Microsoft Intune : Features and Enhancements
Updated: Jan 11
What is MS Intune?
Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that focuses on mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM). You control how your organization’s devices are used, including mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. You can also configure specific policies to control applications. For example, you can prevent emails from being sent to people outside your organization. Intune also allows people in your organization to use their personal devices for school or work. On personal devices, Intune helps make sure your organization data stays protected, and can isolate organization data from personal data.
Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3.
Windows Vista or Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate editions, Windows 8 Professional or Windows 8 Enterprise.
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. A Silverlight 3.0-compatible Web Browser is required. In addition, the administrator must have a Windows LiveID. Since version 2.0, installation of software packages in .exe, .mxi 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. Upgrades to newer versions of the Intune software are also controlled.
Information about inventory is recorded automatically. Managed computers can be grouped together when problems occur. Intune notifies support staff as well as notifying an external dealer via e-mail.
Beta version 2.0 requires an additional 2 GB of memory.
Intune is part of Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite. Intune integrates with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to control who has access, and what they can access. It also integrates with Azure Information Protection for data protection. It can be used with the Microsoft 365 suite of products. For example, you can deploy Microsoft Teams, OneNote, and other Microsoft 365 apps to devices. This feature enables people in your organization to be productive on all of their devices, while keeping your organization’s information protected with policies you create.
What all can Admins control and manage when devices are connected to Microsoft Intune?
See the devices enrolled, and get an inventory of devices accessing organization resources.
Configure devices so they meet your security and health standards. For example, you probably want to block jailbroken devices.
Push certificates to devices so users can easily access your Wi-Fi network, or use a VPN to connect to your network.
See reports on users and devices that are compliant, and not compliant.
Remove organization data if a device is lost, stolen, or not used anymore.
How Intune device management works?
Protocols or APIs that are available in the mobile operating systems
Enrolling devices results in better inventory data.
Configuring devices to ensure they meet company security and health standards
Providing certificates and Wi-Fi/VPN profiles to access corporate services
Reporting on checking a list of compliant and non compliant devices
Removing corporate data from managed devices
Intune Application Management
Assigning mobile apps to employees
Configuring apps with standard settings that are used when the app runs
Controlling how corporate data is used and shared in mobile apps
Removing corporate data from mobile apps
Reporting on mobile app inventory
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