Create a Custom Detection Script for Microsoft Power BI Desktop (PowerShell)


Microsoft Endpoint Manager Configuration Manager (MEMCM / SCCM) and Microsoft Intune use Detection Rules to determine the presence of Applications & Win32 Apps. The detection rules ensure that application installations only begin to run if the application is not already installed on the device. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to create an updated custom detection script for each new version of Microsoft Power BI Desktop using PowerShell.

How to Create a Custom Detection Script for Microsoft Power BI Desktop

Microsoft Power BI Desktop (File Detection Method)

## Check for Microsoft Power BI Desktop (File Detection Method)
$PowerBIExe = (Get-ChildItem -Path "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Power BI Desktop\bin\PBIDesktop.exe" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue)
$PowerBIExe.FullName
$PowerBIPath = $($PowerBIExe.FullName).Replace("C:\Program Files\","").Replace("C:\Program Files (x86)\","")
$FileVersion = (Get-Item -Path "$($PowerBIExe.FullName)" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue).VersionInfo.FileVersion

## Create Text File with Microsoft Power BI Desktop File Detection Method
$FilePath = "C:\Windows\Temp\Power_BI_Desktop_Detection_Method.txt"
New-Item -Path "$FilePath" -Force
Set-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "If([String](Get-Item -Path `"`$Env:ProgramFiles\$PowerBIPath`",`"`${Env:ProgramFiles(x86)}\$PowerBIPath`" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue).VersionInfo.FileVersion -ge `"$FileVersion`"){"
Add-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "Write-Host `"Installed`""
Add-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "}"
Invoke-Item $FilePath
  • Click Run Script (F5)
  • A text file will open with the Microsoft Power BI Desktop Detection Method script required to detect the current version of Microsoft Power BI Desktop that is installed on the device you are running the script from.

Example:

If([String](Get-Item -Path "$Env:ProgramFiles\Microsoft Power BI Desktop\bin\PBIDesktop.exe","${Env:ProgramFiles(x86)}\Microsoft Power BI Desktop\bin\PBIDesktop.exe" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue).VersionInfo.FileVersion -ge "2.106.883.0"){
Write-Host "Installed"
}
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Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

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