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About Install.json

The Packaging Factory implements support for a standardised approach to installing an application via Install.ps1. Using this install script is optional, but it simplifies the maintenance of install scripts by using a single script that reads Install.json that defines the installation logic for an application.

The use of Install.ps1 is defined in Program.InstallCommand section in the App.json file for each application:

  "Program": {
    "InstallTemplate": "powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NonInteractive -WindowStyle Hidden -File .\\Install.ps1",
    "InstallCommand": "powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NonInteractive -WindowStyle Hidden -File .\\Install.ps1",
    "UninstallCommand": "msiexec.exe /X \"{AC76BA86-1033-1033-7760-BC15014EA700}\" /quiet",
    "InstallExperience": "system",
    "DeviceRestartBehavior": "suppress"

You could instead replace the installation command with the PowerShell App Deployment Toolkit or directly referencing the application installer; however, Install.ps1 provides a simple approach to installing an application while providing some additional features.

Install.json defines details for the application installer and important install tasks including the application installer silent install arguments:

    "PackageInformation": {
        "SetupType": "EXE",
        "SetupFile": "AcroRdrDCx642200220191_MUI.exe",
        "Version": "22.002.20191"
    "LogPath": "C:\\ProgramData\\Microsoft\\IntuneManagementExtension\\Logs",
    "InstallTasks": {
    "PostInstall": {
        "Remove": [
        "Copy": [

Like App.json, Install.json is also automatically updated with application information returned from Evergreen, including the installer file name and the application version number. By updating the PackageInformation.SetupFile information in Install.json, we ensure that Install.ps1 will look for that specific installer file and not attempt to execute any other file.