Simulate application deployments with System Center Configuration Manager

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

You can use simulated deployments to test an application deployment without installing or uninstalling the application. A simulated deployment evaluates the detection method, requirements, and dependencies for a deployment type. It reports the results in the Deployments node of the Monitoring workspace. Use the procedure in this topic to simulate an application deployment in System Center Configuration Manager (Configuration Manager).


You cannot use simulated deployments for collections of mobile devices.

You cannot deploy an application with a deployment purpose of Uninstall if a simulated deployment of the same application is active.

Configure a simulated application deployment

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, select one of the following:

    • A collection of users.
    • A collection of devices.
    • A Configuration Manager application.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Deployment group, choose Simulate Deployment.

  3. In the Simulate Application Deployment Wizard, set the following details for your simulated deployment:

    • Application. Choose Browse, and then select the application you want to create a simulated deployment for.

    • Collection. Choose Browse, and then select the collection that you want to use for the simulated deployment.

    • Action. From the drop-down list, select whether you want to simulate the installation or the uninstallation of the selected application.

    • Deploy automatically with or without user login. If this option is checked, the clients evaluate the simulated deployment whether or not the clients are logged in.

  4. Click Next, review the information on the Summary page, and then finish the wizard to create the simulated application deployment.

  5. Simulated applications appear in the Deployments node of the Monitoring workspace, with a purpose of Simulate. For more information about how to monitor application deployments, see Monitor applications from the System Center Configuration Manager console.