Sometimes, it can be useful to execute an Application / Package in the SCCM Software Center using Powershell.
For example, if an application is only available, not required, in the deployment and you want to install several package without logging to the computer.
Unfortunately, there is no built-in powershell cmdlet to do this. We must call method with a specific dll.
With System Center Configuration Manager 2012, there is a new functionality: Application Catalog. Using Application Catalog, you can deploy an application on user collection, and all users can use this web page to install or request an application.
To launch the Application Catalog, you can use the existing link on Software Center:
Link Software center
Depends on your system configuration, Internet Explorer can prompt for your login / password. Even if you are in your domain.
Sometime, you need to deploy a KB using Application (.msu file) to your clients. Because it is not available in the Microsoft Update Catalog, you can not use Software Update to install it.
For example, to install App-V 5 on your clients, the Windows Management Framework 3.0 is a prerequisite for Windows 7. Windows 8 and 8.1 already include it.
This KB is not available in the catalog, we will use a Application to deploy it.
We will see how to deploy the Windows Management Framework 3.0 (KB2506143) using Application in System Center Configuration Manager 2012. With this method, you can link it as Dependency on another application and the installation can be automatically done. Continue reading →
In order to deploy App-V 5 on your clients, the .Net Framework 4 Full is a prerequisite for Windows 7 computers. Windows 8 and 8.1 already include this Framework.
We will see how to deploy .Net Framework 4 Full using Application in System Center Configuration Manager 2012. With this method, you can link it as Dependency on another application and installation can be automatically done. Continue reading →
With Configuration Manager 2012, you have a new feature to deploy your software: Application. To use Application, you need to add a Detection Method. This detection method is based on several criterias and it will check if the application is already installed on the computer.
SCCM included three built-in detections:
File/Folder: check if a file exists on the drive. Date modified, Version and Size can be used.
Registry: Check if a registry key exists.
Windows Installer: Check if a product code is installed.
Moreover, you can user another detection:
Custom script: write and execute you own script to detect the application. You can use Powershell, VBScript and JScript.
However, when you want to install a software update using Application, there is no built-in function to detect if the update is installed. You have to use a custom script. Continue reading →