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Dan Smalley

Microsoft has Renamed System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM)


MECM is now merged with Intune for desktop OS management– which pairs nicely!

If your organization currently owns System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), then you also now own Intune for PC management! Please be aware that if you own Intune, then you also automatically get SCCM for desktops. This does not include mobile device management.

Read on to learn how best to optimize your usage of MECM and take advantage of this great pairing...

What is Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM)?  

Microsoft has brought together Configuration Manager and Intune for PC management with simplified licensing. This allows the deployment of a seamless, end-to-end management solution that combines the functionality, data, and new intelligent actions of Microsoft Intune and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). MECM provides modern management and security that meets customers where they are and helps them move to the cloud. Microsoft has also included different management solutions to be included in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager brand.

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Nader Fattah

Take Control of Your Windows Updates with These Simple Solutions


With the most recent Windows update causing major issues with lost data for its users, people are beginning to feel weary of these automatic updates, so what can you do to manage them?

Windows updates are important—not only for security but to access new features and to fix any bugs… but that does not mean these updates have to be an annoying, intrusive or dangerous process.

Most recently, the Windows 10 October update had users reporting several wide-ranging issues caused by the update. The biggest complaint? Lost data and files. Yikes! Other complaints included issues with CPU usage and reduced battery life post update as well. Luckily, there are a few options to better manage these automatic updates to protect your data.

Depending on your industry, the size of your company and other factors, one solution may work better than others in your workplace. Look at these three solutions that allow you to be in charge of the timing of your updates. 

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Mike Wilson

Device Management | Comparing System Center Configuration Manager vs. Intune vs. Hybrid

Device Management | Comparing System Center Configuration Manager vs. Intune vs. Hybrid

In the modern workplace, chances are that your employees are using their in their own devices for work, which often results in unsecure access to company files. This creates a challenge because organizations need to be able to secure their company’s data on these devices without violating personal information. Also, if an employee leaves the organization, it’s important to have a means to avoid wiping their personal information from their devices.

With your company’s valuable data in mind, Microsoft has created two device management services that allow you to secure your organization’s data - no matter what device is being used. Microsoft Intune and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager are both good options for device management, but it can often be hard to determine which option is best for your business. Sometimes it’s better to run a hybrid of them both.

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Matt Scherocman

Microsoft Intune – Cloud-based Mobility Management

Microsoft Intune – Cloud-based Mobility Management

 When it comes to Mobile Device Management (MDM), or Mobile Application Management (MAM) there are options every way you turn. It seems that every major company in the cloud industry has their own offering. It can get very confusing to determine what is different between each product and how to choose the right one for an organization. Specifically, what makes Microsoft’s Intune stand out amid the sea of mobile device management offerings?  

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Matt Scherocman

Microsoft’s Active Usage - 2016 Funding Opportunities

Microsoft active usage funding 

In 2016, Microsoft is focusing on the customer and enabling their success through cloud-based technology. To support this focus, they are providing funding to eligible organizations for the adoption of Microsoft Office 365 Active Usage, Intune Active Usage and Azure Active Directory Premium (AADP):

The funding dollars are available to help customers realize the true value of their investments and ensure users are actively using these service to their full potential.

Microsoft Funding Opportunities for Active Usage:

Microsoft Office 365 Active Usage

Many organizations have starting reaping the benefits of Office 365 and its ability to empower their people using the latest and greatest collaboration services. Funding can help you use the cloud to gain control of your IT and give you the flexibility you need to run your business.

Funding may be available for those engage in “active use” in the following workloads:

  • Skype for Business Online/Lync Online: Customer’s employees are signing in and sending/receiving instant messages
  • SharePoint Online / OneDrive: Customer’s employees are signing in and accessing/creating SharePoint sites and content
  • Office 365 ProPlus: Client is installed on desktops and being used by Customer’s employees
  • Yammer: Users are commenting, posting, liking or sharing content.
  • Project/Visio: Customer’s employees log in and load one of the pages at least one time per month

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Microsoft Intune Active Usage:

Need funding dollars to help with mobile device management, mobile application management, and PC management capabilities from the cloud? Using Intune, organizations can provide their employees with access to corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost any device, while helping to keep corporate information secure.

An organization will be considered for funding if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Deployed a Microsoft Intune agent on a PC
  • Has assigned a Microsoft Intune license to a user and has at least one mobile device/PC associated with the licensed user

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Azure Active Directory Premium (AADP):

Azure Active Directory Premium is ideal for organization who are looking for identity and access management in the cloud. Providing single sign-on to thousands of cloud (SaaS) apps and access to web apps you run on-premises, Azure Active Directory Premium features multi-factor authentication (MFA); access control based on device health, user location, and identity; and holistic security reports, audits, and alerts.

Customer funding will be considered for those actively using AADP if they meet one of the below criteria. The largest number from the below will be taken into consideration for the incentive:

  • Number of licensed users accessing at least one 3rd party app
  • Number of licensed users registered for self-service password reset
  • Number of licensed users enabled for MFA

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Questions about Active Usage or anything else mentioned above?

Give us a call at (513) 444-2020 or contact us here!

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