Management and administration of the cloud


Employees of companies who often reside outside the main location of the company and thereby significantly prevent management computers by administrators were the first group of users for Windows Intune. Apart from them, this service will be interesting to all small and medium-sized companies that can provide continuous human supervision and control computer, and cannot calculate the fixed cost of such work. In Windows Intune is possible to manage remote computers from anywhere, to provide protection against malware and Windows Update to upgrade a computer, central computer to monitor and provide support services to remote clients. These are very interesting challenges in the daily administration of the computer that Microsoft plans to solve the Windows Intune and assigned to different packages of services. We say planned, because the service is not available commercially, and at the time of this writing, Microsoft has officially announced the start of use for 23 in March. That is the date for U.S. users, while the availability of services on the European continent is still not known. It is expected that the services for Croatian users will be available later than the major European countries.

Main place of work in Windows Intune the Web console, which provides access to centrally manage PCs from any location. Here follows the overall health of your computer, the list of computers that are managed, and the status of Windows updates, the status of malware, hardware and software inventory of computers controlled, licenses and collective licensing agreements, defines the group security policy and is available to the joint report. For all the above is only necessary to provide an Internet connection and the client, the Windows Intune, which must be installed on each computer that you want to manage. Such a concept Windows Intune service represents a unique way of managing IT infrastructures.

Hardware requirements for Windows Intune are minimal. Administrators need only provide Internet access and work through the web console which is based on Silverlight 3.0 platform, which is sufficient for Internet Explorer 7 or later. Client computers that are managed can be a Windows 7 Enterprise, Professional or Ultimate, Windows Vista Enterprise, Business or Ultimate and Windows XP Professional with Service Pack SP2 or SP3. On these computers you must install Windows Intune agent. Administrators to work through the web console fetch install it and later distribute through Group Policy, start-up script, or provide installation of customers through a shared directory. Client software for Windows 7 and Windows Vista is no additional hardware requirements, while the Windows XP client computers must provide a minimum 500 MHz processor, 256 or more RAM, and Windows Update to upgrade to Forefront Client Security Filter Manager, MSXML 6.0 and MSXML 6.0 SP2. Install the agent on all supported operating systems can do only with local administrator rights.

As an initial step of using the web console suggest defining a group of client computers. Computers that are installed after the client first logs in to Windows Intune console available in the Unassigned Computers group, so the Computers tab, define their group names used in operating computers. Such a division would later provide a snapshot of the infected computers and computers that require further management. Combined list on this tab lets you view the computer name, operating system used, and the group name, the number of required upgrades Window Update, malware status and the date and time of last connection to the system. Defining the group will help also for other cards and Updates for Endpoint Protection to ensure quality control. Updates tab allows you to bulk list of all Windows Update upgrades, as well as a list of individual updates Critical, Security, Service Packs, Rollups, and Updates Mandatory.