Systems management tools are often very expensive and extremely complex. These tools also require a dedicated infrastructure and therefore are impossible to implement for many small businesses. Tools like Microsoft System Center are designed for larger corporation, however they provide great value if they are being used. Other tools or services targeting small businesses usually do fail to live up to their expectations.
Windows InTune is a new, cloud based systems management tool that is specifically designed with small and mid-size businesses in mind. Windows InTune does not require any hardware to be purchased nor does it require an existing or new active directory environment either. Windows InTune is a simple systems management tool designed for workgroup devices or small domain environments running on the Windows platform. Here are some of the key benefits:
- Easy to install and easy to use
- Web-based interface
- Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade license
- Patch management
- Malware Protection
- Remote Assistance
- Asset tracking and inventory
- Security Policies
A small agent needs to be installed on all laptop computers and PCs to use Windows InTune. Client computers are not tied to a specific location to be protected by Windows InTune; the only requirement is an Internet connection to be available.
Once the agent is installed the administrator can place them into groups and apply different security policies as an example. This makes it easy to lock down certain machines to be more secure (think finance or HR). With the agent installed you can drill down into each machine and determine the overall system status and as an example apply system patches as needed. You can identify machines that have malware or viruses installed and remove those remotely.
A major feature of Windows InTune is the remote support assistance. Your Users can initiate support requests via Windows InTune by using the Easy Assist cloud-hosted support tool. You can use this to have a support chat with the user and even access their desktop through desktop sharing and address issues as if you would be at the user’s desk.
DT Advanced wants to be your partner for Windows InTune. We easily setup a 30 day free trial for your company. You can then either self-manage your environment with Windows InTune or you can have DT Advanced to manage your IT environment for a small fee. Windows InTune is one of the best products Microsoft has released for small businesses and there are no more excuses why a small business should expect less. Patch management and a secure environment will help your business to thrive.