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Set up device enrollment in Microsoft Intune


Updated: August 11, 2015

Applies To: Microsoft Intune

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To let users use company resources on mobile devices (including Android, iOS, and Windows Phone) you must enable device enrollment, the process that brings devices into management. To do this you must first set Intune as your mobile device authority and enable enrollment for the device's operating system. Computers running Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 can also be managed as mobile devices or you can manage them using Intune client software.

To enable MDM enrollment you must set the mobile device management authority. The MDM authority defines the single management service with permission to manage a set of devices. Options for MDM authority include Intune, Configuration Manager with Intune, or Office 365 MDM solutions. To get started, set your Intune as the MDM authority.

You must then enable enrollment for the operating systems your organization wants to support. Certain mobile device operating systems (for example Windows and iOS) require a trust relationship between devices and Intune to allow management.

Organizations can use Intune to manage large numbers of mobile devices with a single user account. The device enrollment manager account is a special Intune account with permission to enroll more than five devices. See Enroll corporate-owned devices with the Device Enrollment Manager in Microsoft Intune.

For Intune to directly manage mobile devices, users need to enroll devices into Intune. For mobile devices that users have not enrolled you can enable Exchange ActiveSync management using the Exchange connector. Exchange devices can be managed in both on premises servers and for hosted Exchange on Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud. The Exchange connector connects you with your Exchange deployment and lets you manage mobile devices through the Intune console. See Mobile device management with Exchange ActiveSync and Microsoft Intune

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