Mobile device management (MDM) is software that allows IT administrators to control, secure and enforce policies on smartphones, tablets and other endpoints. MDM is a core component of enterprise mobility management (EMM) which also includes mobile application management, identity and access management and enterprise file sync and share. The intent of MDM is to optimize the functionality and security of mobile devices within the enterprise while simultaneously protecting the corporate network.
How mobile device management works
Mobile device management relies on endpoint software called an MDM agent and an MDM server that lives in a data center (either on premises or in the cloud).
Learn about migrating to MDM
When an organization wants to move to MDM to manage devices, they should prepare by analyzing their current Group Policy settings to see what they need to transition to MDM management. Microsoft created the MDM Migration Analysis Tool (MMAT) to help. MMAT determines which Group Policies have been set for a target user or computer and then generates a report that lists the level of support for each policy settings in MDM equivalents. For more information, see MMAT Instructions.
Learn about device enrollment
Learn about device management
Learn about configuration service providers
Azure Active Directory integration with MDM
Learn about Microsoft Intune
- Tutorial: Walkthrough of Microsoft Intune in the Azure portal
- Microsoft Intune fundamentals
- What's new in Microsoft Intune
- Quickstart: Try Microsoft Intune for free
- Device management overview
- Configure Device management
- Choose between MDM for Office 365 and Microsoft Intune
- Capabilities of built-in Mobile Device Management for Office 365