Endpoint management at Microsoft

This article provides an overview of endpoint management solutions at Microsoft.

Endpoint management for Microsoft includes Microsoft Intune, Windows Autopilot and Endpoint analytics. It also integrates with Microsoft Entra ID, on-premises Configuration Manager, mobile threat defense partners, Security Copilot, Microsoft 365 apps and more.

Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune is a family of products and services. The Intune family includes:

  • Microsoft Intune service
  • Configuration Manager and co-management
  • Endpoint Analytics
  • Windows Autopilot
  • Intune admin center

These products and services offer a cloud-based unified endpoint management solution. It simplifies management across multiple operating systems, cloud, on-premises, mobile, desktop, and virtualized endpoints. It also:

  • Supports data protection on company-owned and bring your own devices through non-intrusive mobile application management.
  • Empowers organizations to provide data protection and endpoint compliance that support a Zero Trust security model.
  • Brings together device visibility, endpoint security, and data-driven insights to increase IT efficiency. In hybrid work environments, admin tasks and end user experiences are improved.

Intune integrates with other services, including Azure Active Directory (AD), on-premises Configuration Manager, mobile threat defense (MTD) apps & services, Win32 & custom LOB apps, and more.

If you're moving to the cloud or are adopting more cloud-based services, Intune is a great place to start.

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Configuration Manager and co-management

Configuration Manager is an on-premises management solution that can manage desktops, Windows servers, and laptops that are on your network or are internet-based. You can use Configuration Manager to manage data centers, apps, software updates, and operating systems.

To benefit from all that's happening in Microsoft Intune, connect to the cloud with co-management. Co-management combines your existing on-premises Configuration Manager investment with some of the cloud-based features in Intune, including using the web-based Microsoft Intune admin center.

Co-management is a great way to get started with Intune and to start moving some workloads to the cloud.

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Intune Suite

The Intune Suite is a collection of add-on features that are available in Intune. The suite includes features that expand device management capabilities, including:

  • Remote help for secure help desk connections
  • Microsoft Tunnel VPN for mobile application management of devices that aren't enrolled in Intune
  • Endpoint Privilege Management (EPM) so standard non-admin users can complete tasks that require elevated privileges
  • Manage specialty devices, like AR/VR headsets, large smart-screen devices, and select conference room meeting devices
  • And more

The suite and its individual features are available as add-ons to your existing licenses and are also licensed individually.

There's also a free trial to help you determine if these features can help your organization.

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Intune admin center

The Intune admin center is a one-stop web site. Use the admin center to add users & groups, create & manage policies, and monitor your policies using report data. If you use Configuration Manager tenant-attach or co-management, you can see your on-premises devices and run some actions on these devices.

The admin center also plugs-in other key device management services, including:

Microsoft Entra ID

Microsoft Entra ID, previously known as Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), is a cloud-native service that's used by Intune to manage the identities of users, devices, and groups. The Intune policies you create are assigned to these users, devices, and groups. When devices are enrolled in Intune, your users sign in to their devices with their Azure AD accounts (user@contoso.com).

Azure AD Premium, which may be an extra cost, has more features to help protect devices, apps, and data, including dynamic groups, automatic enrollment in Intune, and conditional access.

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Windows Autopilot

Windows Autopilot is a cloud-native service that sets up and preconfigures devices, getting them ready for use. It can also reset and repurpose existing devices. It's designed to simplify the lifecycle of Windows devices from initial deployment through end of life, benefitting IT and end users.

Use Windows Autopilot to preconfigure devices, automatically join devices to Azure AD, automatically enroll the devices in Intune, customize the out of box experience (OOBE), and more. You can also integrate Windows Autopilot with Configuration Manager and co-management for more device configurations.

If you constantly provision new devices or repurpose existing devices, then use Windows Autopilot.

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Windows 365

Windows 365 Cloud PCs are virtual machines that are hosted in the cloud-native Windows 365 service. They're accessible from anywhere and from any device that has internet access. Cloud PCs include a Windows desktop experience and are associated with a user.

You enroll and manage these devices with Intune, just like any other device. On these Cloud PCs, you can use Intune to deploy apps, configure settings, install updates, and more.

If you have remote workers, want to provide a secure way for your users to access corporate resources, and/or looking for a way to provide a Windows desktop experience, then Windows 365 is a great solution.

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Windows Autopatch

Windows Autopatch is a cloud-native service that automates patching of Windows devices and Microsoft 365 apps, including Microsoft Teams & Microsoft Edge. To use Windows Autopatch, devices must be enrolled in Intune or managed using co-management (Intune + Configuration Manager).

When you're planning your update strategy, you can use the update policies in Intune, or use Windows Autopatch. Intune gives more granular control, including when updates are installed. Windows Autopatch automatically applies updates as soon as they're available and lets admins focus on other tasks.

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Endpoint analytics

Endpoint analytics is a cloud-native service that provides metrics and recommendations on the health and performance of your Windows client devices. If you use Configuration Manager, you can benefit from Endpoint Analytics insights by connecting to the cloud.

You can get data on:

  • Startup performance
  • How frequently devices restart
  • A list of apps that affect end-user productivity
  • Recommendations on how to improve performance

This information and more is shown in the Microsoft Intune admin center.

You can use Endpoint Analytics on devices that are managed with Intune or Configuration Manager connected to the cloud.

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