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5 Reasons Why IT pros Should Consider Windows Intune

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2011/04/12/5-reasons-why-it-pros-should-consider-windows-intune.aspx

The Windows Intune is cloud service helps you centrally manage and secure your PCs through a simple web-based console. No matter if your IT staff or end users are in the main office, at a branch office, or on the road, domain or non-domained joined, Windows Intune will provide the functionality you need. Here are 5 reasons why IT pros should consider using Windows Intune

  1. Windows Intune is a subscription based service with a easy-to-use web-based console; you get immediate insight into your PC environment and can view updates, Forefront status, alerts, security policies, and more. You just need to sign up to the Windows Intune service, have an Internet connection and the Windows Intune client installed on each PC you wish to manage. It’s easy as 1-2-3
  2. It has the benefits of “The Cloud”. With Windows Intune you don’t need to build and maintain a server infrastructure. This means you are not going to need to worry about needing to purchase server hardware, have the right OS licenses, install and configure each server, and on top of all that, design a secure infrastructure. All you need, is a browser.
  3. Windows Intune has EndPoint protection. Endpoint Protection helps enhance the security of managed computers in your organization by providing real-time protection against potential threats. This ensures keeping malicious software, or malware, definitions up-to-date; and automatically running scans. For ease and centralization of computer management, Windows Intune includes a policy template with Endpoint Protection Agent settings so that you can create a policy and deploy it to multiple computers. This can be done across multiple PC’s in any location, worldwide, in seconds.
  4. Take advantage of having the upgrade rights to go to Windows 7 Enterprise with Volume Licensing and Software Assurance. If you are still using Windows XP in your environments (Professional) or Vista (Professional, Business and Ultimate) this is a perfect, cost effective, opportunity to move to Windows 7 Enterprise.
  5. Support your users easily with Microsoft Easy Assist. Windows Intune comes up with free Remote Assistance software, which will enable you to resolve PC issues, regardless of where you or your users are located. You don’t have to spend money to any 3th party remote assistance software or worry about a secure VPN connection anymore.

You get all of this plus much more tools features like software and hardware inventory tracking, the ability to set up security policies, get enhanced reports based on updates, malware status, licensing  and much much more.

I wanted to highlight the top 5 features of Windows Intune which helped make my IT pro life much easier..

To learn more or to get a free 30 day 25 machine trial, visit the Windows Intune Zone on Springboard

 

Feb. 22, 2011

http://mspmentor.net/software-service-and-hardware-service/microsoft-management-summit-surprises-msps

As Microsoft Management Summit 2011 approaches (March 21-25, Las Vegas), MSPmentor is starting to hear more chatter about Windows Intune -- a SaaS platform that may allow MSPs to remotely manage Windows 7 devices. Admittedly, Windows Intune won't dominate the Microsoft conference. But the event will likely allow partners and customers to more closely evaluate Microsoft's progress with the Windows Intune beta. Here's why.

Microsoft will focus at least two conference sessions on Windows Intune. The first, hosted by Microsoft Group Product Manager Alex Heaton and Program Manager Nilesh Bhide, will show attendees how to set up Windows Intune to offer software updates, malware protection and asset inventory to networked Windows 7 PCs that can be located anywhere. The second session, hosted by Erdal Ozkaya, co-founder of CEO IT Training in Australia, will feature real-world demos showing how beta customers currently use Windows Intune.

Generally speaking, I think Microsoft will mainly promote Windows Intune to corporate IT managers when the SaaS service officially debuts sometime in late 2011. But Microsoft is quietly exploring how Windows Intune can potentially benefit managed services providers (MSPs) and VARs. Indeed, Microsoft quietly attended ConnectWise IT Nation in November 2010, meeting with selected MSP industry influencers to talk a bit about the Windows Intune beta.

Assuming Windows Intune works as advertised, I think it may catch on with some selected MSPs. But for broad channel success, I think Microsoft has to stretch Windows Intune beyond its Windows 7 management focus to incorporate non-Windows devices -- including Apple Macintoshes.

http://www.informationweek.com/software/operating-systems/windows-7-rc-stress-testing-begins/d/d-id/1079253?

Windows 7 RC Stress Testing Begins

 

Microsoft hopes to double the number of free tests during the Release Candidate phase because it doesn't want to repeat the same mistakes it made with Windows Vista.

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