This article posted by MiniTool organization introduces a Microsoft-developed cloud-related software named Microsoft Intune. It has a close relationship with Windows Azure and can be found in Azure, Microsoft 365, or Microsoft Enterprise Mobility.

With Intune, you can control how your organization’s devices are used including mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. Also, you are able to set up specific policies to manage applications.

Microsoft Intune Features

Intune aims to offer unified end-point management to both BYOD (bring your own device) equipment and corporate in a way that protects corporate data. That is to say, Intune allows members in an organization to use their personal devices. Yet, on personal devices, it protects organization data by isolating organization data from personal data.

Intune also extends some of the “on-premises” functionality of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) of Microsoft to the Windows Azure cloud. Actually, it integrates with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to determine who can access and what they can access.

Also, Intune Microsoft integrates with Azure Information Protection for data protection. It can be used with the Microsoft 365 suite of products.

Below are the main features of Intune:

  • Deploy and authenticate programs on devices on-premises and mobile.
  • Set rules and configure settings on both organizational and personal devices for data & network access.
  • Control how users access and share data to protect organization information.
  • Make sure devices and apps are compliant with your security requirements.
  • Enables you to completely base on cloud or cooperate with SCCM.
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What Does Microsoft Intune Do?

The supported OSes by Intune are Windows 8 Professional & Enterprise; Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate; Windows Vista Professional & Enterprise & Ultimate; as well as Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3.

Administration of Intune is done with a web browser. Administrator console based on Microsoft Silverlight version 3.0 enables Intune to invoke remote tasks such as malware scan. Yet, a Silverlight v3.0-compatible browser is needed. Moreover, the administrator has to provide a Windows Live ID, aka a Microsoft account.

Since v2.0, Microsoft Intune supports installation packages in form of .exe, .msi, and .msp. Installation packages are compressed and encrypted on Microsoft Azure Storage. Once login, software installation will start immediately.

Intune can record and manage volume, retail, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) licenses, and licenses that are administered by third parties. It can also control the upgrade of itself to the latest new versions.

Besides, Intune is able to record inventory info automatically. When problems happen, those computers managed by Intune will be gathered together. Intune notifies support staff and notifying an external dealer through email.

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Microsoft Intune Pricing

No on-premises infrastructure is required for clients to make use of Intune while management is completed using a web-based portal. Distribution is through a subscription system in which a fixed monthly cost is incurred per user. It’s included in the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite and Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise E5, which were both succeeded by Microsoft 365 in July 2017.

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