Into the Frontier – Endpoint Management with Microsoft

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Early Days of Endpoint Management

In the earliest phases of Endpoint Management, there was System Management Server (SMS). Writing and pushing “Packages” was like hitching up the wagon and packing a sack lunch to head to town for supplies and vittles. Then came System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), release date 2007. This version helped support VISTA (OHHHHHH the Humanity). With System Center Config. Manager release 1602 came support for Office 365 Update Management and the start of Cloud integration and more management capability for mobile devices.

Today's Endpoint Management

Now, we have Microsoft Endpoint Manager. This tool brings together ConfigMgr (SCCM) and Microsoft Intune to create an integrated platform to manage all endpoints. On-premises, in the Cloud or more likely the combination of both (HYBRID!!!!). Microsoft has removed licensing and migration hurdles so you may leverage your existing management investments and take full advantage of the Microsoft Cloud Endpoint Management Suite of tools.

Microsoft Endpoint Manager is comprised of the following:

  • Microsoft Endpoint Config. Manager (formally SCCM)
  • Microsoft Intune

In a single platform, I.T. Endpoint managers can:

  • Azure AD Conditional Access
  • Endpoint Security with Defender ATP
  • Apple, Android, Windows device management
  • Productivity Score
  • Windows Co-management
  • Windows Autopilot
  • Tenant-attached Helpdesk
  • Desktop Analytics
  • And MORE!!!

This is a full and powerful tool chest for all your Endpoint Management needs. I know what you all are thinking. “Great, Amazing, Excellent” but…WHAT DOES IT COST??!?!?!?!?!?

 

Licensing

Let’s briefly talk about licensing (I know, there is NOTHING brief about software licensing!!!). You still need appropriate licensing for Windows Autopilot, Azure AD Conditional Access, Defender ATP, etc. BUT if you already have an investment in Microsoft ConfigMgr you can enroll your Windows devices for Co-Management in Intune without additional licenses. Additionally, if you are licensed for Intune then you are licensed for ConfigMgr to co-manager your Windows PCs.

There are some additional requirements and caveats to implementing Microsoft Endpoint Manager and that’s where we can help. Contact me directly at npablonis@ovatiotech.com to set up a quick conversation on how we can help you navigate all your Endpoint Management questions/needs.

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