Bring Your Own Device! Ugh … BYOD has certainly been a growing challenge in many of our organizations, and lots of IT Pros are finding that their environments are broadening to include new device options that cannot be effectively managed using traditional tools.  How do we support IT applications, data and security policies in this new BYOD age?

System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Intune are here to help!

The latest releases of System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Intune can be integrated to provide a combined enterprise management solution for both traditional enterprise client devices AND BYOD mobile devices – including Windows RT, Windows Phone, Apple iOS ( iPads and iPhones ) and Android mobile devices! Once the initial configuration is completed, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides a unified console for managing applications, inventory, and compliance policies across these very different sets of devices to balance flexibility in device choices with strong IT management options.

In this article, you’ll walk through a Guided Hands-on Lab, where you'll integrate System Center 2012 R2 with Windows Intune, and then use this combined management duo to effectively manage Apple iPad devices as part of a BYOD management strategy.  Along the way, you’ll see how BYOD management can actually unlock new flexibility in device choices that empower users to do their best work while still providing the security and governance that business organizations require.

Guided Lab Exercises

In this Guided Lab, you will be stepping through the following tasks associated with integrating System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Intune together to perform BYOD mobile device management:

  • Prepare on-premises Active Directory
  • Activate a Windows Intune subscription
  • Configure and verify a custom DNS domain
  • Install and configure Active Directory directory synchronization
  • Activate licensed Windows Intune user accounts
  • Create an APN certificate for mobile device management
  • Define a Windows Intune subscription in System Center 2012 R2
  • Create a Windows Intune Connector site system role in System Center 2012 R2
  • Create and deploy an Apple iOS application
  • Create and deploy a mobile device compliance policy
  • Enroll a mobile device in Windows Intune
  • Install deployed applications via the Windows Intune Company Portal
  • Manage mobile devices centrally from System Center 2012 R2

Whew! I know … sounds like a lot of work!  Clock

BUT … You’ll see that these steps progress very smoothly to make the setup easy to complete in 30 minutes or less!  You’ll be managing those darn BYOD devices in no time! Hot smile

Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes

Let’s Get Started …

To launch this Guided Lab Scenario, click the Play button in the window below.

Managing BYOD Mobile Devices with System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Intune

Guided Lab Tips:

  • After launching the lab in the window above, you may wish to also click the Show Full Screen button in the lower right portion of the window for best viewing.
  • The lab captions can be moved by clicking/dragging if they obscure a portion of your Guided Lab window, particularly when using lower screen resolutions.

What do I need when implementing this in my lab environment?

To implement this solution in your lab environment, you’ll want the following:

After you’ve performed this basic setup, you’ll be ready to follow along with the steps demonstrated in the Guided Lab above in your own lab environment!

Want to Learn More About System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune?

Check out these FREE resources below to learn more about System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager:

Once you’ve had a chance to implement in your lab, please share your results and feedback below!

- Keith