Deploying Power Automate Desktop with Microsoft Endpoint Manager

This months post is brief and is a continuation of a previous post where I covered utilize Power Automate Desktop to collect device inventory.


Requirements

  • Power Automate
  • Power Automate Desktop
  • Microsoft Intune

Let’s get started!


Download Power Automate Desktop
Download Power Automate Desktop (PAD) by navigating to flow.microsoft.com > My flows > Desktop flow > Install > Power Automate Desktop. This will download the Setup.Microsoft.PowerAutomateDesktop.exe to your Windows device for use in the next steps.

Next we need to wrap the PAD .ext by downloading Win32 content prep tool: Prepare a Win32 app to be uploaded to Microsoft Intune | Microsoft Docs

Wrap the PAD .exe by launching the Win32 content prep tool and following the prompts, I demonstrate this process in the video below:

Next upload the prepared PAD app to Intune as a Win32 app by selecting Apps > All apps > Add > Windows app (Win32) > Select

Select the app package file by navigating to the directory where the file was populated.

I modified the Name field to be something more user friendly and added text to the Publisher field.

In the Program screen we need to add install and uninstall commands, those may be found by visiting: Set up Power Automate Desktop on your device – Power Automate | Microsoft Docs

On the Requirements screen fill in the required fields as well as other fields to make sure the device has the proper resources to run PAD:

On the Detection rules screen I chose to look for a more recent version, however feel free to modify to whatever makes sense for your organization:

For Dependencies because I deploy Edge through Intune using the UI I chose to skip this step, however if you utilize Chrome feel free to upload using the steps above and select as a dependency.

I chose to skip Supersedence as well as this is the first install, however as later PAD versions are released this is something to come back to and configure.

Lastly assign as a required app to a group, apply any filters further refine device targets, as displayed in the image below there are other settings as well such as end user notifications, availability of the installation, installation deadline and so on. Finally save and create the app package. Once complete the deployment will commence.

Conclusion
That’s it, we downloaded packed up Power Automate Desktop for deployment through Microsoft Endpoint Manager, created device requirement and detection rules, and assigned to a group of devices.