Nerdio Unified Application Management: Your packages in your own repository

With Relase v5.0, Unified Application Management has found its way into the Nerdio Manager for Enterprise console. Under Unified Catalog, applications from various repositories can be marked as favorites, which are then permanently displayed in the list:

Once an application is in the catalog, it can be automatically installed on AVD Session Hosts, Windows 365, or Intune-managed hosts. Deployment policies can be used for group installations. These policies can then be scheduled for installation during a maintenance window, and in this step, it is also possible to specify whether drain mode should be activated for AVD Session Hosts.

In order to install custom packages, they must first find their way into the repository. We often use the PowerShell App Deployment Toolkit for our customers as a container for the installers. As a test package, I used just such a package. The content of the package (zip file) looks like this:

If you want to import such a package, go to the Applications section and there to the Unified Catalog. There you start the import of the application:

After you have entered the relevant information, you can upload the file in the second tab and specify the file to execute:

If additional parameters are required, these can be defined in the next window:

And in the last tab, tags can be defined:

With this, the package is imported and can now be installed on the desired end systems.

One of the unbeatable advantages is that I can install applications in the same way for all targets. And I, as an admin, can also create my own packages very easily with the help of PSAppDeployToolkit, which e.g. do the basic configuration of the operating system. Already existing package