Disable and delete application deployments

Applies to: Configuration Manager (current branch)

If you want to stop the deployment of an application, you can either disable it temporarily or delete it entirely.


Neither of these actions by themselves cause an instant change on the client. You can use client notifications or other automation tools to quickly request that clients refresh policy. But that still doesn't guarantee that a client won't run a deployment.

Make sure you carefully plan app deployments. Simulate more complex deployments. When you deploy to a query-based collection, use query results preview to make sure you understand the scope of the query.


Starting in version 2103, you can disable application deployments. Other objects already have similar behaviors:

  • Software update deployments: Disable the deployment
  • Phased deployments: Suspend the phase
  • Package: Disable the program
  • Task sequence: Disable the task sequence
  • Configuration baseline: Disable the baseline

For device-based deployments, when you disable the deployment or object, use the client notification action to Download Computer Policy. This action immediately tells the client to update its policy from the site. If the deployment hasn't already started, the client receives the updated policy that the object is now disabled.

For user-based deployments, the user needs to sign out of Windows. Policy updates when they sign in to Windows, or every 24 hours by default.


You can't disable an available deployment of an application to a user collection. You can only disable required deployments to user collections, or both type of deployments to device collections. The following table summarizes the supported scenarios to disable app deployments:

Deployment purpose Device collection User collection
Required Yes Yes
Available Yes No
  1. In the Configuration Manager console, go to the Software Library workspace, expand Application Management, and select the Applications node.

  2. Select an app that you've deployed. In the details pane, switch to the Deployment tab.

  3. Select a deployment. In the ribbon, on the Deployment tab, select Disable.

  4. For a device-based deployment, note the name of the collection in Collection field of the deployment.


    When you select the deployment, press CTRL + C. This keyboard shortcut copies the values of the current columns for the selected deployment.

  5. Switch to the Assets and Compliance workspace, select the Device Collections node, and locate the target collection for the deployment. The quickest method is to search for the collection name as previously noted. You may need to select the option in the ribbon to search All subfolders.

  6. Select the target collection for the deployment. In the ribbon, in the Collection group, select Client Notification and choose the Download Computer Policy action.

To enable the deployment, repeat this process but select the Enable action on the application deployment.


When you select a deployment, you can use the Collection action to change to the Assets and Compliance workspace. But the current collection view doesn't support client notification actions.


  1. In the Configuration Manager console, go to the Software Library workspace, expand Application Management, and select either the Applications or Application Groups node.

  2. Select the application or application group that includes the deployment you want to delete.

  3. Switch to the Deployments tab of the details pane, and select the deployment.

  4. In the ribbon, on the Deployment tab in the Deployment group, select Delete.

When you delete an application deployment, any instances of the application that clients have already installed aren't removed. To remove these applications, deploy the application to computers to Uninstall. If you delete an application deployment, the application is no longer visible in Software Center. The same behavior happens when you remove a resource from the target collection for the deployment.

When you delete a deployment, you remove the policy that deploys an application to a specific collection. This action doesn't delete the collection, any deployment types, or the application itself.

Next steps

Revise and supersede applications

Uninstall applications