Microsoft Windows Intune vs System Center Configuration Manager

By Communication Square | Secure Cloud

Apr 01

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
Platform
 
 
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
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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  • Carolyn says:

    Deploy and customize Windows PC device configuration settings – Isn’t this accomplished with Intune buy using OMA-URI settings?

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