This is our weekly log of everything that’s happened in the EUC, EMM, and desktop virtualization space, collected and co-written by Jack and Gabe.
News we covered at BrianMadden.com
Android is getting a key new enterprise provisioning tool. Zero-touch enrollment means time saved and a more secure provisioning process. Similar programs have been a hit with Apple and Samsung, so this is good news for Android enterprise.
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Microsoft released some more information on additions to RDS in the form of a demonstration video with Simon May and Scott Manchester. Some of the new changes include things like conditional access policies, integration with Azure AD, and multi-factor authentication. These changes help make RDS roles like Web, Gateway, and the Connection Broker multi-tenant, so it’s integrated into Azure more than ever. Microsoft also demonstrated their HTML5 client that allows you to access Windows apps from any browser.
Last September, Citrix acquired Norskale and turned it into Citrix Workspace Environment Management, or WEM. This week, they announced a new product in the WEM family: WEM Application Security. Where WEM allowed you to whitelist and blacklist applications across the board, WEM Application Security allows you to allow or deny applications based on users and groups, and it integrates with Microsoft AppLocker. Follow the link above for more info and a video demo.
The new Apple App Store Review Guidelines (via Hacking with Swift) have language that say no app may market itself as an iOS-based “virus or malware scanner.” We’ve covered the nuanced discussion of mobile threat defense products before; the bottom line is that there’s definitely a role for them, but Apple’s stance is that agents apps should not be polling the device for a list of installed apps—instead, you need MDM for that. Some MTD apps used private, undocumented APIs to do the app polling, but I’ve heard from an industry source that this route has been closed in iOS 11.
Microsoft Ignite starts on Monday, and we expect a bit of news around Windows 10 device management. If you look at Microsoft’s existing guidance on when to use MDM and when to use traditional management, that dates to March 2016, it’s quite a bit more conservative than many UEM providers (most notably, VMware). From what I’ve heard, this is going to change! Plus there are other indications of what’s coming.
Many of the Ignite sessions will be streamed on Channel 9, and here are a few of the ones we’ll watch on Monday:
- Satya Nadella’s keynote, at 9:00am EDT
- Create a modern workplace with Microsoft 365, one of the three technology keynotes at 10:45am EDT.
- Microsoft 365: Modern management and deployment, at 4:00pm EDT.
Other things that are coming up:
More of our blog posts
Deep dive on iOS 11 in the enterprise - BrianMadden.com Podcast #131. Aaron Freimark, Russell Mohr, and Jack Madden talk iOS 11 MDM, iOS tethering and caching, kiosk and BYOD use cases, iPhone X, Face ID, and Apple Watch Series 3.
Are EUC IT admins using RMADs, or mostly developers? Rapid mobile app development products promise fast apps, but who owns the implementations? This is one of the open questions on my mind right now.
Put your Windows 10 deployments on AutoPilot. Aaron Parker talks cloud management, MDM, and provisioning for Windows 10.
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