ConfigMgr Apps

Getting started with Configuration Manager Apps. Please note, this portion of the guide is for base installations. For more in depth recommendations check out our configuration guides.

Feature Enablement

To activate any of the tabs in Patch My PC Publisher, the corresponding checkbox must be checked. If you do not check this option the product selection tree for the corresponding tab cannot be used.

Application Options

If you are using the ConfigMgr Apps tab, these options are NOT optional. You must configure them to be able to create applications.

The application Options button has a lot of different features. This installation guide will not cover the options in detail but instead give you a quick, straightforward guide to getting the product installed. For more detailed documentation, click the more info links in the Publisher.

Let's get started to begin, click the Options button next to the enablement checkbox.

This will load the options panel in the Publisher.

First Select the Configure SMS Provider connection. This is how you will ensure that the system where the Publisher is installed has access to the configuration manager site.

Defining the SMS Provider is required, and it lets the Publisher know how to talk to your ConfigMgr site to create applications and trigger a software update point sync. By default, when a synchronization, the service will connect to ConfigMgr using SYSTEM context.

Note: When running the Publisher, the ConfigMgr connection will be under the context of the user running the Publisher.

After clicking the Configure option, the below pop-up will appear.

Once you enter the name of the server select Test to validate the configuration.

Important: The connection to the SMS Provider is performed using the SYSTEM account of the server where the Publisher is installed.

If the server that the Publisher is installed on is remote from the SMS Provider, the SYSTEM Account of the Publisher server may need to be added to the SMS Admins Group, or DCOM permissions may need to be updated (More info)

In the event the test result fails, you will instead see the following message.

If the connection fails, click Create ConfigMgr Security Role to automatically create a new security role with the minimum required permissions. Please see the article below for more details.

Tip: If you need to create the security role, you will need to manually add the computer account to the role after it's automatically created as described here.

Once you have completed a successful connection to the SMS provider select OK to finalize the configuration.

Next, you'll want to provide a UNC share to store the application content. This path needs to be accessible by the computer account of the machine running the publisher as well as the ConfigMgr site server, or a dedicated service account

Important: As the Patch My PC Publisher will run in the SYSTEM context, therefore computer account the Publisher is installed on will need WRITE permissions to the share configured for source content of ConfigMgr Apps.

When you choose a path, we will create a sub-folder called Applications and then create a folder for each vendor and product in use. Keep this in mind when selecting the UNC path you will use to store source files.

The above configuration would create the below folder structure similar to the structure below.

Below are the default settings which will work fine for most setups. Our product provides a lot of customization options.

To learn the details about all items on this page, check out the article below.

Once you have the base options selected, you are ready to check out a simple application for testing. We recommend using 7-zip. Its small size makes it ideal for testing. Use the search icon in the bottom right or the Ctrl+F key combination to search for Igor

Select Apply. We do provide a large number of right-click options to fully customize the application installation process, those steps as described in the article below.

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