Linux Unix SCCM Support is Almost Dead

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Linux UNIX SCCM Support

Microsoft SCCM team released the new production version of SCCM 1802. I have a post and video explains SCCM CB 1802 upgrade process, upgrade checklist, and new features. In this post, I wanted to share surprise information (but expected) about Linux and Unix support of SCCM CB. Do you have more questions about Linux UNIX SCCM support? What is Linux and Unix Management story from Microsoft?

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Future of Linux and Unix management from SCCM?
Linux and UNIX support with SCCM CB 1802 & 1810
What will happen to Existing UNIX and Linux Clients?
Linux Unix Management Options from Microsoft?
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Future of Linux and Unix management from SCCM?

I don’t think there much future left in UNIX and Linux client management from SCCM side. Yes, it seems that (from the latest release note of production version SCCM CB 1802) Linux UNIX SCCM support is almost dead.Microsoft SCCM team confirmed that SCCM CB 1902 onwards they are not planning to include UNIX and Linux clients.

Microsoft intends to deprecate the Linux and UNIX client support in System Center Configuration Manager roughly one year from now, such that the clients will not be included in the SCCM 1902 release in early calendar 2019.

Linux and UNIX support with SCCM CB 1802 & 1810 

Yes, SCCM CB 1802 and 1810 will have its UNIX and Linux SCCM clients. Are you using SCCM CB to manage Linux and UNIX servers? I have not seen many of us using this feature. If you are one of them, please start the migration plans for Linux and UNIX management. Linux UNIX SCCM support is almost dead from my perspective.

The SCCM (ConfigMgr) 1810 release, in late calendar 2018, will be the last release to include the Linux and UNIX clients.

What will happen to Existing UNIX and Linux Clients?

Microsoft will continue Linux UNIX SCCM support until the end of support dates of SCCM CB 1810. I think that is good amount time to make a strategy to migrate Linux and UNIX devices from SCCM management.

I guess this will be one of the advantages of having telemetry data from SCCM. Microsoft can understand usability. I won’t be surprised to see very less usage of SCCM in Linux and UNIX world.

Linux Unix Management Options from Microsoft?

What are the Linux and Unix management options from Microsoft? I think, server management story from Microsoft is Operations Management Suite (OMS). OMS provides Automation, Log Analytics, Recovery services, and Security for Linux servers. But I’m not very sure about the deployment of application and patches.

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Deprecation announcement for Linux and Unix client support – here

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