The System Center Configuration Manager is the classic solution for managing computer systems. Originally released in 1994 under the name Systems Management Server (SMS), it now runs as the System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch 1902. Like Windows 10, upgrades are released several times a year to fix bugs and introduce new features. The SCCM offers almost everything that admins could possibly want:
- Inventory rationalization
- Application distribution
- Distribution of software updates
- Distribution of operating systems
- Compliance management
- Remote maintenance
- Control of Windows Defender Antivirus
- And much, much more …
The SCCM runs on servers in the company network, and a single server is often sufficient for small environments. But scaling across multiple servers and multiple locations is no problem for larger setups. Connections to services in Microsoft Azure also work perfectly.
But what precisely are its strengths compared to Microsoft Intune?
Use of the Microsoft Cloud is not mandatory. It is also not necessary to synchronize Active Directory with Azure. Bear in mind, though, that SCCM supports this option as well.
Windows Server can be managed, while Intune only supports Windows Client systems.
SCCM can be used to manage systems without Internet connection.
Administrators decide which changes to the SCCM environment are implemented.