Infune as software deployment tool

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can I use Intune for software (Windows apps like Firefox or Acrobat PDF Reader) deployment on windows 10 clients?




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The dream was that software installation would happen through the Microsoft Store For Business. However, if you would like to deviate from the Microsoft dream, the Intune team has exposed a few alternatives:



Yes, With Intune you can deploy MSI and EXE, including acrobat reader and Firefox.

Currently, there are two ways to deploy, the first based on Win32 application and the second is based on PowerShell script.

To deploy acrobat reader via PowerShell follow this guide

Note: for Firefox you can do the same action with a different script that available on GitHub



Thanks for all your responses.

But how I can manage updates for the Win32 apps?




Could either push out the new versions.... or rely on the Auto-Update features built in to applications like Firefox and Chrome.


This is why Microsoft would prefer software was pushed through the Store for Business; much the way Google and Apple have done for years.

You can add the update parameter to the specific Win32 app or add another Win32 app package for update only, for example with Acrobat Reader you will use the following command with specific update parameter /Update “%~dp0AcroRdrDCUpd1801120063.msp” /qn /L*v

The rest of the process will be the same for Intune Win32 App packaging tool.







How you manged it?

If Acrobat Reader installed then update and when it not installed than installed it.


Where Intune saves the file and how much storage I can use for it?




It depends on the app and PowerShell script itself, you can work with the same PowerShell script that checks if the acrobat is installed an update or if it's not installed and install.

In most cases, the files save locally but you can work with external location and do a remote install.


It's better to work with Win32 App to allow better deployment that allows creates a packaged container of the setup files along with command line installation and uninstall commands.