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FAQ: ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 beta and Windows Intune interoperability?

There’s a lot of goodness in the beta of ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 (read the recent coverage:  With all the additional features included in the service pack, some have suggested that Microsoft should revise the name and instead call it ConfigMgr 2012 R2 when released.  Yeah…there’s THAT MUCH new in the service pack.

But, one of the more talked about features is the ability to manage ConfigMgr and Windows Intune clients using the same interface.  Microsoft announced it this way to get us all excited:

Microsoft offers two separate endpoint management solutions – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager for on-premises management, and Windows Intune for management through the cloud.  With System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and the next version of Windows Intune, Microsoft is taking the first step in delivering interoperability between these products through Configuration Manager’s administration console.  This will enable customers to add mobile devices managed through the cloud with Windows Intune into their System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 console and manage all the devices through one tool.

While you can continue to use Windows Intune as your “fully in the cloud” management solution for PC and mobile device managment, the interoperability of our on-premises and cloud services is a big step forward for organizations that want to manage all of their devices from one place.

Well, yeah…that is coming.  However, that ability is not yet functional in the beta of ConfigMgr 2012 SP1.  You’ll have to wait a bit on that.

Best answer for clarity: Windows Intune interoperability is not functional in the beta of the Service Pack for Configuration Manager 2012.

For now, you can learn more about the integration by listening in on our server-side chat on People-centric IT.  Specifically, make sure to listen to what Bryan Keller has to say:

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