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Overview of Microsoft Intune and core concepts

 

Updated: August 3, 2015

Applies To: Microsoft Intune

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Mobile device management (MDM) and computer management are the cornerstone of the modern IT department. Today workers, staff and students are more mobile and engaged than ever. Your success depends upon delivering information where its needed while ensuring that information is protected. You need to deploy apps, protect devices, ensure updates are in place, and provision email faster than ever while defending company information.

Microsoft Intune provides a cloud-based service that gives you MDM and computer management while protecting your company's information. Because it is cloud-based, it can be administered from any Silverlight-enabled web browser. Intune provides a cloud-based service that lets your business protect and manage devices throughout their lifecycle.

Before getting started with Intune, familiarize yourself the following:

Microsoft offers a variety of solutions for device management including Intune, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, and Office 365. This topic will help you decide which solution is best for your company or organization.

Intune can manage iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices as well as Windows RT and Windows computer management as mobile devices. If you're looking at Intune for a mobile device management (MDM) solution, review Intune's MDM capabilities and features.

You can install the Intune client software on computers to enable management. Once a computer is managed you can deploy apps and software updates, manage Endpoint Protection and Windows Firewalls, provide remote assistance, and much more. See a list of computer management capabilities.

To successfully use some Intune capabilities, you might need to make changes to your network infrastructure. For example, your firewall might, by default, block some of the network ports required by Intune. Additionally, if you want to synchronize data from Exchange Server, there are also certain firewall exceptions you might have to make.

This section explains Intune's core components including core concepts and components of an Intune subscription. This information includes an overview of administrative tools, expected bandwidth usage, and supported browsers for using Intune. Additionally, this section helps you configure your network to best work with Intune.

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