manage personal computers as computers?
I wish there was some kind of support for Intune to manage personal computers as computers. I run a computer repair shop and I see lots of people falling for these scams involving overseas people offering remote managed services, but instead of offering real services, they just install fake AV software and spyware, and charge big money for it too! I'd like to offer a legitimate service that includes managed AV and "light" system monitoring (health status), and Intune seems to include this, but only for Pro versions of Windows. Can Intune not run in a limited fashion on Home versions of Windows, maybe just without policy management, since that seems to rely on GPO support only present in Pro versions? For consumer PC's operating outside of a corporation, you don't want to restrict access - just offer health monitoring and reactive support. This would open up Intune to another business market: partner-driven consumer managed security services and support. This could be a big growth market, just like Office 365 for consumers.
Hey, an update on this –
Windows 10 Home does support very limited MDM capabilities. Intune is able to manage Windows 10 Home. Many of the CSPs (configuration service providers) are disabled on Home version, and if Intune tries to push these to Home devices, these CSPs will fail. This is by design.
I’m not marking it “complete” because you’re saying “manage personal computers as computers” and this would really be “manage personal computers as mobile devices.” But in case this helps you at all, here you go.
Michael Szabo commented
Thanks Cathy. By design, but why is it designed to be restricted for the Home edition? We want to deploy software to student devices which are mostly purchased at retail stores and are running the Home edition. Looking at the CSPs I'm guessing that EnterpriseDesktopAppManagement CSP is what handles deployment of MSIs, which is not available for the Home edition.
With BYOD we want to manage these home edition devices in an enterprise like way. Other PC management providers don't restrict what is possible for the Home edition with their client software.
Michael Szabo commented
We have a couple of large secondary education schools with BYOD policy that are interested in using Intune, however most students have Windows home devices which aren't supported with the PC client. Intune should be expanded to support and manage home devices.