Support Tool for Windows Intune Trial Management of Windows Phone 8

Hello everyone.  My name is Frank Novak and I am an Operations Engineer on the Windows Intune Service with the primary focus on supportability of the service.  Today I wanted to go through the installation and configuration of the “Support Tool for Windows Intune Trial Management of Windows Phone 8” that we recently released.  Now many of you have asked for a method to try the Windows Phone 8 management functionality with the Windows Intune/SCCM Unified Experience.  We heard you and continue to hear you so please keep the feedback coming and we’ll see what other blog content we can create to help you.

So let’s get started with this blog, shall we?

The first step of using this feature is of course to have a Windows Intune Trial Account (create here:) and a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with Service Pack 1 setup.  We also recommend that you update from System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with Service Pack 1 with the Content Update 1 that can be requested here:

Once you have your trial account created and your System Center 2012 Configuration Manager setup and ready to you of course need to download the tool.  The tool can be found here:

The installation of the tool is straight forward.  Download and execute the setup file, accept the License Agreement, Select the location you want the tool to be installed in (default C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Support Tool for Windows Intune Trial management of Windows Phone 8\), and finish the installation.

Once you have selected your installation location and have completed the setup of the tool the next step is to configure your environment with this tool.

On the machine where you installed the Support Tool for Windows Intune Trial Management of Windows Phone 8 navigate to the installation directory and the sub-directory called SSP, example: c:\program files (x86)\Microsoft\Support Tool for Windows Intune Trial management of Windows Phone8\SSP and copy this file to a UNC share that you can easily access from your SCCM Server.

The next step is to then create a NEW application in the Configuration Manager console by following the below steps:

1.  In the SCCM Console navigate to Software Library/Application Management/Applications
2.  Right-click on Applications and click “Create Application” 

Create application

3. When the Create Application Wizard launches change the Automatically detect information about this application from installation files: to Windows Phone app package (*.xap file) and then change the location to where the SSP.XAP file is, in this example \\SCCMServer\SSP\SSP.XAP


4.  In the View imported information screen click Next
5.  In the Specify information about this application screen change the Name of the application, comments, etc to what you prefer.  In this example I have renamed it to Windows Intune Company Portal and then click Next

 Specify information

6.  At the Confirm the settings for this application click Next
7.  Once the application is complete you will receive a screen entitled The Create Application Wizard completed successfully and can click Close

 Completed successfully


Now that we have created the application successfully in the Configuration Manager console we need to deploy this application to the Cloud Distribution Point.  In the Configuration Manager console navigate back to Software Library/Application Management/Applications and you should now notice your application in the right pane of the screen named Windows Intune Company Portal or whatever you decided to call it.  To deploy this application to the Cloud Distribution Point do the following steps:

1.  Right-click on the Application that you created and select Deploy


2.  Once the Deploy Software Wizard opens it is now time to select the Collection you want to target the SSP towards.  In this example I am going to select the collection that I have previously configured the Windows Intune Subscription to target, All Users. 

 Deploy software wizard

3.  In the Wizard click the Browse  button next to Collection and then select your collection, again in this example I will use All Users and then select OK.

 Select collection

4.  Once back at Specify general information for this deployment screen leave Automaticall distribute content for dependencies checked and click Next
5.  In the Specify the content destination screen click Add/Distribution Point in the bottom portion

 Add Distribution Point

6.  In the Add Distribution Points screen place a check mark in MANAGE.MICROSOFT.COM (Cloud) and then select OK

 Add Distribution Points

7.  Once back at the Specify the content destination click Next
8.  In the Specify settings to control how this software is deployed set the Action to Install and Purpose to Available and then click Next

 Deployment Settings

9.  can then click next all the way to the end of the Deploy Software Wizard and select Close at the end.

Congratulations.  You have now completed the steps of creating the application and deploying it to the Cloud Distribution Point.

The next step to this whole process is to Enable the management of Windows Phone 8 Devices.  This is relatively easy to complete and I will walk you through these steps.

1.  The first step to enable the management of Windows Phone 8 devices is to run the script that is included in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Support Tool for Windows Intune Trial management of Windows Phone 8\Support Tool\ConfigureWP8Settings.vbs in it’s Query Mode using the following command: cscript ConfigureWP8Settings.vbs <server> QuerySSPModelName
where <server> is server name for top level site (standalone site or CAS)

 Admin Command Prompt

It is important to notate the Scode_ID<GUID> information as it will be used in the next step.

2.  Next we need to run the script again but this time in Save mode with the SSP name to populate the necessary certificate information that enables Windows Phone 8 Management.  The command will will use this time is: cscript ConfigureWP8Settings.vbs <server> SaveSettings <Company Portal name> where <Company Portal name> is the output for Model Name from the earlier step.

 Company Portal Name

3.  After completion of the steps above, you can now verify that Windows Phone 8 device management is enabled.   You can verify this by going to the Configuration Manager Admin Console and navigating to Administration/Hierarchy Configuration/Windows Intune Subscription.  Right-click on the Windows Intune Subscription and Select Properties  and go to the Windows Phone 8 tab.  You should now see that Windows Phone 8 should be enabled, the certificate should be present, and company portal app should be populated with the application that you previously created for the Windows Intune SSP.

 Windows Intune Subscription Properties

Now you can enroll your Windows Phone 8 devices in your Windows Intune Unified Trial Account.  Thank you for the time to review this blog. I hope having these steps outlined from start to end help you in your journey.  Until next time!

Comments (7)

  1. ბუთუ says:


  2. privin V-prp says:

    May i know the distribution point is need to be created only with manage .microsoft .com..?

  3. Jon Lynn says:

    Yes, Manage.Microsoft.Com is the DP you want to deploy to.

  4. Vladimir says:

    Does this tool means what I do not need to buy WP8 signing certificate from Symantec?

  5. Hello Vladimir –

    This tool enables those on a Windows Intune Trial Account the ability to manage mobile devices during their trial period without the need to purchase a WP8 signing certificate from Symantec.  However, once the trial period ends you will need to purchase the necessary items separately to continue the management of those devices.

    Hope that helps.


  6. Once the trial has expired you should take the following steps to go from the trial management that is listed in this blog when moving to a paid subscription:

    1. Purchase a new Symantec cert.

    2. Download the WP8 company portal app…/details.aspx

    3. Sign the WP8 company portal app you downloaded in Step 2 with your new Symantec cert.

    4. Deploy the company portal app to replace the earlier app used during the trial period

    5. Go to Administration/Hierarchy Configuration/Windows Intune Subscription, and upload the new Symantec cert.

    6. Update the new SSP in the subscription properties

    Hope that helps clarify the process once the trial period on your Windows Intune Subscription has ended.



  7. Mathew says:

    Should this work on SCCM 2012 R2?

    I'm getting a type mismatch: 'UBound' error at (130, 5) when running the SaveSettings part.



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