App Broker / App Portal 2021 R1

Shiremath
Flexera
Flexera
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We are excited to announce the general availability of App Broker / App Portal 2021 R1 release. 

App Broker / App Portal 2021 R1 includes the following features and improvements:


Ability to use an existing collection to create Catalogs

IT administrators would prefer to use the existing collections from ConfigMgr to create the Catalogs to avoid maintaining multiple collections. Using this capability, you will be able to select the existing collections from ConfigMgr to create Catalogs in App Broker / App Portal. This feature will also help improve time to deploy the application to the target devices thus achieving better performance.

When this capability is enabled, App Broker / App Portal will use the "Approve application requests for user per device" capability in ConfigMgr in the background. This feature will deploy the application immediately for a given user and device. If the user has multiple devices associated with them, they can request the application for each device separately.


Ability to classify Catalog items

App Portal now provides Catalog Classification to provide flexibility for the Administrator to optionally categorize a catalog item as either a preferred or non-preferred product. On the browse catalog page, users can then differentiate between preferred and non-preferred catalog items. When they attempt to checkout a non-preferred catalog item, it will be recommended that they choose from a list of preferred catalog items attached to the catalog by the administrator.


Support for ServiceNow Paris version

This release of App Broker / App Portal includes the support for the newer Paris version of ServiceNow.


For the complete list of features and resolved issue in App Broker / App Portal 2021 R1, please refer the release notes here.

App Broker / App Portal 2021 R1 is now available for download in Product and License Center.

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Thanks for being a partner of Flexera on this journey.

8 Comments
LincolnCandler
Flexera beginner

Does this release support Intune integration?

jdempsey
Moderator Moderator
Moderator

No, this release does not support Intune integration.  As you can see from the release notes, the following features have been added in this release:

New Features and Enhancements in 2021 R1

Catalog Classification

Ability to Use Existing Collections While Creating a Catalog

Support for ServiceNow Paris Version

The list of Supported Deployment Technologies can also be found in the release notes.

fstewart2
Occasional contributor

We DO desperately need the Intune Integration!

Shiremath
Flexera
Flexera

Yes, Intune integration (for Windows PC) is planned in App Portal 2021 R2 release, scheduled for October 2021 timeframe. Thanks! 

Shiremath
Flexera
Flexera

This post is follow-up on App Broker / App Portal 2021 R1 which is released on May 6th, to keep the support intact for running bulk script to create new catalog item using API, we have refreshed the AppPortalSetup_2021_R1.exe in the Product and License Center.

In this overwritten AppPortalSetup_2021_R1.exe setup following changes are available:
           Earlier, two existing API endpoints were modified i.e., CreateNewCatalogItem and AddConfigMgrApp for the new features introduced as part of release. Due to this, running the bulk import PowerShell script against this API to create catalog items, would break this script. To address this issue, the CreateNewCatalogItem and AddConfigMgrApp API endpoints have been reverted to their original state and new API endpoints i.e., CreateNewCatalogItemWithClassification and AddConfigMgrAppUsingExistingCollectionId have been introduced to support the new features.

fstewart2
Occasional contributor

So, to confirm:  using the new AppPortalSetup_2020_R1.exe will result in existing catalog creation scripts working as is.  New functionality would available using the new API endpoints mentioned.  Is this a correct restatement of what you've posted?

jdempsey
Moderator Moderator
Moderator

@fstewart2 that is correct (except AppPortalSetup_2021_R1.exe)

fstewart2
Occasional contributor

Yes!  Typed it too fast - thanks @jdempsey