Menu
Microsoft betas PC management service

Microsoft betas PC management service

Microsoft unveils a new service that manages desktops for mid-sized businesses

Microsoft is beta testing a PC management service aimed at supporting midsized businesses, the company announced Monday.

The service, called Intune, will be available to 1,000 users in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The service streamlines administrative functions by moving common administrative tasks to a hosted environment, eliminating the need to set up and manage in-house software for these tasks, said Microsoft group product marketing manager Sandrine Skinner.

From a browser console, an administration can manage all the Windows 7 PCs in the organization. "You can update any PC, no matter where it is located," Skinner said.

The service includes features such as the ability to manage Windows updates, to install and manage malware and virus protection measures, to set security policies, and to assemble an inventory of PCs and their configurations.

Users of the service will also get enterprise upgrade rights to Windows 7, as well as a package of additional administration tools, such as the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset.

Microsoft will target the service to organizations with 25 to 500 PCs.

Setting up the service requires installing client software on each of the PCs, which must be running a professional or enterprise version of Windows, either of the Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 variety. No changes will be required of the network.

Skinner touted Intune as a Microsoft move into offering cloud-based services. It uses standard Microsoft software, such as Forefront, Windows Server Update Services, and from the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, but the company hosts the software and provides a unified administrative interface.

"We're hosting the server for you. You don't need to invest in a server, or configure it," Skinner said.

Skinner did not have an estimate of when the service will be made commercially available, or how much it would cost.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Microsoftsystems management

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments