Updated: February 28, 2013
Applies To: Windows Intune December 2012 Release
Windows Intune policies provide settings that control software updates, Endpoint Protection, Windows Firewall settings, and the end-user experience in the Windows Intune Center, which is installed on all computers that are managed by Windows Intune. Windows Intune also provides settings to control the security of users’ mobile devices, including Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, and Apple iOS devices. In the Windows Intune administrator console, you can use the Policy workspace to create policies based on templates, configure policy settings, and then deploy policies to device or user groups. For information about the policy settings that you can configure, see Policy Settings Reference. For information about how to create a policy, see Creating a Policy.
Policy templates also now include the option to deploy policies with recommended settings, so that you can easily create and deploy policies that implement best practices. In addition, Windows Intune provides detailed information about mobile policy conflicts and recommended actions to take, so that you can quickly identify conflicting mobile policy settings, and then resolve the conflicts. You can also force a refresh on policies on computers by using the Refresh Policies remote task. For more information, see Refreshing Policies.
In the Policy workspace, a status summary lets you quickly identify and prioritize issues that require your immediate attention. You can also search for policies by name or description. A policy status summary also appears on the System Overview page.