What is Windows Intune???

Windows Intune is an integrated, cloud-based client management solution that provides tools, reports, and upgrade licenses to the latest version of Windows. Windows Intune helps keep your computers up-to-date and secure. It also allows you to manage mobile devices on your network either through Exchange ActiveSync or directly through Windows Intune while providing versatile management capabilities for iOS, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 devices.

 

Learn what Windows Intune can do for your organization

>Unified infrastructure

Manage your IT environment through the cloud, or extend your existing on-premises solution by integrating Windows Intune with System Center Configuration Manager.

  • Integrated device security and compliance management
  • Centralized management in the cloud or on-premises with System Center Configuration Manager
  • Active Directory integration lets you take advantage of existing user accounts and security groups

 Reduce infrastructure complexity

With the consumerization of IT (CoIT), employees are turning to personally-owned mobile devices and PCs to do their work. You want to help keep these devices secure and compliant. With Windows Intune, you can manage PCs and multiple types of mobile devices in one unified solution, either through the cloud or by extending your existing on-premises infrastructure

Unify management infrastructure

 Improve IT efficiency by combining management and security for PCs and mobile devices in a unified infrastructure. Windows Intune is an enterprise-ready solution that connects with System Center Configuration Manager to help you manage mobile devices, PCs, and virtual computers in one place.

Administrators can identify and manage all endpoint devices, including Windows Pro and Enterprise PCs, Windows RT tablets, smartphones, iPads, iPhones, and embedded devices through a single interface.

Centrally manage users and devices

Windows Intune integrates with Active Directory Domain Services so that you can align with existing user accounts and security groups. You can also centralize

management

of updates, software, and policies for user devices.

Deliver applications to the user

Windows Intune enables administrators to take a people-centric approach to application delivery. You can set a single policy that will deliver an application to a user in the most appropriate manner for the device they are using – either directly installed on the device or virtualized

>Device management

Help ensure that remote, mobile, and branch office employees work in a security-enhanced environment with the devices that best fit their needs.

  • Affordable, cloud-based device management
  • Windows 8, Windows RT, iOS, and Android support
  • Automatic, direct discovery of many mobile devices

Simplify mobile device management

With Windows Intune, you can give employees access to the resources they need on the devices they want without adding complexity or compromising security. Use a single console to remotely manage and help secure devices, including PCs, Windows Phone 8, and Windows RT tablets. You can also support both iOS and Android platforms. For even more extensibility, integrate the Windows Intune service with existing on-premises infrastructures, including Active Directory, System Center Configuration Manager, and Microsoft Exchange Server.

Increase flexibility

New deployment and management options work with your devices, not around them. Discover and manage Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iPads and iPhones by directly connecting Windows Intune with built-in agents and services. Or link Windows Intune with Exchange ActiveSync to add support for other platforms that have EAS clients, including Windows Phone and Android devices. You can also have users add their own devices to be managed without contacting IT.

Proactively monitor system health

Windows Intune provides a central location for quickly assessing the health of all managed devices in the organization. View a summary of the top active alerts or drill down for more information on a specific device, system specifications, alert details, and security policy settings.

Deliver applications to the user

Choose the software distribution method that works best for your employees so they get a personalized self-service portal or app that gives them the ability to see and install IT-approved applications. Users get the choice of what to install on the device they choose, and you get a private method for deploying applications to the end user via the Internet.

Improve remote PC management

Remotely perform tasks from the Windows Intune administration console, including scans, malware definition updates, and system restarts. Gather inventory data on your managed software and hardware through the management console. In addition, help protect business information on mobile devices with security policy settings and remote-wipe features.

 

>Security

Keep software up-to-date, set security policies, and monitor status remotely from almost any location.

  • Simplified software and patch distribution
  • Comprehensive policy management
  • Endpoint Protection for PCs

Improve oversight and monitor compliance

Choose the update methods, including software patch management, that

work

best for your organization. Easily monitor active alerts, status, and software updates from your management console and automatically receive alert notifications through email.

Integrate Windows Intune with Active Directory so that user accounts and security groups are synchronized in the cloud. Or take it a step further and connect with System Center Configuration Manager to unify management for PCs, mobile devices, servers, and virtual machines.

Gain comprehensive policy management

Set, manage, and apply security policies to multiple user groups based on Active Directory security groups or dedicated custom management groups. Use these policies to help maintain device compliance and security throughout the organization.

Provide Endpoint Protection

Use the included Endpoint Protection to help protect PCs from malicious threats and software. Monitor threats centrally and set alert notifications to help keep you updated on malware detections.

Strengthen enterprise security

Use System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Intune together to integrate mobile device management into your existing enterprise management solution.

Assess the compliance of users and client devices with a number of configurations through compliance settings and reports.  Additionally, utilize existing security roles to simplify management and delegate device administration

>BYOD

Empower employees by enabling their preferred applications and mobile devices.

  • Self-service portal for selecting and installing company apps
  • Personalized application delivery
  • Support for multiple platforms and devices

Say “Yes” to BYOD

Your workers reach for the technology that makes it easiest to get the job done, whether it’s a company-owned PC or their own smartphone. While you want to give employees more freedom, you also need to manage any device that has access to the corporate network. You can do both with Windows Intune.  Now you can support Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives and a wide range of platforms including Windows RT, Windows 8, iOS, and Android.

Give them the apps they need

Mobile workforce management is easier in the cloud. Deliver applications to devices and ensure that employees have access to the software they need while on the go. Help employees install applications from virtually anywhere with the Windows Intune Company Portal, an easy-to-use app catalog. Employees can quickly install apps from their mobile device, or use a web browser running on a PC.

Optimize software distribution

Directly publish all software—whether licensed from a third party or developed internally—without using an external storefront. Target applications based on the user’s role. Deliver line of business applications designed for Windows PCs, Windows RT, iOS, or Android devices.

Help keep their devices secure and compliant

Make the Consumerization of IT (CoIT) trend work for you. Give employees access to the resources they need without compromising on corporate data protection and policy compliance. Enforce PIN set and encryption and enable remote wipe to help with the security of both corporate and employee-owned devices. Integrate your onsite Active Directory Domain Service with Windows Azure Active Directory so that your user accounts and security groups can be used by Windows Intune.

For broad platform support, integrate Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync with Windows Intune to manage virtually any device brought into the workplace, from the most recent technology to older models of employee-owned smartphones and tablets.

 

FAQ

1. What is Windows Intune?

Windows Intune delivers a unified PC and mobile device management solution for the enterprise which enables IT to provide users with access to the corporate resources they need on the devices they choose. Applications can be delivered to users’ devices in a way that is optimized for each device. IT can manage both corporate and personally-owned devices with a unified infrastructure, making it easier for administrators to identify and enforce compliance.

2. What is new in Windows Intune?

In this release of Windows Intune, the update establishes this service as a way to manage personal computers and mobile devices for both small and medium businesses and large enterprises. The supported clients now include Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8 as well as all the previously supported platforms. The service introduces direct mobile device management capabilities for Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, and iOS platforms as well as software publishing capabilities via an updated self-service portal for company apps. Customers can choose to manage these devices directly from the cloud or they can connect their Windows Intune service to their on-premises System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 installation and manage their devices using the Configuration Manager management console.

3. What endpoint protection is included in Windows Intune?

The endpoint protection included in Windows Intune is powered by the same trusted malware engine used by System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection and can deliver alerts and infection reports in a similar manner. As with System Center Endpoint Protection, Windows Intune incorporates many of the updates made to the trusted Microsoft malware engine to deliver business-class endpoint protection.

4. What are my options for purchasing Windows Intune?

Customers have two ways to license Windows Intune:

Windows Intune through an Enterprise Agreement

The Enterprise Agreement (EA) is the best licensing program for organizations with more than 250 users. The EA gives you the flexibility to choose among on-premises software and online services to best suit your user needs and help you optimize your technology spend.

Windows Intune through the Microsoft Online Subscription Program

The Microsoft Online Subscription Program (MOSP) is designed specifically for organizations with less than 250 users. With MOSP, you can easily subscribe, manage, and deploy your Windows Intune services online.

*** Information Posted based on Microsoft Websites*****