2012
06.11

The new version of Windows Intune is going live today.  Intune is the cloud based user device management solution that bundles:

  • Windows 7 Enterprise: featuring DirectAccess (VPN without VPN client), BranchCache (WAN optimisation), BitLocker (disk encryption), and BitLocker-To-Go (USB device encryption).
  • Endpoint Protection: The only way to manage Endpoint Protection without using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

I say “user device management” because Intune now supports:

  • The expected PCs, slates, and laptops running XP SP3 or later
  • Windows Phone 7
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android

And as reported at MMS, this includes side-loading apps onto Android and IOS.

A unified experience across all devices through:

  • Automatic discovery of mobile devices that access Exchange Server
  • User-centric views for device inventory
  • A single console (the Windows Intune administrator console) to manage computers and mobile devices

The ability to help secure corporate data on mobile devices through:

  • Targeting Exchange ActiveSync polices to user groups. Policies include settings that let you set requirements for password length and encryption (if it is supported by the mobile device).
  • Setting device access rules by device family or model
  • Retiring and/or wiping lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised mobile devices.

The ability to make licensed internal line-of-business applications available for your users through:

  • Hosting and targeting licensed internal line-of-business applications to user groups
  • Self-service capabilities for your users, which enable them to download internal line-of-business applications to their mobile devices
  • Prerequisites for supporting mobile devices with Windows Intune are as follows:

An on-premises component to orchestrate communication between Exchange Server 2010

Service Pack 1 and later, and Windows Intune

A computer that has access to the Exchange environment. The computer must meet the

following requirements:

  • The computer must run Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (64-bit) or Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • .NET Framework 4.0 and PowerShell 2.0 must be installed on the computer.
  • The computer must be joined to the Exchange Server domain.
  • The computer must have Internet access.

There is a new company portal:

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Windows Intune now uses the same Azure-based AD services as Office 365.  This includes the ability, by the looks of it, to synchronise with your on-premise AD.  Now your internal users can appear in Intune. 

You can read this getting started guide to … well … get started.

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