Windows Intune + Samsung KNOX = True

Last week Samsung announced that Samsung KNOX will support Windows Intune. Except for this, they also announced that they will add “Workplace Join” functionality into the Samsung Androids devices so the will be able to workplace join an Active Directory (this can be done on IOS and Windows 8.x today).

This is very good news for all Windows Intune customers that uses Samsung Android devices, really looking forward to the update

Read the full Samsung Press Release

What’s new in the Jan/Feb 2014 Intune update

The Jan/Feb 2014 update to Windows Intune has now been out for a couple of weeks. This was the first  update that was released through the SCCM “Extensions for Windows Intune”


So what did the update actually include:

  • Ability for the administrator to configure email profiles, which can automatically configure (IOS and WP8) the device with the appropriate email server information and related policies, as well as the ability to remove the profile along with the email itself via a remote wipe if needed (Only IOS).
  • Support for new configuration settings in iOS 7, including the "Managed open in" capability to protect corporate data by controlling which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments, and disabling the fingerprint unlock feature.
  • Ability for the administrator to remotely lock the device if it is lost or stolen, and reset the password if the user forgets it (as of now, this this feature only exist in the Intune standalone cloud service).

If you would like to see a good demo of some of the new features, please look at the interview on Channel9 with Martin Booth

Windows Intune Company Portals now available for Windows, IOS and Android

Company Portal Downloads

Company Portal


Installation Method

Windows Intune Company Portal

Windows 8.x (x86/x64 and RT)

Windows Store

Microsoft Download Center

Direct User Installation




IT Deployment

System Center Configuration Manager Company Portal

Windows 8.x

(x86/x64 only)

Microsoft Download Center Only

IT Deployment

Windows Intune Company Portal for Windows Phone 8

Microsoft Download Center Only

IT Deployment

Windows Intune Company Portal for iOS

App Store

Direct User Installation


Windows Intune Company Portal for Android

Google Play

Direct User Installation


You can now connect your System Center Advisor to SCOM 2012

A lot of new information about System Center Advisor. Two weeks ago Microsoft announced that System Center Advisor is free for everyone to use. At MMS the next announcement arrived – You can now get the alerts from System Center Advisor directly in SCOM 2012 with the new connector

Note that the connector is still a PREVIEW version so this is not something you should use in your production environment. To install it you also need the SCOM 2012 SP1 CU2 installed

System Center Advisor is now a FREE service

System Center Advisor is a service that has been around since early 2012. When released it was free for customer with Software Assurance but yesterday Microsoft announced that wit is now free for everyone.

What is System Center Advisor – It’s a cloud service that helps you track changes and configurations for Microsoft server software. The infrastructure is build on System Center Operations Manager agent and management packs but not that it is not a real time monitoring solution.

Advisor supports analysis of the following workloads:

  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2:
    • Active Directory
    • Hyper-V Host
    • General operating system
  • SQL Server 2008 and later
    • SQL Engine
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and later
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and later
  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010

If you read the Microsoft announcement on the System Center engineering blog it looks like we will see some more announcements at MMS 2013

System Center 2012 SP1 is now generally available

Today Microsoft publically made the System Center 2012 SP1 general available. The actual bits has been available for a some time depending if you have a MSDN/TechNet account or a Volume License agreement but today it is available for every one.

There is two important things to understand about this Service Pack that we haven’t seen before:

  • The SP1 is for all of the eight System Center components (that used to be different products)
  • There is no actual service pack to download – The service pack is integrated in the installation media. So, to update your components you have to download the new installation media from your volume license portal and run the setup. If the installer finds an existing installation it will update it with SP1. So when you upgrade, make sure to use a valid media for your customer and not MSDN/TechNet media.

Read the SP 1 announcement from Microsoft

Read about all the new functions and features added in SP1 for the different components

If you want to evaluate System Center 2012 with SP1 and Windows Server 2012 you have evaluation versions to download . Use links below to download:


System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Configuration Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – App Controller – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Service Manager (Data Warehouse) – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Orchestrator – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Service Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Data Protection Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Operations Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

Thinner and bigger from Dell next year

Today I was looking at the Dell World 2012 Online. During the the session “Evolving the commercial Endpoint: Merging Design with Security, Manageability and Reliability in Your Business with Jeff Clarke” I saw two new types of machines that will be available next year – looks pretty cool:


In picture one you see a new style of the Latitude series


In picture two you see an 18 inch “All-in-One” that also can be a tablet