Windows Intune is a great option for companies that want to keep their systems secure and updated, without the need to install a costly infrastructure on premises. It costs 11 euros per month and per device, with the additional benefit of having Windows 7 Enterprise installed on desktops, and also get a copy of MDOP (with an extra charge of 1 euro).
MDOP includes a lot of good stuff, including the App-V product, giving you the option to run applications via streaming, which was previously possible to get it via a Software Assurance program. Windows Intune brought all the benefits of MDOP practically to every company.
Windows Intune version 2.0 is now in beta version and a new feature came out: we’ll have the ability to “push” software to desktops, more or less like we did by using Group Policy Objects.
It works more or less like this: you specify the installation files and Intune uploads them to a cloud storage (Windows Azure) that is reserved for Intune customers. Available disk space is now 2GB, as you can see in the screenshot below:
You can clearly see that we want to install Adobe Reader and Microsoft Lync 2010 client to our desktops, as seen below:
By using computer groups we can assign software to computers:
Take a look at Panayiotis Kouris blog where he discusses the new features of Intune here: http://autoexec.gr/blogs/pkouris/archive/2011/07/12/windows-intune-next-release-beta-announced-at-wpc-2011.aspx and take a look at a live meeting presentation on Windows Intune here: http://www.techdays.gr/videos/3408.html .