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How to Automatically Create Applications in Microsoft Intune

One of our most popular UserVoice requests was to create and manage third-party applications in Intune automatically. The ability to automate the creation of Win32 applications has been on our radar since releasing our application management feature for Configuration Manager (SCCM).

We understand your time is valuable. Manually packaging third-party products such as Oracle Java, Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, etc. can be cumbersome and time-consuming.

How Automatic Creation of Applications in Intune Works

We make use of our Publisher tool for automating the creation of applications in Microsoft Intune. The process is very similar to how our Publisher can make creating third-party applications within Microsoft SCCM.

Step 1: Enable the products you would like to create Intune applications for:

Intune Win32 Application Selection

Step 2: Configure any custom installation options. These options will allow you to auto-create assignments, delete shortcuts, disable self-updates, and much more.

Configure Custom Installation Options Intune Apps

Step 3: Configure how often you want to sync new third-party applications and how to update the existing applications in Microsoft Intune.

Configure Intune Sync Schedule

Step 4: Review, assign, or monitor the Win32 applications that are automatically created and maintained by Patch My PC. All applications created by our service will have icons, descriptions, categories giving end users a great experience in company portal.

Application Overview Microsoft Intune Win32 by Patch My PC

Step 5: Configure how you want your Intune applications to be updated when a newer version is available. By default, our service will automatically assign the latest version and remove assignments from the previous version. This setting allows you always to deploy the latest versions of applications using the company portal application.

intune update options for Win32 apps

Benefits of Automatically Creating Applications in Microsoft Intune

One of the most obvious benefits of having a tool to automate Win32 application creation is time savings. For example, the flowchart below is an image from the Microsoft Docs that shows the steps required to create a single Win32 application.

Flow to create .intunewin file for an Intune Application:

Flowchart to create a win32 Intune application Microsoft Docs

Flow to upload a Win32 application to Intune:

Upload Win32 application to Intune

When comparing the process of creating an Intune application vs. Configuration Manager application creation, there are additional steps required for Intune. One additional step for Intune is using the Microsoft Win32 Content Prep Tool.

Install Guide for Microsoft Intune  Install Guide for Microsoft Intune

Our step-by-step guides below reviews setting up our software to automate the publishing third-party applications and updates to Microsoft Intune.

Video Installation Guide for Intune

PDF Installation Guide for Intune

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Have questions? Let our engineering team show you the setup process and answer any questions to help determine if our product is right for you.

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