Microsoft has now delivered the latest Current Branch offering for System Center Configuration Manager. Late Monday evening, the team unleashed version 1710, making this version the base for supportable builds.
This particular release is important in that it now delivers the Co-management technology to all customers. Co-management is the technology that allows devices to be managed simultaneously between on-premises Configuration Manager and cloud-based Intune. This “bridge” enables Microsoft to move customers more quickly to the cloud for endpoint management needs.
Starting with the Anniversary Update (June 2016), a Windows 10 device can be joined to on-premises Active Directory (AD) and cloud-based Azure AD at the same time. Co-management takes advantage of this improvement and enables the device to be managed by both ConfigMgr agent and Intune MDM. This allows organizations to move specific workloads of their management to the cloud – making the transition in manageable chunks. For example, customers can transition device compliance check, resource access policies, or Windows 10 update management from ConfigMgr to Intune while continuing to use ConfigMgr for other workloads such as software distribution and deep device security configuration. Over time, it will be possible to transition more workloads through co-management.
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