Sunday, 24 February 2013

ConfigMgr 2012 / SCCM 2012 SP1 Step by Step Guide Part 25: Mobile Device Management - Create ConfigMgr App and deploy to iPhone

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We have previously enrolled some Apple devices to be managed by ConfigMgr.  Part 25 describes how to create an Config Mgr application and deploy to an iPhone

Browse to Software Library/Applications Management/Applications

Right Click Applications and select Create Application

Use the Drop Down arrow to choose "App Package for iOS from App Store"

Click Browse to enable you to navigate the Apple App Store. Select an App

 Finish the wizard

Config Mgr Application created

Now right click Application and select deploy 

Note that you can only deploy to users in MDM (pull installation, you cannot push apps to devices)

We have now just created a deep link to the Apple Store so the content is already available on line. Therefore we do not have to add the content to our online DP ( If we had created an application using local files then we would have to distribute the content. However, for the purpose of demonstration we will distribute this one.

Choose Available (remember this is pull installation - you cannot choose required)

Deploy Software Wizard completes

On iPhone browse to

Log in and see Company Portal

Click Get Apps

See list of Apps that have been deployed to this user. Select an App.

Select View App



  1. "Don't forget to distribute the App to the cloud DP" is not needed at all because the device will download the application directly from the Apple store (you just created a deep link).

  2. That's a fair point. I have clarified.

  3. Good post. Yeah, You only need to distribute to if you are doing .ipk files directly not a link to the app store.

  4. Thanks Justin. Yes, I've just included the distribution to demonstrate how to do it when it may be required in other situations. It's probably not clear enough.

    I've edited that now.

  5. Hi Gerry is there an official reference from TechNet stating required deployments is not possible when deploying applications from the Apple Store to iOS devices? Thank you!

    1. Have a look here

      You can only specify "Required" for side-loaded apps.