Mobile Application Delivery with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune - Part 2 of 5
Hi again, it’s Jeff Buller. I am a Program Manager on the Windows Server and System Center CAT team. This is part 2 of a 5 part series on mobile application delivery. This post will discuss how to deliver iOS applications to users, utilizing Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune. A table of contents of the full series is listed below.
Table of Contents
- Part 1: Introduction
- Part 2: iOS application delivery
- Part 3: Windows 8 and Windows RT application delivery
- Part 4: Windows Phone 8 application delivery
- Part 5: Android application delivery
iOS Application Delivery
In the first post of this series, I discussed how Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Windows Intune has the capability to deliver mobile applications, including iOS. Two types of iOS applications are supported, internal applications (side-loaded) and App Store applications (deep-link). The process to deliver an iOS application to a user with this solution is straight forward and simple. A high level summary of the administrator and user process is listed below.
Administrator Process to Deliver an iOS Application
- Create a Configuration Manager Application and iOS Deployment Type
- Deploy the application to a Configuration Manager User Collection
User Process to Access an iOS Application
- Access the Company Portal
- Install the application
In the rest of this post, I will walk through the administrator and user steps required to complete this process.
Before I begin, there are some prerequisites that need to be in place in order to perform iOS application delivery with Configuration Manager and Windows Intune. The prerequisites include:
- Configuration Manager 2012 R2 is setup and running.
- Windows Intune Subscription (Trial Subscription is ok).
- Configuration Manager and Windows Intune properly setup and configured to work together.
- iOS enrollment enabled and the Apple Push Notification Service (APNs) certificate uploaded using the Configuration Manager Management Console.
Windows Intune Subscription Properties window showing iOS enrollment enabled and APNs certificate uploaded
If your environment doesn’t meet these prerequisites, please refer to the links below for guidance on implementing Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Windows Intune.
- Getting Started with Configuration Manager
- Sign up for a Windows Intune Trial
- Integrating Configuration Manager and Windows Intune
Administrator process to deliver an iOS application
The following administrator steps outline the process to deliver an iOS App Store (Deep-link) application using the Configuration Manager Management Console. The administrator steps are broken into two areas, creating the Configuration Manager Application and then deploying the application to a User Collection.
1. Creating a Configuration Manager Application and iOS Deployment Type
2. Deploying the iOS application
User process to access an iOS application
The following user steps outline the process to access the Windows Intune Company Portal and install the Microsoft OneNote for iPad application.
1. Access the Company Portal on iPad
2. Install the application on iPad
Summary and Next Post
As you can see, iOS application delivery using Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Windows Intune is a straight forward and simple process for the administrator and the user. In part 3 of this series, I will walk through the steps to deliver a Windows 8 application using a similar administrator and user process.
Talk to you soon,