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System Center Configuration Manager Update 1702, Skycure and EMS Integration Announced

Now available update relases 1702 for System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft revealed that with the current branch of Configuration Manager, more than 31,000 organizations managing almost 70 million devices.

And, as of today, “nearly 1 million devices are being managed by the version 1702 of Configuration Manager,” the team added.

1702 update includes many new features and enhancements in Windows 10 management and also new functionality for customers using Configuration Manager connected with Microsoft Intune.

Here are few enhancements available in 1702:

  • Support for Windows 10 Creators Update, so you can now upgrade Windows 10 ADK to the latest version for full OS imaging support.
  • Express files support for Windows 10 Cumulative Update.
  • Beginning in version 1702, from Office 365 Client Management dashboard, you can start the Office 365 Installer that lets you configure Office 365 installation settings, download files from Office Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), and deploy the files as an application in Configuration Manager.
  • You can now customize Software Center warning when running a high-risk deployment, such as a task sequence to install a new operating system.
  • Close executable files at the deadline when they would block application installation – If executable files are listed on the Install Behavior tab for a deployment type and the application is deployed to a collection as required, then a more intrusive notification experience is provided to inform the user, and the specified executable files will be closed automatically at the deadline. Now production ready in update 1702, with conditional access for PCs managed by Configuration Manager, you can restrict access to various applications (including but not limited to Exchange Online and SharePoint online) to PCs that are compliant with the compliance policies you set.

In addition, this release also includes new features for customers using Configuration Manager connected with Microsoft Intune including:

  • You can now enroll devices, approve and deploy apps, and configure policies for devices with Android for Work.
  • You can view threat details as reported by Lookout on a device.
  • Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) enhancements – You can now request a policy sync on an enrolled mobile device from the Configuration Manager console.
  • Added support for 42 iOS device settings for configuration items.

The general availability of integration between Skycure and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security, announced on Monday, gives organizations more confidence that devices are risk-free and secure before users access corporate resources.

Skycure’s real-time mobile threat protection leverages a public app for guaranteed user privacy and simple maintenance, plus global crowd-sourced intelligence to ensure protection from zero day threats.

This solution is designed to proactively protect against all mobile threat vectors—malware, network-based risks, and OS and app vulnerability risks—to help you identify and remediate these risks before they become a problem. Once a threat is detected, Skycure immediately applies on-device protections and notifies Intune to enforce device status changes and conditional access controls to ensure that corporate data stays protected.

“This integration makes it easy for you to apply Skycure’s threat detection as an additional input into Intune’s device compliance settings, giving Intune dynamic control over access to corporate resources and data based on Skycure’s real-time analysis,” writes the team.

Microsoft EMS and Skycure integrates
Microsoft EMS and Skycure integrates

For more details on how to deploy and use Skycure with Intune, check out this documetation.

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