How to delete an application in SCCM 2012

The new application model in System Center Configuration Manager 2012 is pretty excellent, and allows you to do some innovative software deployments.  But, like any new thing, the UI takes a bit of getting used to.  In this case, there’s no delete/erase button for Applications which you no longer require.

This is because an Application in SCCM 2012 is quite distinct from a traditional Package in SCCM 2007, and is likely to have hooks into all sorts of places.  You can still remove Applications from SCCM 2012, but there’s a process to follow:

1 – Delete any active Deployments

2 – Delete all the Deployment Types

 

3 – Right-click the Application and select “Retire”

4 – Right-click the Application and select “Revision History”

5 – Starting at the bottom of the list, highlight each revision and click Delete

6 – When you delete the last revision you’ll get a warning that proceeding will remove the application permanently. Click Yes and you’re done

 

13 comments to How to delete an application in SCCM 2012

  • nry

    Does this procedure trigger an uninstall of the application from the client computers?

    • James Bannan

      From memory I don’t believe so, but I’d have to run up that specific scenario in my lab environment to make sure.

  • nry

    Cheers James – in that case, do you have to create an uninstall sequence when you want to remove an appliation from computers or am I missing an easy way to ‘de-allocate’ applications?

  • finnakul

    No, the action doesn’t trigger an uninstall of the application from client computers. You will have to create and deploy an uninstall process to the collection which contain the clients you want an application to be removed from….it’s a cool feature, just tried it.

  • The applications will not be uninstalled if the app deployment is removed.

  • Lojzi

    Hi,

    A reporting question:
    How you can tell who deleted an application?
    The status messages are listing only old-style package and program changes.

  • Freddie

    Note I just would like to modify it and keep getting this message below when I try to either remove it or modify it:

    “Configuration Manager”
    Your data failed to save. Please check your network connection and try again.

    What a pain in the BUTT with this and need some Help!

    Thanks

  • Anthony

    To uninstall, simply re-deploy your Application to your target group and choose Uninstall fromt he drop down menu. Please ensure you deleted your Install deployment (under Deployments tab) before hand. Hope this helps someone.

  • Corey

    Actully the fact you now have to uninstall an app via an uninstall deployment sucks – SCCM 2007 had a nice feature that once you wernt in the collection it removed then application.

  • Dennis

    I don’t remember that feature in 2007. Am I losing my marbles??

  • Baard

    @Dennis: If you are, so am I…
    I believe you had to make some sort of subquery, to get all the computers not in the collection to start an uninstall, if they had the program installed in the first place.

  • Baard

    @Dennis: If you are, so am I…
    I believe you had to make some sort of subquery, to get all the computers not in the collection to start an uninstall, if they had the program installed in the first place.

  • Jibu Thomas

    i want to delete an application from the software library. 1st i selected the software right clicked & clicked retire. again right click & selected revision history. the delete tab is deactivated because in the reference tab its showing 2. i want to delete this application how can i .

    regards,

    JJT

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