One of the new features available with the release of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and later is the introduction of Windows Intune integration with ConfigMgr. This includes managing Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, Android, and iOS. This two part series will go through installing an Android emulator on Hyper-V, getting the Android emulator enrolled in Windows Intune, and the supported compliance settings available on the Android platform.
Android builds can be obtained at http://www.android-x86.org/download. In this series, we will be using Android 4.4.
Let’s get started with getting an Android emulator running in Hyper-V!
1. Start with creating a New Virtual machine in Hyper-V, naming it, and storing it as you would with any other Windows VM. Choose the ‘Generation 1’ VM option.
I am going to connect this Android emulator to my Ethernet virtual switch connection, so that the Android emulator will be able to connect to the internet. You will want to ensure that the Android emulator has internet access so that in later steps we will be able to connect to the Google Play Store to install the Company Portal app for Intune. Note that the Android VM will need to be connected via an Ethernet connection, using a Wi-Fi connection will not work.
Now we can go ahead and start up our Android emulator. At the install screen, you will be presented with a few options, two of which we can choose to run the Android platform from.
7. The first option ‘Live CD – Run Android x-86 without Installation’ is very useful for quick lab setups or demos in which you simply want to test a few features on the emulator. However, this is not a persistent development instance.
I will go ahead and choose the Live CD – Run Android x86 without Installation option. Note that after 60 seconds on this screen, the install will default to Live CD – Run Android x86 without Installation.
The first thing you will notice is a notification which states ‘Unfortunately, Bluetooth Share has stopped.’
On the Select Wi-Fi screen, you will notice that initially, no networks will be found. This is not an issue for us for now, we will enable Wi-Fi once the Android emulator OS is up and running.
Select the rest of the Android OS customization settings, and you should see the home screen
8. Click on the more items icon to view additional Apps and Settings. When you are on this page, choose Settings. We will now configure internet connectivity for the Android emulator.
9. Switch the WiFi icon from Off to On. Test connection by browsing to a webpage.
Now we’re all ready to enroll the device in Windows Intune! The next part of the series will go through how to enroll the device, and verify enrollment in the System Center Configuration Manager console.