How to Manage Mobile Devices by Using the Windows Intune Connector in Configuration Manager

wrenchSystem Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 lets you manage Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, iOS, and Android devices by using the Windows Intune service over the internet. Although you use the Windows Intune service, management tasks are completed by using the Configuration Manager console. You can use the Windows Intune connector site system role in the Configuration Manager console to connect to the Windows Intune service.

The consumerization of IT introduces trends like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to the workplace. BYOD is a scenario where employees use their personal mobile devices to perform work-related tasks. Companies that embrace BYOD must be able provide mobile apps to employees and, at the same time, protect company data by exercising control over mobile device enrollment and security settings.

When employees use their own devices they expect to have some control over the apps they download, in addition to privacy for their personal data. The BYOD scenario lets you balance employee concerns with company constraints. Users can manage their devices by using the company portal. The company portal is a self-service portal that lets users control what apps are installed on their devices. Also, the company portal is customized for that platform so that users will only see apps available for their device type. The following table lists what actions users can control on their devices by using the company portal.

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J.C. Hornbeck | Knowledge Engineer | Management and Security Division

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