Vol. 20, #2 - January 12, 2015 - Issue #1012

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Whatzup with Microsoft Intune

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Whatzup with Microsoft Intune
    • Tip of the Week - Deduplication revisited
    • Free White Paper: The Case for Third Party Archiving in MS Exchange Environments
    • Recommended for Learning
    • Microsoft Virtual Academy
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Events Calendar
    • Americas
  4. Webcast Calendar
    • Register for Webcasts
  5. Tech Briefing
    • Pinned - Microsoft Intune
    • Enterprise IT
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Mobile Device Management
    • Windows PowerShell
  6. Recommended TechGenix Articles
    • Recommended articles from websites in TechGenix Network
  7. Windows Server News
    • Cloud pendulum swings toward intelligent agents
    • Examining cluster-to-cluster VM migration
    • Should you deliver VDI to mobile workers?
    • How to add stability to your vSphere environment
  8. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • Amazing 'Hologram' Technology At Dubai Mall
    • Cat Falls From The 5th Floor And Lands Safely
    • Jingle Bells On Grocery Checkout Scanners
    • 'Mamma-Mia' Flash Mob At Warsaw Airport
  9. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • New Veeam Backup & Replication v8

 

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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about what's happening these days with Microsoft Intune (formerly known as Windows Intune). We were originally going to call this issue "In tune with Intune" but decided instead to adopt the more technical term of "whatzup" since readers of our newsletter tend to be on the technically-savvy side of things. By the way, that's a joke about a joke--a recursive joke in other words. For a good definition of what "recursion" means, see the following wiki page on xkcd, the webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139028000

Would you like me to repeat that?

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Whatzup with Microsoft Intune

If you grew up in the 60s you probably remember the slogan "You've come a long way, baby" used by Phillip Morris Companies to market their Virginia Slims brand of cigarettes. If you didn't grow up in the 60s, well, you didn't miss anything important. Microsoft Intune has also come a long way since it was introduced way back in July 2011. It's funny though how technology seems to compress time so much--the 60s don't seem so long ago, but three years feels like a very long time as far as cloud computing is concerned.

Shortly after Windows Intune was released about three years ago, I wrote a series of articles about Intune for WindowsNetworking.com. My articles were designed to walk admins through how to set up Microsoft Intune (or Windows Intune as it was called then) so you could use it to manage and secure a small network of PCs by using a web-based interface to a cloud service instead of needing to deploy a systems management platform on-premises. Take a quick look at the first article of my series and check out Figure 1 to see what Windows Intune looked like back then:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139035031

Now take a look at what the Microsoft Intune console looks like today:

 

Figure 1: the Admin workspace of the Microsoft Intune console.

It definitely looks a lot prettier, but is it really more functional? Let's examine one area of functionality in particular so we can see how far Intune has evolved in only three short years.

Policies

The Policy workspace (the fifth node on the left in Figure 1 above) lets you configure policies you can use to manage settings on devices being managed by Intune. In the original version of Intune you could only create a few kinds of policies:

In other words, the first version of Intune really didn't offer administrators much in terms of policy-based management. Plus you could only apply Intune policies to PCs running supported versions of Microsoft Windows. You can read about it in the last article of my 2011 series here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139041484

What does Intune policy-based management offer us today? First, it offers several different kinds of policies:


 

Figure 2: Creating a new configuration policy for iOS devices.

 

Figure 3: Creating a new compliance policy.

It's obvious from the above that Microsoft has been investing heavily in Intune to make it a cloud-based management platform not just for Windows PCs but also for a wide range of mobile devices including Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices. Mobile device management (MDM) is a pressing need for today's businesses, and Microsoft Intune offers a cloud-based solution for doing just that. A good resource to keep tabs on new Intune features being rolled out is Brad Anderson's blog:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139048093

System Center integration

Microsoft Intune is more than just a stand-alone management solution. It's also an essential add-on for Microsoft's on-premises management solution called System Center. Consider this for example: If you have System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager deployed in your environment, you can manage Windows, Linux and Mac OS X computers but you can't manage mobile devices running Windows Phone, iOS or Android. But if you have Configuration Manager 2012 R2 deployed together with Intune, you can manage all of these computers and mobile devices. See the table on the following TechNet page for a full comparison of the different management platforms:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139054437

Evaluating Intune

If your current systems management platform is approaching end of life, or if it's not meeting your growing needs in the area of MDM, then you might want to sign up for a free trial of Microsoft Intune here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139059796

The sign-up process is easy and doesn't require a credit card, so there's no worry and no hassle involved in trying it out.

Finally, for links to where you can find more information about Microsoft Intune, see the Tech Briefing section of this issue.

Send us feedback

Have you tried using Intune in your environment? What do you think of it? Let us know at [email protected]

Tip of the Week - Deduplication Revisited

In last week's issue our Tip of the Week was titled "To dedup or not to dedup?" and we said that if you're running Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 and you're trying to decide on whether or not you should make use of the Data Deduplication feature of these platforms, you should make sure you first check out this TechNet page:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139074750

An alert reader from Switzerland named Christoph Huwyler pointed out to us that an important consideration concerning Data Deduplication is not discussed on the above TechNet page, namely the fact that enabling Data Deduplication on volumes that have shared folders might result in incomplete search results when searching for files on those shares. This is because Windows Search does not support Data Deduplication as described near the bottom of the following TechNet page:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139080031

Thanks for pointing this out. After all, if you search for a file that you know must be in a share, you certainly expect to find it!

On the other hand, some good news is that Microsoft has just announced that customers who use their System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager can now reduce the storage needed by 50 to 90 percent when running DPM 2012 R2 on Windows Server 2012 R2 and making use of the Data Deduplication feature of that platform. For more information about this, see the following post on the DPM blog:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139085968

GOT TIPS you'd like to share with other readers? Email us at [email protected]

Free White Paper: The Case for Third Party Archiving in MS Exchange Environments

Native archiving features and functions in MS Exchange have evolved and improved since first offered in Exchange 2010. However, Exchange native archiving still lacks  capabilities that many organizations will require.

An Osterman Research survey of IT Professionals conducted for this white paper indicates that the majority of Exchange-enabled organizations will require third-party archiving tools to meet their needs.

Sign up for the free white paper today.

Recommended for Learning

Here are a few IT Pro courses on Microsoft Intune from the Microsoft Virtual Academy you might want to check out:

Windows Intune for IT Professionals Jump Start
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139196875

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager & Windows Intune
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139201593

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Some announcements from the Microsoft Virtual Academy:

Upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2014

If you are considering a SQL Server upgrade, but need some help, watch this course for, guidance from the experts who walk you through the process. They look at the technology but also at the methodology, processes, and tools to help make your SQL Server 2014 upgrade a success. View the course here.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139208156

Designing BI Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server

Business Intelligence (BI) professionals looking for tips and ideas for implementing BI solutions should check out this course. Our experts walk you through planning and designing a BI solution based on SQL Server 2014 and other Microsoft BI technologies. Learn how to plan a data warehouse infrastructure, define an appropriate disaster recovery approach, balance query‐based processing versus filter-based processing, and more.  Watch here.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139218640

Quote of the Week

"A man provided with paper, pencil, and rubber, and subject to strict discipline, is in effect a universal machine." --Alan Turing

Until next week,

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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SoftPerfect Network Scanner is a free multi-threaded IP, NetBIOS and SNMP scanner with a modern interface and many advanced features:
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Events Calendar

Americas

Convergence 2015 on March 16-19 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139227843

Microsoft Ignite on May 4-8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139231093


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Webcast Calendar

Register for Webcasts

Add your Webcast

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Tech Briefing

Pinned - Microsoft Intune

We'll start off this week's Tech Briefing section with some links to where you can find more information about Microsoft Intune. Be sure to SAVE THIS NEWSLETTER so you have access to these links later like you had pinned them onto your bulletin board.

Documentation Library for Microsoft Intune
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139246515

Microsoft Intune evaluation guide
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139251140

Microsoft Intune walkthrough guide
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139254968

Microsoft Intune requirements
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139259093

Microsoft Intune MDM capabilities
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139263781

Microsoft Intune blog
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139267796

Microsoft Intune blog post archive
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139271937

Microsoft Enterprise Mobility blog
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139277484

Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139282031

Now on to some of our usual Tech Briefing items...

 

Enterprise IT

Third-Party Software is a Security Threat (Part 2) (WindowSecurity.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139309156

Lessons learned from Windows XP Regarding Upcoming Windows Server 2003 End Of Life (CanITPro)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139315140

 

Microsoft Azure

Running FreeBSD in Azure (Azure Blog)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139319625

Introduction to SQL Database Options in Microsoft Azure (CloudComputingAdmin.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139323484

 

Mobile Device Management

Planning Considerations for BYOD and Consumerization of IT (Part 6) (WindowSecurity.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139331125

Mobility Solutions: Enabling Workplace Join Via PowerShell (CanITPro)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139340921

 

Windows PowerShell

Collecting the Output of Remoting Commands (Windows PowerShell Blog)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139345750

PowerShell Essentials (Part 3) (WindowsNetworking.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139351234

 

Recommended TechGenix Articles

Identity Crisis in the Cloud
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421155218500

Getting Started With Amazon Web Services for Free
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421155220875

Exchange Server 2013 Backup and Restore 101 - Disabled mailboxes (Part 4)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421155223156

Working with the Desired State Configuration Feature (Part 5)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421155225453

Windows 10 - Privacy and Security Features at a Glance (Part 2)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421155227593

 

Windows Server News

Cloud pendulum swings toward intelligent agents

Artificial intelligence has grown in popularity recently with smart cloud agents such as Apple's Siri, which saves access bandwidth and device resources. With the right planning, you can take intelligent agents to the enterprise. Learn how to leverage intelligent agents by following four simple steps.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139363078

Examining cluster-to-cluster VM migration

VM creation can often lead to major side effects, such as virtual machines outgrowing the clusters where they reside. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to perform a cluster-to-cluster migration, including VM replication – a lesser known, but safe method that works especially well. Learn more about VM replication as a cluster-to-cluster migration alternative and see why it just might work for you.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139367875

Should you deliver VDI to mobile workers?

Before you let mobile workers use their smart devices to access virtual desktops and applications, there are many factors to take into account to avoid serious challenges. Check out the four most important considerations for delivering VDI to mobile workers and decide if it’s the right move for your organization.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139372281

How to add stability to your vSphere environment

Many vSphere administrators can help themselves by checking over a few key areas that are frequently misconfigured to avoid errors and misconfigurations down the line.  Check out these commonly missed VMware best practices today so you can add stability to your environment.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139376843

 

WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

GOT FUN VIDEOS or other fun links to suggest you'd like to recommend? Email us at [email protected]

Amazing 'Hologram' Technology At Dubai Mall

This 'holographic' show has all types of wildlife running amok on the main floor of the mall - from dolphins to leopards, rhinoceros and even dinosaurs:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139382062

Cat Falls From The 5th Floor And Lands Safely

A cat falls from the 5th floor, twists its body to face downward, spreads itself to increase drag and lands safely:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139386890

Jingle Bells On Grocery Checkout Scanners

Grocery store employees in Germany play 'Jingle Bells' as a cash register symphony for their customers:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139390921

'Mamma-Mia' Flash Mob At Warsaw Airport

LOT Polish Airlines welcomes their 500,000th Boeing-787 Dreamliner passenger at Warsaw Chopin Airport:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1421139394906

WServerNews - Product of the Week

New Veeam Backup & Replication v8

New Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V is packed with 200+ new features and enhancements to enable the Always-On Business by delivering Availability for the Modern Data Center. This new suite provides recovery time and point objectives (RTPO) of < 15 minutes for ALL applications and data through: 20x faster backups with NetApp snap integration, 50% faster backups with EMC Data Domain Boost support, lower RTOs with new Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server and Active Directory, fast and secure cloud backups with Veeam Cloud Connect, improved offsite recovery with new replication enhancements and 200+ more.

Download now!

 

 

WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com.

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.