I don’t think Microsoft will kill SCCM and it will be supported for many years. There are much value adds for SCCM investments for an organization. In this post, you will have a real-world example of MAC device management with SCCM.
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SCCM Mac Management
I don’t know whether you remember the previous post about SCCM Mac Management decision making. I have explained the details of SCCM out of box Mac management and Full Mac device management with Parallels SCCM add-on.
- Lite – Mac Management
- Full – Mac Management
Why Mac Device Management with SCCM?
Why perform Mac device management with SCCM? Most of the enterprise customers are already invested heavily on SCCM for device management. Does this make sense?
You might be interested in looking into a real-world scenario of SCCM Mac Device management.
Integration with SCCM
Integration with SCCM is very straight forward for all the third-party products like Parallels for Mac Management. Even the integration experience of other third-part patch management products are also very straight forward.
SCCM is a very matured product which has a history of more than 25 years of device management. What is the value add for a customer to change the device management solution without any specific ROI (return of investment)? Or why do you want an additional tool for Mac Management?
I don’t see much logic in investing in a new tool for Mac device Management.
SCCM Skill Set
You might have around 95% of Windows devices in the organization. In most of the organizations, you can easily find SCCM skills to manage entire Windows devices.
The ideal decision should be not to invest an a new device management tool for Mac devices.
So, SCCM admins can easily manage 5% of Mac Devices without investing heavily on Mac Device management skill set people.
Additional Infrastructure Requirements
There is no additional server infra investment requirement for Mac device Management. Mac device management with Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM.
There is no requirement of PKI certificate or HTTPS site system requirement for Mac Management with SCCM when you are using Parallels.
Missing Mac Management Capabilities?
All the Mac Device management capabilities are available with SCCM add-on.
Why Mac Device Management with Microsoft Intune?
Microsoft Intune has basic Mac Device management capabilities. The comparison with Intune and SCCM for Mac Management is not worth at this point. Because Microsoft recently started Mac Management capabilities into Intune and it might take years to get the full Mac Management capabilities into Intune.
Integration with Intune
You can use Intune and Jamf for Mac management (full-featured Mac Management). We can compare Mac management with Jamf, Intune, and Azure AD.
Also, at the moment Jamf is the only vendor Microsoft is working with Intune Mac management. I’m sure in future we will see more vendors (like Parallels) coming up with Intune integration for Mac management.
In my last post, I received some negative feedback about Mac Management with SCCM. So I thought of presenting my feelings about the Intune Mac Device management.
When are you already migrating to Intune from SCCM because of your business requirement? If so, it’s worth trying out Intune and Mac Device Management options.
At this point, there is only one vendor who provides the Intune integration for Mac Management. So, you don’t have competitive advantages, and you have only one choice for full-featured Mac management.
You might need to hire new technical resources to management Mac Devices via Intune. Otherwise, you can upskill your existing device management resources as I mentioned in the Future of SCCM admin post.
When you are planning to integrate Microsoft Intune and Jamf solution for managing Mac devices, then you might need to build some Jamf servers to deploy WiFi and Certificates to your devices.
Missing Mac Management Capabilities?
Does this worth a comparison at this point of time? Why? SCCM device management capabilities are very rich, and none of the product can compete with SCCM management capabilities.
But, when you want to migrate to Intune because of your business requirements (is there any?), then you might need to start the journey with existing Intune solution capabilities and workarounds.