Just a few short weeks ago, Microsoft announced that the latest update to the Windows Intune service will be available on October 18th. Existing customers will be upgraded ahead of that date! This post provides our upgrade schedule, along with highlighting some of the new features that will be available once the upgrade is complete.The upgrade schedule will be spread out over a couple of weeks and will include a downtime of ten hours. You will receive a notification alert in your Administration Console one week prior to the upgrade.
During this downtime, changes made to your subscription (e.g., add more licenses) will not be immediately reflected and you will not be able to log in to the Windows Intune Administration Console. To understand exactly when you’re upgrade/downtime window will occur, you’ll need to know which service instance you reside on. To find out this information, follow these simple steps:
Europe:Europe 2-05: (UTC) 9/23/2013 4:30:00 PM - 9/24/2013 2:30:00 AMEurope 2-03: (UTC) 10/12/2013 4:30:00 PM - 10/13/2013 2:30:00 AMEurope 2-01: (UTC) 10/14/2013 4:30:00 PM - 10/15/2013 2:30:00 AMEurope 2-02: (UTC) 10/17/2013 4:30:00 PM - 10/18/2013 2:30:00 AM (Schedule change from 10/15 to 10/17)
North America:North America 2-05: (UTC) 9/25/2013 4:30:00 PM - 9/26/2013 2:30:00 AMNorth America 2-01: (UTC) 10/3/2013 4:30:00 PM - 10/4/2013 2:30:00 AMNorth America 2-02: (UTC) 10/4/2013 4:30:00 PM - 10/5/2013 2:30:00 AMNorth America 2-04: (UTC) 10/6/2013 4:30:00 PM - 10/7/2013 2:30:00 AM
APAC:Asia 2-01: (UTC) 9/27/2013 4:30:00 PM - 9/28/2013 2:30:00 AMAsia 2-02: (UTC) 9/30/2013 4:30:00 PM - 10/1/2013 2:30:00 AMAsia 2-03: (UTC) 10/2/2013 4:30:00 PM - 10/3/2013 2:30:00 AMAsia 2-05: (UTC) 10/16/2013 4:30:00 PM - 10/17/2013 2:30:00 AM
What to expect after the upgrade?
Once the upgrade to your service instance is complete and back online, a number of mandatory agent updates will be pushed out to all client machines connected to the service. In most cases, these updates will require a reboot after being applied. Make sure you have reviewed Policy Settings for Mandatory Updates to help minimize the impact these reboots will have on your business.
As with most upgrades, a number of features are being added along with general improvements to the overall service and experience. This is not an exhaustive list but we want to a highlight a few key items based on feedback from our customers:
If you connect your Windows Intune subscription to the release of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager on October 18th, you will be able to provide unified device management capabilities across your PC's as well as mobile devices, both from the cloud and on-premises, all from the single Configuration Manager console and infrastructure. Be sure to download the evaluation of Configuration Manager preview today!
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Thanks for responding to concerns about the Ungrouped Devices and changing it back to make it easier to find newly enrolled machines.
Personally, knowing the last/currently logged on user to a newly enrolled machine, and even what OU that user is in would also be helpful - if that information is available to the agent?
Two other requests that would be helpful in our case would be
- Improved Remote Assistance (support for ultra low bandwidth)
- Ability to uninstall recognised existing Endpoint Protection
A few useful Features would be:
-Ability to initiate RAs from the Intune Dashboard
-Use WSUS instead of Intune. WU Policy in Intune should be disabled
-RA for WIn 8 Clients is not working
To echo other users and admins, the ability to utilise the Remote Assistance feature of InTune under Windows 8 is something that many of us would love to see resolved. InTune is supposed to provide a unified support framework for Microsoft clients, and this is a glaring omission for companies looking to adopt updated MS platforms in the mobile sector.
Adding the Ungrouped Devices group back is a wise design choice; thank you for doing that.
I received the update but still no support for Remote Assistance in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1...
After this update no endpoint protection clients are being installed on fresh installations
Endpoint protection will install if you deploy the Agent Settings policy and enable the Endpoint Setting = yes. However policy does evaluate every 8 hours so unless you refresh policy using a remote task, it could take a little while for endpoint to install.
I am glad with the update and the new features. Thank you guys!
Are there any plans to ever enable Remote Assistance support for Windows 8.x?
Would it be possible to get a MS response regarding Win 8.1 Remote Assistance? Is it planned for the next release, or the subsequent one?