This summer, we have been working with a number of customers to make improvements to the way they manage their end user devices. With more organisations looking to offer employees a flexible, hybrid home/office approach to working, it has become even more important to know exactly which services your users are accessing and ensuring they are doing so in a secure manner.
Introducing Microsoft Endpoint Manager
Formally known as Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Endpoint Manager is now firmly part of Microsoft Azure, wedged in between Azure Active Directory and Azure Virtual Desktop. The challenge for many organisations, now they are allowing employees to work from home or adopt a more flexible hot desk approach, is knowing how to manage devices and access to files without compromising security. We are able to do that effectively and efficiently with Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
Endpoint Manager is a combination of several applications or services:
- Intune – the cloud based mobile device management (MDM) platform for managing devices and applications
- Configuration Manager – manages device policies and configurations, device restrictions and security. Operating System updates and feature enhancements are also configured here to allow for a consistent approach in this area
- Windows Autopilot – to configure and set up new devices out of the box without having to resort to a more traditional ‘Golden Image’
- Azure Active Directory – manages identities, authentication, and device enrolment
- Desktop Analytics – provides an up-to-date report on device performance and information to help manage compatibility issues, Windows updates and security.
Microsoft Endpoint Manager can be further combined with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint which sits at the heart of Azure, providing top class protection form all manner of cyberthreats.
Whilst this list is very much centred around Windows, as we are a Microsoft Gold partner, for each of the main operating systems, be that Windows, IOS, MAC or Android, Microsoft Endpoint Manager is the one stop portal for managing all your devices with a consistent approach and very similar technologies.
Microsoft Endpoint Manager will put your business on the right track, providing a unified configuration and management portal that can support a diverse Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) ecosystem or a more regulated approach with zero trust security controls and strict device enrolment.
How to get started
Whether you are looking to set up brand new devices straight out of the box from the manufacturer or look at a more efficient, cloud based way to manage your end user devices wherever they may be in the world, we can help you work with Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
The level of flexibility to support the way you want to work is built into the platform and scalable from the smallest of SMB right through to the largest Enterprise or Education environment. With a clear set of goals and the support of a trusted digital partner like AspiraCloud, your end users can head safely to the cloud whilst your business keeps its feet securely on the ground.
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