Quick tip: Configure primary device via Software Center

This week a relatively short blog post about a recently introduced feature in Configuration Manager, version 1902. That feature is the option for the user to select a device as a primary device, by using Software Center. Previously the Application Catalog was still required to provide users with that specific option. That was also practically the only reason to still use the Application Catalog. From that perspective, this also provides a clear path for further simplifying the Configuration Manager hierarchy. In this post I’ll show how to enable the option for the user to configure a primary device via Software Center, followed by the end-user experience.


Now let’s have a look at the configuration that enables the option for the user to configure a device as a primary device, by using Software Center. That configuration can be achieved by using Client Settings. The 3 steps below show how to enable this option for the users.

1 Open the Configuration Manager administration console and navigate to Administration > Overview > Client Settings;
2 Now either open/create a new Custom Client User Settings and select the Software Center section, or open open the Default Client Settings and select the User Device Affinity section;

SCPU-UserSettingsIn the User Device Affinity section, select Yes with Allow user to define their primary devices and click OK;

Note: When using the Default Client Settings this setting is available in the separate section of User Settings. When using Custom Client User Settings this setting is the only available setting. Also, when using Custom Client User Settings, make sure to deploy the Client Settings to a user collection.

Note: Theoretically, when Automatically configure user device affinity from usage data is set to No, the administrator must still approve the affinity request. However, my experience is that the primary user configuration is immediately processed.

End-user experience

Let’s end this post by having a quick look at the end-user experience. When the user now opens Software Center and navigates to the Options section, the user will find a new checkbox named I regularly use this computer to do my work. When that checkbox is selected, the user will be marked as the primary user of that specific device.


More information

For more information about lettings users create their own device affinity, refer to this article about User device affinity (section Let users create their own device affinities).

Microsoft MVP 2019-2020

Yeah! A few hours ago I received that great email that I’m awarded with the 2019-2020 Microsoft MVP Award for my contributions in the Enterprise Mobility technical communities! That’s number 5!


To me this is always worth a small post on my blog. Not just because I’m very honored, very proud and very exited of receiving my fifth award in a row, but maybe even more because I just need to let everyone know that it’s made possible by my great family. Without their support, my blog wouldn’t exist! Without their support I wouldn’t be able to contribute the way I am! Like every year, a really big thank you to my awesome wife and our super kids for giving met time to do my “thing”.

Me and my family are ready for another community driven year!