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I recently watched a great video interview by David Tesar of Joseph Dadzie (Principal Group Program Manager) at Microsoft. I thought it would be worth putting some of the takeaways from this presentation down for those interested in the underlying architecture behind the upcoming Windows InTune cloud offering. We have been playing with the now closed beta of Windows InTune for several weeks now. We have deployed a number of agents within our internal lab environment and also at a few of our "closer" client sites in the Greater Vancouver area. So far the results are looking quite promising! Here are some of the technical / architectural gems I pulled out of the video (in case you're short of time for the 17:02 video):
The concept behind Windows InTune is designed to give IT administrators some time back and enable administration of systems not residing in corporate office locations (e.g. out in the field). It shares a lot of the underlying components of System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), anti-malware components, etc. This is the first cloud-based management platform by Microsoft designed to manage only Windows workstation operating systems starting with XP SP3+, Vista & Windows 7.
Software can be deployed using any software distribution package, via Group Policy, or even manually. Based on what we've seen so far, the installation would be easily handled by Kaseya or other RMM tools as well as Microsoft-centric technology like SCCM. Windows InTune presently itself does not support the deployment of software out to the managed end-points, although this will be coming in a future release.