On October 17, Microsoft made available the second version of its Windows Intune cloud-management service. "If you are already running Windows Intune, the best part is, in order to get the new features, you don't need to do anything. Current Windows Intune customers will be automatically upgraded in the few weeks following October 17," according to Microsoft officials.
"Current Intune users will see an alert displayed in the Windows Intune administration console, indicating the exact date and time when Intune will be updated. Those beta testing Intune 2.0 will see the beta close on November 17," added Microsoft.
The new (2.0) version of Intune supports third-party application updates and patching. It also will add the ability to perform remote IT tasks, and read-only access to the administration console and new reporting capabilities.
- Software Distribution: Deploy most Microsoft and third-party updates or applications to PCs nearly anywhere over the Internet to Windows Intune managed PCs.
- Remote Tasks: You can now easily and remotely perform the following tasks on Windows Intune managed PCs from the administration console: Full scan, Quick scan, Update Malware Definition, and Restart.
- Read-Only Access: You can now can give select administrators read-only access to the administration console so they can view PC information as needed, but not perform any configuration tasks if you choose to.
- Enhanced Reporting: You can easily create hardware reports based on new hardware filters for common hardware characteristics. Additionally, you can now create and save report parameters to make it easy and efficient to run a report again in the future.
- Alerts & Monitoring: You can now configure alert types to be reported according to a specified threshold, frequency, or percent of computers affected.
"Windows Intune enables businesses to manage and secure PCs. It also provides users with rights to current and future versions of Windows -- similar to what they'd get if they signed up for Microsoft's Software Assurance volume-licensing program. Microsoft also is attempting to pitch Windows Intune as a way to get customers to move from Windows XP to Windows 7 because of the current/future Windows 7 rights."
Windows Intune is a Microsoft cloud service that provides IT pros with PC management and security for $11 per seat per month. There's a free 30-day trial for users with up to 25 PCs available.
Windows Intune is comprised of two components: On-premises Windows and Windows management tools, plus an online management and security service. Windows Intune evolved from a Microsoft project known as System Center Online Desktop Manager (SCODM).
And with Windows Intune, you've the "option to purchase the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for just an extra dollar per PC per month. In addition, tools like Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP), Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)," said Eric Main.
"Windows Intune Beta service will conclude on November 17. After this date, you will not be able to access your beta account and all account data will be deleted. We highly recommend that you remove the client software and restore computers to their pre-beta state," added Eric.
New Windows Intune Customers can sign up here to try or buy the latest version immediately.
Windows Intune will be available in the same 40 countries as the beta.
Check out the infographic below to see what Windows Intune can do for you!
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New Features in Windows Intune
Software Deployment with Windows Intune
In other Microsoft news, the software gaint has released an update to Asset Inventory Service (AIS). One of the biggest change is around license management and extending this to non-Microsoft Volume Licensed software. "AIS will now manage Microsoft Retail Licenses, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) licenses for Microsoft software, and third-party software licenses," the Redmond company revealed.
- "Extended License Management - In addition to Microsoft Volume Licenses, manage Microsoft Retail Licenses, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) licenses for Microsoft software, and third-party software licenses.
- Enhanced Reporting and Filters - Create detailed reports on your hardware inventory with new filters, including Manufacturer, Chassis type, Available disk space, Memory installed, and CPU speed.
- Additional Language Support - On top of the current 11 languages we already support, we now support Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, and Turkish in the Microsoft Asset Inventory Service console," revealed Microsoft.