Consumerization of IT (CoIT) is now a reality and users expect to be able to use their own devices, such as smartphones, tablets or laptops, for their work. In enterprises, IT departments can prevent problems by enabling these typical scenarios and being aware and ready to meet both users’ needs and security policies. This new version is based on Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 final versions.
“Consumerization of IT” is the current phenomenon where consumer technologies and consumer behavior are driving innovation in IT products and practices. As people become more comfortable with technology innovation in their personal lives, they expect it in their professional lives. This evolution is already well under way, and is blurring the lines between work and leisure time as well as work and leisure computing devices. This shifts the power of computing innovation from the corporate IT organization (that previously provided computing capabilities) to the user who can easily obtain relatively sophisticated computing capabilities outside of the corporate environment.
While Consumerization of IT (CoIT) has remarkable potential for improving collaboration and productivity, many companies are grappling with the potentially enormous security risks of introducing consumer technologies in their IT environment. Therefore, IT needs to strike a balance between user expectations and enterprise requirements for security, privacy, control, and compliance.
The Consumerization of IT (CoIT) series of documents comprises Test Lab Guides (TLGs) that allow you to get hands-on experience using a pre-defined and tested methodology that results in a working configuration for the most frequent and relevant CoIT scenarios. Each of these guides also covers how to test and demo each capability. The first document discusses this trend that is definitely to consider. It constitutes the introduction of a series of documents on Consumerization of IT. This series comprises seven Test Lab Guides (TLGs) to demonstrate typical CoIT scenarios in a logical progression.
When you use a TLG to create a CoIT test lab, instructions tell you what servers to create, how to configure the operating systems and platform services, and how to install and configure any additional products, technologies or devices. A TLG experience enables you to see all of the components and the configuration steps on both the front-end and back-end that go into a single- or multi-product or technology solution.
The CoIT Base Configuration TLG is the beginning of the CoIT test lab experience. Other CoIT TLGs of the series focus on a specific scenario, and describe how to set up the components that are necessary to demonstrate the scenario in a logical progression. All the remaining TLGs of the series use the CoIT Base Configuration TLG as a starting point.
The TLGs as a whole demonstrate how current and forthcoming Microsoft technologies such as Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows To Go, Bitlocker, Client Hyper-V, DirectAccess, UE-V and Application virtualization can enable the most frequent and relevant Consumerization of IT scenarios. This series of TLGs complete:
The following list sums up the scenarios illustrated in this 2nd Version 2.0 CoIT Test Lab Guides:
- An initial series of TLGs already available on the Microsoft Download Center entitled Consumerization of IT Test Lab Guides and that illustrates key CoIT scenarios with previous versions of Microsoft technologies such as Windows Server 2008 R2. This series includes as an introduction a white paper entitled Consumerization of IT (CoIT), A Trend To Be Considered that presents the CoIT phenomenon where consumer technologies and consumer behavior are driving innovation in IT products and practices;
- A TLG entitled Consumerization of IT – Test Lab Guide: Windows To Go Feature With DirectAccess available as a separate download on the Microsoft Download Center and that focusses, as its name indicates, on demonstrating the Windows To Go feature with DirectAccess CoIT scenario in a logical progression. Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 Enterprise Edition that enables you to provision a USB drive with a complete, managed Windows 8 system image. A user can then insert the USB drive (known as a Windows To Go workspace) into a managed or unmanaged host computer to boot and run a managed Windows 8 system;
- A TLG entitled Consumerization of IT Test Lab Guide: Hyper-V Windows 8 corporate virtual machine on personal computer available as a separate download on the Microsoft Download Center. This TLG deals with the situation where a company would like to put in place a “Bring You Own Device” (BYOD) environment. It is explained and demonstrated how Microsoft technologies such as Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 can allow to work anywhere with an employee's Windows 8 computer hosting a corporate virtual machine (VM) protected by BitLocker, while enjoying connectivity to his workplace. In such a context, the Windows 8 Client Hyper-V technology and DirectAccess technologies are used to implement this CoIT scenario.
What’s new in this second series version 2.0?
- Base Configuration – iPad and Windows 8 domain-joined connection to the internal corporate network using 802.1x Wifi with certificate authentication.
- Internet Proxy – Internet access for iPad and Windows 8 client from the internal Wi-Fi connection.
- Exchange Messaging with Data Protection – Access to the Exchange 2013 messaging system from the internal corporate network for iPad and Windows 8 through EAS including email protection using RMS.
- Data Classification and Server Isolation – Protection of sensitive information using IPsec and access restriction to managed terminals.
- Corporate Workspace – Windows To Go and corporate VM on Windows 8 Client Hyper-V scenarios with access to the corporate network.
- Internal Application Publishing – Application publishing for iPad, Windows 8 unmanaged, W8 managed including Windows To Go and Windows 8 Client Hyper-V Corporate VM.
- Remote Access – Access from the outside to internal resources using DirectAccess for managed clients including access to High Business Impact (HBI) information protected by IPsec/IPv6. Remote access to Outlook Web App (OWA), Low Business Impact (LBI) Web site and Remote App programs for iPad and non-domain joined Windows 8 clients.
The most important changes or new features that are demonstrated in this version 2.0 of the 2nd release of the CoIT Test Lab Guides are:
- Labs are built on Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 final OS versions;
- Addition of two new important scenarios based on Windows 8 Windows To Go and Windows 8 Client Hyper-V features;
- Addition of the Direct Access capability of Windows Server 2012 in order to offer transparent remote access to Windows 8 managed clients;
- Introduction of IPSec/IPv6 protection for internal access to sensitive information and from the outside through DirectAccess;
- Implementation of the UE-V feature to support roaming of user preferences between devices;
- Deployment of virtual applications using App-V for internal access and external through DirectAccess.
Supported Operating System
Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, Windows Server 8 Beta
To be able to build the CoIT test lab according to the provided guides, you need at least :
- Two Ethernet switches
- Two Wi-Fi access points, one with 802.1X capability.
- One Windows Server 2012 server, with 64-bit quad-core, 2GHz CPU, 16GB RAM and 150GB of available disk space, and with the Hyper-V role installed.
- Two Windows 8 compatible laptops
- One iPad tablet
- The following Microsoft products:
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with Service Pack 1
- Windows 8 Enterprise (32-bit or 64-bit)
- Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)
- Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010
- Microsoft Exchange 2013
- Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus or Standard