Microsoft Windows Intune vs System Center Configuration Manager

Microsoft Windows Intune versus System Center Configuration Manager
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(Last Updated On: July 29, 2018)

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:

  1. Windows 10 management
  2. In-console updates
  3. Application delivery
  4. Device management
  5. Virtual desktop management
  6. Endpoint Protection
  7. Compliance and settings management
  8. Software update management
  9. Power management
  10. Operating system deployment
  11. Client health and monitoring
  12. Asset intelligence
  13. Inventory
  14. Reporting

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:

  1. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  2. Application Level Management
  3. Data Protection
  4. No Infrastructure Required
  5. Integration with SCCM
  6. 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
Microsoft Windows Yes Yes
Microsoft Windows Server No Yes
Windows Phone Yes Windows 10 only
iOS Yes No
Windows RT 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 Yes
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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