Monday, 3 February 2014

MDM in SCCM 2012 R2 - Upcoming New Features

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Recently Microsoft announced upcoming new features in the Mobile Device Management offering. They have committed to releasing these improvements very regularly and not just coinciding with a new release or update to ConfigMgr. 

To facilitate these updates they have introduced a new feature with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 - "Extensions for Windows Intune". 

This enables new features in Windows Intune to be available within your ConfigMgr console without any on-premise upgrade. Administrators will be prompted with a message to notify them about the availability of a new extension. The administrator can then choose to install the extension.

After the installation (and after a restart of the console) the new feature will be available in the workspace.

(Note that additional features will be automatically replicated and enabled on all site servers in the Configuration Manager hierarchy of servers.)

You can read about this in the System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog (29th Jan 2014).

The following features will soon be available as Extensions for Windows Intune (week commencing 3rd Feb 2014)

Email profiles:

  • provision ‘Exchange ActiveSync’ email profiles to iOS and Windows Phone 8 devices
  • allows the enforcement of email-related restrictions
  • remove the profile and emails associated with that profile from wiped devices
Remote lock functionality:
  • lets admins lock-down employee tablets, phones, and other mobile devices that are lost or stolen
Support for new configuration settings in iOS 7:
  • "Managed open in" capability to protect corporate data by controlling which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments
  • disabling the "fingerprint unlock" feature.

Later in 2014

  • Deeper email management, including conditional access to Exchange email inboxes depending on if the device is managed
  • Ability to define application restrictions, through direct platform management as well as “wrapping” policy around unmanaged applications, giving administrators the ability to define how an application interacts with data and block undesirable functions such as cut and paste to other apps
  • Bulk enrollment of mobile devices, specifically useful for devices not used by a single user or knowledge worker, including kiosks, student devices, or those used in retail 
  • Allow or deny apps from running on mobile devices
  • Web browser management, including URL filtering to manage which web sites mobile devices can access

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