SCCM ConfigMgr Azure AD User Discovery Client Authentication with Cloud Identities MEMCM? I generally don’t post on the weekend, but this is special for me 😉 SCCM ConfigMgr has reached the next level of SaaSification by releasing the 1705 technical preview (SCCM CB TP 1705) version.
I hope these two features, which I’m going to talk about in this post, are the next level of “Device Management” with cloud identities. SCCM team released the latest Technical Preview version of ConfigMgr CB.
SCCM TP 1705 includes Azure AD (AAD) user discovery option, which helps us discover the users from Azure AD. Another important feature added in the SCCM CB TP 1705 release is SCCM client authentication with Azure AD Identities.
With the current version of SCCM CB, we can manage Azure AD joined machines via SCCM as “Work Group” joined devices. But, I hope, with AAD User Discovery and client authentication with AAD identities, SCCM CB would be able to manage Azure AD joined devices as Active Directory domain-joined devices.
I will discuss these in upcoming posts whenever I’m done with testing these scenarios.
Azure Active Directory (AD) Onboarding – Create a connection between Configuration Manager and Azure AD. Install and register Configuration Manager clients with Azure AD identity. SCCM ConfigMgr Azure AD User Discovery Client Authentication with Cloud Identities MEMCM?
Enable Configuration Manager on-premises services like Management Point or cloud services like Cloud Management Gateway to have the capability to authenticate with devices and user identities in Azure Active Directory. By using Azure AD, devices will not need client authentication certificates for HTTPS.
Azure Active Directory (AD) User Discovery Azure AD User Discovery
Now you can enable user object discovery from Azure AD. SCCM ConfigMgr Azure AD User Discovery Client Authentication with Cloud Identities MEMCM?
Update 1705 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch – Available Now! here
More detailed Technical details on SCCM CB TP 1705 – here
Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. E writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…