App Portal 2013 Installation–Part 1

 

All of our prerequisites are done and we are ready to begin installing the App Portal.  We will be installing the components in the following order: App Portal Web Service; App Portal Platform. 

Installing App Portal Web Service

We will be installing the App Portal Web Service on FLEXCM1, the only SCCM 2012 server in my lab.  Remember, if you have SCCM 2012, this service will only need to be installed on the CAS (or single primary).  If you are installing this on SCCM 2007 then you will need to install this on the CEN and each primary site server.

  • Launch AppPortalWebServiceSetup_2013.exe as an administrator on your target server.
  • Click Next on the Welcome screen.
  • Accept the license agreement and then click Next to continue.
  • Select your Destination Folder and then click Next.
  • The next screen will be labeled Primary Site Server Setup.  This is misleading.  You will want to plug in the information that is relevant for your environment.  If are installing this on your CAS, then you would put that information in here.  In my case, since everything was local, the installer populated the correct information.  Once you have the correct information, click Next.

AP Web

  • Click Install on the Ready to Install screen.
  • The installation should be pretty quick.  Once it has completed click Finish.

Verifying the App Portal Web Service Installation

Now that the web service installation is complete, did it install correctly?  Let’s take a few steps to verify that it is installed and working properly.

  • Launch Programs and Features and look for an entry for App Portal Web Service 2013.  Close Programs and Features.
  • Launch Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. From the local computer name, navigate to Application Pools.  Locate ESDWebService.  This service should be using v2.0 of the .NET Framework and be running as LocalSystem (Identity).

AP ESDWebService

  • Expand Sites > Default Web Site.  Click on ESDWebService. Under IIS, double click Authentication.  In the Authentication screen Windows Authentication should be Enabled while all other authentication types should be set to Disabled.

AP Web Service Authen

  • Close Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  • Open Internet Explorer and browse to http://%servername%/esdwebservice/esdwebservice.asmx.  You should NOT be prompted for a password and an ESDWebService screen should appear.
  • Click the link for Is2012 and then click Invoke on the next screen.  The value should be set to true (unless you are using SCCM 2007).  Close the results window to go back to the ESDWebService > Is2012 screen.  Click the here link.
  • Click the link for GetPackages, enter the SCCM server name for the strSiteServer value, and then click Invoke.  You should get an XML results screen containing some package information.

ESDWebService GetPackages

  • Close Internet Explorer and launch the Configuration Manager Console.
  • In Assets and Compliance, under Overview, expand User Collections and Device Collections.  Under User Collections you should see a new folder named App Portal Users for Site XXX (where XXX is your site code).  Under Device Collections you should see App Portal Devices for Site XXX.

AP User Collection

AP Device Collection

  • Close the Configuration Manager Console.  We have not validated that the App Portal Web Service has installed correctly and that it has the appropriate access to the SCCM environment.

In the next part, we will install the App Portal Platform…

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