Sample #PowerShell code for my TechEd Session – Demo 1 – Create and Deploy an Application

Here’s example code for my first demo at our TechEd session. Review the session here PCIT-B410. The code below is an extended version of what I showed in the session (or at least attempted to show, the demo gods were against me …),

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Here’s a brief overview of the script:

  • Import ConfigMgr module
  • Create a new application
  • Create a new deployment type for the (modern) application
  • Create a new schedule for the collection (update collection membership daily)
  • Create a new user-based collection with a query membership rule, and apply the schedule.
  • Distribute the application to “Corporate DPs” DP group
  • Create a new simulation for the application
  • Remove the simulation, and create a required deployment

There’s obviously a lot going on in this script, and was meant to show the ability to do an end-to-end scenario. (This becomes significantly harder when you have other deployment types like script-based installer, for example).

Please add your comments for where you would like deeper-dive posts explaining certain tasks.

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Happy Scripting!

#Demo 1 - Create and deploy software
#region Import ConfigMgr Module
$CMModulePath = `
    $Env:SMS_ADMIN_UI_PATH.ToString().SubString(0,$Env:SMS_ADMIN_UI_PATH.Length - 5) `
    + "\ConfigurationManager.psd1"
Import-Module $CMModulePath -force
cd PR1:

#Show ConfigMgr cmdlets- filter in gridview for Application and Deploymenttype
Get-Command -Module ConfigurationManager | out-gridview
#show help for New-CMApplication
Get-Help New-CMApplication

#region Create New CM Application
New-CMApplication -Name "TestApp Mobile Edge" -Owner "Greg Ramsey" `
    -ReleaseDate (get-date).ToShortDateString() -Keyword "Sales" `
    -IsFeatured $True -SoftwareVersion "" `
    -IconLocationFile "\\ws2012r2\source$\MobileEdge\testapp.ico"

#Could display the application by running the following:
#Get-CMApplication -Name "TestApp Mobile Edge"

#Show help for Add-CMDeploymentType
get-help Add-CMDeploymentType -ShowWindow

#Add-CMDeploymentType is painful - edit with Show-Command
Show-Command Add-CMDeploymentType

Add-CMDeploymentType -ApplicationName "TestApp Mobile Edge" `
    -AutoIdentifyFromInstallationFile -ForceForUnknownPublisher $True `
    -InstallationFileLocation \\ws2012r2\source$\MobileEdge\testappMobileEdge.Win8App_1.0.70.75_AnyCPU_Debug.appx `
    -Windows8AppInstaller `
    -AdministratorComment "Mobile Edge - Internal App" `
    -AllowClientsToUseFallbackSourceLocationForContent $True `
    -DeploymentTypeName "Mobile Edge for Windows 8" -OnSlowNetworkMode Download `
    -TriggerVPN $True

#region Create and populate new CM Collection
#Create schedule *daily*
$sched = New-CMSchedule -start (get-date) -DurationInterval 0 -RecurInterval Days -RecurCount 1 -DurationCount 1
#Create Collection with daily update (no incremental)
New-CMUserCollection -Name "Test Users" -LimitingCollectionName "All Users" -RefreshType Periodic `
    -RefreshSchedule $sched

#Create a WQL Query rule for the collection
Add-CMUserCollectionQueryMembershipRule -CollectionName "Test Users" `
    -QueryExpression "select *  from  SMS_R_User where SMS_R_User.UserName = 'ramseygr'" `
    -RuleName "TestUsers"


#region Deploy Software
#send content to DP
Start-CMContentDistribution -Applicationname "TestApp Mobile Edge" `
    -DistributionPointGroupName "Corporate DPs"

#Create a simulation deployment
Start-CMApplicationDeploymentSimulation -CollectionName "Test Users" `
    -Name "TestApp Mobile Edge" -DeployAction Install

#....3 days later... once you have results from simulation
#capture the info in the simulation
$Simulation = Get-CMDeployment -CollectionName "Test Users" | `
    Where-Object {$_.SoftwareName -eq "TestApp Mobile Edge" -and $_.DeploymentIntent -eq 3}

#remove the simulation (because you can't have the same app targeting the same collection)
Remove-CMDeployment -ApplicationName $Simulation.SoftwareName -CollectionName $Simulation.CollectionName -force

#create the deployment, based on information fromt he simulation
#This will create a deployment with a deadline 3 days from today at 8PM local time
Start-CMApplicationDeployment -CollectionName $Simulation.CollectionName -Name $Simulation.SoftwareName `
    -DeployAction Install -DeployPurpose Required -DeadlineDate (get-date).adddays(3).ToShortDateString() `
    -DeadlineTime "20:00" -TimeBaseOn LocalTime


About Greg Ramsey
Greg Ramsey is a Distinguished Engineer for Dell Digital - Services. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from The Ohio State University and has co-authored many books over the years. Greg is also a board member of the Northwest System Center User Group and the Midwest Management Summit. ​Greg has been a Microsoft Endpoint Manager (ConfigMgr, Intune) MVP for over 14 years.

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