Intune Application Management

 

According to a survey by Forbes, 83% of the enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020. More and more organizations are embracing cloud based solutions to cater to their requirements, owing to the enhanced security, stability, and flexibility that cloud services provide. This is precisely why tech giants like Microsoft are coming up with solutions like Microsoft Endpoint Manager, which combines Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Microsoft Intune to cater to both on-premise and cloud based endpoint management.

Though SCCM or Microsoft Endpoint Manager is the go-to tool when it comes to handling Microsoft applications, handling third-party applications is not its forte. That is where, ManageEngine's Patch Connect Plus comes into the picture. Apart from integrating with SCCM and seamlessly handling third party updates, Patch Connect Plus now supports Microsoft Intune, and can be employed to seamlessly create and deploy third party applications using it's latest Intune Application Management feature. For details on how to configure Microsoft Intune on Patch Connect Plus console, refer the following document.

With Intune Application Management in Patch Connect Plus, you can

  1. Create third party application in Microsoft Intune.
  2. Use the pre-defined application templates to customize the applications.
  3. Upload pre and post deployment scripts to tailor the deployment process according to your organization's needs.

Creating third party applications in Microsoft Intune

Patch Connect Plus has a 300 + application repository that includes all the popular third party applications such as Google Chrome, Apple iTunes, Java and so on. With Patch Connect Plus supporting Intune, you can now easily deploy these third party applications to your endpoints using Microsoft Intune. For step-by-step instructions on how to go about deploying third party applications using Microsoft Intune, refer the following document.

Pre-defined application templates

Patch Connect Plus comes with a set of pre-defined templates to ease the deployment process of third party applications. With Intune Application Management, you can create applications with these pre-defined templates which cover the basic and commonly used deployment actions such as

  • Skipping the deployment process if the application is running.
  • Providing an option to uninstall older patches.
  • Restricting applications from having a start menu icon.
  • Restricting applications from having a taskbar icon.
  • Restricting applications from having a desktop shortcut.

Pre/Post deployment scripts

With Patch Connect Plus' Intune Application Management, you can also customize the deployment process according to your organizaton's need by adding custom scripts for pre / post deployment activities. You can have your script to apply follow-up configurations, change registry settings, create/remove shortcuts, create/append path, and much more before or after the installation.

How exactly does Intune Application Management enhance the abilities of Patch Connect Plus?

If your Organization uses Microsoft Intune along with SCCM, you can use Intune Application Management in Patch Connect Plus to select the third party applications. Following this, the applications selected will appear under the client apps on the Microsoft azure comsole. From here, you can select the application and install it to the group of systems that you have enrolled. Thus you can seamlessly deploy third party applications using Microsoft Intune, with Patch Connect Plus.