As mobile devices continue to proliferate, users want to use their own personal devices in a work related environment, the known Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept. Having a heterogeneous environment is always a challenge for the IT departments on many organizations.
With the release of Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, Microsoft introduces a “single pane of glass” for device management. This single view for both cloud and on-premises activities, allow IT to manage Windows Servers, Windows Clients, Windows To Go, Windows Embedded devices, Unix and Linux, Mac OS as well as Mobile Devices.
Out of the box, SCCM 2012 SP1 can manage older Microsoft mobile devices (Windows Mobile 6.x), Nokia Symbian as well as any device capable of Exchange ActiveSync connection. But, what about new devices, such as Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Androids? This can be achieved with the Windows Intune integration. It’s not a Windows Intune vs. SCCM 2012 world anymore, but a combination of the best of both worlds.
The integration between cloud and on-premises mobile device management is just the start for the “unified device management” within System Center Configuration Manager.
To dive deeper into how this can be achieved take a look at Simon May’s recent article on Sideloading on Windows RT with Windows Intune & System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1.