System Center Mobile Device Manager (MDM) is a new Microsoft technology that helps Windows Mobile 6.1 devices work within the IT infrastructure as trusted and managed members of the enterprise. Historically, this degree of integration was not possible with other mobile device platforms because it raised many security, management, and accountability issues for the enterprise. MDM enables you to use Windows Mobile powered devices as managed business devices in a comprehensive manner that has minimal effect on existing infrastructure.
The goal of MDM is simple: Enable Windows Mobile powered devices to become managed and authenticated members of the IT infrastructure of an organization. The Windows Mobile platform is the ideal platform for this solution. The features of MDM help extend this platform in a manner that is both manageable and protected.
The MDM architecture is based on open industry standards that provide specialized device management (OMA DM), and authenticated and encrypted communications (IPsec, IKEv2, and MOBIKE). When you use these standards together with Windows Server platform services, such as Group Policy and Windows Software Update Server (WSUS), you have a powerful and proven solution that you can apply in a consistent and scalable manner to your company Windows Mobile powered devices.
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Thomas W Shinder, M.D.
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