Deploy apps to devices

Part of onboarding to Microsoft Managed Desktop includes adding and deploying apps to your user's devices. Once you're using the Microsoft Managed Desktop portal, you can add and deploy your apps.

The overall process looks like this:

  1. Add apps to Microsoft Managed Desktop portal - This can be existing line-of-business (LOB) apps, or apps from Microsoft Store for Business that you've synced with Intune.
  2. Create Azure Active Directory (AD) groups for app assignment - You'll use these groups to manage app assignment.
  3. Assign apps to your users

Step 1: Add apps to Microsoft Managed Desktop portal

You can add Win32, or Windows MSI-based apps, or Microsoft Store for Business apps to Microsoft Managed Desktop, and then deploy them to Microsoft Managed Desktop devices.

Win32 or Windows MSI-based apps to Microsoft Managed Desktop

You can add your line-of-business (LOB) apps to Microsoft Managed Desktop portal. For information on requirements for apps installed on Microsoft Managed Desktop devices, see Microsoft Managed Desktop app requirements.

In this procedure, you'll select which kind of app you want to add, and then configure and upload the app source.

To add your LOB app or Windows app to Microsoft Managed Desktop portal

You can sign in to Microsoft Managed Desktop portal, or sign in to Intune and then search for Microsoft Managed Desktop. We'll show signing in to Microsoft Managed Desktop portal.

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Managed Desktop Admin portal.
  2. Under Inventory, select Apps.
  3. In the Apps workload, select Add.
  4. In Add app, select Line-of-business app or Windows app (Win32).

Microsoft Store for Business apps

If you haven't signed up with Microsoft Store for Business, you can sign up when you shop for apps. After you have your apps, you can sync them with Microsoft Managed Desktop.

To buy apps from the Microsoft Store for Business

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Store for Business with your Microsoft Store for Business Admin account.
  2. Select Shop for my group.
  3. Use Search to find that the app that you want, and select the app.
  4. On the product details, select Get the App. Microsoft Store adds the app to Your products for your organization.

To force a sync between Intune and Microsoft Store for Business

  1. Sign in to Azure Portal as Intune Admin or Global Admin for your tenant
  2. Select All services > Intune. Intune is in the Monitoring + Management section.
  3. In the Intune pane, select Client Apps, and then select Microsoft Store for Business.
  4. Select Enable to sync your Microsoft Store for Business apps with Intune.
    • If you haven't already, sign up and associate your Microsoft Store for Business account with Intune
    • Select the language in which apps from the Microsoft Store for Business will be displayed in your Intune console
    • Select Sync to sync your Microsoft Store for Business apps with Intune.
    • Verify that the sync between Microsoft Store for Business and Intune is active (next step).

To verify that a sync between Intune and Microsoft Store for Business is active

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Store for Business with your Microsoft Store for Business Admin account.
  2. Select Manage.
  3. Select Settings and then select Distribute.
  4. Under Management tools, verify that Intune is listed and that the status is Active.

Step 2: Create Azure AD groups

Create three Azure AD groups for each app. This table outlines the groups you'll need (Available, Required, and Uninstall).

App assignment type Group use Example Azure AD name
Available The app will be available from Company Portal app or website. MMD – app name – Available
Required The app is installed on devices in the selected groups. MMD – app name – Required
Uninstall The app is uninstalled from devices in the selected groups. MMD – app name – Uninstall

Add your users to these groups to either make the app availabe, install the app, or remove the app from their Microsoft Managed Desktop device.

Step 3: Assign apps to your users

To assign the app to your users

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Managed Desktop Admin portal.
  2. In Managed Desktop pane, select Apps.
  3. In the Apps workload, select the app you want to assign users to and select Assign users groups.
  4. For the specific app, select an assignment type (Available, Required, Uninstall) and assign the appropriate group.
  5. In the Assign Apps pane, select OK.

Steps to get started with Microsoft Managed Desktop

  1. Add and verify admin contacts in the Admin portal
  2. Adjust conditional access
  3. Assign licenses
  4. Deploy Intune Company Portal
  5. Enable Enterprise State Roaming
  6. Set up devices
  7. Get your users ready to use devices
  8. Deploy apps (this topic)