Even before the Spring of 2020, we had customers who were running into challenges with roaming and remote workers. Trying to identify devices and keeping up with their statuses (health, updates, etc.) proved to be challenging, at best. VPN costs were getting more and more expensive, yet the challenges of constant connectivity to the on-premises environment were vital to many of our customers. Security teams were adamant that devices needed to be compliant with patches for both the OS and the workloads running on them. Then came the waves of Windows feature upgrades that needed to be performed. Our customers were frustrated and said, “There must be a better way.”
So, is there a better way to manage these predominantly on-premises devices using Configuration Manager when they roam or are working remotely? The short answer is yes. Let’s explore the options for extending Configuration Manager to the cloud to bring these devices back under constant management without direct connectivity to your on-premises environment.
- Deploying a Cloud Management Gateway(s)
- Extending your deployment via Internet-Based Client Management
- Cloud Attaching your Configuration Manager environment to Intune
- Configuring Co-Management
Let us know if you need us to help you plan or implement any of these options to extend your investment and provide additional capabilities for your Configuration Manager environment. We have been helping our customers manage their endpoint devices using SMS/SCCM/Configuration Manager and now Microsoft Endpoint Configuration for nearly 30 years.