11/11/2008

This topic provides some frequently asked questions about Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager (MDM) 2008 Planning.

How does MDM differ from System Center Configuration Manager, which can also be used to manage mobile devices?

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) manages assets on the internal network with inventory, software distribution, and reporting capabilities. These assets include laptops, desktops, Windows CE devices, and other computing devices. MDM offers external mobile devices security-enhanced VPN access to applications and services on the internal network, and requires no additional client installation. MDM also pushes control policies and software application packages targeted to mobile devices and collects inventory from devices over a VPN connection.

Because Windows Mobile 6.1 devices can join the domain and connect to the corporate network, will System Center Configuration Manager Network Access Protection (NAP) be updated to support Windows Mobile?

This feature is not included in MDM 2008 but is being considered for the next version.

Does MDM Setup affect other components on the server?

MDM Setup restarts Internet Information Services (IIS) without notification. This could affect Web sites within your organization. An MDM Device Management Server installed on an existing Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server causes some MDM objects to appear in the WSUS console.

Does MDM work with line-of-business applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server?

Yes, MDM has no dependency on any line-of-business (LOB) applications, including Microsoft Exchange Server. MDM is a mobile device management solution that provides security-enhanced network access to any LOB application.

Is there a preferred vendor who can configure the network proxy service for filtering Web content?

No. The MDM platform does not require a proxy from any specific vendor.

Where can I find the latest information about MDM?

For more technical resources that help you plan and manage your MDM deployment, see the MDM TechCenter at this Microsoft TechNet Web site: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=107346 .

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