How to deploy the Microsoft Teams Desktop client with Microsoft Intune

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about how to deploy Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus with Microsoft Intune. One of the steps during this configuration was to select which application must be part of the installation. I deselected Skype for Business with the reason that we are now using Microsoft Teams for Instant Messaging (chat) and online meetings.

Therefor I will show you how to deploy the Microsoft Teams Desktop client with Microsoft Intune.

Download the latest version of the Teams Desktop Client

First we need to download the Microsoft Teams Desktop client. There is a 64bit and a 32bit version available. You can download the latest 64-bit version here, and the 32-bit version here.

Publish Microsoft Teams Desktop Client in Microsoft Intune

Open a browser and navigate to the Microsoft Azure portal.

Navigate to Microsoft Intune > Client apps > Apps and click on the +Add button.

Select Line-of-business app as app type

Click on App package file and upload the Microsoft Teams Desktop client MSI file. Click OK

Click on App information. Here you must fill in the App Name, Description and Publisher. You can also configure the Enterprise App Store appearance. Click OK

The MSI file will now be uploaded to the Azure tenant and takes a moment.

After the upload is finished, open the Assignments tab and click Add group

Here you can configure to make this application a Required or as Available (optional app), and select the group you want to publish this application to. You can also publish this app to all users or devices.

Click Save

Test the result

Let’s test the results on an enrolled Windows 10 device.

When pushing the Microsoft Teams Desktop client to a Windows 10 device, a folder with the name Teams Installer will be created in the folder c:\Program Files (x86) (no matter if you publish the 64bits or 32bits version) on that device.

The next time a user logs in to this device the installer will be running and Microsoft Teams will be installed into the user profile.

I have logged off and back in again. As you can see, the Microsoft Teams application is appearing in my user profile ( %localappdata%\Microsoft\Teams)

Also the Microsoft Teams icon will be placed on the desktop.

4 comments

  • Hi, Just wondering should Teams be available in the Company Portal after this or the Windows Store, or Both?

    • Hi John, that is depending on how you publish the application. If it is published as optional app it should be visible in the Company Portal App.

  • Great article! I’m curious why you can’t just use the Office ProPlus App? Doesn’t it have a checkbox for “Teams” under Configure App Suite? The problem is, I’ve tried that and for some reason Teams still won’t install. We’ve decided to use your method here, but I’m still curious if you’ve had any success with simply selecting Teams in the ProPlus config. thanks!

    • Hi Jesse, by the time I was writing this blog the “Teams” option was not yet available under the “Configure App Suite”. But now it is available under “Configure App Suite” settings. I think it is easier to do it via that way. Keep in mind that Teams is installing in the user profile and will be automatically available the second time the user logs on to the system.

About Robin Hobo

I work as a Senior Solution Architect with focus on the Modern Workspace. I am specialized in Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), Windows 365 and Microsoft EM+S (including Microsoft Endpoint Manager - Microsoft Intune).

For my full bio, check the About Me page.

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