Windows Intune is new desktop infrastructure solution that uses cloud services, Windows 7 Enterprise upgrade rights, and advanced tools included in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) to help midmarket businesses keep their PCs managed, secure, and up-to-date. Expected availability for this offering is within the next year, but in the meantime, you can sign up for a beta account of the Windows Intune cloud service component through the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal. This beta contains all the features that are planned for release, and will allow you to deploy to as many as 20 PCs.
What can you do with the beta?
When you sign up for an account, you will be able to manage and secure your PCs from the cloud with the following capabilites:
ü Help protect PCs from malware
ü Manage Microsoft updates
ü Proactively monitor PCs
ü Provide remote assistance
ü Inventory hardware and software
ü Set security policies
As with any beta release, our goal here is to have real customers give the service a solid evaluation, provide feedback and comments, and of course file bugs you may find along the way. To help you do this, we have established a TechCenter site that includes all the resources you will require, such as deployment information, discussion forums, support, and how-to tips and tricks to get you going.
How to enroll:
The Windows Intune beta is publicly available, but space is limited! We will be accepting the first 1000 customers in North America who sign up through the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal. Once you’re signed up and you have received the confirmation email, you can log in to the service, download your client software and deploy it to as many as 20 computers. When you start using the service, we encourage you to visit our TechCenter site, where you can post questions in the forums, review documentation and get assistance. And you can learn more about Windows Intune at www.windowsintune.com.
Upcoming posts on this blog will describe deployment strategies in more detail, and will also focus on the individual technologies you’ll find in Windows Intune.