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Administrative console reference for Windows Intune

Updated: April 1, 2014

Applies To: Windows Intune

Different administrative tasks for Windows Intune require you to use one of two administrative websites, the Windows Intune account portal or the Windows Intune administrator console.

The following information can help you identify where in each console you do various tasks.

The Windows Intune account portal is where tenant administrators manage the subscription.

A tenant administrator’s assigned administrator role determines what details that user can view and manage in the account portal. For example, an administrator with the Billing Administrator role can manage all options under Subscriptions, has read-only access to Users and Security Groups, but cannot view the Domains page of the portal.

 

Node Page Tasks

Admin Overview

Start here

View information about common tasks you do to set up your subscription.

Setup

Overview

There are no configurations to make on this page. However, the information you find here can help you to set up key components of your subscription.

Management

Users

Manage user accounts, including:

  • Add, edit, delete users, and reset passwords.

  • Assign users a license to use Windows Intune.

  • Assign administrator roles (permissions) to users to grant access to the account portal.

This page also contains links to:

  • Set up single sign-on for your users.

  • Set up Active Directory synchronization.

Security Groups

Manage logical groups of user accounts that are stored in your instance of Azure AD. You can use security groups as criteria for groups you create in the Groups page of the Windows Intune administrator console.

This page also contains links to:

  • Set up single sign-on for your user.

  • Set up Active Directory synchronization.

Domains

Set up the domain name for your subscription.

By default, your subscription includes a domain name as part of the Microsoft Online Services domain, and appears as <domain>.onmicrosoft.com.

After you subscribe to Windows Intune, you can reconfigure you subscription to use a domain name you own.

For more information, see Internet domain management, in the Microsoft Azure AD documentation.

Subscriptions

Manage

View details of your subscription and its expiration date. You can also drill through to purchase or modify your subscription, including:

  • Convert a free 30-day trial into a full, paid subscription.

  • Buy licenses and add-ons, like Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, or buy extra cloud storage space.

  • Set up an authorized partner.

Licenses

View how many licenses you have available.

Purchase

Manage your subscription, including:

  • Convert a free, 30-day trial into a full, paid subscription.

  • Buy licenses and add-ons.

Software

View the software you have bought from Microsoft Online Services on the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal.

Support

Overview

This page contains a link to TechNet forums for Windows Intune.

You can also manage delegated administrators who are Microsoft Certified Partners for Microsoft cloud services and who manage your subscription on your behalf. If you do not use a partner to manage your subscription, you do not use delegated administrators.

Service Requests

Find details for getting support by phone or by email.

Service Health

View the status of the Windows Intune service.

The Windows Intune Administrator console is where service administrators manage day-to-day tasks for Windows Intune. These tasks include but are not limited to deploying software, managing Endpoint Protection and software updates, configuring policy, and monitoring the devices you manage.

A service administrator has either Full access or Read-only access to all objects and pages in the administration console. Any service administrator with full access permissions can manage the permissions of other service administrators.

 

Workspace Page More information

System Overview

System Overview

A central location where you can assess the overall health of the devices you manage. In addition, several of the objects you can view support drillthrough to provide more details, including alerts and computer or mobile device summaries.

In addition, the Notice Board appears in this workspace to inform you of important service announcements such as an upcoming service upgrade, maintenance, or outage. To view notices, click Notices in the navigation pane of the Alerts workspace.

Administration

Overview

View high-level details of your service, including:

  • Details about your subscription

  • Details about your cloud storage

  • Links to check the status of the service

Updates

Configure settings for managing updates, including:

  • Product categories to synchronize

  • Update classifications

  • Automatic Approval Rules

For more information, see Keep your computers up to date with software updates in Windows Intune.

To approve or decline updates, use the All Updates page of the Updates workspace.

Alerts and Notifications

Manage alerts, including the following:

  • Enable or disable alert types you want to view.

  • Set alert thresholds.

  • Set up email notification for alerts.

For more information, see Configure alerts in Windows Intune.

Administrator Management

View and manage administrator accounts, including:

  • Add and manage existing service administrators.

  • View a list of tenant administrators or service administrators.

For more information, see Windows Intune administrator accounts in this topic.

For information about configuring administrator accounts, see Task 5: Assign administrative users in the Set up Windows Intune topic.

Client Software Download

Manage the Windows Intune client, including:

  • Tasks to complete prior to deploying the client software

  • Download and deploy the client software.

  • Tasks to complete after you deploy the client software.

For more information, see Set up your computers to be managed by Windows Intune.

Storage Use

Manage and review your use of your cloud storage:

  • View the amount of cloud storage you have available.

  • View a list of applications and updates that are stored in your cloud storage.

  • Delete objects from your cloud storage.

Mobile Device Management

Manage mobile devices, including:

  • Set Mobile Device Management Authority to be Windows Intune.

  • Upload required certificates for mobile devices.

  • Download and deploy company portal apps.

  • Download a connector for Exchange ActiveSync.

For more information, see Prepare to manage mobile devices with Windows Intune.

Company Portal

Customize your information for the Windows Intune company portal.

For more information, see Task 7: Configure the Company Portal.

Groups

Overview

View high-level details to identify and prioritize issues that require your immediate attention, including:

  • Status for alerts, updates, and Endpoint Protection

  • Policy issues

  • Software status

  • Device health

You can also create new groups and run reports for hardware inventory.

All Users

View and manage users that have permission to use the subscription, including:

  • Create groups of users.

  • View details about users and groups of users.

  • View the device associations for users.

To add a new user or grant a license to use the subscription, use the Users page in the Management node of the Windows Intune account portal.

All Devices

View and manage the devices that are enrolled with your subscription, including:

  • Create groups of devices.

  • View details about the device, and view groups that include the device.

  • Associate users with devices.

  • Retire or wipe devices.

  • Run Remote Tasks on devices.

Updates

Overview

View high-level details for Update status and Cloud Storage status to identify and prioritize issues that require your immediate attention.

You can also start the Upload Update – Windows Intune Software Publisher to deploy non-Microsoft updates with Windows Intune.

This page also links to common tasks including:

  • Select classifications and products for updates in the Administration node of this console.

  • Set up Automatic Approval Settings in the Administration node of this console.

  • View reports for updates.

For information about update management, see Keep your computers up to date with software updates in Windows Intune.

All Updates

Manage which updates you plan to deploy to computers, including:

  • Approve or decline updates for deployment.

  • Start the Upload Update – Windows Intune Software Publisher to deploy non-Microsoft updates with Windows Intune.

  • View details about updates including which computers need or have an update, and computers that have failed to install an update.

  • Access additional information about an update from Microsoft.com.

By default, Non-Microsoft Updates and Mandatory Updates always appear, even if there are no updates available in those categories. Other classifications appear only after you enable those classifications in the Updates page of the Administration workspace of the Windows Intune administrator console.

Endpoint Protection

Overview

View high-level details for Endpoint Protection to identify and prioritize issues that require your immediate attention, including:

  • Current malware and computer status

  • Top malware instances in your environment

  • Links to relevant Microsoft Malware Protection Center topics

All Malware

Manage tasks for protecting your computers and for investigating malware that was found on computers in your environment, including:

  • View the status of malware threats in your environment.

  • Initiate quick and full scans for malware.

  • Update malware definitions on computers.

  • Learn more about specific malware.

For information about configuring Endpoint Protection for computers and scheduling automatic scans, see Help secure your computers with Endpoint Protection and Windows Firewall policy for Windows Intune.

Alerts

Overview

View high-level summaries for alerts to assess the overall health of managed computers in your organization.

This page also links to common tasks, including:

  • Configuring alert types.

  • Configuring notification rules.

All Alerts

Manage details for alerts, including:

  • Set up alert types.

  • Close or reactivate alerts.

  • View troubleshooting information when it’s available.

Software

Overview

View high-level details for software status.

This page also links to common tasks including:

  • Start the Add Software – Windows Intune Software Publisher to prepare software for deployment to devices.

  • View Managed Software.

Detected Software

View a list of the software that Windows Intune detected on computers that you manage.

Managed Software

Manage software you deploy to computers, including:

  • Deploy software as a package as a link to a web-based application or as a Windows Store app.

  • Configure automatic deployments.

  • Modify or delete managed software.

For more information about deploying software, see Prepare for software deployment with Windows Intune.

Licenses

Overview

View high-level details for the software license agreements you have added to Windows Intune.

This page also links to common tasks, including:

  • Upload Microsoft Software License Terms information to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) site.

  • Add and track license or software agreement information for Microsoft and non-Microsoft software that was purchased by other means.

  • Compare the entitlement information that Windows Intune retrieves from VLSC to the inventory of Microsoft software that Windows Intune detects on your managed computers.

  • Create custom license groups to organize the view of your licenses.

  • View license reports.

For more information, see Manage license agreements for computer software in Windows Intune.

TipTip
Use the Windows Intune account portal to manage Windows Intune licenses.

All Agreements

Manage details for software licenses you have added to Windows Intune.

Policy

Overview

View high-level details for policy issues to identify and prioritize issues that require your immediate attention.

This page also links to common tasks including:

  • Add new policies.

  • View the list of policies you already have.

For information about using policies, see Manage computers with Windows Intune.

All Policies

Manage policies, including:

  • Define or add new policies, and edit or delete policies.

  • Deploy policies to groups of users or devices.

  • View information about policies you previously created.

Policy Conflicts

Manage policy conflicts, including:

  • Identify conflicting policy settings.

  • View recommended actions.

Exchange Access for Mobile

Manage the interaction of Windows Intune with Exchange, including:

  • Manage the default level of access.

  • Define custom access rules for subsets of mobile devices.

Reports

Overview

View descriptions of the different report categories.

Update Reports

Manage reports about updates, by device, including criteria for:

  • Update classifications and status

  • Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) rating

  • Effective approval

Detected Software Reports

Manage reports about software in your environment, including criteria for:

  • Device group

  • Publisher

  • Categories

Computer Inventory Reports

Manage reports about hardware installed on computers in your environment, including criteria for:

  • Device groups

  • Operating systems

  • Manufacture and models

  • Disk space, memory, and processor speed

Mobile Device Inventory reports

Manage reports about the mobile devices in your environment, including criteria for:

  • Device groups

  • Operating systems

  • Jail-broken or rooted devices

License Purchase Reports

Manage reports about licenses, including criteria for:

  • License type

  • License groups

License Installation Reports

Manage reports about the software that is in the Software Asset Catalog for which you have license details, including criteria for:

  • License type

  • License groups

  • Device groups

 
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