A vey good keynote by Brad Anderson today, my notes...
  • Mobile device management is to be delivered by both SCCM and InTune and over time you’ll be able to better use these solutions together
  • Core Needs: Intelligent Application Infrastructure, Security and Access, Control and Governance across all devices with a focus on the user in a People-Centric approach (based on user identity versus device)
  • User-centric is reiterated regularly this week as not just about what computer to install on, but as a key to better management of multiple devices and platforms.
  • Today announced “deep integration” with Windows, iOS and Android
  • Delivery leverages integration with Microsoft, Apple and Android stores
  • Users log in with AD credentials to attain user-centric policy management across device
  • Demo had 5 different deployment packages for Adobe Reader: msi and app-v, 86 and x64 and a customized version of one
  • You can do a “Pre-flight”, which is a simulated deployment that actually processes your deployment rules and pushes to the end user device (install and uninstall are both supported) and it will tell you what it would have done on each device. This is not hitting a database and running checks but really pushing scenarios to the end devices.
  • Reports show success: already installed, success and which packages for the application were used on each (based on rules), systems that did not install because they did not meet the rules (missing prerequisites, didn’t meet deployment criteria, etc.)
  • The new term in SCCM “DeepLink” means an application is tied into a vendor store. Installation is not automated, but helps to improve discoverability of applications among the huge number on the market. Essentially the admin can make a list of available software visible to users via the self-service portal. Such applications are not mapped to a distribution point but into an online store.
  • Desktop software can be made “available” instead of pushed which makes it appear in this self-service web based software catalog.
  • InTune will provide native application delivery for iOS. Again this means the same thing as with desktop software in the self service user portal (making it available to users not pushing it to the device).
  • Demo tried to show user experience for iOS but technical difficulties forced them to move on. They got Windows 8 tablet working and showed the suer experience of seeing listed applications, choosing one and having it installed. The screen sharing did not work for iOS but later they actually brought out a cameraman to show an iPhone in order to show it in action. They chose “Get Apps” from an iOS app from a list that matched what was chosen as “available” earlier in the demo, clicking it performed the installation (delivered from the App Store in a familiar way)
  • Applications can be “side-loaded” meaning direct platform installation (not using online vendor store) but it was not clear from this session what devices supported this (seems contradictory to the notion that applications are just listed and not pushed)
  • As a user you can manage any of your corporate known devices based on your AD account to see some basic information and to and remote wipe them if they are lost or stolen
  • InTune Pre-release is available now at http://www.intune.com
  • “As we go forward we are going to bring Intunes and SCCM together”. Microsoft’s belief is that devices should be managed from the cloud.