In this post, I’m going to go through the process to deploy the Company Portal Application to Windows 8/8.1 clients. The Company Portal app essentially allows you to install available deployments to users from the application directly (Like the application catalog website).
After downloading the Company Portal Application (SCCMCompanyPortal.exe), you will need to run it. This will extract the actual .appx file for the Company Portal after accepting the license agreement.
Once it’s extracted, you will need to copy the SCCMCompanyPortal.appx from the extracted path to a UNC location so you can create an application for it.
Add it as a new application in SCCM and distribute the content to a DP.
By default, Windows 8/8.1 computers will not be able to install .appx application unless they come from the Store.
You will need to allow all trsuted apps to install http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj822984.aspx for information on this topic.
The easiest way to do the is setting the following setting the Local policy or Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Package Deployments > Allow all trusted apps to install = Enabled.
If you look at the Install Instructions here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40795 you will see we the following registry Value for the Company Portal needs to be set for it to work correctly
Key = [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\CCM]
Value Name = PortalPackageFamily
Type = REG_SZ
Value = Microsoft.CorporateAppCenter_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Create the Key and Value if it doesn’t exist
Now we need to create a configuration baseline to deploy these settings to a collection of computers.
I deployed this baseline to All Desktops and Servers (Note configuration item is set to only apply on Windows 8/8.1 and Server 2012/2012 R2 since theses modern app settings don’t apply to any previous OS)
On my client, I updated machine policy and evaluated the configuration baseline to verify the applied the registry settings
Now you will need to deploy the Company Portal application to any machines that you want to have it. In my lab, I created a required deployment to a collection containing my Windows 8.1 test machine.
Assuming all your registry settings got applied from the configuration baseline if should install the Company Portal Application just fine
You should see the Company Portal app in the start menu
Here is what the Company Portal app looks like in my environment, I have a few application deployed as available to a user collection my account is in.
Now that you have the app you can go ahead and install any application that are available to you!
If you want to download the configuration baseline I created you can here: Allow Company Portal Baseline
Thanks for all posts
Is it possible to deploy the Company Portal app within a task sequence?
@ Kenneth, It should be as long as you have the registry keys set before trying to install it.
Can you publish a Windows Store app in the Company Portal App without having the .appx file? If yes, will that still work even if the Windows Store is blocked by group policy? Basically I want to deeplink an app in the Company Portal so only approved Windows
8 Store Apps can be installed.