Cortoda is a company, which has focused on BYOD / MDM solutions. They have a Drop box-alike solution which I have blogged about earlier, called Cortado Workplace, an excellent HTML5 based solution.
They also have a product called Corporate Server which includes features like.
* HTML5 website for remote access to files and folders
* Ability for users to print documents directly from the web portal
* The ability to manage iOS and Android devices as a part of the MDM solution.
* You can also edit and open documents directly from the web portal.
* Ability to send files as e-mail directly from the portal
* Administrators can also change settings to the setup directly from a web console.
It has a lot of impressive features, so I’ve given it a test drive.
You can download a Corporate Server trial from Cortado’s website –>
NOTE: I don’t have an android or and iOS device (or a blackberry for that matter) so I’ve focused on reviewing the other features.
Requirements for Cortodo server are:
■ Cortado server
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
with 2 GB of free space on hard drive
• Windows service PRINT SPOOLER should not be disabled.
■ Internet Explorer 9 must not be installed. If necessary, please uninstall Internet
Explorer 9 and use Internet Explorer 8 instead.
■ SQL Server
• With the installation of Cortado Corporate Server, a Microsoft SQL Server
2008 R2 Express is installed. If you have it installed already, you need at least
an SQL Server 2008 R2 Express SP1.
NOTE: You need to create an service account for when you install Cortado. This service account, requires local administrator rights on the installing server and a regular access in AD.
NOTE: You also need to allow Domain Users to run as a batch job via Group Policy, since Cortado automatically carries out all actions on behalf of the user.
The installation is pretty straight forward,
Now you might think why It needs OpenOffice? I believe it uses it to render the documents for online vieweing.
After you installed these you might need to restart a couple of times.
Choose demo mode and press next –>
Choose WITH SQL Database,
(This will install an SQL Express on the local server)
Now after the components are finished installing (and a couple of restarts) you get to this configuration screen (You can start this by pressing the start button –> Cortado –> Configuration Assistant –>
On this part you should have your own public certificates for use. But since this is an internal lab I choose self-signed.
After that you get a summary screen, then press Proceed.
And it will start configuring.
NOTE: I got an error during the configuration because I didn’t have the virtual computer connected to the internet. and during the configuration Cortado tried to download some HP printer drivers.
After that is done, remember to check the next steps and click Close.
Now we can enter the management console.
You can open the management console from the start meny or open a browser and point it to http://localhost:82/fw
(Depending on the SSL configuration you set)
Here you need to login with the service account you used during the installation.
And the site also check if caps lock is active or not
This is the Management Console –>
Now what we are going to do now, is import a user from active directory (named bill) assign him a folder on a share and deploy some printers to him.
Now that I have imported a user, I can add a network drive to that user. And after that I’d add some printers as well, just the Microsoft XPS, and the NOVA Pdf option as I don’t have any physical printers in my test enviroment
So for the regular user open a browser and open http://localhost/cortadoexplorer
Now as you can see the folders that I mapped up for the user bill appear,
I can also drag and drop new files into the website and they will get automatically uploaded.
And as I mentioned before I can open files directly in the browser, like PDF , DOCX etc.
Now I like the fact that the management console is purely HTML5 based, which allows me to do changes and such from any device (tablet alike)
I have only explored a little bit of the functions here, I try to write more about this product later.
For those not attending MMS this year, Microsoft today released information about the new Mobile device management. Which will be included in the future releases of SCCM and in Windows Intune (Bear in mind thou this will not be avaliable before Q1 2013) And Im betting that Windows RT will also be supported in this release )
For those not familiar with Windows Intune, it allows an administrator to manage his/hers client computers from the Cloud. This includes (Patching , Anti-virus/malware services, reporting services, software deployment etc..)
This is all the agents that get installed with the intune setup.
- Windows Intune Center
- Microsoft Policy Platform
- Microsoft Online Management Policy Agent
- Windows Firewall Configuration Provider
- Windows Intune Endpoint Protection
- Windows Intune Endpoint Protection Agent
- System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Agent
- Windows Intune Monitoring Agent
Today there is a limit of 25 clients via Intune (In the release that is public avaliable today), but Microsoft has stated that it will be integrated with the Office365, and you can also integrate it with your domain.
Integration with Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services*
The full release of Windows Intune will use the same authentication mechanism as Office 365, so that you can integrate Windows Intune with your existing Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environment. When you integrate Windows Intune with AD DS, you can synchronize existing security groups and users from AD DS to Windows Intune and manage them with Windows Intune.
Now then, since Im been lucky enough to try the new beta, I thought Id show you a quick demo about it.
The login page looks much like the Office 365 portal. Where you have your basic menus on the top.
If I go to the Company Portal, I get to the self-service portal, cleary Metro inspired.
Here I can access applications, my devices. And I can contact IT support.
If I go back and open the Admin Console, I come to the familiar Intune console (Silverlight based)
The new mobile based management which was annouced at MMS it not public avaliable yet. In order to manage your mobile deviced via Intune you need an Exchange Connector just as you would need in your ConfigMgr site.
And before you can use it, you have to sync your users from the local Active Directory in to the intune management.
Something that I miss is the option to link your Intune site with the Office365 Exchange.
Now im going to install the new Intune agent on one of my servers. First I create a computer group ( just like a collection in SCCM )
After I’ve done that, I go to administration –> and push Client Software download.
It is a zip file, so unzip and run the setup file.
The setup is pretty much the same as before, next , next , finish.
(It might take a while before it is finished installing…) Even when it says its finished installing, the intune is
installing a bunch of agents in the background.
If you follow the application log in the event viewer, you can see it is installing Opsmgr agent and online services etc. etc.. So might take a few min before the computer appears in the overview menu.
Now, its about finished ( Just installing the Endpoint Protection ) I can open the Intune Center, and I have the basic options. Pressing the “Get applications” just opens the self-service portal I showed earlier.
If I open the Management part of the web interface, I can now see my computer active. With a bunch of patches that I need to approve, and some alerts. (If you are having some issues with the client not contacting the service, do a restart of the client computer after you installed the agent. )
After the restart I wanted to test the Remote assitance funciton, open the Intune Center and press “Request Remote Assistance”, now open the System Overview, you will recive a alert.
This has been a short blog post, more to follow.