Manage Devices with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager

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Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM and formerly known as System Center Configuration Manager or SCCM) is one of Microsoft’s management solutions that helps organizations manage PCs, servers, and devices as well as deploy and manage Windows-based applications and updates across an organization’s environment.

It is part of the Microsoft Endpoint Management suite of tools, and when integrated with Microsoft Intune you may manage corporate-connected PCs and Macs along with cloud-based Windows, iOS, and Android devices from a single console.

How to use Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Management? What are its Benefits?

Simple Device Management

One of the main benefits of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Management is its ability to manage devices from a single console. With this centralized management approach, administrators can save time and effort, and ensure that all devices are up-to-date and secure.

Enhanced security, scalability, and productivity with MECM

Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager helps you improve security by giving you a comprehensive view of your devices, apps, and data. There are other features that can improve your organization’s productivity, scalability, and security, such as:

  • Co-management, which allows you to manage Windows devices pairing Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune
  • Desktop Analytics, which provides insights and intelligence on your data, compared with other devices connected to Microsoft’s cloud services
  • Cloud-attached management, with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
  • Application Management assists you in creating, managing, deploying, and monitoring Microsoft 365 applications across a variety of devices under your management directly from the Configuration Manager console.
  • OS Deployment, using Windows Autopilot
  • Software updates, integrating with Windows Delivery Optimization
  • Company resource access, regardless of device location
  • Compliance settings, which allows you to configure specific features according to your needs
  • Endpoint protection, through different Windows Defender solutions
  • Inventory
  • Hardware inventory
  • Software inventory
  • Assess Intelligence

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Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager System Requirements

The following requirements apply to all site system servers:

  • 64-bit OS is required for all site system servers, except for distribution points, which can run on some 32-bit operating systems.
  • Server Core installations are not supported for site systems, except for distribution points.
  • Avoid changing the domain name, domain membership, or computer name after installing a site system role. If changes are needed, remove the role first and reinstall it after the changes.
  • Site system roles are not supported on Windows Server clusters, except for the site database server.
  • Site server roles can be installed on a computer with the Windows role for Failover Clustering, enabling high availability through SQL Server Always On availability groups.
  • Be cautious with startup type and “Log on as” settings for Configuration Manager services to ensure they run correctly.

If you require assistance with MECM installation, please contact us.

Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager Licensing

When it comes to Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager Licensing, there are two core components to consider.

First, you’ll need Client Management Licenses (CMLs) for each device you manage with MECM, covering servers, desktops, laptops, and even mobile devices. Additionally, Server Management Licenses (Server MLs) are necessary if you plan to manage servers specifically.

By understanding these licensing components, you’ll be better equipped to make the most of Microsoft Configuration Manager for your organization. If you need further assistance in maximizing your Microsoft licensing investment, contact us. 

Leverage Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM) with the help of a Microsoft Gold Partner

Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is a powerful tool that can help your organization simplify your device management, automate routine tasks, enhance security, and scale according to your specific needs.

A Microsoft Gold Partner such as Team Venti, can provide expert guidance to help you plan, deploy, and manage MS Endpoint Configuration Manager. We can help you identify the best approach for your organization and provide training and support to help you get up and running quickly.

Team Venti’s expertise: 

  1. Endpoint management integration: Manage and secure all your endpoints, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and even IoT devices, simplifying device management and reducing complexity
  2. Security measurement integration: Adapt built-in security features like Microsoft Defender Antivirus, BitLocker encryption, and Conditional Access policies, to protect your devices and data from threats and ensure compliance with security standards
  3. Application management: Deploy, update, and manage applications across devices, enabling your IT team to streamline software distribution, ensure application compliance, and enhance user experience
  4. Device configuration & settings: Enforce policies, configure settings, and manage device configurations remotely, ensuring consistent settings across all endpoints and reducing the risk of misconfigurations
  5. Data loss protection & control: Selective wipe, remote lock, and data encryption, allowing IT teams to protect sensitive information and maintain control over corporate data on both managed and unmanaged devices
  6. System Center Configuration Manager Implementation: Adopt seamlessly SCCM to efficiently manage and deploy software, enhance security, and streamline IT operations. Ensure a seamless user experience across devices

Contact us to learn more and start taking advantage of the many benefits MECM has for your organization.

Aranza Peralta

Aranza Peralta

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