It seems as if we're right in the middle of a massive shift in technology in education, as we move rapidly towards 1:1 computing and a larger variety of devices appearing in classrooms and IT labs. And that's compounded by the arrival of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in education: students and staff connecting their own devices – phones, laptops, tablets – to your education network.
If you're a high-tech IT manager in education, then you'll be using our System Center to manage that complexity, letting you manage many different types of devices from one place. But what happens if you're not the kind of institution who'd use something as advanced as System Center? Or you support a whole range of different schools (for example, you're a service partner for multiple schools, providing a managed IT service; or even a high school supporting your local primary schools)?
That's where Intune might well come in handy, as it allows you to manage devices over the web – without having to control and own them completely. So, for example, you could use them to ensure that your student-owned devices are up to date with virus protection etc, without having to rebuild them with a school-defined computer image.
The video below gives you an idea of the basics:
And to get more info on Windows Intune, and it's ability to manage devices, software applications, anti-virus and system updates, take a look at the Intune website. From the site you can also get a 30-day free trial for up to 25 PCs, which might be the easiest way to understand what it can do in your specific scenario.
There is also education pricing for Windows Intune, which you'll be able to get from your Microsoft Education partner (and if you haven't got an existing partner, you can search for Microsoft Authorised Education Resellers here)
By Ray Fleming