How to Disable Application Deployments in SCCM

Let’s explore disable application deployments in SCCM feature. SCCM 2103 has a new feature where you can disable application deployments. This is a very useful feature especially for ConfigMgr device-based deployments.

There is a difference between disabling an application and deleting it in SCCM. When you disable SCCM application deployments, it immediately tells the client to update its policy from the site. The available application is no more seen in the Software Center on the client machine. The best part here is you can quickly enable the application deployment. However, deleting the SCCM application deployment completely removes the deployment. When required you have to again manually deploy the application to the collection.

To know about all the new features in version 2103, refer the SCCM 2103 new features guide. To upgrade to version 2103 of Configuration Manager current branch, refer SCCM 2103 upgrade guide.

How to Disable Application Deployments in SCCM

Here are the steps to disable Application deployments in SCCM.

  • Launch the SCCM console.
  • Go to the Software Library > Application Management.
  • Select the Applications node and select an app that you’ve deployed.
  • In the details pane, switch to the Deployment tab and select a deployment.
  • Right-click the deployment and click Disable.
Disable Application Deployments in SCCM
Disable Application Deployments in SCCM

Once you have disabled an application deployment, the disable option is greyed out. If you right click the deployment you see the Enable option. If you wish to enable the deployment again, then click Enable. You can also add an extra column called Enabled which shows if the application deployment is enabled or not in SCCM console.

Disable Application Deployments in SCCM
Disable Application Deployments in SCCM

When you disable an application deployment in SCCM, the application disappears from the software center. For device-based deployments, after you disable the application deployment you can use the client notification action to Download Computer Policy.

When you trigger the download computer policy, this action immediately tells the client to update its policy from the site. If the deployment hasn’t already started, the client receives the updated policy that the object is now disabled.

In addition to disabling the application deployments, following are the other actions available for SCCM deployments.

DeploymentsAction
Software update deploymentsDisable the deployment
Phased deploymentsSuspend the phase
Package DeploymentDisable the program
Task sequence deploymentDisable the task sequence
Configuration baselineDisable the baseline

SCCM Application Deployments Cannot be disabled for User Collection

This is important. You cannot disable an available deployment of an application to a SCCM user collection. You can only disable required deployments to user collections, or both type of deployments to device collections.

Let’s test that. I have deployed an application to All Users collection as available. Notice that when I right click the deployment there is no disable option available.

Application Deployments Cannot be disabled for User Collection
Application Deployments Cannot be disabled for User Collection

Microsoft makes it easy to understand supported scenarios to disable app deployments. You can refer the below table while disabling application deployments in SCCM.

Application Deployment PurposeDevice CollectionUser Collection
AvailableYESYES
RequiredYESNO

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2 thoughts on “How to Disable Application Deployments in SCCM”

  1. Hi Prajwel,

    I have a case that application installation keep on showing 0% downloading and all looks good that, no issues in locationservice log. Machine is well managed in boundaries as well.

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