What’s new in Microsoft Intune Service Update – May 2015

Latest-UpdatesToday the Microsoft Intune product team announced next set of Intune features that will be released between May 19 and May 26.  With this monthly release cadence, Microsoft continue to focus on providing customers with best-in-class experiences that help keep users productive while protecting company’s sensitive data. You can expect to see the following new Intune standalone (cloud only) features in this release:

  • Ability to extend application protection to your existing line-of-business apps using the Intune App Wrapping Tool for Android (Intune App Wrapping Tool for iOS made available in December 2014)
  • Ability to assign help desk permissions to Intune admins, filtering their view of the Intune admin console to only provide access to perform remote tasks (e.g. passcode reset and remote lock)
  • RSS feed notification option added for Intune admin to subscribe to be alerted when new Intune service notifications are available for their service instance
  • Improved end user experience in the Intune Company Portal app for iOS with step-by-step guidance added on how to access corporate email by enrolling for management and validating device compliance
  • Updated Intune Company Portal app for Windows Phone 8.1 to provide enhanced status notifications for app installations
  • New custom policy template for managing new Windows 10 features using OMA-URI
  • New per-platform mobile device security policy templates for Android, iOS, Windows, and Windows Phone, in addition to new Exchange ActiveSync policy template
  • Ability to deploy Google Play store apps that are required/mandatory to install on Android devices

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Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Hotfix introduces instant Remote Wipe and Retirement of Mobile Devices

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Exciting times upfront of Configuration Manager & Microsoft Intune! After announcement of renaming Windows Intune to Microsoft Intune and expected new functionalities in Q4 Microsoft released this week an imported hotfix for Configuration Manager 2012 R2. In short this hotfix allows you to remote wipe or retire your mobile devices almost instanlty with out any delay…how cool is that! Continue reading “Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Hotfix introduces instant Remote Wipe and Retirement of Mobile Devices”

Windows Intune User Provisioning: Having a closer look

At the moment there’re several scenario’s to manage and provisioning users to Windows Intune in order to enable Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) or simply said – managing your mobile devices. As the process of provisioning users to Windows Intune in combination with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 is not always clear I’ll provide you some insights and tips where and how to troubleshoot.

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As mentioned I’ll will focus in this post on a hybrid scenario using Configuration Manager 2012 R2, Windows Intune and on-premise Active Directory where Azure Active Directory Sync (aka DirSync) is used to syncronize on-premise users to Windows Intune (Azure Active Directory).

Process Overview Windows Intune User provisioning

  1. John Doe is created in (on-premise) Active Directory
  2. John Doe is synchronized by Azure Active Directory Sync to (off-premise) Azure Active Directory
  3. John Doe is discovered by Configuration Manager 2012 R2
  4. John Doe is add to Windows Intune collection in Configuration Manager 2012 R2
  5. John Doe is synchronized by Windows Intune Connector
  6. John Doe is enabled Windows Intune user

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Microsoft anounced new update of Windows Intune Services; “Modern mobile devices should be managed from a cloud service”

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Today Microsoft announced new enhancements of Windows Intune Service as per next week. These updates include:

  • Ability for the administrator to configure email profiles, which can automatically configure the device with the appropriate email server information and related policies, as well as the ability to remove the profile along with the email itself via a remote wipe if needed.
  • Support for new configuration settings in iOS 7, including the “Managed open in” capability to protect corporate data by controlling which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments, and disabling the fingerprint unlock feature.
  • Ability for the administrator to remotely lock the device if it is lost or stolen, and reset the password if the user forgets it.
  • In addition to our unified deployment mode and integration with System Center Configuration Manager, Windows Intune can now stand alone as a cloud-only MDM solution. This is a big win for organizations that want a cloud-only management solutions to manage both their mobile devices and PC’s.

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Overview of Settings Management in R2 & “Wave E”

As you might know Microsoft has started upgrading the Windows Intune cloud service to the next version, Wave E  which will be (GA) available on October 18th together with System Center R2.

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With the arrival of these new product versions Microsoft introduces a lot of new features and settings related to Unified Device Management #UDM (formerly known as Mobile Device Management #MDM). Some new features are:

  • Extended Windows Intune connector
  • Native Self-Service Portal App for Windows iOS & Andriod platform
  • Support for Work Folders
  • Resource Access
  • Selective Wipe

Ronni Pedersen provides in a blog post a complete overview of all new features comming with R2 and wave E.

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Windows Intune Product Comparison vs. Mobile Device Management Market Leaders #sysctr #windowsintune

 

With the announcement of Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune (wave E) Microsoft offers a mature Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution which it emphatically (re)positions itself in the market of enterprise device management software. Various publications including Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software (May 2013) shows that Microsoft plays no significant role in the market of enterprise mobile device management software.

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Figure 1Gartners Magic Quadrant for MDM software.

Successors System Center Mobile Device Management 2008 wasn’t that success and was too early with the lack of suitable hardware. With the current version of Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune (wave D) Microsoft is working on it closing the gap by providing base MDM functionality. But was it good enough to be a serious competitor in the market of enterprise MDM solutions? With the announcement of Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and 4th generation of Windows Intune (wave E) I am convinced this will change!

Goal of this article is to provide a high-level overall product comparison of Microsoft MDM solution based on Configuration Manager 2012 R2/Windows Intune (wave E) versus the current MDM market leaders Airwatch, MobileIron, Citrix and Good Technology. The product comparison is based on the following areas: platform support, infrastructure complexity, features and licensing & pricing.

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SneakPreview: “Microsoft is closing the gap for enterprise Mobile Device Management”. Product comparison shortly available…

Soon you can expect a product comparison of Microsoft Enterprise Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution based on the recent announced System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 and the 5th generation of Windows Intune (wave E).

Recently Gartner published the Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management where Microsoft was missing as enterprise Mobile Device Management vendor. That makes me wondering why? Whether justified or not is subordinate! What matters is what Microsoft offers right now with Unified Mobile Device Management (UDM). That was the trigger…

Herewith a short impression …

With the announcement of Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune (wave E) Microsoft offers a mature Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution which it emphatically (re)positions itself in the market of enterprise device management software. Various publications including Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software (May 2013) shows that Microsoft plays no significant role in the market of enterprise mobile device management software.

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Figure 1Gartners Magic Quadrant for MDM software.

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