Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 1.19.51 PMAs announced at Ignite earlier this year Microsoft is adding support for managing Mac OS X devices via Microsoft Intune during the upcoming service update. Yesterday Kieran Gupta explained the current features that are supported.

This blog will be about enrolling the device into the Microsoft Intune service, in later blogs we will have a look how to deploy settings and see what currently is supported.

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msemsWhat to do when you are suffering from a jetlag after a great MVP Summit and MMS? Write a blog about a major update to Microsoft Intune that is arriving in a couple of weeks from now. Yesterday Brad Anderson and Dilip Radhakrishnan announced some major updates to Mobile Application Management in Intune. Microsoft announced that the some of the major software vendor embraced Intune and are making their apps manageable by Microsoft Intune, also some other Microsoft apps are added this week.

See a complete list of the apps here.

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vnext00The end of the year is nearly there, Vnext of System Center Configuration Manager will be shipped before the end of the year as promised.

So it is time to have a look at some of the nice features that System Center Configuration Manager 2016 will bring. In this blog we will have a look at the new updates and servicing feature of Configuration Manager.

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mmsAfter a full, interesting, awesome and very busy MVP Summit in Seattle this year I flew with many other MVPs to Minneapolis for the Midwest Management Summit. The Midwest Management Summit is organized by the Minnesota System Center User Group with the help of many volunteers, in other words a real community event!

And what a nice event it is! Like last year very laid back and after the session is done there is no rush to make place for the following speaker, no the attendees have the option to have a Q&A for 45 minutes.

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WP_20151031_17_16_49_ProIn my blog of a couple of weeks ago I wrote to you that ConfigMgr is alive and kicking and ready for the future, and so it is! The first week of November we were as Enterprise Mobility MVP’s invited at the MVP Summit to attend 4,5 days full of System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune content.

Unfortunately for you most of it was NDA and we are not allowed to talk about it. Except for one part, we were able to be part of a real hackaton with the Configuration Manager product group!

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It’s that time of the month again, in the next couple of days (October 28 until November 6) new features are added to Microsoft Intune. This months headlines are the following:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise data protection (EDP) configuration policies (deploy EDP policies to Windows 10 Enterprise devices)
  • Universal Windows Apps (deploy and install Windows Universal apps on Windows 10 devices)
  • Updated Intune Company Portal app for iOS (couple of updates to the company portal for iOS)

Also support for the new Android version is being added to Microsoft Intune.

See for a complete list of Microsoft Intune updates this link and Hybrid updates this link!

Since the release of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, I often heard people talking about the fact the Configuration Manager was dead, that 2012 was the last release and that Intune was going to be the near future. Every time I tried to explain that in my opinion Microsoft would not risk their very huge marketshare and the number one position in Client Management space. Yesterday Brad Anderson and his ConfigMgr Team (by Aaron Czechowski) explained the bright future of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr). Configuration Manager is alive and kicking and it is going to be ready for the future!

In the past Microsoft released every X number of years a major release of, like with Windows Configuration Manager will transition to a servicing model where updates to the product come more frequently without the need to perform complex upgrades or migrations of existing Configuration Manager sites. Via the servicing model the Product Team is able to add new features and fixes more quickly, this way ConfigMgr is ready for the future and able to react quickly on the changes in the very fast moving client management and enterprise mobility space. Really cool if you ask me! This change means that there will be no System Center Configuration Manager 2016 but just System Center Configuration Manager.

Also Aaron explained yesterday the how and when Windows 10 will be supported have a look and notice that in SCCM (vnext) the Configuration Manager Application Catalog and Software Center will finally be combined.

Read the complete blog about the updates and Windows 10 support of Aaron here.

Looking forward to the MVP summit next week and the sessions at MMS!

Community presentations October 2015

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This month I was able to present two community related sessions. On the 8th of October Kenneth van Surksum and me were invited to present a session on behalf of our Windows Management User Group Netherlands, during the AppManagEvent in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. Our session was about “Application deployment across several devices with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager”. The session of 45 minutes was a nice one with lots of nice questions.

Last week I had the pleasure to fly to Oslo in Norway to present a session about the Enterprise Mobility Suite during the System Center User Group Norway meeting at the Microsoft office. This meeting was the second of the but how cool to see that it is already a really nice community with a great show up!

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(Late) IT/Dev Connections 2015 wrap up

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Currently we have crazy busy times, so busy that I was not able to write a review about IT/Dev Connections and my sessions together with Kenny Buntinx and Greg Ramsey. Like last year IT/Dev Connections was a pleasure to attend and to be able to present two sessions.

The Convention Center in the Aria Hotel is a really nice venue with nicely setup rooms to host the sessions.

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outlookWhat the Enterprise Mobility Suite solution of Microsoft unique makes, is the Office suite which is available for iOS and Android. (and later this year on Windows 10 Mobile) One of the apps of the suite is the Outlook app. This app on iOS and Android can be managed via the Mobile Application Management policies in Microsoft Intune to control data leakage. When you want to prevent data leakage you may want to force the users to use the Outlook app instead of the native mail and calendar apps on iOS and Android.

This can be done, let’s see how.

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emsappsettings01Since this week Microsoft Intune supports Mobile App Configuration Policies which allows you to configure settings in an application that you are deploying via Microsoft Intune. The must be enabled to support App Configuration via MDM but does not have to be the Intune SDK integrated.

On this page you see the MAM enabled apps for Intune, on the same page I will also create references to apps that support Mobile App Configuration soon!

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