Windows Intune and Configuration Manager 2012 R2
Episode 12 introduces Windows Intune as part of the SCCM 2012 R2 infrastructure solution. Windows Intune, of course, is not the next version of Zune, but can certainly help in managing access to corporate applications delivered to your preferred endpoint device as part of the BYOD initiative. Intune continues the drive towards management from the single-pain-of-glass scenario. In this podcast, we discuss the benefits of Windows Intune in the enterprise, it’s integration points with SCCM 2012 R2, basic requirements around its configuration and links to references of where more information can be found.
Why Windows Intune?
Users expect to have access to their data wherever they are and remain highly connected between devices. There has also been an explosion of devices driving IT to move away from having to standardize on the type of devices they use and manage. In addition users are interested in accessing applicationd that allow them to be productive and ensure use of their corporate or personal data. With PCIT the initiative has shifted to ensure there is unified approach to manage all the information and ensuring a consistent experience across devices.
What type of devices are supported in Windows Intune management?
Windows 8.1 PCs (Win8,Win7,Vista,XP), Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iOS, Android, Mac, Linux/Unix. Each of these devices are configured with different types of management agents to ensure they are managed properly.
What is required to get things started?
You would first need to sign up with a trial account Windows Intune services with your preferred Microsoft account. You’ll next have to add\verify your public DNS details in your internal active directory and in your cloud configuration. You’ll next have to set up ADFS for Multi-factor authentication. You’ll want to then take advantage of AD Directory Sync. From there you can look to manage your client devices once you set up your configuration in SCCM 2012 R2.
What are some of the benefits?
OTA Device Enrollment can be used on Windows Intune managed devices. Both users and device settings management will be available. Device inventory, device, retirement, and device wipe (both full and selective) are all available. The latest additions include, VPN/WiFi certificate profiles and company branding. There are a few additional settings that have been added to the latest version that we haven’t mentioned. My suggestion would be to go and try it out for yourself. Take a look and see how it works out for you.
How can if find out more?
If you’re interested in finding out more about this great solution, you can visit TechNet to find out more details. For more information about Microsoft’s product offering visit Unified Device Management | System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to try out additional options.