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 a very great article removing this confusion here.
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 on premises as well as on cloud when integrated with Microsoft Windows Intune. It has set of administrative tools to deploy software, protect data, monitor health of resources, and enforce compliance policies across all devices in the organization.
Hybrid SCCM is the perfect choice if an organization is managing intranet-only devices and requires capabilities such as OS deployment, Windows Updates, full application inventories, RBAC (Role-based Access Control) etc.
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
- Software update management
- Power management
- Operating system deployment
- Client health and monitoring
- Asset intelligence
For more details, browse here.
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
- Data Protection
- No Infrastructure Required
- Integration with SCCM
- 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 Server||No||Yes|
|Windows Phone||Yes||Windows 10 only|
|Compliance Settings|| || |
|Deploy and customize Windows PC device configuration settings (e.g., WMI, registry)||No||Yes|
|Deploy configuration settings to mobile devices.||Yes||Yes|
|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|
|Company resource access|| || |
|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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