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Microsoft Intune and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Updated: November 21, 2014

Applies To: Microsoft Intune

You can configure Configuration Manager so that you can manage Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, Windows RT, iOS, and Android devices by using the Microsoft Intune service over the Internet. Although you use the Intune service, management tasks are completed by using the Intune connector site system role, available through the Configuration Manager console. This provides you with a single management experience that spans across all of the mobile devices and computers used by your enterprise:

  • Intune is used to manage Mobile devices and non-domain-joined computers.

  • Configuration Manager is used to manage domain-joined computers and servers.

You can use the following table to help you decide if using Intune stand-alone or using Intune with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is a better fit for your business. It is followed by a table that provides a detailed comparison of your device management options.

 

You might choose Intune stand-alone if: You might choose Intune + Configuration Manager if:
  • You have no (or limited) on-premises IT infrastructure. A cloud-based device management solution is ideal for companies with no on-premises IT infrastructure (such as deployments of Configuration Manager, Active Directory Domain Services, or Exchange). Intune does not require on-premises IT infrastructure, however it can use the capabilities of Exchange ActiveSync or Active Directory Domain Services if you have those installed.

  • You have fewer than 50,000 devices to manage. Intune can manage up to 50,000 mobile devices and computers.

  • You have a small IT staff. With no on-premises IT infrastructure to support and maintain, a small set of IT administrators can use Intune to focus on managing the devices that employees use the most.

  • You have a mobile or highly distributed workforce. It can be very challenging to keep devices up-to-date when the employees using those devices rarely visit the main office, and dread being separated from their device while it is being updated. Cloud-based device management lets you manage mobile devices and computers anywhere in the world.

  • You have on-premises IT infrastructure in place, or plan to deploy such infrastructure. With Active Directory Domain Services and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager deployed in your enterprise, you can add the mobile device management capabilities of Intune. In this configuration, the device and resource management experience is fully unified:

    • Unified administration. The Configuration Manager Admin Console is extended with the Intune add-in, while continuing to use the rich device management capabilities of Configuration Manager on domain-joined computers (including servers).

    • Unified user accounts. User names and passwords are synchronized, providing users with a single account that they use to access company resources, whether from a domain-joined computer or from a mobile device.

  • You have over 50,000 devices to manage (or plan to scale-up). Intune + Configuration Manager can manage larger numbers of mobile devices and computers than Intune stand-alone.

The following table lists compares the device and application management capabilities available to you when you use Intune alone, Configuration Manager alone, or a solution that uses both products.

 

Scenario Microsoft Intune System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune

Platform Support

Microsoft Windows

Yes

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Windows Server

No

Yes

Yes

Windows Phone

Yes

No

Yes

Windows RT

Yes

No

Yes

iOS

Yes

No

Yes

Android

Yes

No

Yes

Mac OS X

No

Yes

Yes

Unix/Linux Servers

No

Yes

Yes

Compliance Settings

Extensible Windows PC Device Configuration Settings (e.g., WMI, Registry)

No

Yes

Yes

Extensible Mac OS X Configuration Settings

No

Yes

Yes

Mobile Device Configuration Settings

Yes

No

Yes

Deployment

Application Deployment

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Operating System Deployment

No

Yes

Yes

Security and Privacy

Software Updates

Yes

Yes

Yes

Endpoint Protection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Administration and Reporting

Software Metering

No

Yes

Yes

Hardware and Software Inventory

Yes

Yes

Yes

Custom hardware and software inventory

No

Yes

Yes

Role-based Administration and Reporting

No

Yes

Yes

Unified Reporting for Cloud- and Corporate-connected Devices

No

No

Yes

Cloud-based Reporting

Yes

No

No

Data Protection for mobile devices

Security Settings

Yes

Yes

Yes

Remote Wipe

Yes

Yes

Yes

Remote Lock

Yes

No

No

Passcode Reset

Yes

No

No

Company Resource Access

Email Profiles

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wi-Fi Profiles

Yes

Yes

Yes

VPN Profiles

Yes

Yes

Yes

Certificate Profiles

Yes

Yes

Yes

Conditional Access

Yes

No

No

Mobile Application Management

Yes

No

No

For information on Intune, see Documentation Library for Microsoft Intune.

To learn more about using Configuration Manager with Intune, see How to Manage Mobile Devices by Using Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune.

 
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