The basic software deployment can be decided into two steps:

  1. Add an Application.
  2. Distribute content.
  3. Deploy the software
  4. Run the ” Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle”

To start the Application deployment, we need to download the msi file first, here we will take 7 zip as an example, go to https://www.7-zip.org/download.html to download the msi file. Create a network share, copy the file into this folder, note down the UNC path, which will be used in step 1.

Step 1. Add an application to the Software Library.

Go to Software Library > Overview > Application Management > Applications , right click the applications, click create Application.

General Page: Type: Windows Installer(*msi file) , Location  Click Browse…, choose the UNC path noted down when you create the network share above, not the path on your disk. click Next.

Click yes if it ask you the publisher could not be verified, if want to continue.

General information:  Type the name, comment, publisher, version as you like.   In the installation Programe type: msiexec /i "7z1900-x64.msi" /q /i means  install, /q means quiet.

Install behaviour: Install for system if resource is device, otherwise install for user.

Then click next multiple times until this step finished. Troubleshoot if any error. Then click close.

Step 2. Distribute the content

This step is to add the software to most popular distribution point, but you can still add more DP when you deploy it.

In the right pane of the Applications, select the 7-zip or the name you specified in step1. click distribute content.

Tick “Detect associated content dependencies and add them to this distribution”, this need to be manually configured, but it’s good to always tick this one.

Click next twice until Content Destination. Click Add button, select distribution point , tick the point you want to use. click OK. Then click Next.

Then confirm Settings, click next multiple times until this step finished.

Step 3. Reploy

In the right pane of the Applications, select the 7-zip or the name you specified in step1. click Deploy.

Collection: click Browse... button, in the select collection window, in the left top corner, select the target you want to deploy, could be either Device Collections, or User collections.

Collections help you organize resources into manageable units. You can create collections to match your client management needs, and to perform operations on multiple resources at one time.

In most of cases, Device Collections will be more popular, select the collection you want to deploy to, click OK, then next.