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There are alot of frequently asked questions about what Pulse can do, Below is a list of the FAQs. Get in touch if other questions need answering.
Pulse provides an online managed ConfigMgr service. There are multiple scenarios where Pulse may provide a better solution to a traditional on-premises ConfigMgr installation. These stem from internal resource shortages to keep ConfigMgr up-to-date, to supporting multiple domain infrastructures and multiple site and internet facing devices.
Potentially yes. PowerON are an Elite EMS (Enterprise Mobility Suite) partner of Microsoft and have visibility of Microsoft Intune developments prior to general release and interface with both the ConfigMgr and Intune Microsoft product teams. The team would be more than happy to discuss specific requirements to see if just Intune will meet organisational needs. Intune has made significant progress over the years, however some of our enterprise customers require additional capability around deployment and application management, and can then be explored as appropriate.
Yes. Co-Management can be enabled to vary workloads between Intune and Pulse. AutoPilot can be setup to bootstrap the device into Pulse by installing the Pulse Agent as a required app.
Pulse leverages BranchCache and other bandwidth optimisation technology as part of the service. Essentially every Pulse device on a subnet acts like a distribution point and allows branch and peer cache sharing of information. This is designed to reduce any internet traffic bottlenecks and optimise software distribution and OSD experiences.
When you have a working Task Sequence, a PXE Proxy can be deployed to a device in your environment that allows devices attempting to PXE boot (Press F12 for example) to be redirected over SSL to our deployment systems.
It’s not about comparing one against another as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (and therefore Pulse) is actually part of Microsoft’s Modern Management approach. What is important is about how you use it. Modern Management is about management anywhere, not just confined to within your LAN (Which Pulse enables) and adopting modern cloud technology such as Azure AD for identity, AutoPilot for provisioning rather than imaging building, which again, Pulse absolutely supports and helps you on your journey to Modern Management.
Yes absolutely. Instead of traditional infrastructure build you simply onboard to Pulse. Within the service we have example task sequences to accelerate the build of your Windows 10 image, and we also have the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) guidelines as policies in Pulse for you to use as appropriate to accelerate the hardening of your Windows 10 build and management policies.
Pulse does not require a VPN to manage the device. Pulse provides IT the ability to manage, patch and secure devices as long as they are internet connected, without the reliance on end-user driven VPN solutions.
Pulse can manage Windows 7 through to 10, Windows 2012 R2 through to 2016.
As part of the managed platform, we ensure the system is running smoothly, updated when appropriate to ensure support for Windows 10. Alongside the platform maintenance, we also regularly update the Windows 10 OS base files meaning you can utilise a deployment base that is maintained and up-to-date. Complex areas such as Service Rings and Automatic Deployment Rules for patches are also technically assessed for you to ensure the most optimal configuration is applied.
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