In a dialogue with TechTarget, Microsoft senior Brad Anderson discussed the new features of Windows Server R2, including enterprise mobility, security, and Cross-platform integration with Apple iOS and Android devices.
Which security feature in Windows Server R2 can better manage Windows 8.X on the desktop?
Brad Anderson: There are a few things to understand first. R2 One of the innovations is the working folder. When working with a file, you can save it and automatically copy it to a file server in the datacenter, and then copy it to another device. As a result, it now has copies of all company data and can be securely backed up in the data center, which is also available to end users on all other devices.
What does SkyDrive mean?
Anderson: It's a working folder. SkyDrive back up everything to an azure based device. The first requirement we hear from the user is to bring our user files to the data center, preferably to ensure that all private files are secure. So we delivered dac--dynamic access control in Windows Server 2012. It allows you to pass a policy on files that automatically encrypt data and write protection when some words appear in a folder. What we have done is much more than that.
If the file is transmitted to the person who should not be exported, it will not open because it is necessary to obtain authorization from Active Directory to see it first. Therefore, implementing protection at the file level is Microsoft's effort at the back end. We have also added features that selectively erase Windows devices to differentiate between private and corporate data. One of our major tasks is to isolate data from users and companies.
So, is the BYOD phenomenon popular and reasonable?
Anderson: Yes. If someone loses the device, it can erase and protect the company's assets. But at the time of Erasure, only the company data was erased, leaving private data.
Does this apply only to Windows devices?
Anderson: So far, but we're extending these capabilities to iOS and Android devices.
What about the time?
Anderson: I really don't know, I haven't finished the version documentation yet (laughter). This is interesting because we can do something on the Windows device and we have a complete Windows ecosystem. And iOS has something for you to do and some things you don't want to do. We work with Apple, there are some things that allow us to do, and of course we want to be compatible.
This one looks like a market.
Anderson: Of course. When it comes to BYOD, you have to cover Windows devices, iOS devices, and Android devices. And then when you say Android devices, there are Android devices with Samsung devices, but there's a difference. A consistent experience for users in PCs, Windows devices, iOS devices and Android devices is a special thing we're doing now. Both PCs and devices are required by the organization.
Can you give us a detailed introduction to the next workplace join?
Anderson: For a long time, Domain join is the desired function of it to ensure that the device is secure and ready for the company. It wants to know which devices are working because first you want to set policy based on the user and then the device and network location.
So what we do--what we think of as a modern domain join workplace join--allows users to bring their own devices, use Active Directory registrations, and as part of the registration device, users accept ULA (User License terms) according to the company's expectations. But the user can control the device because it is the user's own device, but now it can set the policy on it, but this is a lightweight setting than what domain join does.
Is this only for Windows devices?
Anderson: Not only is windows, but also for iOS and Android.
What about the experience with iOS devices?
Anderson: When you enter the company portal, you are asked to register yourself with the service. Therefore, Windows Intune requires the use of Azure Active directory authentication. So in all configurations, both the device and the service need to be registered.
Why does Microsoft not publish Office for iOS? We know you're going to try to avoid this problem.
Anderson: I don't know what you're talking about, (laughter).
Hey, you can use Office only on Windows, which helps you sell more surface devices.
Anderson: Of course, this is a big advantage for us right now.