Microsoft Endpoint Manager is now an industry leader to manage and empower your users across all their devices. One of the unique advantages it provides is that it does not matter where you are in your cloud management journey, Microsoft Endpoint Manager meets you where you are. In the last year, we saw many new IT management and security professionals discover Microsoft Endpoint Manager as part of their secure remote work initiatives and/or Zero Trust strategy.
To help your learning goals, we are excited to announce the brand-new Microsoft Endpoint Manager Evaluation Lab Kit is now available for free download! Again, it doesn’t matter what background you come from, this guide will meet you where you are.
The Microsoft Endpoint Manager Evaluation Lab Kit provides a self-deploying Configuration Manager lab environment and self-guided instructions to get hands-on with both the on-premises and cloud aspects of the unified platform. At the end of this lab, you will become familiar with using certain key features of Microsoft Intune and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager to deploy Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 apps for enterprise using the Microsoft Endpoint Manager administration console.
What makes this innovation in Microsoft Endpoint Manager possible is the native cloud integration with Configuration Manager to co-manage your Windows 10 devices. You can continue to use Configuration Manager for managing Windows 10, and seamlessly add Microsoft Intune cloud service for Zero Trust security without necessarily migrating. As a component of Microsoft Endpoint Manager, Configuration Manager becomes the intelligent edge within your organization, connected to the Microsoft 365 intelligent cloud.
The lab reuses the same environment as the Windows and Office Deployment Lab Kit. It complements the Windows and Office evaluation kit by going a bit deeper into the management and security aspects.
This lab guide is based on an automatically provisioned virtual lab environment, including domain controller, Internet gateway, and a fully configured ConfigMgr instance. The lab environment is free to download.
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Lab guide scenarios
The Microsoft Endpoint Manager Evaluation Kit lab guide provides step-by-step guidance for the following scenarios:
Directory and Network Readiness
- Optimize Windows 10
- Cloud management gateway (CMG) & cloud distribution point (CDP)
- CMPivot for real-time data in Configuration Manager
- Windows Autopilot
- Tenant Attach, co-management and switching workloads
- Outlook mobile app config and app protection
Shaping devices to corporate standards
- User file and settings migration
- Security and Compliance
- Secure and deploy business applications
- Office and Windows as a Service
The lab environment that runs with this lab kit contains evaluation software that is designed for IT professionals interested in evaluating Microsoft Endpoint Manager and related products on behalf of their organization. We do not recommend that you install this evaluation if you are not an IT professional or are not professionally managing corporate networks or devices. Additionally, the lab environment is intended for evaluation purposes only. It is a standalone virtual environment and should not be used or connected to your production environment. To learn more, please visit the product documentation
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(The lab guide is co-authored with Danny Guillory, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft 365)