PreCache AppModel Content

So you have applications you want to use in your IPU TS, and would like to PreCache that too.. I haven’t talked about it before, as I haven’t had to do that for IPU in our environment, so I didn’t think to mention how to do it.  We do use this method to precache apps out into the environment, so I know it works.

In your PreCache Task Sequence (REMEMBER YOU HAVE THIS SET TO DOWNLOAD CONTENT BEFORE STARTING) on the deployment.

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And you have a couple of TS Vars Setup:
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https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/osd/understand/task-sequence-variables

 

Then add a step “Install Application” and add your apps you want to precache
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Now go to options and create a condition, like TS Var NeverRun = NeverRun, and since you don’t have a TS Var called NeverRun, this step will skip, and it won’t actually install those items.

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As you can see, those apps are referenced in the TS now, so they will download before starting:

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Things to consider, if you have an Application with several deployment types, each deployment type has it's own source files, pre-caching an application will download ALL OF THE DEPLOYMENT TYPES, so that could end up being a ton of unexpected content.

 

Note, my example is going to fail, as I didn’t distribute them all first… oops.

 

I hope that helps anyone who has Questions about precaching Application Model Apps.

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