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Administration of Windows Intune

Updated: December 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows Intune


In the Windows Intune™ administrator console, in the Administration workspace, you can view details about your Windows Intune account (such as account name, status, and active seat count) and perform the following tasks:

  • Updates: Configure service settings to select the products or categories of products for which you want to manage updates, and the update classifications for which you want to manage updates. When you do this, Windows Intune checks whether updates are needed for only the products or categories and update classifications that you select. To ensure that all critical and security updates are installed as quickly as possible on your managed computers, you can also set up automatic update approval rules and deadlines for installation of approved updates. For information, see Configuring Windows Intune Updates.

  • Alerts and Notifications: Enable alert types that are important, disable those that are not important, and set Monitoring alert thresholds for alert types so that Windows Intune can notify you if a threshold was met or exceeded. You can also configure Windows Intune to send you or other users email notifications about new alerts, based on rules that you set. For information, see Configuring Windows Intune Alert Types and Setting Windows Intune Alert Type Thresholds.

  • Administrator Management: Designate Windows Intune service administrators who have either full access or read-only access to the Windows Intune administrator console. For information about how to designate Windows Intune service administrators, see Adding and Managing Administrators in Windows Intune.

    You can also view the list of Windows Intune tenant administrators. Tenant administrators have full administrative rights to the Windows Intune administrator console. They can perform all operations in the console, including adding or deleting Windows Intune service administrators. In addition, they can assign other tenant administrators by using the Windows Intune account portal. To add, delete, or manage tenant administrators, you must sign in to the Windows Intune account portal.

    By default, the individual who subscribes to Windows Intune becomes a global administrator for Microsoft Online Services and a tenant administrator for the Windows Intune administrator console. As a global administrator for Microsoft Online Services, that individual has the same privileges across all Microsoft Online Services for the organization and can add other tenant administrators for the Windows Intune administrator console.

    For more information about Windows Intune administrator roles, see “Administrator Roles” in the Windows Intune Getting Started Guide. For information about administrator roles for Microsoft Online Services, see Assigning administrator roles.

  • Client Software Download: Deploy the Windows Intune client software manually or automatically. You can manually install the software on targeted devices that you want to manage with Windows Intune, or you can automate the software deployment to groups of computers by using Group Policy or another automated deployment method. Before you download and deploy the client software, ensure that you have reviewed Planning for Windows Intune Client Deployment and Enrollment.

  • Storage Use: View information about or delete managed software applications and updates that have been uploaded to Windows Intune Cloud Storage, and learn how to purchase additional storage. A trial subscription to Windows Intune includes 2 gigabytes (GB) of cloud-based storage that is used to store managed software applications and updates. A paid subscription to Windows Intune includes 20GB of storage per month, with the option to purchase additional storage space at 1GB increments. For more information, see Purchasing Additional Storage for Windows Intune.

    You cannot purchase additional storage during any Windows Intune trial or beta period.

  • Mobile Device Management: Configure Windows Intune to directly manage mobile devices in your organization, including Windows RT devices, Windows Phone 8 devices, and iOS devices. You can also download the Windows Intune Exchange Connector to set up a connection with your Exchange environment to enroll and manage mobile devices that are connected to Exchange.

  • Company Portal: Customize the Windows Intune company portal to display your company specific information, such as your company name, contact information for IT support, and URLs for your company privacy statement and internal support website. You can also customize the company portal with your company log, company name, theme color, and background. For information, see Customizing the Windows Intune Company Portal.

    The URLs for the company portal and the mobile company portal are configured automatically based on your Windows Intune subscription name.

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