Microsoft today announced Windows Intune (formerly System Center Online Desktop Manager (SCODM), a new cloud-based desktop management solution. I attended the Live Meeting for MVPs and took some screenshots and notes which I am going to share in this post. My first impression is that Windows Intune is easy-to use but it offers only basic desktop management features.

Windows Intune

Windows Intune main features ^

  • Updates (from what I could I see the interface is quite simple and is no match for WSUS)
  • Malware protection (based on Security Essentials (client-side) and Forefront (backend))
  • Monitoring (alerts about malware incidents, updates, and Intune messages)
  • Remote Assistance (Easy Assist has to be initiated by the end user, allows remote control and file transfers, is firewall friendly, runs through Port 443)
  • Security Policies (malware, updates, Windows Firewall, Group Policy overrides Intune policies)
  • Hardware and software inventory (simple inventory solution)
  • Licensing (only Microsoft software)

Windows Intune essentials ^

  • Beta available only in the US, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, only the first 1000 registrants will get access; (Update: no more beta tester are accepted)
  • Windows Intune is for organizations with 25 to 500 PCs
  • Agent has to be installed on Windows clients
  • Windows Intune backend runs in Microsoft's cloud
  • Is managed through web browser interface with Silverlight (SSL encrypted)
  • Is not intended as a replacement for Configuration Manager at the moment, but will be extended in the future
  • Supports Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7
  • No support for Windows Server versions at the moment
  • No Active Directory required
  • Windows Intune does not support software deployment and OS deployment
  • No scripting supported
  • No Software Assurance required
  • Windows Intune license includes the right to access Windows 7 Enterprise upgrades and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)
  • Pricing not yet available
  • Release date of the final version is not yet known, Windows Intune RTM probably available within a year

Windows Intune resources ^

Windows Intune screenshots ^

Windows Intune All Computers Windows Intune Computers Overview Windows Intune Computers GroupsWindows Intune All Computers Windows Intune Administration Overview Windows Intune Administration Windows Intune Administration 2 Windows Intune Client Software Download Windows Intune Policies Windows Intune Create Policy Windows-Intune-Create-Policy-2 Windows Intune Policies Firewall Windows Intune Updates Overview Windows Intune Computers Groups Updates Windows Intune Software Inventory Windows Intune Software Details Windows Intune Malware Protection Windows Intune Malware Protection 2 Windows Intune Alerts Overview Windows Intune Reports Overview Windows Intune Software Reports Windows Intune Licenses Overview Windows Intune Liceneses Add Agreements Windows Intune Client Windows Intune Malware Protection Client

Windows Intune video introduction ^

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2 Comments
  1. Migration Expert Zone 12 years ago

    One thing you neglected to mention: The beta program for Intune is accepting only 1,000 “customers and IT partners.” Wonder how long this will be in beta and what it will cost after that.

  2. Michael Pietroforte 12 years ago

    I mentioned the 1,000 registrants limit under Windows Intune Essentials section. If I remember it right, then they said they said the beta might last for one year. I think the most interesting question will be if organizations will want to store their inventory data in the cloud.

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