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Device management with Office 365 for non-windows devices

 Control MacOS devices with Intune


Many users are switching from Windows devices to other client OS such as macOS, iOS and Android. Even Microsoft have noted this and have for a long time been able to control these devices with their service Intune. This is a service you get when the company subscribes to Intune or EMS(Enterprise Mobility + Security). EMS contains Intune, Active Directory(AD) Premium and Azure Information Protection (AIP). I have written posts earlier about AIP and AD Premium, in this post I will show what security services can be setup with Intune. It is now even better for us to setup as Microsoft is moving away from the old Intune portal that is based on Silverlight!

If you want full device and workplace management in 2017 you should be using the Intune to its full extent and not only for Windows computers, the number of non-Windows devices are expanding even for users with Office 365. The importance of handling all devices will be crucial to be compliant with GDPR. The discussion about BYOD(Bring Your Own Device) is still ongoing for CIOs and CISOs. The users see BYOD as a non-issue, if they can’t use their device they will look for a new job.

With Intune device management you can setup policies for these types of devices at the moment

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • Android
  • Android for work
  • iOS
  • macOS

The setup is not easy for a non-technical person and requires both central configuration of policies and connecting the device to the Intune company portal to register the device.
Some Microsoft Cloud partners offer this service for Windows 10 devices as a client-management service, very few offer this service to non-Windows devices. I sincerely hope this will change in the future. It is not that hard for the Microsoft partners to offer an extension of their service, I would say it is crucial for the future.

The policies that are sent out to the devices are securing the device extensively and reports can be drawn from the portal, some of the policies are

  • Device features such as mandatory apps on home screen
  • Device restrictions such as password, lock screen, cloud storage and device access settings
  • Email restrictions such as setup of account and period of synchronization of emails.
  • Certificates for security access to be controlled what services can be added
  • VPN settings for the users access to the company network
  • Wifi restrictions such as blocking automatically connect to WiFi networks

The Intune administration in the Azure portal is still in preview, which is another name of beta-testing. Many companies with Office 365 don´t have this feature activated yet and are still bound to the old Silverlight portal. The old portal only works with Internet Explorer as all other vendors have listened to Microsofts message that Silverlight is an product not to be used any more.

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