Windows Intune for IT Professionals Jump Start

Customers are always looking for some good training material to help them with readiness for on-boarding onto Windows Intune. The Microsoft Virtual Academy is a great starting point for customers big and small that want to understand and develop to a Mobile Device Management solution.

Instructors

This course features Technical Evangelist David Tesar and IT Security and Infrastructure Architect Richard Harrison delivering an engaging, demo-rich, live learning experience.

Modules

There are 12 modules and the course takes you from the beginner steps of setting up the environment to end user enrolment.

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All the courses and details can be found http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-intune-for-it-professionals-jump-start 

Reference :

Windows Intune for IT Professionals Jump Start : http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-intune-for-it-professionals-jump-start

How to delegate administrative rights to a partner

Scenario:

You are a Microsoft partner and want to support and assist your customers with deploying Windows Intune in there organisation to help them grow as a business. With this deployment you also want to be able to administer the management portal for Windows Intune and help create policy and deploy applications.

How to:

Once you establish your Microsoft partner account, and have this configured for your Office365/Intune tenant, it will give you the ability to create offers to sell packages of Office365/Intune to your customers.

It also gives you the ability to offer delegated administration rights to there environment. This blog will walk you through the process of making an offer for delegated access.

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The Microsoft partner that wants to manage the service will have to go and login with your partner account : https://account.manage.microsoft.com/admin/default.aspx

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Now select Partner up at the top of the screen

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Select offer delegated administration, this gives you the option to administer other organisations Intune environments.

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A new dialogue will appear with either a custom text that you can copy into a mail or an option to open directly into a mail client which then you would forward to your perspective customer that you wish to administer the environment.

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“{PartnerName} has offered to provide delegated administration for your online services.

Authorize access to administer your online services here:

https://account.manage.microsoft.com/partner/partnersignup.aspx?type=Administration&id=

Additional partner information:”

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The customer will receive this invite and once they click on the link they will get asked to log in using there tenant administrative credentials.

When they sign in this will authorise the delegated access.

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The customer will then see the following and delegated rights have been distributed.

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Microsoft Partner Section

Now that your partner account has delegated access to administrator your customers tenants, to help them do the following.

Click Partner then click Lookup user or domain Under Find and Assist

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You can then search using the username or the domain for the company that you support and then click next

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You are then presented with the option to administer on behalf of or create a service request
, to administer the Intune environment select “administer on behalf of”

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When you click on the administer on behalf of, this will take you to the account portal for the delegated customer

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From here the admin can open up the admin console and the option will be presented based on the access for the tenants.

As we can see the delegated admin has access both their Intune environment and the said customer. You can then have a single high level view of your customers health for the cloud only version of Intune.

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Now you can select the customers domain and assist

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References :
Configure Your Windows Intune Environment : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh441722.aspx
December 2012 Getting Started Guide : http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/8/D/68D655DE-F42E-4D89-9705-A84917867F6E/Windows%20Intune%20Getting%20Started%20Guide%20PDF_June%2012%202012.pdf

How to sign up for Windows Intune if you already have a Office365 tenant

If you have a Office365 account already and have yet to establish a Windows Intune tenant to manage your devices in your organisation, this is a really easy set up.

When you go to https://account.manage.microsoft.com/Signup/MainSignUp.aspx?OfferId=A77BE827-FC8B-4EF2-A0F5-7CD6C813AA65&ali=1

Click on the Sign In button;

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Sign in with your office365 details and complete the setup of Windows Intune.

Reference :
Set up Windows Intune : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn646983.aspx

Getting Started with the Windows Management Portals

There are two Administrator management portals that you can use to access the various features of your Windows Intune service: the Account Portal and the Admin Portal.

Account Portal: https://account.manage.microsoft.com

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Windows Intune Account Console

The Account Portal is a common configuration interface that administrators can use to manage users, groups, and domains for all Microsoft Online services, including Windows Intune and Office 365. With this online portal, you can check the status of your subscriptions, add new subscriptions, and activate new user accounts. It is also where you can set up and configure the link to your on-premise Active Directory Domain Service (ADDS) instance. In addition, end users can use the portal to change their passwords.

Admin Portal: https://admin.manage.microsoft.com

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Windows Intune Administration Console System Overview Screen

In the above, you can see the three main information panels for Windows Intune. On the left is the Navigation panel, which contains links to Windows Intune workspaces. (Note that each feature in Windows Intune has a workspace.) In the middle of the screen is the main information panel that provides the detailed view for the workspace, which in this example is the Systems Overview workspace. Finally, on the right is the Tasks panel, which generates a context sensitive list of available tasks for the selected workspace.

If you are in the process of setting up your Windows Intune solution, you may not have much information to display. However, you can start to familiarize yourself with the workspaces and tasks available in each area until you start enrolling computers.

References :
Windows Intune Getting Started Guide : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh441719.aspx