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Windows Intune Beta

Microsoft has just announced the availability of Windows Intune Beta as part of Microsoft Online Services. Windows Intune is a cloud based PC management service for businesses and organizations. Microsoft calls it a "comprehensive solution that includes PC management, malware protection, Windows upgrades, and more".

The Windows Intune cloud service gives IT professionals and system administrators the tools at hand to manage and secure PCs through a web-based console, which essentially means that it is possible to manage the PCs from any computer with Internet connection.

In order to use the service, you just need an Internet connection and the Windows Intune client installed on each PC you wish to manage. Windows Intune can be used by inhouse IT professionals to manage the PCs at their organization or by solution providers to manage the PCs of multiple businesses.

windows intune
windows intune

Windows Intune offers the following feature set:

  • Manage updates: Centrally manage the deployment of Microsoft updates and service packs to all PCs.
  • Protect PCs from malware: Help protect your PCs from the latest threats with malware protection built on the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine that you can manage through the Web-based console.
  • Proactively monitor PCs: Receive alerts on updates and threats so that you can proactively identify and resolve problems with your PCs—before they impact end users and your business.
  • Provide remote assistance: Resolve PC issues, regardless of where you or your users are located, with remote assistance.
  • Track hardware and software inventory: Track hardware and software assets used in your business to efficiently manage your assets, licenses, and compliance.
  • Set security policies: Centrally manage update, firewall, and malware

Windows Intune is currently offered as a limited beta, the first 10000 users who signup for the beta may participate.

Windows Intune
Windows Intune

Windows Intune requirements:

  • Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate and Professional
  • Windows Vista Enterprise, Ultimate, and Business
  • Windows XP Professional Service Pack (SP) 2 or SP 3 (recommended)
  • The Windows Intune client software has no additional hardware requirements for Windows 7 or Windows Vista-based computers. However, to install the client software on Windows XP-based computers you will need a CPU clock speed of 500 MHz or greater and at least 256 MB of RAM.
  • To access the Windows Intune Web console, administrators will need access to a Web browser that supports Silverlight 3.0, such as Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher.
  • The Windows Intune cloud service beta may be used on up to 25 seats. In order to ensure we collect quality feedback, please deploy the service on at least five PCs.

Windows Intune seems to lack several features at this point in time that are essential for system administrators and It Pros, including

  • No Windows Server support
  • No OS or software deployment
  • No scripting support

Head over to the official website to try the beta right now.

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