With software distribution, Workspace ONE UEM can deploy Win32 applications from the Resources section so that you can use the application flow that exists for all internal applications.

If you have scripting needs, use the product provisioning feature described in the VMware Workspace ONE UEM Product Provisioning for Windows Desktop Guide on the VMware Docs site at https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workspace-ONE-UEM/index.html.

Software Distribution for Win32 Application Deployment Requirements

To deploy Win32 applications with the software distribution, use supported file types, operating systems, and platforms.

Supported Platforms

The supported platform to deploy Win32 Applications is Windows Desktop.

Supported File Types

  • MSI
  • EXE
  • ZIP
    Note: If using a ZIP file, compress application packages that are 4GB or larger using 7-Zip. Workspace ONE UEM does not decompress ZIP packages containing application packages of 4GB or larger when compressed using the native Windows zip compressor.

File Storage and CDN

File storage needs to be enabled for the distribution of applications larger than 200MB. Configuring file storage manually is only applicable to on-premises customers. It is configured automatically for SaaS customers. It also includes certain reports, internal application deployment, and Workspace ONE UEM managed content. When you enable file storage for any of these functionalities, it is applied to the others automatically. For more information, see Installation / File Path in the System Settings guide.

Workspace ONE supports integration with Akamai CDN for distributing app packages. Configuring CDN manually is only applicable to on-premises customers. It is configured automatically for SaaS customers. CDN integration enables fast downloads for devices distributed across different geographic locations as well as reduces the load on your Workspace ONE Device Services servers. For more information, see Akamai CDN Integration Guide.

Enable Software Package Deployment

Software distribution is now turned on by default in the Workspace ONE UEM console for all customers. By default, customers get up to 25 GB of storage for applications in the database. On-prem customers can adjust this capacity from Groups & Settings > All Settings > Admins > Storage.

File Storage for your Win32 Applications

Configuring file storage manually is only applicable to on-premises customers. It is configured automatically for SaaS customers. It also includes certain reports, internal application deployment, and Workspace ONE UEM-managed content. When you enable file storage for any of these functionalities, it is applied to the others automatically. For more information, see Installation / File Path in the System Settings guide.

Troubleshooting your Win32 Application using Patch Updates

You can use patches to update and fix Win32 applications. Workspace ONE UEM supports additive and cumulative patches. In certain cases, a cumulative patch might trigger the system to create a version of an application.

Cumulative Patches and System Deployment Behavior: When you apply a cumulative patch by editing an application, the system creates a version of the application with the new patch applied. It makes the non-patched version inactive and creates and deploys the patched version of the application to devices.

Patch Restrictions: Workspace ONE UEM does not support patches that do not update the version, and the upgrade code must match the Win32 MSI application.