Do you need intune joined devices to use Microsoft/Window Defender Security and its policy?

TechQ 236 Reputation points

I have Azure AD and On-premises joined together. Now I am planning to use Azure Microsoft/Window defender to my all users. So i am kind of confused if I need MDM enabled and its have the deviced join with intune?

I already have my active directory domain join with computers.

I am using window server 2022 and Azure AD sycned.

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  1. Carlos Solís Salazar 17,436 Reputation points MVP

    Thank you for asking this question on the Microsoft Q&A Platform.

    I understand that your devices are joined in an AD DS and already have Azure AD Connect configured.

    In your case, you need Configure hybrid Azure AD join

    Azure AD Hybrid Join is a feature that allows you to join your devices to both on-premises Active Directory and Azure Active Directory

    Even if in the future you want to use Intune, you will require the hybrid Azure AD Join.

    Hope this helps!

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  2. Crystal-MSFT 44,931 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    @TechQ, Thanks for posting in Q&A. In General, Microsoft Intune is a cloud service which manages user access and simplifies app and device management across your many devices, including mobile devices, desktop computers, and virtual endpoints. For example, you can manage device via device configuration policies, manage app via app configuration policy or protect organization data on app via app protection policy and etc.

    Also, Microsoft Intune can integrate with other Microsoft products and services, like Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to help enterprises prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to threats. Here is a link with more details:

    In addition, for windows, currently windows server is not supported to be managed by Intune. Only Windows client can support. To know the supported OS, you can read the following link as a reference:

    If you just want to use Window defender, Intune is not necessary. But if you want to deploy settings for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on devices you manage with Intune, you can consider Microsoft Intune and configure integration of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint with Intune

    Hope the above information can help.

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