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Windows Intune

Windows Intune

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Summary

System Center Management hosted in the Microsoft Cloud.

  • Greater user productivity. Windows Intune empowers users to be productive from virtually anywhere and on the device of their choice by offering:
    • Application self-service. Administrators can create a self-service portal, an “app store,” that lets users install applications (Office 365 and other applications as well) on demand, which helps reduce help desk calls.
    • Optimized, personalized application experience. Users can maximize productivity by being able to access the same set of applications across all of their devices. Windows Intune licensing allows five installations per user.
  • Non-intrusive management. Administrators can avoid maintenance tasks when the user is busy. Also, with System Center 2012 integration, application installation for Windows 8 systems can be restricted to high-speed or inexpensive network connections.

  • Unified management for devices. Windows Intune helps reduce costs and improve IT efficiency by unifying management and security for cloud-based mobile devices and on-premises PCs in an infrastructure that provides:
    • A bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model. Administrators can apply corporate control to user-owned devices.
    • Device management through a single interface. Administrators are able to address the challenges created by BYOD policies and manage Windows PCs (physical and virtual), Macs, tablets, smart phones, and embedded devices from a single administrator console.
    • Improved administrative efficiency. Administrators can set policies to deliver the right applications to the right users.
    • Infrastructure flexibility. Administrators can implement both cloud and on-premises architectures to manage endpoint devices the best way that fits their organization’s needs. For example customers that already use Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to manage their on-premises systems, can add Windows Intune to manage mobile devices. With Windows Intune, you can manage mobile devices directly or through Exchange ActiveSync. Exchange devices can be managed in both on premises servers and for hosted Exchange on Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud. Windows Intune with Software Assurance includes rights to the Windows Intune cloud service, System Center Configuration Manager, and System Center Endpoint Protection in a single edition, along with rights to latest version of Windows 8 Enterprise.
    • Integrated security and compliance. Administrators can use Windows Intune for virus and malware protection, which can help reduce IT operating costs by providing device security and compliance management.
      “Windows Intune makes it easy to keep a customer’s devices virus-free. A customer can spend an entire year’s Intune budget to fix just one infected device.”—Don Crawford (Partner, KAMIND IT Inc.)
    • License management. Administrators can use Windows Intune to manage licenses for all devices in a customer’s IT environment.
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Client Operating System Requirements
You can install the Windows Intune client software on computers that are running any of the following Windows operating systems:
  • Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3
  • Windows Vista Enterprise, Ultimate, or Business editions
  • Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, or Professional editions
  • Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise Editions
The Windows Intune client software can be installed on both x86-based and x64-based editions of supported editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 operating systems, and it can be installed on x86-based editions of Windows XP with Service Pack 3.

Hardware and Memory Requirements
To install the Windows Intune client software, a computer must satisfy these operating system hardware requirements together with the following minimum requirements:
  • Internet connectivity
  • For Windows XP, CPU clock speed of 500 MHz and 256 MB RAM at minimum
  • 200 MB disk space
Permission Requirements
You must be a member of the Administrators group on the computer on which you want to install the Windows Intune client software.

Client Computer Updates
You should verify that all client computers have the latest Windows updates and service packs installed before you install the Windows Intune client software.

Important
  • Before you can enroll client computers in Windows Intune, the client computers must be running at least Windows Installer 3.1. You can view the version of Windows Installer that is running on a client computer by right-clicking %windir%\System32\msiexec.exe and then clicking Properties. You can download the latest version of Windows Installer from Windows Installler.
  • The Windows Intune client software cannot be installed on computers that are running the System Center Configuration Manager or Systems Management Server client. Remove the Configuration Manager or Systems Management Server client before you install the Windows Intune client.
  • For computers that are running Windows Vista and Windows 7 pre-SP1, an additional restart might be required because of a required update to the Windows Filtering Platform. You can avoid the additional restart by installing the Windows Filtering Platform update on the computers before you install the Windows Intune client software. The Windows Filtering Platform update is available at Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) driver hotfix rollup package.
  • Bandwidth savings by using the peer distribution platform in Windows 8 and Windows 7 is available only to client computers that are running one of these Windows operating systems, Windows 8 Enterprise or Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, or Professional.
  • If client computers that you want to manage by using Windows Intune are behind firewalls or proxy servers, you must configure the firewall or proxy server to let Windows Intune communicate with client computers. For more information, see Firewall and Proxy Server Settings for Managed Computers.
  • If the client computers run anti-malware software that is not manufactured by Microsoft, see Planning for Endpoint Protection.
Supported Web Browsers
The Windows Intune administrator console, Windows Intune account portal, and Windows Intune company portals are supported on the following web browsers:
  • Internet Explorer 8 and later versions
  • Important. On Windows 8, the Windows Intune administrator console is supported on Internet Explorer for the desktop only.
  • Google Chrome 19 and later versions
  • Mozilla Firefox 5 and later versions
The Windows Intune company portal is also supported on web browsers for the following mobile device platforms:
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 7 and later versions
  • Google Android 2.3.4 and later versions
  • Apple iOS 5.0 and later versions

Supported Configurations for Windows Intune
  • Windows Intune Stand-Alone (Cloud-Only) configuration – Use the web-based administration console in Windows Intune to manage client computers in your organization, including Windows 8 (Pro and Enterprise), Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, and Apple iOS devices. You can upload and publish software packages, manage policy, and track computer inventory.
    Note: The cloud-only configuration does not support discovery of mobile devices.
  • Windows Intune Cloud and On-Premise configuration – In addition to the features of the Stand-Alone configuration, by using Windows Intune in conjunction with your on-premise Exchange and Active Directory Domain Services you can:
    • Manage mobile devices through the Mobile Device Management feature of Windows Intune.
    • Discover mobile devices through Exchange ActiveSync.
    • Synchronize user accounts with on-premises Active Directory Domain Services.
  • Windows Intune with System Center Configuration Manager – With this release of Windows Intune, you have the option to use the System Center Configuration Manager management console to manage computers and mobile devices in your enterprise. This configuration can help administrators manage all the organization’s devices through a single console and get added insight into the ways employees use their mobile devices to access company data. The Configuration Manager infrastructure supports very large installations. This release of Windows Intune supports installations of up to approximately 100,000 users, computers, and mobile devices in a single management infrastructure. For more information, see System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
Windows Intune on TechNet
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