Building a CM Lab - ConfigMgr Collections / App Deployments [10]

Post 10, because you'd like to make App Deployments and you need collections to test that.

So now we have a functional ConfigMgr Server, lets setup some Collections and Create a few Apps [MS Docs Collection Overview]

There is a great community script available that I used to create a bunch of handy collections.  While I ended up deleting a ton that will not pertain to my lab, it still saved me a ton of time.

After running the script, here are some of the collections I kept.

I also then made a collection for OSD Baremetal and included the "Unknown Computer" Collections to make OSD easier. [MS Docs Creating Collections]

Now over to User Collections

I've created a user collection using a direct rule on an AD Collection.  Any users in that AD Collection will see all deployments made to this collection.

Now lets make an easy app and deploy it so we can test it out. [MS Docs Create Application] [MS Docs Deploy]

Here is a simple app, which I've made available to the User Collection
Software Center (on a VM I already created with OSD.... we'll get to that yet). WMI Explorer as well as a few other apps I've deployed to this user collection are available.

Next up, lets do a simple OSD Test, make sure all the parts are working before we import a fancy TS.

Blog Post List

Series Introduction - Building a CM Lab from Scratch

  1. Domain Controller - Setting up your Domain Controller
  2. Gateway Virtual Machine - Creating a Router for your Lab using Windows Server
  3. Certificate Authority - On Domain Controller [Optional]
  4. ConfigMgr Server Pre-Reqs (Windows Features)
  5. Configuration Settings (AD & GPOs)
  6. Source Server (File Share)
  7. ConfigMgr SQL Install
  8. ConfigMgr Install
  9. ConfigMgr Basic Settings
  10. ConfigMgr Collections & App Deployment
  11. ConfigMgr OSD
  12. ConfigMgr Reporting Services