I just got hooked up with this tool and will be blogging more on this as I work out it’s in ‘s and out’s… This really appears to be a great fit for SMB’s or a place with an over tasked IT management group ( isn’t this the case in EVERY IT dept?) but to start..

What is it?

Windows Intune is a new offering from Microsoft that includes the Windows Client Software Assurance, the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, and, last but not least, the online desktop management service called Windows Intune.  You can sign up for a beta account of the Desktop Management component through the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal.  This beta contains all the features that are planned for release, and will allow you to deploy to as many as 20 PCs.

What does Windows Intune do?

Windows Intune is an online service that allows you to protect update and manage your PCs from the cloud.  When you sign up for an account, you will be able to:

ü Protect PCs from malware

ü  Manage updates

ü  Proactively monitor PCs

ü  Provide remote assistance

ü  Inventory hardware and software

ü  Set security policies

As with any beta release, our goal here is to have real customers give the service a solid evaluation, provide feedback and comments, and of course file bugs you may find along the way.  To help you do this, we have established a TechCenter site that includes all the resources you will require, such as deployment information, discussion forums, support, and how-to tips and tricks to get you going.

How to enroll:

The Windows Intune beta is publicly available, but space is limited!  We will be accepting the first 1000 customers who sign up through the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal.  Once you’re signed up and you have received the confirmation email, you can log in to the service, download your client software and deploy it to as many as 20 computers.  When you start using the service, we encourage you to visit our TechCenter site, where you can post questions in this forum, review documentation and get assistance.

Make sure you are using the Intune technet forums if you are a beta tester! also Intune related items will be search able on the KB library!

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