With businesses increasingly relying on mobile devices and the increasingly popular BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) approach, you need a tool that provides a more comprehensive service without draining your time and resources.
Ranked number one on the list of configuration management tools, Intune simplifies remote configuration, device updating, and security control for organizations.
Are you looking to master mobile device management in your organization? Here’s all you need to know about Microsoft Intune, how it works, and the best practices to follow when deploying this tool:
How Does Intune Deployment Work?
This robust cloud tool manages Windows-based workstations and iOS, Android, and Windows-based mobile devices. It enables controlling application access, managing device settings, permissions, and data encoding, and directly wiping device data in the event of theft.
Using the Intune Company Portal, you can safely access your company’s dashboard, install and remove apps, and view, modify, add, and remove your enrolled devices.
A standard BYOD policy is crucial for firms that prioritize cybersecurity. With Intune deployment, an MDM certificate is installed on the enrolling device by Intune during registration. The MDM certificate allows Intune to begin enforcing your company’s policies, such as enrollment policies restricting the number or kind of devices that can access the company’s data.
Intune Deployment Step-by-Step
It is crucial to follow industry best practices when setting up Intune for your company. Here are some tips to follow:
- Prepare for the deployment. Planning ahead of time will improve deployment efficiency.
- Determine which platforms the company will support. This will assist in determining the types of certificates required for app deployment.
- Examine the Configuration Manager hierarchy to see how you can best integrate MDM. Remember that MDM does not necessitate the creation of a separate site in the Configuration Manager hierarchy.
- Obtain and deploy certificates and side-loading keys. Work with other teams to simplify the app certification process.
- Identify and license specific users in Configuration Manager by using user discovery, and then add users to a custom collection that will synchronize these user accounts with Intune.
- You may work with the security and exchange teams to ensure that passwords and policies are consistent across device platforms to provide a good user experience while maintaining corporate security.
- Encourage collaboration among all involved teams. It is critical to ensure that all stakeholders can provide input early on and collaborate to ensure a smooth deployment.
- Create a comprehensive communication and readiness plan. You can reduce support costs with a well-developed support plan and documentation for user and helpdesk readiness.
- Before deployment, help desk technicians should be trained. Prepare training and support content for modern device support, mainly if there are differences in user experience across device platforms.
- Sensitize users. To reduce support calls, provide users with documentation on the enrollment steps for each supported device platform.
- Ensure users understand what is being inventoried on their devices to alleviate their concerns. Create FAQs for frequently asked questions (FAQs) and document any known issues.
- Plan out the enrollment procedure. Consider how you will deploy the Company Portal and LOB apps to ensure a positive user experience and lower support costs.
- Use categories to organize and make finding applications on the Company Portal easier.
- Use security groups to restrict which apps users can see based on their role in the organization.
- Choose which apps to install.
Advantages of Intune Deployment
As a mobile device management (MDM) and mobile app management (MAM), Intune is a service for businesses ready to tackle productivity, security, and compliance challenges in the modern BYOD era (bring-your-own-device).
Here are some benefits of Intune Deployment:
Employee Device Management
Are you still of the opinion that your internal or external IT department must handle every BYO device to guarantee its security? That might not be the case. Automatic registration can be enabled by Intune administrators using Azure AD Premium. Your IT staff will have more time once you implement one of these enrollment strategies.
Prevent Unauthorized Access to Company Data
Are you concerned that your employees’ apps will gain access to your company’s information and even passwords? Intune works with Azure Active Directory to ensure only managed apps can access corporate email and other Office 365 services. This app-based conditional access ensures that your company’s data is limited to apps that have been downloaded and registered with Intune. You can use Intune app-protection policies on the company and employee-owned devices to keep all company information as secure as possible.
Seamless Apps and Software Deployment
The best part is that while Intune is a Microsoft product, you’re not limited to Windows. Intune’s cloud-based management is available on all operating systems, unlike MDM for Office 365. Mac OS X, Android, and iOS are all included. This makes the small per-user subscription fee well worth it, especially if you have employees that love working with Apple products (iPhone, iPad, or Macbook).
Centralized Cloud Infrastructure
Intune is a crucial Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) component. This is a collection of cloud-based services that detect threats and manage identities. They allow you to manage PCs from the Cloud without requiring infrastructure, eliminating the need to plan and maintain hardware for your business — everything is done from the Cloud. In addition, Intune extends Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager’s functionality to the Windows Azure cloud. This will work whether users access the internet from a device in or out of the office.
Enhanced Security and Applications
Data protection and device management are other benefits that Intune already provides. You can connect Intune to the configuration manager to manage your devices from a single console. This includes computers, Macs, and mobile devices. Admins can use enrolled devices to perform various security functions such as remotely resetting passcodes, locking or wiping devices, encrypting data, and preventing data theft.
Simplify Cybersecurity Compliance
Intune seamlessly enables you to meet your cybersecurity goals by providing extensive security controls and features that authorized administrators can manage. The admin console allows you to remotely manage data protection, access restriction, encryption, and anti-malware. You now have a system that operates safely and securely without your intervention.
Intune is Microsoft’s answer to business mobile device management. Its popularity stems from the fact that it enables unified endpoint management of both corporate and BYO devices. It’s a cloud-based tool that allows employees to access corporate applications, data, and resources from their — or your — preferred device. By deploying this software, you can streamline application use across devices, advanced security, and cost savings for your company!