Unified Application Management: Manage Applications

Unified Application Management: Manage Applications

Nerdio Manager allows you to manage applications in the unified catalog. This includes searching for, importing, deploying, and managing applications.

This article contains the following:

Search for an Application and Mark as Favorite

Nerdio Manager allows you to search for an application for a linked repository and mark it as a favorite in the unified catalog.

To search for an application:

  1. Navigate to ApplicationsUnified catalog.

  2. Optionally, from the drop-down lists, select the desired Repository.

  3. Optionally, you can filter the list by selecting Show favorites only (applications marked as favorites) or Show all.

  4. In Search, type the application name to search for.

    Tip: Nerdio Manager performs a wide-ranging search. For example, if you search for Notepad, the search returns everything "note" or "pad" in the application name. In addition, the search returns other text editor applications (for example, GetDiz and EmEditor). Therefore, try to be as specific as possible when specifying the application's name in order to limit the search results.

  5. Locate the application in the search results you wish to mark as a favorite.

  6. Select the star next the application's name to mark it as a favorite.

    The application is now a favorite.

Import an Application

Nerdio Manager allows you to import an application from a linked repository into the unified catalog.

Tip: Before you import an application into the unified catalog, you should first search for the application in the linked repositories.

Applications can be deployed from all supported repository types. Additionally, application packages can be uploaded in the following formats:

  • APPX

  • BURN

  • EXE

  • INNO

  • MSI

  • MSIX

  • MSSTORE

  • NULLSOFT

  • PORTABLE

  • PWA

  • WIX

  • ZIP

To import an application:

  1. Navigate to ApplicationsUnified catalog.

  2. Select Import application.

    Note: See this Microsoft article for more information about various parameters.

  3. Enter the following information in the General tab:

    • Repository: From the drop-down, select the private repository.

    • Package ID: Type the unique ID of the package.

    • Package Version: Type the package version.

    • Default Locale:  From the drop-down, select the default locale.

    • Package Name: Type the package name in the default locale.

    • Description: Type a short description of the package.

    • Publisher: Type the package's vendor.

    • License: Type the license type.

  4. Enter the following information in the Installer tab:

    • Source: From the drop-down list, select the package's source.

      • File: For files, select the installation file.

      • URL: For URLs, type the URL and SHA256 hash of the package.

    • Type: From the drop-down list, select the type of the installation package.

    • Platform: From the drop-down list, select the platform of the machine.

    • Product Code: Type the product code.

      Note: The product code is a GUID that is the principal identification of an application or product. For example {B8427198-E89E-4373-A24F-C1661FC3064B}. The 32-bit and 64-bit versions of an application's package must have different product codes. See this Microsoft article for more information.

    • Scope: From the drop-down list, select the installation scope.

      Note: While application packages with both the User and Machine scope type can be imported into a repository, deployment is only supported for the Machine scope in the current release. Attempting to deploy User scope applications is disabled in the console.

    • Installer Locale: From the drop-down list, select the installer locale.

    • Installer success codes: Type one or more additional non-zero installer success exit codes other than known default values by the Windows Package Manager.

  5. Enter the following information in the Install Switches tab:

    Note: Application packages require the ability to be deployed in unattended or silent mode for automated installation scenarios. When creating an EXE-based application, the silent flag is a requirement to suppress user prompts. Please refer to the respective vendor documentation for the installation arguments details.

    • Interactive: Optionally, select this option and type the argument(s) for an interactive installation.

    • Silent: Optionally, select this option and type the argument(s) for a silent installation.

    • Silent with Progress: Optionally, select this option and type the argument(s) for a silent with progress installation.

    • Install Location: Type an install location if required and supported by the installer.

    • Log: Type a log command if required and supported by the installer.

    • Upgrade: Type an upgrade command if required and supported by the installer.

    • Custom: Type any custom install arguments if required and supported by the installer.

  6. Enter the following information in the Apps and Features tab:

    • Use Apps and Features: Optionally, toggle this option On.

    • Display Name: Type the display name of the application.

    • Publisher: Type the vendor's name.

    • Display Version: Type the display version of the application. For example, 1.1.5.0.

    • Product Code: Type the product code.

    • Upgrade Code: Type the upgrade code.

      Note: Both the Product Code and the Upgrade Code are GUIDs that are the principal identification of an applications version. For example {B8427198-E89E-4373-A24F-C1661FC3064B}.

    • Type: From the drop-down list, select the type of the installation package.

  7. Enter the following information in the Tags tab:

    • Optionally, type the type the Azure tag(s) to apply to the application.

  8. Once you have entered all the desired information, select Save.

    The application is imported into the unified catalog.

Deploy Applications to Host Pools or Intune Endpoints

Once an application is in the unified catalog, it can be deployed to host pools or Intune endpoints.

To deploy an application:

  1. Navigate to ApplicationsUnified catalog.

  2. Locate the application(s) you wish to deploy.

  3. To deploy a single application, select Deploy.

  4. Alternatively, select multiple applications, and select Deploy n selected.

  5. Enter the following information:

    • Applications:
      • Install/Uninstall: Select whether the deployment policy should install or uninstall the selected applications.

      • Applications: In the applications list, select Add new application, and then from the drop-down list, select the application to include in this policy.

        Notes:

        • You may add as many applications as desired.

        • Drag and drop an application in the list to change its order on the list.

        • Select the "X" next to an application to remove it from the list.

      • Show favorites only: Select this option to only display applications marked as favorites. Otherwise, you may search the list of applications.

      • Reboot after installation: Select this option to place the host in drain mode and restart it when no sessions are present.

    • Deploy to:

      • Select AVD or Intune.

      • For AVD:

        • In the deployment list, select Add new target, and then from the drop-down list, select the target type.

        • Personal: For personal host pools, optionally specify the user/group and host pool.

        • Pooled: For pooled host pools, optionally specify the host pool.

      • For Intune:

        • In the deployment list, select Add new target and specify the users/groups or device groups.

        • User or group: Optionally, specify the user(s) or group(s).

        • Device group: Optionally, specify the device group(s).

    • Create policy using this configuration: Select this option to create a deployment policy. In addition, you may override the system-generated policy name.

    • Maintenance window: Optionally, toggle on this option configure a maintenance window.

      Note: The maintenance window controls when application tasks are performed. If configured, no application tasks are performed outside of the specified window. This window allows tasks to be automatically performed only during specified hours, ensuring that the user experience is not disrupted.

      • From the drop-down lists, configure the days and hours of the maintenance window.

    • Messaging: Optionally, toggle on messaging to send a message to all the users on a host prior to performing the operation.

      • Delay: From the drop-down list, select the time to send the message before the operation starts.

      • Message: Type the text of the message to send.

  6. Once you have entered all the desired information, select Deploy & save.

    The application(s) are installed or uninstalled on the specified host pools or Intune endpoints.

View an Application's Properties

Once an application is in the unified catalog, you can view its properties.

To view an application's properties:

  1. Navigate to ApplicationsUnified catalog.

  2. Locate the application you wish to work with.

  3. From the action menu, select Properties.

  4. Optionally, perform any of the following:

    • Package Version: From the drop-down list, select the package version to view.

    • Installers:

      • Type the installer name to search for a specific installer.

      • Select the installer to download it.

      • Select the tooltip to see its hash.

Import an Application to a Private Repository

Once an application is in the unified catalog, you can import it to a private repository.

To import an application to a private repository:

  1. Navigate to ApplicationsUnified catalog.

  2. Locate the application you wish to work with.

  3. From the action menu, select Import.

  4. Enter the following information:

    • Package Version: From the drop-down list, select the package version.

    • Repository: From the drop-down list, select the private repository.

    • Package ID: From the drop-down list, select the package ID.

  5. Once you have entered all the desired information, select Import.

Manage an Application

Once an application is in the unified catalog, you can manage it. This allows you to:

  • View and change an application's properties.

  • View, change, or add installers.

To manage an application:

  1. Navigate to ApplicationsUnified catalog.

  2. Locate the application you wish to work with.

  3. From the action menu, select Manage.

  4. You can perform any of the following tasks:

    • Select the Version name or Properties to view or change the application's details.

    • Select the Installer name to view or change its details.

    • Select the Installer tooltip to see its hash.

    • Select Add version of app to add a new version of the application.

    • From the action menu, select Add installer to add a new installer.

    • From the action menu, select an existing installer to view or change it.

Delete an Application

You can delete an application from the unified catalog.

To delete an application:

  1. Navigate to ApplicationsUnified catalog.

  2. Locate the application you wish to delete.

  3. From the action menu, select Delete.

  4. On the confirmation window, select OK.

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