Microsoft Endpoint Manager

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Microsoft Intune (formerly Windows Intune), which is a part of Microsoft Endpoint Manager, is a Microsoft cloud-based management tool[1] for mobile devices that aims to provide unified endpoint management of both corporate and BYOD equipment in a way that protects corporate data.[2] It extends some of the "on-premises" functionality of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager to the Windows Azure cloud.[3]

Distribution[edit]

No on-premises infrastructure is required for clients to use Intune, and management is accomplished using a web-based portal.[4][5] Distribution is through a subscription system in which a fixed monthly cost is incurred per user. It is included in Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite[6] and Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise E5,[7] which were both succeeded by Microsoft 365 in July 2017.[8][9]

Function[edit]

Intune supports Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista or Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate editions,[5] and Windows 8 Professional or Windows 8 Enterprise.[10] Administration is done via a web browser. The administration console based on Microsoft Silverlight v3.0 allows Intune to invoke remote tasks such as malware scans.[1] A Silverlight 3.0-compatible web browser is required.[5] In addition, the administrator must have a Windows Live ID.[11] Since version 2.0, installation of software packages in .exe, .msi and .msp format are supported. Installations are encrypted and compressed on Microsoft Azure Storage. Software installation can begin upon login. It can record and administer volume, retail and OEM licenses, and licenses which are administered by third parties.[1] Upgrades to newer versions of the Intune software are also controlled.[12]

Information about inventory is recorded automatically.[11] Managed computers can be grouped together when problems occur. Intune notifies support staff as well as notifying an external dealer via e-mail.[13]

Beta version 2.0 requires an additional 2 GB of memory.[1]

Reception[edit]

Der Standard praised the application, saying "the cloud service Intune promises to be a simple PC Management tool via Web console. The interface provides a quick overview of the system of state enterprise."[14] German PC World positively evaluated "usability" saying that it "kept the interface simple."[11] Business Computing World criticized the program, saying "Although Windows Intune worked well in our tests and did everything expected of it, we didn't find it all that easy to get to grips with", blaming the unintuitive "deceptively simple" management interface.[5] ITespresso rated it "good", adding some criticisms.[which?][15]

Timeline[edit]

  • April 2010 - Windows Intune originally introduced.[16]
  • 8 October 2014 - Microsoft announced plans to extend the service to other platforms and rename it to Microsoft Intune.[17]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ihlenfeld, Jens (13 July 2011). "Microsoft erweitert sein cloudbasiertes Desktopmanagement" [Microsoft is expanding its cloud-based desktop management]. golem.de (in German). Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  2. ^ Mearian, Lucas (2018-09-12). "What is Microsoft's Intune – and how well does the UEM tool really work?". Computerworld. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  3. ^ "Microsoft stellt Windows Intune vor Cloud-basierte PC-Verwaltung" [Microsoft delivers Windows Intune: Cloud-based PC management]. Computerwoche (in German). IDG. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  4. ^ dougeby. "What is Microsoft Intune". docs.microsoft.com. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  5. ^ a b c d Stevens, Alan (28 April 2011). "REVIEW: Microsoft Windows Intune". Business Computing World. Archived from the original on 5 July 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Enterprise Mobile Security – Microsoft 365". www.microsoft.com. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  7. ^ "Office 365 E5". products.office.com. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  8. ^ Foley, Mary Jo. "Microsoft wraps cloud subscription services into new Microsoft 365 bundles". ZDNet. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  9. ^ Foley, Mary Jo. "Microsoft follows Office 365 licensing model with new 'Secure Productive Enterprise' Windows 10 bundles". ZDNet. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  10. ^ "Upgrading to the latest Windows Intune Release". Windows Intune Blog. Microsoft. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  11. ^ a b c Moritz Jäger: cloud service : Intune With Windows PCs to manage smart on pcwelt.de of 18 April 2011
  12. ^ cloud remote maintenance service Intune distributed software heise.de of 14 July 2011
  13. ^ Intune With Windows: Microsoft dealer makes cloud specialists channelpartner.de, website of the journal ChannelPartner of 22 March 2011
  14. ^ Windows Intune: PC management via cloud in Der Standard of 21 March 2011
  15. ^ Windows Intune: Kick-off for 'July 2011' beta itespresso.de of 4 April 2011
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100422021708/http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2010/04/19/microsoft-takes-desktop-management-to-the-cloud-introducing-windows-intune.aspx
  17. ^ Bright, Peter (9 October 2014). "Windows Intune now just Intune, because it does Android and iOS, too". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Retrieved 9 October 2014.

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