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Microsoft Endpoint Manager Combines ConfigMgr and Intune, Helping IT Adapt to the World of Mobile Work

Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) is leaving System Center and joining Intune under the Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) portfolio. It’ll take years to stop writing SCCM, but co-management is an exciting feature.

Announced at Ignite 2019 and deployed in update 1910, ConfigMgr has not only joined the MEM portfolio, but it now integrates with Intune for co-management. MEM offers these features:

  • Configuration Manager: On-premises management of computers and servers
  • Intune: Cloud-based management of computers and mobile devices
  • Co-management: Management of computers by both ConfigMgr and Intune
  • Desktop Analytics: Cloud-based application compatibility assessment for Windows 10 updates
  • Autopilot: Automated device provisioning and reprovisioning

System Center still contains components such as Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager, Service Manager, and Virtual Machine Manager.

Source: Microsoft Endpoint Manager at SoftwareReviews, 2019.

Our Take

Co-management will provide that single pane of glass that unified endpoint management has been promising, without forcing IT to give up group policy objects. IT will have better control and visibility into road warriors’, remote workers’, and teleworkers’ computers – specifically because corporate PCs can be managed by group policy when they are on-premises, and then by Intune when those computers are remote.

Desktop Analytics is only available through Microsoft 365 – as of publication, it requires a Microsoft E3, E5, F1, A3, or A5 license. Crowdsourcing application compatibility testing may be helpful for managing the quick pace of Windows 10.

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