Windows Intune – part 1. (survival guide)

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From second or third of January Windows Intune is available in Croatia. Not just in Croatia. Windows Intune is Available also in Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia. This is almost whole region. Unfortunately Windows Intune is not available in Bosnia for now. I hope that this situation with Bosnia will change soon. In this series of posts I will try to describe what is Windows Intune, how to configure it, how to use it and what is bigges value of Windows Intune for customers and ITPros.

So what is Windows Intune?

Windows Intune combines both cloud and on-premises capabilities to fit your PC and mobile device management needs.

Of course this is Microsoft sentence but this sentence very good describes value of Windows Intune. My personal opinion is that Windows Intune is very good tailored product for most customers which don’t have or don’t want to have IT departments. Windows Intune have combined System Center Operations Manager and System Center Configuration Manager functionality in cloud. For managing your clients you must have web browser and internet access. And of course Windows Intune subscription. New Windows Intune is supporting BYOD which is most growing trend in IT currently (my personal opinion). Support is enhanced from PCs to Windows 8 RT, Windows Phone 8, Android and iOS devices. Windows Intune integrates with Active Directory Domain Services so that you can align with existing user accounts and security groups form your local Active Directory or from Azure Active Directory. You can also centralize management of updates, software, and policies for user devices. It supports integration with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. Now you can manage devices which is not part of your domain.

And what I do not want is to turn this post into Windows Intune listing options and capabilities. I will describe it in blog posts that follows. All what you will need after some time is Windows Intune subscription. In next post I will describe how to add users and Windows Intune interfaces.

You can subscribe for a 30 day trial account here.

And here is some pricing and features details. Stay well until next time. Winking smile 

Intune features and prices

From SCCM 2012 RC to SCCM 2012 SP1 in few steps.

I finally upgrade my System Center Configuration Manager form RC version to RTM version with SP1 included.

As I had “small” collation problem I couldn’t just simply reinstall it. For that reason I was uninstall my SCCM completely. Plan was to keep server name in Active Directory and to keep same site name.

In that reinstallation I was separate my SQL server from my SCCM server. Now I have SQL 2012 SP1 for all (future)System Center products, and SCCM is connected to it.

After one working day my job was done and I have fully functional SCCM. Now I have to wait for clients to contact SCCM. Most of clients were contact SCCM in next two days, but some clients don’t.

Then I use some old stuff which can be found on Niall Brady forum. As I’m very lazy Smile, and I don’t want to type all over again You can find solution for deploying/redeploying clients here.

Package Conversion Manager 2.0

Recently Microsoft releases Package Conversion Manager 2.0 (PCM 2.0). PCM 2.0 is tool for conversion packages and programs to deployment type applications in System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. PCM 2.0 also have migration feature which allows package to be migrated from System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center Configuration Manager 2012. PCM 2.0 comes in 6 languages and works with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 with or without SP1

Here is feature summary of PCM 2.0:

You can download PCM 2.0 from here.

More about PCM 2.0 and System Center Configuration Manager can be found here

System Center Service Pack 1 is generally available

Finally. Microsoft promise to customers that SP1 for System Center will be available “very early in 2013”. And 15th of January, SP1 is generally available. Smile

This service pack brings vey much new things but crucial is fully support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 OS

More information and download location can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/default.aspx.

Windows Intune is available in Croatia

Finally Windows Intune is available in Croatia. You can sign up for try in next 30 days

Windows Intune offers unified solution for managing your laptop, PC and different mobile devices.

More about Intune can be found here

You can manage up to 5 devices per user