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Microsoft Windows Intune vs SCCM

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In today’s mobile first, cloud first world, every organization needs some mobile device management solution. Depending on business needs, some organizations prefer SaaS Cloud MDM solution whereas some organization needs on-premises customized MDM solution for them. Microsoft has both for its customers: Intune and SCCM. Organizations are often confused on whether to use Microsoft Windows Intune, SCCM or both together known as the Hybrid approach. Microsoft has retired the hybrid MDM service offering from September 01, 2019. You need to remove Microsoft Intune subscription from Configuration Manager. Microsoft also wrote a very nice article on it.

In this blog, we’ll talk about features of Microsoft Windows Intune and SCCM and their comparison in detail that would help you to choose the best approach that fits your business’s needs.


System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is a PC and Server Management solution that helps you manage devices. The SCCM integrated console enables management of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (Med-V), Citrix XenApp, Microsoft Forefront and Windows Phone applications from a single.


System Center Configuration Manager Features

Some basic features of SCCM are as follows:

  • Windows 10 Management
  • In-Console Updates
  • Application Delivery
  • Device Management
  • Virtual Desktop Management
  • Endpoint Protection
  • Compliance And Settings Management
  • Power Management
  • Operating System Deployment
  • Software Update Management
  • Client Health And Monitoring
  • Asset Intelligence
  • Inventory
  • Reporting

Get more details.


Microsoft Windows Intune

Microsoft Intune is solely a cloud technology. It is also known as cloud variant of SCCM but it is NOT equivalent to SCCM. As SCCM is a much more powerful tool than Intune.


Microsoft Intune Features

Some basic features of Microsoft Intune are as follows:

  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Application Level Management
  • No Infrastructure Required
  • Data Protection
  • Easy Administration


Microsoft Intune vs System Center Configuration Manager Comparison

There are multiple different ways of managing mobile devices. The device and application Management capabilities often differ depending on the device platform under use for managing functionality related needs. For your better understanding, a basic comparison of the capabilities of Intune and Configuration Manager On-premises is under:

Capabilities

Microsoft Windows Intune

System Center Configuration Manager

Platform



Microsoft Windows

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Windows Server

No

Yes

Windows Phone

Yes

Windows 10 only

iOS

Yes

No

Windows RT

Yes

No

Android

Yes

No

Compliance Settings



Deploy and customize Windows PC device configuration settings (e.g., WMI, registry)

No

Yes

Deploy configuration settings to mobile devices.

Yes

No

Deployment



Deploy apps to devices and Windows PCs

Yes

Yes

Deploy Windows operating systems

No

Yes

Security and Privacy



Manage Windows software updates

Yes

Yes

Administration and Reporting



Monitor and report on how often software is being used with software metering

No

Yes

Hardware and software inventory

Yes

Yes

Use role-based administration and reporting to control who has access to product capabilities

No

Yes

Data Protection for mobile devices



Deploy security settings to mobile devices

Yes

Yes

Remote lock

Yes

Yes

Company resource access



Email profiles

Yes

Yes

Mobile application management

Yes

Yes

Manage access to Exchange email and SharePoint with conditional access

Yes

Yes

Managed Internet browser policy

Yes

Yes


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Last Updated 2 months ago

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With a Master’s degree in Information System’s from Griffith University, Awais took up technology to explore his passion for cloud computing and IT security. He has a love for challenges and is fervent about his work.

Awais Khalid

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