Config Manager goes hybrid, rethinks Windows 10 admin

Config Manager goes hybrid, rethinks Windows 10 admin
Microsoft has been steadily moving its on-premises server applications to the cloud via hybrid deployments that let IT keep using the on-premises versions, even as IT moves to cloud delivery for new features. Today, Microsoft announced System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) will join the parade later this year, following in the footsteps of SharePoint, Exchange, Active Directory, and the Office suite.

At a tactical level, Microsoft plans to release by January a new version of SCCM that fully supports all three versions of Windows 10: Current Branch (automatic updates), Current Branch for Business, and Long-Term Servicing Branch (IT-managed updates) versions. It will be an in-place upgrade for existing SCCM deployments.

Gone in the new SCCM is a version number. Instead, the software will be updated roughly once a month to keep up with changes in Windows 10 and with Microsoft’s Intune cloud-based device management service, which manages Windows, iOS, and Android clients (but not Macs, though OS X’s management APIs are mostly the same as iOS’s).

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