Task Sequence Steps – Install Application
This post is part of our Task Sequence – Beyond the Docs series.
Use this step to install an application or set of applications you’ve created in CM during the task sequence. This has to run in the full OS and requires the CM Client to do the heavy lifting. Just as if you were installing an application outside of the task sequence, you’ll want to monitor other logs to understand what is happening for the Application installs.
MS Docs – Application Step Docs
MS Docs – Application Docs
- App Model Related Log Files
- App Model Deployment Troubleshooting
- MS Blog on App Deployments using Task Sequence
Dynamic List of Applications
Using the base variable to dyanmically install applications is a bit more tricky. You’ll have to have a way to setup those variables for the task sequence to consume. Typically this is done via Machine or Collection Variables, or using a Front End that you can then select several applications from a list and the front end will create the variables. For example, the community front end project UI++ has documentation for how it needs you to setup the step to work properly with it’s front end.
Demo Dynamic Application Install during OSD
In my front end, I have a static list of applications that I can pick and choose from. Some Front Ends can have web call back to a database to populate a list of available apps, you can really get as fancy as you want.
At the close of the front end, it creates the required variables for the task seqeunce to consume and then install the applications.
- Content not available
- Boundaries or not having the content distributed for the dynamically called applications.
- Check your boundaries, and check the boxes in the App DT
- Missing Check Box on Application to have policy avaialble during Task Sequence
- Blog Post – SCCMentor – Dynamic Packages and Applications in TS
- Blog Post – Installing Applications Dynamically in the SCCM Task Sequence
More Task Sequence Steps – Beyond the Docs
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