Microsoft Intune March Update


Its exciting to see the constant feature enhancements to the Intune product, I look forward to the next version of System Center Configuration Manager where I hope we too will see the constant update cycle.

Anyway enough mumbling this months latest features are:

  • Ability to streamline the enrollment of iOS devices purchased directly from Apple or an authorized reseller with the Device Enrollment Program (DEP)
  • Ability to restrict access to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business based upon device enrollment and compliance policies
  • Management of OneDrive apps for iOS and Android devices
  • Ability to deploy .appx files to Windows Phone 8.1 devices
  • Ability to restrict the number of devices a user can enroll in Intune

Additionally, as part of this service update, Microsoft will be providing hybrid customers with the ability to create custom WiFi profiles with pre-shared keys (PSK) for Android devices.

These are all really exciting features for my customers and I know for several the Pre-Shared Key deployment for Android will tick a lot of peoples boxes.

Azure Backup Pricing Changes


So today Microsoft sprung upon us all a pricing structure change to Azure Backup with the view of it working out cheaper for customers.   As of yet details are quite sketchy which is disappointing and internally in the UK Microsoft Staff don’t appear to of been told anymore than we have.

Aidan Finn earlier today posted on his blog about the changes to Azure Backup also (

One thing I have had clarified today is that the term “Instances” is defined as a Virtual Machine or Physical host.  It does not mean a DPM Protection Group or a DPM Server.  So in the majority for UK customers this means £6.109 (if the backup is over 5GB otherwise we understand this to be free) per instance plus the cost of storage.  We still don’t know whether this is block or page blob storage and we have asked Microsoft for clarity on this as it will for large amounts of data have a noticeable price difference.

As soon as I have any more information on this I will of course update this post.

Have  a good weekend.


The Year of Enterprise Mobility

Enterprise Mobility Suite in action

I started to write this blog post before I went on holiday over new year (3 weeks in Thailand went far too quickly!!!!).   Then I thought no stop, you are in honeymoon period with a fantastic suite of products, have a holiday and come back….. Well I did and nothings changed.

The Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite is a game changer in the Identity and Access space.  What product set provides you the below in the most case for sub £2 a month per user?

  • Self-service password reset for your people, to reduce helpdesk calls
  • Multi-factor authentication options for greater security
  • Group-based provisioning and single sign on for over 1000 SaaS apps
  • Machine learning-driven security reports for visibility and threat management
  • Robust sync capabilities across cloud and on-premises directories
  • Mobile application management across devices
  • Broad device support for Windows, Windows Phone, Apple iOS, and Android devices
  • Selective wipe of apps and data for greater security
  • Information protection from the cloud or in a hybrid model with your existing on-premises infrastructure
  • Integration into your native applications with an easy-to-use SDK

In all honesty when I’m talking to our customers and partners, the feature set blows them away and want to signup before they even hear the price.

So stay tuned as will be posting some technical tips & tricks very shortly.