices which belongs to the targeted collection. In my case, targeted collection is Teknex Management Computers and ACER-01 device is part of that collection.

Software Centre


5. Important Logs

Logs! Logs! Logs!
Logs are very important while troubleshooting. You would not remember all logs unless you work on that specific ConfigMgr component often. Here is the well written support article from Microsoft which covers the log file reference.

distmgr.log
Server Side Log: This will show you the detailed information about distribution of the content. You need to grab the package ID from the Monitoring workspace. For me it was \Monitoring\Overview\Distribution Status\Content Status\Visual Studio Code x64. Then find relevant information in the distmgr.log.

Log Location: ConfigMgr_Installation_Drive\Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs

Find Package ID
distmgr.log


Appenforce.log
Client side log: This will show you information about installation, uninstallation and detection of the application.
Location: %WinDir%\ccm\logs

Well! this is all.
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