Request and provide remote assistance for Windows PCs

Applies to: Intune in the classic portal

The information in this topic applies only to Windows desktops that you are managing as PCs by using the Intune software client.

Intune can use the TeamViewer software, purchased separately, to enable you to give remote assistance to your users who are running the Intune software client. When a user requests help from the Microsoft Intune Center, you are informed by an alert, can accept the request, and then provide assistance. This functionality replaces the existing Windows Remote Assistance functionality in Intune.

Before you start

Before you begin to establish and to respond to remote assistance requests, ensure that the following prerequisites are in place:

Configure the TeamViewer Connector

  1. In the Microsoft Intune administration console, choose Admin.
  2. In the Admin workspace, choose TeamViewer.
  3. On the TeamViewer page, under TeamViewer Connector, choose Enable.
  4. In the Enable TeamViewer dialog box, view, then Accept the license terms. If you don't already own a TeamViewer license, choose Purchase a TeamViewer license.
  5. After the TeamViewer browser window opens, sign into the site with your TeamViewer credentials.
  6. On the TeamViewer site, read, then accept the options to allow Intune to connect with TeamViewer.
  7. In the Intune console, verify that the TeamViewer Connector item shows as Enabled.

Open a remote assistance request (end user)

  1. On a client Windows PC, open the Microsoft Intune Center.
  2. Under Remote Assistance, choose Request Remote Assistance.
  3. After you approve the request (see below), TeamViewer opens on the client. The user must accept any messages indicating that the web browser is trying to open the TeamViewer application.
  4. The user sees a message asking if you can control their PC. They must accept this message to continue.
  5. During the remote assistance session, the user sees a window that shows them you are connected. If they close this window, the remote session ends.

Respond to a remote assistance request

  1. When a user submits a remote assistance request, you can view it in the Alerts workspace, under Monitoring > Remote Assistance. For example:

    Screenshot of a remote assistance request

If a request goes unanswered for more than 4 hours, it is removed. 2. To accept the request, choose Approve request and launch Remote Assistance. 3. In the A New Remote Assistance Request is Pending dialog box, choose Accept the remote assistance request. If it's not already installed, TeamViewer will install any necessary apps on your PC. 4. TeamViewer then notifies the end user that you want to take control of their PC. After the user has accepted the request, the TeamViewer windows opens, and you can control the PC.

While in a remote assistance session, you can use all available TeamViewer commands to control the remote PC. For help with these commands, download the Manual for remote control from the TeamViewer website.

Close the remote assistance session

From the Actions menu of the TeamViewer window, choose End Session.

Remotely restart a Windows PC

When helping your users with issues, you might need to remotely restart their PC from time to time. Use the following steps to remotely restart a Windows PC.

  1. In the Microsoft Intune administration console, choose Groups > All Devices (or another group that contains the PC you want to restart).

  2. Select one or more PCs, and then choose Remote Tasks > Restart Computer.

  3. To view the task status, choose Remote Tasks in the bottom right corner of the page.

  4. In the Task Status dialog box, review the current remote tasks, task status, device name, and any reported errors.

See also

Common Windows PC management tasks with the Intune software client