Windows Intune – PC Management and Security in the Cloud

Windows Intune will be officially available to the general public to try out/purchase from the 23rd of March 2011. As an IT Pro I have been wanting for a tool as such for a long time, so that I can make sure that all of my organizations client computers are managed and secured up to date, where ever they are and where ever I am with a few mouse clicks and an easy to manage environment.

With the simple web based console Intune provides you greater management insights to your computers in your organizations without no extra infrastructure required by you. Intune helps you to Manage Updates, Malware Protection, Asset Inventory (Hardware and Software), Remote Administration, etc. 

Find the excerpt below which is the requirement for the Windows Intune client software (taken from Windows Intune FAQ)

“The Windows Intune client software is supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of:

  • Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, and Professional
  • Windows Vista Enterprise, Ultimate, and Business
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack (SP) 2 or later (SP3 recommended)

The Windows Intune client software has no additional hardware requirements for Windows 7– or Windows Vista–based computers. However, to install the client software on Windows XP–based computers, you will need a CPU clock speed of 500 megahertz (MHz) or faster and a minimum of 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM.

You will also require administrator rights on the computer to complete the Windows Intune client software installation.

To access the Windows Intune web console, administrators will need access to a web browser that supports Silverlight® 3.0, such as Windows Internet Explorer® 7.0 or higher.”

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