Although most of the engagements that I’ve seen with Microsoft Intune tend to focus on Mobile Device Management, Microsoft Intune is also a very useful tool for cloud based management of Windows PCs. Offering inventory reporting, Windows update management, software deployments and malware tools; it is a great solution for small to midsize businesses looking to cut the cable to their on-premises infrastructure. It does a good job of letting you manage domain joined or non-domain joined Windows OS devices without the need to stand up any infrastructure.
One of the issues that I see a lot of people struggle with the most when deploying software through Intune, either it being simple installations to complex packages, is the software deployments will often fail. However, using some open source applications along with the time-tested batch file we can create a simple, complex, and even chained installation packages that will successfully install on the machine.
We are going to use a few pieces of software to help us create this executable:
1. First, start by downloading and installing the 7-Zip File Manager from the 7-Zip website. (http://7-zip.org)
2. Once downloaded, installed the 7-Zip application. Once completed go back to the 7-Zip website and navigate to the Download section of the website.