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Dan Smalley

Microsoft has Renamed System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM)

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MECM is now merged with Intune for desktop OS management– which pairs nicely!
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If your organization currently owns System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), then you also now own Intune for PC management! Please be aware that if you own Intune, then you also automatically get SCCM for desktops. This does not include mobile device management.

Read on to learn how best to optimize your usage of MECM and take advantage of this great pairing...

What is Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM)?  

Microsoft has brought together Configuration Manager and Intune for PC management with simplified licensing. This allows the deployment of a seamless, end-to-end management solution that combines the functionality, data, and new intelligent actions of Microsoft Intune and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). MECM provides modern management and security that meets customers where they are and helps them move to the cloud. Microsoft has also included different management solutions to be included in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager brand.

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Christopher Bauer

Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure Now Available

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Recently, Microsoft announced Windows Virtual Desktop’s move from public preview to general availability worldwide.

Read on to learn more, and how it applies and benefits you!
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What is Windows Virtual Desktop?

Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. Multi-session Windows 10 allows multiple concurrent users to connect – meaning that Windows 10 may be used as a remote desktop session host server. In contrast, it was previously only available when using a Windows Server operating system. Organizations are now able to virtualize Office 365 ProPlus and optimize it to run in multi-user sessions. Additionally, manage your environment using built-in delegated access to assign roles and collect diagnostics to understand various configuration or user errors – and use Azure’s diagnostics service to troubleshoot errors.

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Mike Wilson

Windows Information Protection (WIP) | Avoid Data Leaks by Automatically Classifying and Protecting Files

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Windows Information Protection (WIP) is a data loss prevention feature for Windows 10 (version 1607 or later) that can automatically apply protective tags for files and data. Thus, allowing end-users to be productive and still keep your organization’s data secure!
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What is Windows Information Protection (WIP)?

Windows Information Protection (WIP) is an alternative to traditional data loss prevention approaches that focus on protecting data leakage at the network level. WIP protects against both accidental and intentional leakage of data by automatically encrypting internal data anytime users save a file locally to a protected Windows 10 system. Protecting organizational data is critical - now more than ever before! Lawsuits, legal challenges, and/or a loss of reputation is at stake if an organization is not successful in protecting their data. The ongoing blend of work and home life – especially in a COVID-19 world isn’t making that easier. More and more, we see end-users utilizing their work provided devices for personal tasks and data management. Similarly, end-users will access organizational data on their personal devices, which makes protecting your data tricky. WIP provides peace of mind and helps protect critical data regardless of where it’s accessed from. WIP not only helps protect files on end-users’ devices but can also be used to remotely wipe a device clean if needed via Intune. By selecting the user and device and sending a wipe request, all data that was protected via the WIP policy will become unusable.

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Max Donaldson

Azure Pricing – How to Get Your Best Deal

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Learn how to get the best deal with Windows Server Hybrid Use Benefit, SQL Server Hybrid Use Benefit, Server Subscriptions, and Reserved Instances. 

We’ve seen a lot of people simply paying too much!

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Azure pricing can be confusing...

Many companies are struggling to understand how to get their best deal when running Azure workloads. Microsoft has programs that organizations should be taking advantage of. In this article, we’ll discuss the four major ways to get a programmatic discount on Azure that can save your organization money when compared to pay-as-you-go pricing.

A few years ago, Microsoft announced a price cut on Azure which made pricing between the various licensing vehicles all the same. Then they also gave guidance to their sales teams not to discount Azure until the customer commitment was in the millions. So, it is critical to take advantage of these programmatic discounts to get the best deal possible.

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Matt Scherocman

On-Demand Webinar | Demystifying Microsoft Cloud Licensing

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Microsoft licensing confuses many businesses...

Often, this lack of understanding causes organizations to license more products than necessary and/or buy the wrong licensing, resulting in unnecessary spending.

In this exclusive on-demand webinar, Interlink's Microsoft licensing gurus demystify the confusion around Microsoft Licensing. View today, and get a good overview of Modern Workplace Offerings - including Office 365, Windows, Security, Compliance, and more.

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Welcome to the Interlink Cloud Blog

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations or warranties regarding the information from our partners or other external sources.