Windows Intune is Now Available

Windows Intune is Now Available

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At last, today is the day!  We are excited to announce that effective immediately, you can go to the Microsoft Online Customer Portal and sign up for a 30 day trial subscription which allows you to evaluate Windows Intune on up to 25 PCs, or, better still, you can sign up for a paid subscription for as many seats as you require.  A paid subscription includes Windows benefits, as described under the “Getting Started with Windows Intune” section.

A few things that we want to call to your attention:

  • We have a new Technet forum for customers of the commercial release.  Visit this forum to see discussions about Windows Intune, ask questions, and post feedback.  This is your first stop when you are looking for answers about Windows Intune.
  • For those of you who are using the beta release of Windows Intune, please be reminded that the beta service will be closed down on April 18th.  You will have until then to move to a trial or paid subscription by visiting the Microsoft Online Customer Portal as mentioned above.  If you choose not to sign up for a subscription, we recommend that you uninstall the beta clients from machines in your account.  Uninstall instruction can be found in the Windows Intune online help.
  • We’ve also set up a Support Solution Center, so you have a one-stop site for all things Windows Intune
  • If you’re looking into Windows Intune but are not ready to try it out yet, you’ll find lots of useful information on the Windows Intune site.
  • As always, we encourage you to follow us on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and view some of the videos we have published about Windows Intune.

We want to thank all of you who participated in our beta releases, and we appreciate the feedback, comments and input you have provided over the past months.  We hope you will find Windows Intune to be a valuable solution for your PC management challenges.

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  • I started the trial today, but there is still some work to do if you want it to work from a corporate network.

    The client installation fails when behind the proxy (yes, whe checked all the FW and proxy settings), works fine when connected to the internet without proxy.

    But also the normal operation does not work from behind a proxy...

  • Hi Joeri,

    Thanks for your comment.  I would recommend you open a support ticket here:

    support.live.com/default.aspx

    They should be able to provide guidance on how to configure your proxy to allow the Windows Intune client to communicate with the service.

  • I am just reading about InTune and I am confused.

    Is is suppose to replace SCCM?

    Can I use InTune to support say, a 100 residential client scattered all across the state/provice?

    Do I need to have WSUS servers to update my 100 residential clients?

    I would really appreciate If any of you can help me out with the above questions.

  • Hello Aly,

    Think of Windows Intune as an alternative to on-premise solutions like SCCM.  We are recognizing that more and more companies are challenged with managing mobile workforces, dispersed environments, and telecommuters, hence the need to be able to manage them from a cloud-based solution.

    You could definitely manage 100 clients that are scattered across a geographical region, that is where a service such as this excels.  As long as they have internet connectivity, they can be managed.

    WSUS s not required when you have Windows Intune, think of it as moving your WSUS server into the cloud.  You can manage updates from within Windows Intune, much as you would do from your WSUS server.

    We encourage you to sign up for a trial and see for yourself.  More information at www.windowsintune.com.

    Thanks for your interest!

  • Hi, I'm trying out the Intune trial and it's a fantastic experience, very easy to set up and use. As I'm the "technical support" for friends and family (but it's not my day job), the thing that I'm wondering is whether there is a home-use version that goes with Windows 7 Home Premium rather than Enterprise? I could imagine PC techs that support home users as a business might like to resell a managed service like that to their customers too. Congratulations on a fantastic new product!

  • Hi, I'm trying out the Intune trial and it's a fantastic experience, very easy to set up and use. As I'm the "technical support" for friends and family (but it's not my day job), the thing that I'm wondering is whether there is a home-use version that goes with Windows 7 Home Premium rather than Enterprise? I could imagine PC techs that support home users as a business might like to resell a managed service like that to their customers too. Congratulations on a fantastic new product!

  • Hello Home User,

    Currently there is no 'home version' of Windows Intune.  This is great feedback, and I'll make sure the team hears about it.

    Thanks!

  • I was curious as to whether the intune service can also manage servers, it appears that this only manages desktops. As I support medical centres all accross a large physical region, it would be fantastic to have a service like this provided it could also manage the servers onsite as well as the PC's.

    Secondly does this support role based services?

  • Hi Shaun,

    Currently, Windows Intune is for managing desktops only.  I'll pass along your feedback to the team.

    Could you expand what you mean by role based services?

    Thanks,

    Paul Bourgeau

  • role based services is what eDirectory uses to assign permissions(sort of, it's a bit more complex than basic user permissions as admin tasks are each identified in the directory service as a role). I would reccomend you read some of nevell's documentation if you are unsure as to what rbs is.

    www.novell.com/.../edir871

  • As i understand it at the moment, if you wanted to manage 50 home users then because the billing relationship is with the end user, you would end up having 50 different accounts on the Windows Intune Console. Maybe in the future there could be a way to group accounts together to be managed globally. Otherwise a lot of the same settings would need to be set up for multiple accounts each containing only one home PC?

  • Windows Intune is aimed at managing PCs in corporate environments.  PCs must have a business or professional sku in order to be included in your account.  When you talk about managing home users, do you mean home versions of Windows?  Are you a managed services provider for these users?

  • Windows Intune is not really a replacement for on-premise SCCM as it lacks features like software deployment, operating system deployment, DCM etc. However, it is a step in the right direction and a product for SMEs.

    See my white paper cid-ffb7c5381980b2a7.office.live.com/.../Publications%20-%20Windows%20Intune

  • Any progress on allowing consultants to manage home versions of Windows OS?  Can the software be purchased by the consultant and bundled with additional services to the home customer?