One license solution rule them all: Azure AD Group Based Licensing!

A long awaited feature became this week available in the new Azure portal: Azure AD Group Based licensing. With this we have an one-stop-shop to assign licenses on a per user- or group based. azure-ad-group-based-licensing-1

Azure AD Group Based licensing was already available in the classic Azure portal,  however it was limited to  Azure AD Premium, Azure Rights Management, Microsoft Intune and Enterprise Mobility + Security licenses.  For other licenses like Office 365 we were designated to the Office 365 Admin portal or custom (automated) solutions such as PowerShell or Graph API. Continue reading “One license solution rule them all: Azure AD Group Based Licensing!”

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.

Continue reading “Windows Intune Product Comparison vs. Mobile Device Management Market Leaders #sysctr #windowsintune”

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.

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

Comprehensive Resource for Licensing and Pricing

Windows Server, System Center, and Forefront Licensing Guide

The Windows Server, System Center, and Forefront Pricing and Licensing Guide is a comprehensive and detailed source of licensing information for the abovementioned brands. Download and print the Guide for specific product level pricing and licensing information.

This guide provides licensing information for the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system and Microsoft System Center datacenter solutions. It includes updated licensing information and scenarios for:

  • The Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 operating system.
  • System Center solutions, which IT administrators can use to manage physical and virtual IT environments across datacenters, client computers, and devices.
  • The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Suites, solutions that organizations can use to allow users to access desktops running in the datacenter.
  • The Enrollment for Core Infrastructure, a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) program that enables enterprise customers to purchase core infrastructure suite products under one enrollment for a three-year term at a reduced price.

The guide can be downloaded here

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/buy/pricing-licensing.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/licensing-options/enrollments.aspx#tab=1

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/default.aspx

Thanks to Richard Hicks which pointed me to this useful guide.