Unified Device Management with Windows Intune and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1
Together, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Intune deliver a unified device management solution for the enterprise, built on a "people-centric" model, where the user is the focus, not the device. Using these solutions, you can provide users with access to the corporate resources (applications and data) they need on the devices they choose. In addition, IT administrators can address the unique challenges created by bring your own device (BYOD) policies by being able to identify and manage endpoint devices, including Windows PCs (physical and virtual), tablets, smartphones, Macs, and embedded devices, all through a unified administration console.
With the latest release, the Windows Intune service is now expanded to 45 additional countries taking the total to 87 countries worldwide.
Endpoint Protection 2012 SP1 contains enhancements, including:
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How to Manage Mobile Devices by Using the Windows Intune Connector in Configuration Manager
Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 lets you manage Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, iOS, and Android devices by using the Windows Intune service over the internet. Although you use the Windows Intune service, management tasks are completed by using the Configuration Manager console. You can use the Windows Intune connector site system role in the Configuration Manager console to connect to the Windows Intune service. This enables you to embrace BYOD and provide mobile apps to employees while, at the same time, protecting company data by exercising control over mobile device enrollment and security settings.
The Company Portal and User-Owned Devices
When employees use their own devices they expect to have some control over the apps they download, in addition to privacy for their personal data. The BYOD scenario lets you balance employee concerns with company constraints. Users can manage their devices by using the company portal. The company portal is a self-service portal that lets users control what apps are installed on their devices. Also, the company portal is customized for that platform so that users will only see apps available for their device type.
The Windows Intune Subscription and the Windows Intune Connector
Before you can install the Windows Intune connector, you first have to subscribe to the Windows Intune service and configure your Windows Intune subscription. Your subscription lets you configure which user collection can enroll mobile devices. Also, your subscription lets you configure a portal that will host your company apps and then lets users manage their devices.
About the Author
Martin Booth is a Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager with the Windows Server & Management team at Microsoft, specializing in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
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