A press release by Microsoft said the cloud-based management and security service now allowed an even better way of managing personal computers and mobile devices. The update (also called Wave D) enables customers to manage mobile devices either directly from the cloud-based Windows Intune management solution or with Microsoft System Centre 2012 Configuration Manager with SP1 by using a new Windows Intune connector.
By using this console, administrators can use the single interface to manage not only servers, desktops, and laptops, but also mobile devices. Organisations can, thus, get added insight into the ways employees use their mobile devices to access company data.
The Configuration Manager infrastructure enables support for very large installations of as much as approximately 100,000 users, computers, and mobile devices in a single management infrastructure.
The update also has new licensing options to help integrate Windows Intune into hybrid management solutions that include both cloud-based and on-premise System Centre-based management systems. This unified hybrid device management license can help simplify the process of licensing mobile and personal computer devices, because it licenses the user rather than the device.
The newest version of Windows Intune allows for management of Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iOS-based phones and tablets and Android phones. When Windows Intune had first been introduced into the market in 2011, it was only a PC management and security service, but with recent updates, it has also become a PC and device management service.
The various uses of Windows Intune for organisations include unified infrastructure, device management and security. Clients can manage their IT environment through the cloud, or extend existing on-premises solution by integrating Windows Intune with System Centre Configuration Manager. This allows integrated device security and compliance management, centralized management either in the cloud or on-premises with the System Centre Configuration Manager. Besides, the update will now ensure that remotely located, mobile, as well as branch office employees work in a security-enhanced environment with their devices.
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