It seems crazy that only 12 months ago, we were talking about Intune vs SCCM. As many of you know, Intune has been far more focused on being an access management solution to Azure resources; whilst ConfigMgr, on the other hand, has been a traditional systems management solution. So, for many IT professionals, it was never Intune vs SCCM, but rather Intune andConfigMgr.
If one of your resolutions for 2020 is to save yourself more time, then Windows Autopilot and White Glove deployment might get you off to a flying start!
Windows Autopilot, (available from Version 1903), enables organisations to easily provision new devices by leveraging the preinstalled OEM image and drivers, with a simple process that can be performed by the end user to get their device business-ready. Autopilot can also be used to reset, repurpose and recover devices - great for those looking to reduce infrastructure management time and simplify processes.
As you probably know already, Microsoft Intune helps you protect the devices you manage and the data stored on those devices through configuration policies. Device compliance policies let you evaluate, (and in some cases remediate), devices that aren't compliant with rules that you specify. So, this covers everything from jailbroken iOS devices; which devices are encrypted or not; and the overall health of your Windows 10 devices.
I think we’ve become a little blind-sided by terminology lately. Talk about adopting a Cloud strategy - and it conjures up a vision of a ‘Cloud platform’ somehow managing all of your data and infrastructure.
In reality, the cloud simply provides additional capacity to run workloads and give elastic-level scale to your capacity. Management is something else though, and it seems that the teams at Microsoft are starting to recognise this too, if the announcements at Ignite 19 were anything to go by.
The BIG news from Ignite '19 for System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), is that it’s still alive and kicking! Despite fears that it would be dropped, it’s been given a new lease of life, in its new home – Microsoft End Point Manager (MEM).