Microsoft Dec 9, 2019

Microsoft Ignite IV: Administration made easy – More time for important things.

Management and administrability are absolutely essential when it comes to the many, diverse Microsoft 365 services. At Microsoft Ignite, a number of exciting new features were announced that would not only simplify administration but also make overall handling easier. Keep reading this fourth and last blog entry on Ignite 2019 to learn more.

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Enthusiasm for Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

The announcement of Microsoft Endpoint Manager was greeted by an excited murmur going through the crowd. The short teaser had briefly led to the assumption that Microsoft would introduce an additional mobile device management solution to accompany Intune. Although this guess was not far off the mark, Microsoft Endpoint Manager is actually more of an interface between local device management using System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM/ConfigMgr) and modern cloud-based device management using Microsoft Intune. Endpoint Manager serves as an integrated solution for central and secure management of all company end devices. It offers seamless, consistent management of Windows, Android and Apple devices by bringing together the functionality and data of Intune and SCCM while also offering new, smart assessments and analyses. Not only applications, but also central policies can be used, created and managed without requiring complex migrations or productivity interruptions.


And to make it even easier to get on board with Endpoint Manager, all customers with an existing local SCCM infrastructure will receive Intune for free, courtesy of Microsoft, to manage their Windows PCs. Starting immediately, Endpoint Manager can be used to help manage devices, and cloud-based features such as autopilot and desktop analytics are also available.


Microsoft Productivity Score.

The newly introduced Microsoft Productivity Score focuses on two areas, namely employee experience and technology experience. Both offer insights into the fundamental mechanics at work in your company, allowing you to conduct a well-founded analysis upon which to optimise processes, systems and capabilities. This in turn enables everyone in your company to do their work as efficiently as possible. 


The Microsoft Productivity Score analyses how employees in your company work and communicate. From this it derives recommendations that can be seen in Endpoint Manager, for instance, and which you can use to fine-tune even the smallest device.


Managed Meeting Rooms.

Productive meetings are indispensable for a successful modern workplace. As working remotely becomes increasingly commonplace, more and more IT departments and decision-makers are understanding that effective meetings require the right meeting room technology. In response to this demand, Microsoft is already offering a private preview of its Managed Meeting Rooms, which makes it possible to centrally manage conference room solutions such as Microsoft Teams Rooms systems by Logitech or Poly. This cloud-based management and security monitoring service ensures that meeting rooms are always up to date, proactively guaranteeing the best in-room user experience with the familiar Teams administration console. 


Global reader admin roles.

Users have regularly called for more granular admin roles in Microsoft 365. One of the most frequent requests was to give admins only those rights required for them to do their work, thereby improving the security of services. To reduce the number of global admins within a company, a new admin role was announced for Azure AD and the Microsoft 365 admin centre: Global reader. While this role allows administrators to see information in Microsoft 365, they cannot make any changes to services. Global reader rights are useful when creating documentation, planning and evaluating reports or audits, and conducting surveys as they allow insight without granting any more privileges than necessary. The Global reader role can also be combined with other admin roles, such as Exchange admin, to enable targeted access to data and sources for specific services.

Florian Vees
Junior Consultant Microsoft