Windows Intune Vnext beta is released

The Intune team made a new beta version of Windows Intune ready for testing a  couple of weeks ago. There is a impressive list of new features that I have heard many asking for. I have been running the beta now on a couple of test systems and it really looks good (still hope we get some updates before release). below you see a list of new features:

Software Distribution

  • Package applications, upload them to the cloud for distribution, and deploy them to your Windows Intune-managed PCs. Applications can be in EXE or MSI format. When application is deployed, BITS is used to ensure data transfer is efficient.

Better Hardware Reporting and Filters

  • In v1 Windows Intune did inventory a lot of H/W but to get it out from the console was harder. In v2 we now have H/W reports and also the option to export to file from the H/W tab when looking at a single computer

Third Party License Management

  • In v1 we have the option to connect your Microsoft Volume License Agreements and from this do some reporting on your licensing status. New In v2 is that you can create/add third party license information– all in one place.

User Interface Enhancements

  • Many new enhancements have been made to the user experience. One of the biggest thing is – Right click which will display a list of context-sensitive actions you can perform
  • A new role has been added – We can now create a “read-only” user

Remote Actions

  • Execute a number of tasks on remote unattended PCs
    • Invoke malware definitions to install
    • Initiate a malware scan to run immediately
    • Remotely reboot a PC.

Improvements to Alerts Workspace

  • We can now configure thresholds on alerts so you can filter out less important events, and focus on the ones that matter to you.
  • Improved the way you set up recipients for these alerts.

Support for images

  • The Windows Intune client is ‘image-friendly’ and can be set up prior to image deployment. Previously, the Windows Intune client required an internet connection before it could install.

To test all of these new functions – Sign up for the Windows Intune beta 

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Techdays Sweden 2011–Kom och lyssna

Jag har fått ett kul besked – Jag och Anders Olsson (Logica) kommer köra en Windows Intune presentaion på Techdays I Örebro.

Mer information om vår session finner du här –örn Axell

Om du har några frågor eller bara vill prata lite så kommer jag “hänga” I Cloud Experience.



System Center Online Desktop Manager = Windows Intune

Last year at MMS Microsoft announced a new product called System Center Desktop Online Manager – Today they announced a rebrand of the product – Windows Intune

The feature set is the same as last year:

  • Manage updates
  • Protect PCs from malware
  • Proactively monitor PCs
  • Provide remote assistance
  • Track hardware & software inventory
  • Set security policies

The current plan is to release Windows Intune in Europe one year from now.

As of today you can sign up for the Public beta (note, the beta program is only available for customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico) –

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