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Microsoft Accelerating Moving Configuration Manager to the Cloud

The writing’s been on the wall for some time. The sometimes hated, sometimes loved, but always memorable System Center Configuration Manager (originally SMS) is on a path to the cloud.

In June, Microsoft laid out its plans, strategies, and vision for developing a bridge between ConfigMgr and Intune. The company on Thursday gave a small update on the project and suggested that: “We have heard repeatedly from our customers who are using System Center Configuration Manager connected with Microsoft Intune (hybrid MDM) that they’d like to move to a cloud-only experience with Intune on Azure.”

As it states, the company has honed its direction and approach. Initially, the migration was an all-or-nothing, full tenant move, but now it has been simplified and designed around low impact to the end-user and the IT organization.

 The new process consists of three parts: Microsoft Intune Data Importer, mixed authority, and an improved MDM authority switch.

Many customers have been using a hybrid approach with a connection between ConfigMgr and Intune. But now, as long as the policies are the same between the two management vehicles, the migration will be unnoticeable and management of endpoint will be seamless.

Microsoft has made some bold, uncorroborated statements recently. The first was suggesting that there’s a large portion of Windows 10 users using Microsoft Edge – the company’s newest web browser. In this latest case, Microsoft is careful and doesn’t say “how many” customers are asking to switch to managing clients fully from the cloud, but one has to wonder how many it takes to support the company’s cloud focus. There are two sides to this debate. There are those, mainly consultants, who are asking where those customers are so they can charge them to help with the migration. And, then there are those current ConfigMgr customers who can’t believe anyone would want to move to a 100% cloud model for management endpoints.

Which side do you take? Are you excited to have the ability to manage your endpoints completely from the cloud? Or, are you an on-premises ConfigMgr customer who believes this has all just gone a bit too far?


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