Enterprise Mobility and Security – Software updates with Windows Intune

What’s Changed in Enterprise Mobility Suite:

Enterprise Mobility Suite is renamed as Enterprise Mobility and Security. The existing enterprise Mobility Suite becomes Enterprise Mobility + Security E3 with no change for existing customers. A new upcoming plan will be known as Enterprise Mobility + Security E5.

Intune and its changes:

New Management Capabilities which includes Windows Updates, Windows Firewall and Endpoint protection

Azure AD Premium and its changes:

The existing Azure Active Directory Premium becomes Azure Active Directory Premium P1 with no change for existing customers

Azure Active Directory Premium P2 which will be available in coming days includes all the capabilities of Azure Active Directory Premium P1 as well as Identity Protection and Privileged Identity Management capabilities

Azure RMS and its Changes:

Azure Rights Management Premium becomes Azure Information Protection Premium P1 with no change in existing customers and Azure Information Protection Premium P2 adds advanced capabilities


Managing Windows with Microsoft Intune Client software:

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Instead of enrolling windows PC as a mobile device, we can now enroll and manage windows PC’s by installing a client software. This has got the new management capabilities which supports Software updates, windows firewall and Endpoint protection

 

The following management capabilities are added with Intune client software:

  1. Application Management : Deploying Applications
  2. Endpoint protection : Managing and monitor malware attacks
  3. Windows Firewall : Configuring windows firewall settings
  4. Hardware and software inventory
  5. Remote control : Remote assistance request
  6. Software updates : Managing software updates

In this discussion, I am showcasing the software updates capabilities with Windows Intune Client software

  1. Download the client software

Intune Client software can be downloaded from here Or from the Intune Admin Console as shown below

Login to Intune portal at https://manage.microsoft.com

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2. Enroll the windows Machine

Once the Intune Client software is downloaded and installed, the windows machine reports to Intune

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We can check the status of the machine in company portal too  at https://portal.manage.microsoft.com

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Now we can manage the updates for this Windows Machine with Intune

Software Updates in Windows Intune:

This feature is similar to the software update feature in System Center Configuration Manager where we can keep the windows Machines up to date with the latest software updates. These updates can be from Microsoft/non-Microsoft. When we enroll a Windows Machine in Intune with Intune Client software, that Machine reports to Intune wherein we can see the no of updates required, manage the updates by approving/declining, see the status of the installation and compliance.

A sample Intune Dashboard showing software updates

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Different Types of Updates: There are 7 different types of updates available out of which some are mandatory updates which doesn’t prompt for approval

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Microsoft vs Non-Microsoft Updates:

Software Updates by Microsoft:  Before we configure Microsoft updates, we have to configure product categories and update classifications

Navigate to Intune console – > Admin -> Updates where we can select the category and classification as per our requirement

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 Now, as we selected the product category and update classification, all the updates are synchronized to Intune console

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Automatic approval rules – These rules automatically approve specified types of update and reduce your administrative overhead. For example, you might want to automatically approve all critical software updates.

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Update Software not made from Microsoft:

We can also update the software which is not from Microsoft. To achieve this, we have to upload the software through upload wizard which will be saved in the cloud storage and later we can approve/decline and deploy to the specific collection as we do for Microsoft updates


Deploying a sample Microsoft update to enrolled computer:

Now, we installed a Intune client software, enrolled a computer to Intune console, selected the product category and classification, synchronised the updates to Intune. Let us try deploying a security update to the enrolled computer.

The enrolled computer has 96 software updates that need approval

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Select any update and approve it

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Create a collection ( group ) and deploy the update to the collection

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Select the approval settings. These are similar to the settings in System Center Configuration Manager

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Select the deadline to install the update

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Open Microsoft Intune Center ( This is similar to Software Center in System Center Configuration Manager ) in the client machine and check for updates

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You can see that the updates are getting installed

Check for the updates installation in control panel

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Deploying a sample Non – Microsoft update to enrolled computer:

We can even deploy Non-Microsoft Applications and updates with Intune by uploading the application/update to the Intune storage and then deploying to the specific collection or a group. In this case, I have chosen Google chrome as a Non-Microsoft application which is to be deployed to the enrolled computer. We can also try with Java updates as Non-Microsoft updates if Java is installed in the machine

Navigate to Intune console -> updates -> All Updates and click on upload

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Specify the location of update setup file

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This is quite interesting section. This will allow to select the architecture and Operating system so that we can have these filters at deployment level

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This section will gives the system the ability to check if the update/application is already installed in the targeted machine. This will avoid the re installation of the same application and avoids the overriding of previous versions

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In this section we can specify command line arguments for custom installation

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Approve

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Deploy to the collection ( group )

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Select the approval settings

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Open Microsoft Intune Center in the client machine and check for the updates.

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Confirm the installation in Control Panel

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