SCCM 2012 Software Catalog Easy Access using DNS

The problem:

When we introduced one of our customers to the new and super fancy Software Catalog in SCCM 2012, one of the guys pointed out that the URL to access this was rather long and cumbersome to remember.

http://cm01.rjahome.local/cmapplicationcatalog

Well you can’t really argue with that, can you?

We then decided to see if we could call it something easier like GetSoftware or something along those lines.

The solution

We need two things to solve this problem

First we need to have DNS resolve the name getsoftware into our server name, cm01.rjahome.local, in this case.

So we pop open the DNS management consule

Locate the domain we need to fix

Now we create a new alias (CNAME) called getsoftware that points to the actual SCCM 2012 server.

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Now let’s see if that works as excepted

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Almost there …

Unfortunately DNS can’t redirect names to urls

So to fix the last bit of the puzzle, we have to turn to IIS

Inside the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager we open the default site and locate the HTTP Redirect component

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Now enter the actual url that we want to hit to get to application catalog

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in my case its http://cm01.rjahome.local/cmapplicationcatalog/#

Also check the two boxes before hitting apply

Now lets try this thing one more time…

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There you go …

By | 2012-08-22T21:35:56+00:00 August 22nd, 2012|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|11 Comments

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11 Comments

  1. Eswar August 31, 2012 at 8:43 - Reply

    This is nice isn’t it 😉

  2. Karl Wirén September 3, 2012 at 12:53 - Reply

    Nice post this will come handy

  3. Hosting software September 28, 2012 at 17:06 - Reply

    Well this was nice one, agreed eswar ! Thanks for the help.

  4. TixTix March 3, 2014 at 17:56 - Reply

    Thank youuuuu !

  5. joerockt March 11, 2014 at 20:25 - Reply

    Worked like a charm, thank you.

  6. Thomas Marcussen June 11, 2014 at 20:31 - Reply

    Keep ind mind, this will break the Software Update capabilities for Workgroup clients.
    This will force the need for workgroup clients to using windows authentication, for which they will fail.

  7. Allen August 23, 2014 at 20:20 - Reply

    Hi Ronnie,

    If i did it with FQDN IE prompts for windows user credential also I already added the FQDN to the Trusted Zones!

  8. reseller baju muslim March 19, 2016 at 6:03 - Reply

    It’s going to be ending of mine day, however before end
    I am reading this great article to improve my experience.

  9. selim atmaca May 18, 2016 at 12:47 - Reply

    I recently created an internet explorer shortcut with a custom icon and removed the credentials prompt. Now it is so easy to reach App Catalog.

    Here is the link if you would like to see. I dont know if it is ok to share this link here. If it is not please remove my post, I just thought someone might find it useful.
    http://www.selimatmaca.com/index.php/sccm2012/130-create-application-catalog-shorcut-on-user-desktop

  10. Oliwer December 30, 2016 at 9:06 - Reply

    This definitely breaks WORKGROUP Application install, but I created a black HTM file and added a META REFRESH line, to pinpoint to the right location.

    SOFTWARE

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