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New Windows to Unified Management

Susan Fogarty, Editor in Chief, IT Migration Zone | 1/16/2013 | 8 comments

Susan Fogarty
Microsoft announced additions yesterday to its management tools that will help customers get a handle on hybrid cloud and mobile environments.

Since mid-2012, the company has been evangelizing its concept of the Cloud OS, a consistent platform built on Windows Server and Windows Azure. The release of System Center 2012 and Windows Intune helped to complete that picture with unified management.

The additions announced yesterday augmented System Center 2012 with Service Pack 1. This allows IT to manage datacenter components like networking, storage, and compute together as a single system. It also allows for the management of cloud-based applications and resources running in the enterprise datacenter, at a hosted service provider, or in the Windows Azure cloud. Administrators can move virtual machines from one environment to another and manage them within System Center, according to the announcement.

Microsoft also released System Center's Configuration Manager SP1 module with Windows Intune. The web console is designed to "deliver a unified device management solution for the enterprise," according to a blog post by Mike Schutz, Microsoft general manager of Windows server and management product marketing.

The latest version of Intune fosters management and software distribution across a range of mobile devices and platforms, including Windows 8 and RT, Windows Phone 8, Android, and iOS. It also allows administrators to manage both enterprise and personal devices with a single console through Configuration Manager. With this release, the service has been extended to 87 countries worldwide.

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anthony.nima   New Windows to Unified Management   1/29/2013 9:27:31 AM
Re: Unifed Management
Seems interesting but I havent tried it as yet.
Tuscany   New Windows to Unified Management   1/27/2013 6:13:55 AM
Re: Unifed Management
This has been long overdue and a good move by MS to incorporate a MDM into it's OS.
sohaibmasood   New Windows to Unified Management   1/23/2013 7:26:08 AM
Reducing the workload
Seems like an interesting idea to manage both enterprise and personal devices via the same console. It would certainly reduce the workload for the admins. 
anthony.nima   New Windows to Unified Management   1/21/2013 9:42:04 AM
Re: Unifed Management
I dont think the latest version of Windows has a major impact. It can be if the systems that it uses are made to be touch devices compulsary. If not its difficult to use.
Randomus   New Windows to Unified Management   1/20/2013 12:15:56 AM
Re: Unifed Management
Thanks for the added input, Marianne.  I'm more knowledgeable about Saas, so I enjoy learning about PaaS whenever I can.
Marianne   New Windows to Unified Management   1/19/2013 10:57:44 AM
Re: Unifed Management
Yes.  PaaS allows application development on top of a virtual machine via System Center 2012. If an application under development is mobile, it could be tested on a mobile device via the MDM services to make sure it works with an enterprise system.


Susan Fogarty   New Windows to Unified Management   1/18/2013 3:45:56 PM
Re: Unifed Management
Marianne, do you think PaaS lends itself to the unified management that Microsoft is proposing?
Marianne   New Windows to Unified Management   1/17/2013 8:31:54 PM
Unifed Management
Windows Azure is Platform as a Service (PaaS).

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