What’s New in Windows Intune December 2012 Release

Posted by bink on December 20 2012, 10:29 PM.

Unified Enterprise Management Solution
With this update, you can now manage mobile devices either directly from the cloud-based Windows Intune management solution or with Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with SP1 by using a new Windows Intune connector. Figures 1 and 2 provide an overview of how these two configurations can help manage devices either directly through the cloud or through Configuration Manager on-premise:

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FIGURE 1: WINDOWS INTUNE CLOUD CONFIGURATION


Figure 1 shows the classic cloud-based configuration; existing users of Windows Intune will be familiar with this approach. With this arrangement, IT administrators use the Windows Intune web-based Administrator console to access the management features on the client computers and mobile devices.


Figure 2 shows the new unified on-premises configuration, in which the administrator can use the Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 management console to access the management features for the supported clients.
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FIGURE 2: WINDOWS INTUNE INTEGRATED ON-PREMISES CONFIGURATION


By using the Configuration Manager console, administrators can manage operations on a day-to-day basis. Its single pane of glass helps to manage not only servers, desktops, and laptops, but also mobile devices. Figure 3 shows management of all supported device types from a single console.
FIGURE 3:

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Windows Intune core updates

Unified management experience with integration of on-premises Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with SP1

 

Support for up to approximately 100,000 computers through the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager connector

 

Support for Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise edition clients

 

Installation of Windows 8 applications through a self-service portal

 

Direct linking of Windows Store applications to the self-service portal

 

Enhanced dynamic group creation wizard

 

Extended security policy settings

People-centric updates

Support for up to five devices per managed user

 

Support for up to approximately 100,000 users via the System Center Configuration Manager 2012 connector

 

New Company portal customization options

Mobile device management updates

Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 device management

Corporate self-service portal applications for both Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 application installations

 

Extended iOS settings management support without the need for Exchange ActiveSync

 

Support for up to approximately 100,000 mobile devices via the System Center Configuration Manager 2012 connector

 

Configuration of Windows RT VPN through System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 console

 

Source: Download What’s New in Windows Intune from Official Microsoft Download Center

 

See also: Windows Intune Getting Started Guide - Dec 2012 Release.pdf