New Intune experience in Azure Portal

A couple of weeks ago I attended an Intune webcast and recently, I finally had a little bit of free time to try the new features presented in the webcast.

One of the features was the public preview of the new Intune experience on the Azure portal (aka Ibiza portal) announced by Microsoft last year. The portal can be found here: www.portal.azure.com

If you go to the Azure portal and search for “Intune” you will get two results (please also see the important note further below):

  • “Intune App Protection” which is already available since a couple of months in the Azure portal. This feature is used for Mobile Application Management (MAM)
  • “Intune (Preview)” which is the feature covered in this blog

Important note: This feature is only available for new tenants. All existing tenants will be migrated to the new Intune experience over the next few months (You can find more information here: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/12/07/public-preview-of-intune-on-azure). So, if you want to try out the new experience you have to create a new Azure tenant for testing.

 

When selecting the new experience feature, you will be receiving an “Access denied” error.

To remedy this error message, your user needs to be a global admin and have an Intune license assigned (or, like in my case, an EMS license). Hopefully the requirement to assign an Intune license for the admin will be removed when the service is going GA. For now, you will need at least one more Intune or EMS license for each admin account accessing this feature.

After you have followed the steps above, the “Intune portal” will look like this:

So, now you are ready to discover the new look and feel of the Intune portal. At the overview pane and at some other areas you will most likely get a “Coming Soon” picture as it’s still in preview.

As most of you will already know, Microsoft Intune consists of two parts, “MDM” and “PC Management”. With “MDM” you manage the devices through OMA-URI and OMA-DM without an installed agent and with “PC Management” you manage the devices with an agent installed on the client devices. According to Microsoft, the QPC Management” part will not be developed anymore and will be integrated into the Ibiza Portal after all other features are migrated. The MDM features will be migrated over the next months, so for the time being, you will have to use two portals depending on your needs.

Intune on Azure now supports Microsoft Graph and in the future Powershell support will also be available. Finally, we can get rid of the Silverlight Intune portal and get the ability for some automation in the near future.

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