At the beginning of November, we released CSM for Intune for the preview phase, after which our customers could activate the service for themselves. The product has been officially in the production phase since December 1.

During the preview phase, we received a lot of good feedback from customers who had used the service, and the product was developed in several ways at this stage. These development efforts mainly focused on the settings and scheduling capabilities of the application deployment process.

Application deployment settings at their simplest

Microsoft added new application deployment settings for Intune. Our product development team added corresponding variables to CSM for Intune’s deployment process settings, which are:

  • Deployments’ Application availability and Installation deadline that are used to determine when the application will be offered to be installed for the end user, and when the application will be installed to the computer at the latest (enforced). 
  • Restart grace period, meaning how long the end user can delay the computer restart if it is required to finish up the application’s installation. After this time, the computer will restart, without the end user being able to prevent it.
  • The Snooze value indicates how long the restart prompt will stay hidden after the Snooze button is clicked.
  • Countdown Dialog indicates how long before the end user is warned about the enforced reboot before it happens.

A dialog for an application deployment that requires rebooting

 New scheduling-related options were also added to the application deployment settings (see image 3): 

  • Deployment after a certain duration (on workdays)  
  • Deployment at a specific time of the day  
  • Deployment on a specific day of the week
  • Deployment on a specific day of the month  

For example, these settings enable you to create a deployment that will be performed on the second Thursday of each month at 12:00 pm. This allows you to create a versatile schedule for a chain of different testing and production deployments.

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Extended application deployment settings

In addition to the application deployment settings, during the preview phase we developed: 

  • email notifications related to the deployment processes, 
  • the contents of error notifications,
  • processing of error situations, 
  • the deployment process, and 
  • the documentation. 

We also increased the number of applications supported by CSM for Intune. Now the product covers practically all of the applications supported by the CSM service and that work on the 64-bit Windows 10 platform, which happens to be the only operating system that CSM for Intune supports. 

However, the product is a never-ending work in process, and we will continue to develop it among with the entire CSM service. Stay tuned for news about smart reporting features, among other things.

 

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