As most of you know, Microsoft released an updated version of Windows Intune in June 2012. In today’s blog post we’ll walk through the process to activate your new features in Windows Intune, how the process will work and everything you need to know to jump into the June 2012 release.
In July, each of you received a notice on your System Overview page informing you about the upcoming update for October 2011 customers:
Starting in September, you’ll be able to access our update tool which is built into the Administrator section of your Administrator Console. For customers without Office 365, you will create a new account. For customers that already have a Microsoft Online Service ID (Office 365, etc.) you’ll be able to enter that ID in and upgrade your account directly.
Prior to your update occurring, Microsoft will be performing some maintenance. 5-10 days prior to the maintenance a notice will appear in your Administrator Console with the following information:
At this point you have no action items and nothing of you is required. Once your maintenance is complete, you’ll receive the message below on your System Overview which gives a brief overview of the update process:
Once you receive this message you can open your Administrator Section in the Administrator Console:
If you already have a Microsoft Online Services ID (Office 365, etc) you should click Provide my user ID. If you do not have a Microsoft Online Services ID, please click the Create a user ID link.
Once you click the option that best suites you, you’ll be taken to the Windows Intune Account Portal signup/sign-in page. If you choose to create a new user ID you will be sent to a page that looks similar to this:
Fill out all the correct information and hit “I accept and continue”. Once that is completed you’ll be brought back to the Windows Intune Admin Console.
If you already have a Microsoft Online Services ID (Office 365, etc.) you will be presented with the dialog below. Once you hit “I accept” you will be taken into the account portal to complete some account information. In both cases the update may take up to 15 minutes so please be patient.
When the upgrade is finished you will be logging into Windows Intune at new URLs:
- Admin Console: https://admin.manage.microsoft.com
- Account Portal: https://account.manage.microsoft.com
- Information Worker Portal: https://portal.manage.microsoft.com
- Mobile Information Worker Portal: https://m.manage.microsoft.com
After you’ve logged in you’ll be able to enjoy new features such as Azure Active Directory, Mobile Device Management, iOS and Android software deployment and many other great features.
Jon L. – Microsoft
Windows Intune Support Engineer