5 Tips on Deploying Your Modern Desktop: Looking at Microsoft Intune

 Mar 06, 2019

If you have been at Microsoft Ignite, you might have seen some of the Top Tech Tips of the trainers at New Horizons. Our Senior Tech Training Itvinder Mankoo presented 5 top tips on Deploying Your Modern Desktop: Looking at Microsoft Intune. In this blog you will read about these 5 top tips, and what else you can learn to help you deploy your Modern Desktop.


What is Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune helps organisations minimize complexity by offering mobile device management through the cloud with integrated data protection and compliance capabilities.

Intune is the part of Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) that manages mobile devices and apps. It integrates closely with other EMS components like Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for identity and access control and Azure Information Protection for data protection. When you use it with Office 365, you can enable your workforce to be productive on all their devices, while keeping your organization's information protected


Tip 1:- Use your own device (BYOD)

Microsoft Intune allows employees with the ability to register, enrol, and manage their devices. They can install corporate applications from the self-service Company Portal.

Certificates can be deployed for WIFI, VPN, and email profiles automatically once a device is enrolled thus ensuring security.

Devices with IOS and Android operating systems can be streamlined for enrolment.

Intune provides a comprehensive management solution through a single administrative console that allows you to manage across a variety of devices, not only the hand-held devices but also PCs and laptops


Tip2:- Increase productivity with Office mobile Apps

Microsoft Intune increase the productivity of your end-users with access to corporate resources on Office mobile apps. For this to work an Office 365 ProPlus license will be required inorder to activate Office 365 ProPlus apps deployed through Microsoft Intune (Business edition not currently supported)

With a commercial subscription to Office 365, you can use the Intune mobile device management capabilities built into Office 365.

Tip 3:- Protect your Data

Corporate data is secured, based on enrolment status of the devices and policies set by the administrator for Exchange email, Outlook email, and OneDrive for Business documents.

Intune is not integrated with Active Directory (AD); however, administrators can use it to distribute security policies to all Intune-managed PCs. This includes administrator controlled updates, firewall settings, and endpoint protection policies. However, if these PCs are also managed by AD, then AD's Group Policy settings will take precedence.

It is possible create security policies, limit access to Office 365 email and documents on managed devices, also use selective wipe to remove Office 365 from managed devices.


Tip 4:- No Infrastructure required

There is no need to plan, purchase, and maintain hardware and infrastructure by managing mobile devices from the cloud with Intune.

Microsoft Intune is a major part of the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), which is a set of cloud-based services that provide threat detection, identity management on top of the data protection and device management that Intune standalone delivers.

As a cloud-based service, you manage devices and protect company data without the overhead of network infrastructure costs.

Microsoft Intune can manage iOS, Android, Mac OS X, and Windows Phone devices, as well as Windows RT and Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 devices as mobile devices.


Tip 5:- Integrate with your Enterprise

If an organisation already uses Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, Microsoft Intune can be integrated to be used as part of the Configuration Manager. Configuration Manager is used to manage on-premises devices, Intune can extend its usage to manage mobile devices.

Main benefits of this option are a unified management system for both on-premises and mobile device management. With this hybrid implementation of Intune you can manage more than 50,000 devices.


In organisations where there are a diverse amount of devices Intune is the way to go forward to protect company data and devices with the added ability to easily securely manage these devices from the cloud without the owner ship of extensive infrastructure/hardware costs.


If you’re keen to learn more about Microsoft Intune and how to Integrate MDM and Cloud Services with System Center Configuration Manager, check out the training available on the topic here.


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About the Author:

Itvinder Mankoo  

With nearly 20 years in the IT training industry, Itvinder is one of New Horizons’ most experienced Infrastructure trainers. Throughout her career as a technical training consultant, Itvinder has successfully imparted knowledge and expertise to numerous IT professionals in the areas of Server Operating Systems, Messaging, Collaboration and ITIL®. Ensuring her knowledge and delivery capability is up to date with the latest technologies, Itvinder has recently become qualified to deliver training programs in System Center 2012 and SharePoint 2013.

With her extensive skill-set, Itvinder brings a thorough mentoring capability to the classroom where she can advise on technical issues and challenges often beyond the scope of the course curriculum. A very approachable and experienced training professional, Itvinder has the ability to quickly establish credibility with students at all levels.

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