Monday, January 7, 2019

Delivering complex Windows 10 app install routines in Workspace ONE UEM

With Windows being around for 30 years, it is no surprise that the software and configuration baggage its brings along with it to enterprise is extensive.

Unlike the truly modern mobile world, Apps for Windows 10 are typically not just a single file that lands on the device and runs with configuration being sent over APIs along with the install. Microsoft in some way have tried to transition to this with its Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Apps from the Microsoft Store and Microsoft Store for Business, but in my experience I have yet to see any organisation deliver (or develop) and truly enterprise level application using this platform.

This is why we are still nearly completely reliant on traditional Win32 Apps and needing to find a way to manage those "legacy" formats and processes in a modern management framework. VMware Workspace ONE UEM has made massive investment in development and enhancement in these capabilities and our customers are continuing to see our leadership in this space. We've talked a lot about how we can simply and robustly deliver .MSI and .EXE files and at scale, however its most often used when deploying a single installer with maybe a transform file and some checks to see if there's enough disk space.

But what if your install routine is more complex?