Category Archives: Mobile Device Management

The long term benefits of Hyper-V (and Windows) in the Xbox One

While many gaming enthusiasts have had a crash course in Hyper-V since the recent Microsoft announcements, for those of us on the IT side of the fence have had time to think about the possible ramifications of this on our world, and the good news is that it’s all good news. More Hyper-V Hosts = More Data = Better Hyper-V Hosts One of the most critical benefits I see in this is that Microsoft can drastically install the base of

Windows RT’s Outlook Gets Brighter

For those of us who have one of the different Windows RT devices in market, including Surface, the news this week that an ARM based Outlook 2013 will be available is great news. While the Windows 8 Mail app has received updates since launch, they have neither had the frequency nor capabilities that we needed to make this a more palatable messaging client for the Outlook dependent. While there are some who are wishing that the Office suite was ported

Something Is Growing On My Surface

And that would be me. I embraced the Surface with a sense of skepticism, knowing in advance the shortcomings of Windows RT versus Windows 8, and the limitations of the included versions of the Office applications, yet it hasn’t been placed in the “pile of questionable hardware devices for testing purposes that my wife wishes I would get rid of”. What’s Not To Like? I will deliberately keep this section short, too many articles and conversations on Surface and Windows

Windows Intune Wave D Jump Start Available For Download

Just a heads up that the recordings from a few weeks back are now posted to the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Topics include: (01) Big Picture with Windows Intune (02) Architecture Design Considerations (03) Extending your Identity to Windows Azure Active Directory (04) Intune Administrator Roles, Users, and Groups (05) Intune Policies (06) Intune PC Setup and Enrollment (07) Intune Mobile Device Management (MDM) Setup and Enrollment (08) Intune Software Deployment (09) Setting up Unified Infrastructure with Intune and SCCM (10)

Desktop To Cloud Session Summary – January 30

This week I gave a talk that spanned Windows Intune, Windows Azure and Office 365 integration, here’s a summary of what was discussed, based largely on audience questions The licensing changes to Windows Intune as well as the per user licensing model were the first topic covered, and how being part of the Server and Tools business rather than being in the Windows business were what allowed these to happen. The System Center Configuration Manager 2012 integration was also discussed,

Windows Intune Breaking News…

Some big announcements earlier today on the Microsoft Server And Cloud Blog, pasted below. One of the anticipated changes that was expected with Windows Intune moving into the Server & Tools business alongside System Center – the unbundling of Windows Enterprise Upgrades from Intune subscriptions will open up Windows Intune to a new base of customers, and the integration with System Center helps to position Windows Intune firmly as Microsoft’s solution for mobile device management, including Windows Phone 8 and

Warming Up To Windows RT, The Story Continues

While there are still many questions that need to be answered on Windows RT in the long run, I’m really beginning to like the idea of how I can put it to work when it becomes available. After spending some time chatting to Lee Sabow from the Windows Business Group at WPC 2012 in Toronto this week, some new and interesting scenarios are coming to mind. For many people today, the iPad is really the only game in town when

TechEd Day 4 Wrap Up

All good things must come to an end, and after a day enjoying some warmth and sun, here’s my thoughts on yesterday… The first session of the day on SBS didn’t deliver any real surprises, apart from completely focusing on the Essentials version and the Office 365 integration component. I spent many years in the world of SBS, and have seen it grow and develop over the years, but it seems to be clear the direction the product is going

WIndows Intune MDM without an On-Premise Exchange Server with Windows Azure Virtual Machine Hosting Pt 1

After signing up for the Windows Azure Virtual Machine beta I thought it would be a fun project to get the Windows Intune Active Directory integration and Mobile Device Management capabilities rolled out for testing purposes. Oh, the things we do for fun! If you haven’t already signed up, head on over to www.windowsazure.com. Select Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 as the base image. Before deciding on VM sizing, take a look at the pricing options, they jump up quickly as more

TechEd North America Day 3 Summary

No keynote today, but still some great content. First up was Windows Intune in the Enterprise, which touched on some of the new capabilities that were included with Monday’s release, including Active Directory integration and Mobile Device Management. Next up was the upcoming MDOP UE-V session, which included some great demos of user settings following a user across a local application, a remote app session and App-V. For users who have to work across mixed environments like this there will be


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