Deploy file to workstations with Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune is a very powerful tool for Azure administrator and can be used to perform a large number of tasks. You can set policies, deploy packages, run PowerShell scripts on azure domain-joined devices. This post is related to copy files or folders to the user’s desktop using Intune.  I am creating a PowerShell script and batch file then I will convert them to Win32 Intune package for deployment.

Push Files via Intune

Let’s start.

Step 1: Create a folder named  package in C drive

Step 2- Copy the file or folder which you want to copy to the desktop using Intune.

Step 3- Create a PowerShell script as below with file name PSscript.ps1

$PSScriptRoot = Split-Path -Parent -Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
$Source = “$PSScriptRoot\name of file or folder”
$Destination = “C:\Users\Public\Desktop\”

Copy-Item -Path $Source -Destination $Destination –Recurse -Force

Step 4- Create a batch file Install.cmd

SET ThisScriptsDirectory=%~dp0
SET PowerShellScriptPath=%ThisScriptsDirectory%PSscript.ps1
PowerShell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command “& ‘%PowerShellScriptPath%'”

Step 5- Download  Microsoft Win32 Content Prep Tool

Step 6-  Create a Win32 Intune package

PS C:\IntuneAppsWinAppsUtil> .\IntuneWinAppUtil.exe
Please specify the source folder: C:\Temp\package
Please specify the setup file: Install.cmd
Please specify the output folder: C:\Temp\package
Do you want to specify catalog folder (Y/N)?n

Step 7-  Sign in to the Azure portal and select the Intune blade.

Step 8-  Select Client apps –> Apps –Add

Step 9- Select app type “Windows app (Win32)”

Step 10 – Select the app package file which we created in step 6.

Step 11- On the program tab, follow as below screenshot

Copy file using intune

Step 12- Requirement tab

Add app using Intune


Step 13- Detection rules tab

Intune App detection rules

Step 14- Assignments

Intune Group Assignment

Step 15- Review + create tab. Create the package.

I hope this small tutorial will help you to copy files or folders to workstations using Intune.

  1. michael says

    Hi does this copy the install.cmd file as well? if so how can you have the install.cmd file removed after copying the folder you need with just the basic files? i am trying to copy an app to the desktop which works successfully,, but it requires an additional file for the software to work. I am pointing it to the public documents folder but our documents folder is redirecting to one drive and it does not copy to that specific documents folder. The students do not have access to the c drive to get in to the local documents folder. Thank you for your assistance.

  2. Eelco Akker says

    Thanx so much, works like a charm

  3. Ryan says

    Just wanted to throw out a warning that copying and pasting the Install.cmd file for me did not work, but manually typing it in did work for anyone who runs into an Execution issue.

    1. Jannis says

      Thanks Usman for the script, and thanks ryan. you’re the GOAT! 🙂

      for me, the script also ran into an installation error.
      the problem is that it copies the ” characters incorrectly. if you delete them and manually set a new path in the install.cmd, everything works fine.

      greetings and stay healthy

  4. Paul says

    You need to add an uninstall.cmd as well for Intune to allow this script to be added

  5. Charlie H says

    Not able to make it work.. not sure if something was missed. I am trying to drop Teamviewer QS on to the desktop (you don’t need to install this so all I wanted to do is drop the file on the all user desktop and call it a day.

  6. NTech says

    Either im really dumb or im missing something but I have tried this solution a handful of time and it doesnt work. Also, im confused on step 2, am I copying the file to my desktop or the destination machine? Lastly, creating a install.intunewin to upload is fine, but what happens to the actual file that I want copied?

    Sorry, im just having a hard time understanding this process.

    1. Usman says

      Actual file will be copied from the source to the destination path.

  7. Rob says

    I am attempting to copy a pdf file into the C:\Users\public\desktop directory usint the method described above. From Intune it fails with 0x80070001. When I run the install.cmd locally it will only complete if I am running it from an elevated command prompt. When executing from a standard command prompt I get an access denied to the C:\Users\Public\Desktop folder. Does anyone know of a way around this?


    1. Usman says

      Hi Rob,
      I don’t think the issue is with the script as public folder access is allowed to all users without administrative rights. Can you please share the error or try copying a file with copy command to the Public desktop folder?

  8. James says

    Hi Osman,

    I am trying something similar. Script is copying a file from a network location to local machine’s ProgramData folder. It works fine when I run this script locally in elevated mode but in Intune it throws and error “network path not found” but when I put this machine on company VPN it works. I believe this is either or both because System context doesn’t access to network folder or off VPN machine cannot reach the network location.

    Any advice will be highly appreciated.

    Copy-Item “\\abc\xyz\totalsoft\science\Software\GBX\Hello.xml” -Destination “C:\ProgramData\GBX\GBX\Profile\Hello.xml”


    1. Usman says

      Hi James,

      Did you try with ip address of your network location isntead hostname?

  9. Ebes86 says

    Hi, do we need to modify the following in the Install.cmd file?
    PowerShellScriptPath or leave it as is?

    I’m getting installation failure, when I run the Install.cmd on my machine as Admin, I get the below error

    ÔÇ£ : The term ‘ÔÇ£’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the
    spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
    At line:1 char:1
    + ÔÇ£
    + ~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (ÔÇ£:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

    1. Usman says

      It’s possible that when you copy text, it may change double or single quotes so you may need to rewrite it in a script and test it again

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