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How to Install and Manage Microsoft Intune Client

Windows Intune the lighter version of ConfigMgr. This is my second post on Intune. Since last few days, I’m doing several tests with this product and really loving it. Obviously, we don’t get all the features of ConfigMgr in Windows Intune.

Step 1 Prepare for Deployment

Best practise is to go through the prerequisite of Intune client software before trying to install it. Prerequisites are well documented over here. The current version (4.0.9377.0) of Intune doesn’t support Windows 8.

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As Intune is Cloud based service Internet connectivity is first point which needs to be taken care. Some special proxy server configurations are required. Windows Intune supports unauthenticated proxy servers. All the communications of Intune client will be through 80 and 443 ports.

Step2 Download and Deploy

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Login to Intune Admin Console from the home page. Navigate through Administration node and then click on Client Software Download. As mentioned above, the first step is to verify the prerequisites.

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To download the client software click on Download Client Software button from Admin Console. Save the client software Windows_Intune_Setup.zip in zipped format and extract it. The extracted folder should contain two files Windows_Intune_Setup.exe and WindowsIntune.accountcert .

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These are the two files required for Intune Client installation. These files can be copied to a USB drive and used in client machines. WindowsIntune.accountcert  is the certificate file which will authenticate the client with Intune server. So don’t make any changes on this certificate and exe file alone won’t work.

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In my case, I used manual installation. Just need to double click on Windows_Intune_Setup.exe file and that is it. Intune client software installation log should be available at %TEMP% folder and the file file name in my case was “MSI96de5.log”.

MSI (c) (E0:B4) [17:38:58:869]: Windows Installer installed the product. Product Name: Windows Intune. Product Version: 4.0.9377.0. Product Language: 0. Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation. Installation success or error status: 0.

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Step 3 Verify whether the client enrolled successfully

Microsoft recommends to check the status of client enrollment in Windows Intune admin console after 30 minutes of successful installation.

imageMy computer “AnoopCNair” shown up in Admin Console under Groups “All Devices” –> “Ungrouped Devices” –> “Devices”. Hardware inventory details are also available after some time.

imageThe client console will look like this. Same like CM 2012 application catalogue, users can search for available applications in company portal and install the required applications. You can also see Updates, Endpoint Protection and Remote assistance options in the Intune client applet. The log files of Windows Intune are located at “C:\Program Files\Microsoft\OnlineManagement\Logs” .  Windows Intune client icon will be available at task bar. Also, you can find the actual client UI exe (cltui.exe) at “C:\Program Files\Microsoft\OnlineManagement\Client UI”.

Hardware and Software inventory details of Windows Intune client is available at “C:\Program Files\Microsoft\OnlineManagement\PolicyAgent\ReportCache” folder.

More details on Windows Intune client deployment is available here.

About Author 

Anoop is Microsoft MVP and Veeam Vanguard ! He is a Solution Architect on enterprise client management with more than 13 years of experience (calculation done on the year 2014) in IT. He is Blogger, Speaker and Local User Group Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012,Current Branch, Intune. He writes about the technologies like SCCM, SCOM, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, RMS, Hyper-V etc...

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